Choose and Cut Frasier Firs! Easy paved access, lots of parking, restrooms, handicap facilities, free refreshments, wreaths and gift items in our hospitality tent. You select the tree...we cut it, bale it and tie it on your vehicle or you can use our bow saws and cut it yourself! A wonderful family experience walking through the manicured fields and selecting your own tree! Payment forms accepted are cash, check, MasterCard, Visa.
445 Boyd Farm Road Waynesville, NC 28785 (828) 926-1575 Get Directions
Truly, Buffalo roam on this private 72 acre little piece of heaven tucked away in the mountains,featured #4 on the top 7 most unique places to stay in NC! Buffalo farm with meat available. If you are looking for a quiet “get away from it all” retreat, this is it! Enjoy long hikes on the property, fishing within walking distance from the log cabin on The Pigeon River or take a trip into town to do some shopping or antiquing. Children will love the short hike through the woods to the play area, The BC Corral! This custom designed area has everything from swings, zip line, slides, teeter toter, cargo nets, rock wall & even a horse shoe pit for the adults! The kids will love it here!
372 Bison Run Road Clyde, NC 28721 (828) 550-0960 Get Directions
A 20-acre garden where the whole family can come to enjoy self-harvesting of mountain-grown vegetables.

Yellow Squash
Cut Flowers
395 Bradley Creek Road Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 349-2725 Get Directions
Alpacas, llama sales. Animals, visitors, store, yarn, roving, felt, fleece, scarves, quilts, crafts, books, eggs.
179 Harvest Cove Road Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 369-0047 Get Directions
Family friendly. Kids Christmas. Costumes, tree, activities, Frasier fur, reindeer, choose-N-Cut, elf, SANTA.
240 Chimney Pond Road Glenville, NC 28736 (828) 743-5456 Get Directions
Wehrloom Honey is a small family business tucked away in the Appalachian region of western North Carolina. We live and raise our Honeybees in Graham County, which is made up of 2/3 national forest. Living in such a wild and uncultivated place allows our honeybees to forage from the most natural unadulterated sources. We feel this results in the most delicous honey. More than just honey: moisturizing balm, blooming cream, lip balm, wool dryer balls, soaps and decorative beeswax candles.
257 Willie Colvin Road Robbinsville, NC 28771 (828) 735-2771 Get Directions


Original artwork by Pat Calderone inspired by the natural beauty and indigenous history of the Smoky Mountain area. Pats work can be seen at The Promenade of the Arts in Mountain City, Ga.Hwy 441N (Next to the Dollar General) Friday 10-5 Saturday 10-5 Sunday 1-5(706)-982-4305 or (864)324-3840Pa's Front Porch Antiques and Collectibles, 6871 Hwy 441 N - Dillard GA 706-490-2895The Globe Gallery, Clayton, Ga. Art with the Earth in MindHighway 441 and 76 EClayton, GA 30525(706) 782-0071 Her work can also be seen by appointment in her studio. 828-787-1828. (Leave Message)

3608 Hwy 246 Dillard, GA 30537 (706) 746-5540
The shop inventory is a constantly changing variety of beautiful and fascinating items limited only by the imagination and skill of the 100 artisans who make Dogwood Crafters what it is - a showcase of mountain crafts. Dogwood Crafters is a non-profit craft cooperative with an interesting mix of artisans. Both traditional and contemporary works can be found within the shops log walls.
90 Webster Street Dillsboro, NC 28725 (828) 586-2248 Get Directions
Art Glass by David Goldhagenand the Goldhagen Gallery of fine craft Glass studio open for public viewing, call 828-389-8847 for blowing times
7 Goldhagen Studio Dr Hayesville, NC 28904 (828) 389-8847 Get Directions
Artisan Fiber Mill: A full service custom-processing mill featuring a semi-worsted system for "made to order" clients. Our artisan design team, network and craftsmanship provide everything you need to create beautiful, handcrafted natural fiber products. Yarn processing starting at $15.75 per pound based on clean weight.
1424 Main Street Andrews, NC 28901 (828) 321-9299 Get Directions
Visit a quaint old building with three floors of wonderful antiques and wonderful prices.
153 E. Palmer St. Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 349-5476 Get Directions
The home of authentic handmade products of artist & craftsmen from Western North Carolina.
36 E. Main Street Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 524-7766 Get Directions
Located in the majestic mountains of Western North Carolina, Qualla Arts and Crafts is the oldest Native American Cooperative. Founded in 1946, Qualla Arts and Crafts continues to uphold a standard of excellence when it comes to the traditional arts and crafts of the Eastern Cherokee. Showcasing the works of over 250 members, Qualla Arts and Crafts preserves and promotes the traditional arts and crafts of the Eastern Band of Cherokee. While at Qualla visit the Permanent Collections Gallery which boosts some of the best examples of Cherokee Arts and Crafts since the cooperatives creation. Qualla Arts and Crafts, offers a vast selection of baskets, pottery, wood and stone carving, beadwork, and much more. Summer Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Mon - Sat., 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sun. Winter Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mon - Sun., and Jan. - Mar. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon - Sat. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
645 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719 (828) 497-3103 Get Directions
The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit corporation formed by a group of local citizens after the closing of Stecoah School in 1994. The Center is housed in the restored 1926 Stecoah Schoolhouse. The Center is highly acclaimed for its summer concert and dinner series, An Appalachian Evening, which features mountain roots music in the historic 300-seat air conditioned auditorium. Visitors are amazed to discover prominent and highly regarded musicians playing for small audiences in the quiet valley. The Center also houses a beautiful Artisan’s Gallery stocked with the works of more than 125 local artisans and craftsmen, including artisan foods produced on site in the commercial Stecoah Kitchen from locally grown sources. Other offerings include a Cherokee history display, beautiful grounds and walking trail, culinary workshops, and arts and crafts classes.
121 School House Rd Robbinsville, NC 28771 (828) 479-3364 Get Directions

The Macon County Art Association's Uptown Gallery is on Main Street in Franklin, and is a non-profit alliance promoting art in the community. Our gallery is staffed and operated by MCAA members and features ever-changing exhibits by our accomplished local artist. Call 828-349-4607 to join a variety of workshops and classes which are held year-round for artist of all levels and ages. We also invite you to stop by the gallery and join our Thursday Painters group! Visit for information on hours and events.

30 E. Main Street Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 349-4607 Get Directions
One of the most well-known landmarks in Western North Carolina, the Whistle Stop Mall is home to North Carolina's largest antique mall and a selection of fine specialty shops and restaurants. Come shop for furniture, country accessories, clothing, jewelry, crafts and more. Take a break and enjoy three great dining spots, including barbeque, homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts and Chinese. You will also find a business service center and the only showroom in Western North Carolina with power chairs and scooters on the floor.
145 River Road Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 349-1600 Get Directions


Bryson City Bicycles is an award winning retail, rental and repair shop that caters to all ages and skill levels from families to racers. We offer local trail knowledge, expert mechanics and while-you-wait repairs. Only 12 miles from the world famous Tsali trails and 3 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park we can help you with info, maps, gear, unique gift items and much more. Here at Bryson City Bicycles we believe in advocacy, are strong supporters of our local SORBA Chapter, and give back to our community and trails.
157 Everett Street Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 488-1988 Get Directions
Offering mountain bike rentals, repairs and sales. Rentals range from entry-level to high-end.
13077 Hwy 19 West Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 488-7233 Get Directions

Smoky Mountain Bicycles opened for business June of 2002 to serve the needs of those cycling Western North Carolina and Northeast Georgia. Located in beautiful Franklin, NC, we carry a wide assortment of bicycle parts and accessories, along with bike carriers, apparel, maps, nutritional products, and much more. We are an authorized dealer for Trek and Gary Fisher Bicycles, as well as, Bontrager, Wrench Force, Shimano, Pearl Izumi, Smith Sunglasses, Park Tools, and more. We service all bicycle makes and models from a simple tube repair to a complete custom build-up. We offer bike rentals by the hour, day, or week and have the Little Tennessee River Greenway paved and off-road trail right out of our back door. For weekly group road and mountain bike rides, check out the "Group Rides" link page on

31 E Main Street Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 369-2881 Get Directions
Smoky Mountain Indiana Motorcycle. Specialty V-twin, Victory. Pre-owned, Harley-Davidson. Sales, Rentals, service, apparel.
82 Locust Drive Waynesville, NC 28786 (828) 452-7276 Get Directions
We are a mountain bike shop with a beer tap room that provides quality, friendly service to both the local community and visitors to our community. CHECK OUT OUR DEEP CREEK RIDE SPECIAL! Rentals, sales and service available. You can grab a cold beer while you wait or after a ride! We have many of the local breweries on tap. ANDREWS and NANTAHALA BREWERIES!
35 Slope Street Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488=9010 Get Directions


Features slots, traditional table gmes, ten restaurants, shopping, entertainment, 1,100 guest rooms, spa, 3,000 seat event center with premier entertainment.
777 Casino Drive Cherokee, NC 28719 (828) 497-7777 Get Directions
1,200 slot machines, 30-40 gaming tables, 300-room hotel, food market including: Nathan's Famous Panda Express Earl of Sandwich Papa John's Pizza Starbucks


Built in 1943 on the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, the Cowee School served thousands of students until it was closed as a school in 2012. Efforts are now underway to preserve and reuse the historic school as a community and heritage center. The Cowee School 2014 Concert Series begins Saturday, May 10 and runs through October 18. This year's artists include: Red June, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeepers, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Town Mountain and more.
51 Cowee School Drive Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 349-1945 Get Directions
Visit Cherokee’s newest museum conveniently located next to the Visitor Center and across from the Fairgrounds. Through exhibits & videos visitors learn about early fly fishing legends, basic knots, fly-tying, types of gear, types of fish, regional fishing waters, & the history of fly fishing in the South. There's a Kid’s Corner with fun games & activities.
210 Main Street Bryson City, NC 28719 (828) 488-3681 Get Directions
Southern Appalachian collection : log cabins, artifacts, memories. Book series, national bestsellers. Located Black Rock Mountain
98 Foxfire Lane Mountain City, GA 30562 (706) 746-5828 Get Directions
A free Gem and Mineral Museum located in the historic 1850's Jail in the center of town. There are 8 rooms filled with specimen. These rooms are dedicated to: Minerals from North Carolina; Fossils; Indian Artifacts; Fluorescing minerals; and a collection of minerals and specimen from around the world. There is also a fine gift shop with some jewelry crafted by local artisans and a collection of books on Gem and Mineral related subjects.

For a museum tour or visit outside of normal business hours please call Ray Behr at 828-342-6360 or Fred Plesner at 828-349-4224.
25 Phillips St Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 369-7831 Get Directions
Nation's oldest folk school founded in 1925. Crafts, music, dance, other Appalachian traditions are taught one-week or weekend classes year-round. National Historic District. Craft Shop. History Center. On-campus housing and meals. Tuition for classes. Fall Festival the first weekend in October. Visitors welcome.
One Folk School Rd Brasstown, NC 28902 (828) 837-2775 Get Directions
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian takes visitors all the way back to the beginnings of human existence here in these glorious, storied mountains of western North Carolina. The museum provides an educational and interactive experience where concise, chronological stories retrace the 11,000 year documented history of the Cherokees.
589 Tsali Blvd Cherokee, NC 28719 (828) 497-3481 Get Directions
The Oconaluftee Indian Village is a re-created village of the 1700's. Visitors experience the everyday life of the Cherokee through artisans who perform tasks done by their forefathers. Witness war council meetings, war re-enactments, traditional dances and more.
564 Tsali Blvd Cherokee, NC 28719 (828) 497-2111 Get Directions
The Scottish Tartans Museum contains the official registry of all publicly known Tartans and is the American extension of the Scottish Tartans Society in Edinburgh, Scotland. A non profit Tartan Museum and gift shop. The only one of its kind in the US, offers Scottish foods, clothing and specialty items. Tours available, Only $1 for Museum entry
86 E Main St Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 524-7472 Get Directions
The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit corporation formed by a group of local citizens after the closing of Stecoah School in 1994. The Center is housed in the restored 1926 Stecoah Schoolhouse. The Center is highly acclaimed for its summer concert and dinner series, An Appalachian Evening, which features mountain roots music in the historic 300-seat air conditioned auditorium. Visitors are amazed to discover prominent and highly regarded musicians playing for small audiences in the quiet valley. The Center also houses a beautiful Artisan’s Gallery stocked with the works of more than 125 local artisans and craftsmen, including artisan foods produced on site in the commercial Stecoah Kitchen from locally grown sources. Other offerings include a Cherokee history display, beautiful grounds and walking trail, culinary workshops, and arts and crafts classes.
121 School House Rd Robbinsville, NC 28771 (828) 479-3364 Get Directions


Evening Elk Tours Eco-tours. Guided Wildflower Hikes. Firefly walks in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Family Attractions

All aboard for a historic and scenic journey. That's an invitation to a delightful journey through the majestic mountains and colorful countryside of Western North Carolina, over a sprawling lake, past rushing rivers, through a deep mountain gorge and into dark mountain tunnels. The railroad operates year-round, with schedules varying seasonally. All trains depart Bryson City.
225 Everett Street Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 586-8811 Get Directions
Bounce in for Fun! Located inside The Factory - trampolines, dodgeball, foam pit, basketball and more!
1024 Georgia Road Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 349-8888 Get Directions
Greenway information, coffee and local arts and crafts supporting Little Tennessee River Greenway.
573 E. Main St Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 369-8488 Get Directions
Catch the spirit of model railroading. Museum ranked in top ten in U.S. Owned and operated by the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
100 Greenlee Street Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 488-5200 Get Directions
If you're searching for an unique experience, look no further than The Factory. Whether you're up for excitement and adventure, an educational experience, or team-building activities, our friendly staff can create a day that's just right for you.

The Factory's non-smoking, family-friendly facility boasts more than 56,000 sq. ft. of fun with rechargeable, interactive Fun Cards to power its games and attractions. Choose from more than 100 arcade games, kids play area, bumper cars and huge expanded go-cart track, or opt for a thrilling game of laser tag, bowling, or mini golf. The Factory also offers birthday parties that can be suited to your specific needs.

You're bound to work up an appetite after so much fun, so don't miss the Pizza Factory's all-you-can-eat pizza buffet. Or visit The Boiler Room Steak House for the finest steaks, seafood, chicken, and pasta, as well as an extensive salad bar, gourmet desserts, and kids menu. Private dining rooms are available for banquets or special occasions. The Dessert Factory offers all your favorite coffee drinks, ice cream shakes, and fresh baked treats.

The Factory is located in beautiful Western North Carolina in the town of Franklin, known for its breathtaking scenery, friendly atmosphere, rich heritage, and wide variety of outdoor activities. This "Gem of the Smokies" is centrally located less than two hours from major cities like Atlanta, Asheville, Greenville, and Gatlinburg.

1024 Georgia Road Franklin, NC 28734 Get Directions

Fishing/Hunting Guides

River's Edge Outfitters Cherokee is located in the heart of the Smoky Mountain National Park on the Cherokee Qualla Boundary. With over 3000 miles of trout water within an hour's radius of our shop, this area boast's some of the best fly fishing on the East Coast. The Tuckasegee River, the Nantahala River, the Oconoluftee River, the Raven's Fork, and the Little Tennessee River are just a few of the river systems that we fly fish. Just a few miles from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the North Carolina side of the Smokies contains several world renown fisheries. Deep Creek, Hazel Creek, Forney Creek, Eagle Creek, Raven's Fork, and Straight Fork are just a few of the wild trout fisheries that lie on the eastern slope of the Smoky Mountain National Park. Looking for trophy trout on the fly? The Raven's Fork catch and release fly fishing only section is one of the best public trophy water fisheries in the southeast. With most trout averaging 18+ inches this fishery offers the fly fisherman the opportunity to catch trophy trout on one of the most scenic river systems in Western NC. Shop: Fishing Gear, clothing, guide trips, rods, reels, bait, flies, classes, permits, flyfishing!
61 Big Cove Road Cherokee, NC 28719 (828) 497-9300 Get Directions

Gem Mines

Gold City Gem Mine,Jewelry and Rock Shop offers Gem Mining both native and North Carolina,Gold Panning and Turquoise Panning all with(NO ADMISSION FEES) Home of the 1061 CARAT SAPPHIRE featured in People Weekly, Disney Adventure and Rock and Gem Magazines. Come visit us here at Gold City and Spend the day mining for precious gems Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, Topaz, Citrine, Tourmaline and much more! Visit our Rock Shop where we have stones from around the world. You'll find it all here at Gold City in our 5000 sq ft building on hwy 441N! Gold City offers something for everyone. Covered flumes outside and when it's cold a full sized heated flume inside.
9410 Sylva Rd Hwy 441 N Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 369-3905 Get Directions
Cleanest mine around, help for the inexperienced, on Waterfall drive between Franklin and Highlands. HW 64E. Handicapped Accessible.
9770 Highlands Rd, HWY 64E Highlands, NC 28741 (828) 524-5850 Get Directions
The Mason Ruby and Sapphire Mine is Macon County's Only True "Dig Your Own" Mine (as well as enriched buckets) where customers enjoy a Real Mining Experience for native North Carolina Corundum. All Tools are provided and we'll Teach you how much Fun mining can Be. From Lifelong Rockhounds to the First-Timers, we offer excellent customer service and honest information about Mining and the materials found Locally and from around the World. Guests can also enjoy our quiet Primitive Campground for a Relaxing Vacation. Mining Fees are $30 for 12 years old and up. $15 for ages 6-11, and kids 5 and under are free....This price includes all tools and all the dirt you can dig and wash. We also offer discount Packages and Military Discounts to make your Vacation dollars stretch as far as possible. Just 11 miles from Franklin, Enjoy the Scenic Drive through Historic Burningtown while taking in the Beauty of the Local Natural Treasures some of us call Home! All are welcome~!
6961 Upper Burningtown Road Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 369-9742 Get Directions
At Nantahala River Gem Mine the gemstone material comes from both the local area, and from mines all over the world. Gems and minerals do not all run together. They come from a variety of different mines, wherever that specific gem is found. Many of the mine sites are in remote and not easily accessible locations. The gemstone material is brought to our bagging plant and bagged. It is then brought to our retail location in the Nantahala Gorge for your pleasure and enjoyment. You may search for a variety of precious gemstones including rubies, emeralds, sapphires, garnets, topaz, ameythst, citrine, peridot, moonstones, rhodolite, apatite, aquamarine, and a continuing variety of both precious and semi-precious gems.
12121 Hwy 19 W Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 488-6345 Get Directions
We have many different size pails to choose from just waiting for you to find your hidden treasure. You can also pan the old fashion way in the Little Tennessee River with a shovel and screen. You will fine topaz, rubies, amethyst, emeralds and many other types of stones. We welcome all rock hounds and treasure seekers, it great fun for the entire family. We will help you to identify your stones and we will bag them for when your finished.
210 Robin Lynn Lane Otto, NC 28763 (828) 349-1717 Get Directions
Good, Clean Dirty Fun! Located in Franklin, NC, Rose Creek Mine is where you come to dig in our gem tunnel. We provide all equipment and help you to identify the stones. Our miners have found garnets, rubies, sapphires, smoky and rose quartz, amethyst, emerald and more. Lapidary equipment also available in our great gift and rock shop
115 Terrace Ridge Drive Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 349-3774 Get Directions

Golf Courses

The Franklin Golf Course is encircled by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and features tree-lined fairways and gently rolling slopes. The signature hole is No. 9, a 380-yard par four featuring a dogleg-right fairway with trees along both sides; Championship (69.8 rating, 115 slopes); 9 holes par 36; open year round - a beautiful way to spend the day - call us at 828-524-2288. Family and individual memberships available. Golf lessons, club fitting and repair, and pool.
255 First Fairway Drive Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 524-2288
Located 45 minutes west of Asheville, North Carolina and nestled among the oak, fir and flowered valleys in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains resides Sequoyah National Golf Club. Owned by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee, this Robert Trent Jones II design offers golfers an idyllic 18 hole journey, filled with scenic vistas, beautiful landscapes and challenging golf. This par 72 championship course, measuring 6,600 yards features immaculately groomed bent grass greens with bluegrass fairways, offering spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while providing ultimate playing conditions year round including an expansive practice area including a driving range, putting greens, chipping area and Callaway Golf Club fitting by certified PGA Golf Professionals. The golf shop offers a full range of men’s and women’s golf apparel. Enjoy a relaxed lunch or afternoon beverage on the outdoor deck with 180 degree views of the Great Smoky Mountains. The surrounding community also provides golfers a welcoming environment that is rich with Native American culture, and exciting year round attractions.
79 Cahons Mtn Road Whittier, NC 28786 (828) 497-3000 Get Directions
Just minutes south of Highlands into the North Georgia Mountains is a Destination for Championship Public Golf, Breathtaking Weddings and Corporate Events. The Sky Valley Country Club features a beautiful and challenging 18-hole championship golf course which is open to the public, a practice facility, a new 13,000 square foot clubhouse with a restaurant open to golfers, an open air pavilion, and an outdoor park. Let us host your next Business Meeting, Corporate Event, Wedding, Party or Reception.
568 Sky Valley Way #1 Sky Valley, GA 30537 (706) 746-5304 Get Directions
The Golf Club at Mill Creek is tucked away on 380 acres in the Smoky Mountains, offering a scenic 18-hole golf course with meandering creeks, rustling pines and challenging holes. We offer a great course, tennis and a restaurant. Make your reservations today or just come on by!
341 Country Club Drive Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 524-4653 Get Directions
Located in the western Land-of-Sky mountain region of western North Carolina, The Ridges Golf Club is the perfect destination get away for golf, weddings & events. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Willard Byrd designed golf course is a championship golf course providing unparalleled vistas from several points. The Ridges Golf Club and Event Center, spanning over 127 acres of rolling hills, is the most perfect venue for your special event, from weddings and anniversary celebrations, to birthday parties or your next corporate event.
1665 Mountain Harbour Drive Hayesville, NC 28904 (828) 389-9000 Get Directions
The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa is surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains on one side and the Blue Ridge Parkway and Balsam Mountains on the other. Ideally located just minutes away from Asheville and Maggie Valley, North Carolina, guests can easily enjoy skiing, fishing and boating, hiking, site seeing, shopping, and fine dining in the surrounding areas.Since the early 1920's, this North Carolina resort has been welcoming visitors to a casual and relaxed mountain lifestyle. The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa offers stunning mountain views from almost all of the 115 beautifully appointed guest rooms, 27-holes of championship golf, a unique restaurant and tavern, and dramatic indoor and outdoor event and meeting space, making the resort a perfect destination for travelers of all types.
176 Country Club Drive Waynesville, NC 28786 (828) 456-3551 Get Directions

Horseback Riding

Escape the city and get away to mountain majesty, come stay in your very own charming mountain cabin - at a refreshing 4,000 feet. Your secluded vacation cabin has a fireplace, 2 BR's/1 Bath, some have mountain views. Plus, there's a picnic area outside with a gas grill to cook those fresh mountain trout you just caught in the lake on "your" 200 acre estate. Arrowmont Stables has one of the best horse ride programs in the SE, maybe even the country. Before every trail ride, you are given a live demonstration or shown a video describing how the horses have been trained, a little about their personality and some about safety. Then you are given an opportunity to try your horse in the ring before going on the trail. This way your horse can be changed if needed before leaving for the trail. This takes about 30-45 minutes and is free of charge. We believe it is important.Your entire family can have fun going on a hayride. Tour this beautiful mountain for about an hour. Plus, stop for a refreshing drink of some apple cider on your way back to the stables.There's plenty to do to keep you rides, trout fishing, hiking, camping, hay rides, vacation cabins and those ever popular campfire stories or just relax and enjoy the views!CALL (800)682-1092 TODAY TO RESERVE YOUR SPECIAL TIME!!
276 Arrowmont Trail Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828) 743-2762 Get Directions
Cataloochee Ranch, located a mile high above Maggie Valley at an elevation of 5,000 feet, offers a 1,000 acre ranch bording the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. A full service resort with meals, tennis, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, etc. Since 1939 the Cataloochee family has been sharing their Southern warmth and hospitality with their guests. Family style cooking, daily hayrides, cookouts, bonfires, volleyball, horseshoes, croquet, entertainment and a 20-foot heated swim spa. The lodge features 6 units, accommodating 25 people, 12 cabins accommodating 2 to 8 people, 4 romance cabins, & the Main Ranch House with 6 sleep rooms. Each with private baths, fireplaces, furnishings featuring handmade quilts, primitive or classic antiques, and porches with rocking chairs to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding mountains.
119 Ranch Drive Maggie Valley, NC 28751 (828) 926-1401 Get Directions
Year-round fun. Excitement for all experience levels. National forest trails. Varying terrain and length.
1306 Hot House Road Hayesville, NC 28904 (828) 389-4175 Get Directions
Authorized NPS Concessioner offering guided horseback riding within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
135 Smokemont Riding Stable Road (off US 441) Cherokee, NC 28719 (828) 497-2373 Get Directions


Brookside Campground and Rafting is a modern facility offering recreational camping and white water rafting. Brookside is located deep in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains with grassy campsites along the creek, complete hook-ups, hot showers and clean restrooms, picnic tables, covered garbage cans that are emptied daily, laundry facilities, a game room, pay telephone, swimming pool and playground. Brookside's country store offers snacks, drinks, and everything the average camper might need. In addition, there is whitewater rafting.
764 Hwy 19 Nantahala, NC 28781 (828) 321-5209 Get Directions
Experience whitewater rafting! Nantahala and Ocoee River family whitewater rafting adventures is located near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the majestic mountains of western North Carolina. Enjoy the scenic splendor of the Nantahala National Forest and thrill to the challenge and excitement of whitewater rafting on the most popular rivers in the Southeast. Experience unnecessary. Combine our rafting with gemstone mining, horseback riding, and scenic train tours. Vacation homes and cabins available.
12121 Hwy 19 West Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 488-6345 Get Directions
Raft with the best. Named "One of the Best Outfitters on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure. Ages 7+
13077 Hwy 19 West Bryson City, NC 28713 (866) 297-5281 Get Directions
NOC offers flatwater kayak and stand-up-paddleboard tours as well as whitewater paddling instruction for both canoes and kayaks.
13077 Hwy 19 West Bryson City, NC 28713 (866) 297-5281 Get Directions
Come and enjoy nature at her best. We offer leisurely kayak trips down the Little Tennessee River. The trips are 2 1/2 -3 hours long and we supply you with all your equipment needed. You will see along your trip river otters, beavers, deer and endless birds. It is a beautiful quiet, slow ride to just relax and enjoy the best of Western Carolina's nature surrounding you. Bring you camera and capture the beauty of your trip. If you have your own equipment, we offer a "Drop and Shuttle service" so that you can use your own equipment and enjoy the river.
155 Robin Lynn Lane Otto, NC 28763 (828) 349-1717 Get Directions
Family-friendly rafting trips for over 30 years. Guided/Non-guided on the Nantahala River; guided only on the Ocoee River.
10160 Hwy. 19 West Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 488-2030 Get Directions
Great Family-oriented Whitewater Rafting Trip!!!! Rafting/Kayaking/Tubing/Canoeing
5303 US Hwy 74 East Whittier, NC 28789 (828) 586-5285 Get Directions
Fully guided, guide assisted, and rental trips on the Nantahala, Ocoee, Big Pigeon, and Chattooga Rivers. Lodging available for groups or individuals in our Yurts, cabins and lodge. Enjoy ziplining for the whole family.
10345 Hwy. 19 W. Bryson City, NC 28713 (800) 488-2384 Get Directions


Artisan Jewelers Genstone & Mineral Gallery is the largest gem and rock shop in North Carolina. Located in one of the most mineral rich areas of the United States. We offer Custom Stone Cutting, jewelry designing, ring sizing and repairs. Master jewelers in yellow gold, white gold, silver and platinum. With over 3500 sq. ft. showcasing precious gemstones, semi-precious gemstones, raw minerals, jewelry, beading supplies, books, fossils, and carvings.
3348 Georgia Road Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 524-9193 Get Directions
Downtown Historic Sylva, selling new and used books, gifts, cards, journals, maps, games, and more
3 East Jackson Street Sylva, NC 28779 (828) 586-9499 Get Directions
Dalton’s has the largest selection of books, Bibles, Music, and Christian Gifts in the Region. Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday 9 AM - 8 PM Closed Sundays
177 Franklin Plaza Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 369-6464 Get Directions
Waynesville is Haywood County's oldest town with over a century of experience as a quaint mountain retreat. Even before the railroad made it easy to get here, visitors flocked to the Waynesville for the cool, clean air, clean water, outstanding scenery and an opportunity to escape sweltering cities.
9 S Main St Suite 200 Waynesville, NC 28786 (828) 456-3517 Get Directions

The Friends of the Macon County Public Library Bookstore is located in the Shops at Riverwalk shopping center. The Friends have operated a bookstore for 20 years and we are the oldest, full-time used bookstore in NC. We have been at this location for 10 years. All of our staff are volunteers and all books are donated. All proceeds go to the Macon County Public Library. We not only have a wide selection of books, but also have magazines, puzzles, music books, video tapes, CDs and textbooks for home schooling. We also have many collectible books and first editions available in the store and listed on our website: (click on Friends of the Library)

115 Highlands Road Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 524-3600 Get Directions
The Gallery of Gems is a family owned and operated establishment located in The Crystal Falls Specialty Shops on 441 South in Franklin. We have over 42 years of experience in our jewelry and gemstone business specializing in colored gemstones and diamonds set in gold and silver jewelry. We also offer a large selection of minerals, but it is our expertise and exquisite jewelry that we sell at affordable prices that continues our success in the jewelry industry.
2724 Georgia Road Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 524-8931 Get Directions
Restored to its 1930's elegance, the Mast General Store in Waynesville, on Main Street, welcomes visitors to experience a time too good to leave behind. Discover housewares your grandmother may have used and classic toys from your childhood displayed in antique cabinets. The store features traditional clothing, comfortable footwear, trail and travel gear and 500 old-fashioned favorite candies to choose from. Open daily Mon-Sat 10-6 and Sunday noon until 5.
63 North Main Street Waynesville, NC 28786 (828) 452-2101 Get Directions
Home décor, accessories, spa products with an urban look, feel, perfect for you and your home!
37 E. Main Street Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 369-1612 Get Directions
Located in historic Dillsboro, NC, Nancy Tut’s Christmas Shop has welcomed guests since 1969. We are a travel destination for the many visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our wide array of specialty themed Christmas ornaments keep people coming back year after year. So whether you are looking for anything from an astronaut to a zebra chances are we have it!
488 Haywood Road Dillsboro, NC 28725 (828) 586-5391 Get Directions
The nation's most-famous paddlesports store also offers apparel, footwear and equipment for hiking and outdoor lifestyles. Visit our new The North Face specialty shop.
13077 Hwy 19 W Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 488-7230 Get Directions
Ruby City Gems and Minerals located in downtown Franklin, NC offers custom gem cutting and mounting: 14k gold jewelry and findings, thousands of cut gemstones, lapidary equipment and supplies, mineral specimens, stone carvings and bookends, free museum and store. Western North Carolina's oldest and finest rock shop and jewelry store, established in 1958. Boasts a large, free museum with specimens from the local area and around the world.
130 East Main St Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 524-3967 Get Directions
Smoky Mountain Indiana Motorcycle. Specialty V-twin, Victory. Pre-owned, Harley-Davidson. Sales, Rentals, service, apparel.
82 Locust Drive Waynesville, NC 28786 (828) 452-7276 Get Directions
A gallery & jewelry shop featuring the work of master silversmith General B. Grant and other well-known Native Artists from several tribes. Located on the Qualla Boundary, Traditional Hands offers a genuine experience of beauty and authenticity for collectors new and old.
1045 Tsalgi RoadUS19/US441 (Bus) Cherokee, NC 28719 (828) 554-5884
Watauga Creek is a very Interesting retail furniture store, specializing in made to order furniture and accessories of all sizes. Truly a fascinating place to shop for furniture, terrific paintings, one of a kind light fixtures and accessories to make your home or cabin unique. Check out the wood carved items, inside and out.
25 Setser Branch Rd Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 369-7881 Get Directions
Stop at the Wesser General Store at NOC for snacks, sundries, souvenirs, fly shop and the only beer and wine between Bryson City and Andrews!
13077 Hwy 19 W Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 488-7226 Get Directions
Sports equipment from little league to your favorite NFL or collegiate team. Trophies,custom embroidery and screenprinting.
209 Franklin Plaza Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 369-6587 Get Directions

Snow&Summer Tubing/Ice Skating

SKI SAPPHIRE ​SNOW SPORTS/FOOT GOLF Skiing, boarding,tubing, and winter zip line tours on The Vordach! If skiing or boarding is not your thing, check out our opportunity for snow tubing or zip lining on The Vordach or Foot Golf... join us for an exciting day on our slopes. If you have ever wanted to experience snow skiing or snow boarding but never had the opportunity, here is your chance at one of the most southern ski areas in the US!

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127 Cherokee Trail Sapphire, NC 28774 (828) 743-7663 Get Directions
Dry tubing, ice skating, snow tubing, 2-3 slopes, 3500' with 200' drop. Kiddie slope available.
7420 Dillard Road Scaly Mountain, NC 28775 (828) 526-3737 Get Directions


FOLKMOOT is comprised of international groups that participate each year and keep us in touch with the identity of their part of the world today. In addition we are being entertained and educated by the exciting dancing and music provided. More than 185 folk groups from over 95 different countries have shared their heritage with Folkmoot enthusiasts.
112 Virginia Avenue Waynesville, NC 28786 (828) 365-5872 Get Directions
Haywood Arts Regional Theatre is nestled in the shadow of Cold Mountain in Waynesville, North Carolina, The HART Theatre, founded in 1985, is a semi-professional community theatre showcasing the talents of the people of the region and beyond.
250 Pigeon Street Waynesville, NC 28786 (828) 456-6322 Get Directions
Our dining theater features fabulous food, free films, and a fantastic local draft beer selection. We specialize in pizza, tri-tip, wraps, steaks& plenty of vegetarian options. Love and local ingredients are in our food.
617 West Main Street Sylva, NC 28779 (828) 586-3555 Get Directions
You don't have to travel to the big city to see great acts - come see them at the Peacock, where you're never more than ten rows from the stage! The theater is right of the square in Hayesville. Enjoy live music, community theatre, special events & available rental. The Performing Center now offers wine for sale at our evening performances, along with soft drinks, bottled water & concessions. Enjoy a glass with friends in the lobby before the show or during intermission.
301 Church Street Hayesville, NC 28904 (828) 389-2787 Get Directions
The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts is one ofthe premiere venues for world-class performances and artists in Western NorthCarolina and the surrounding areas. The stunning architecture, technical facilities,and impeccable acoustics attract and maintain the highest professionalstandards for both the audience and the performing arts.This state-of-the-art theater is 40,000 squarefeet and seats 1,500. The theater offers a wide range of shows and eventsaimed at both locals and tourists. It is also home to The Overlook Theatre Company.Other performances range from comedy,children's, country, contemporary Christian,Gospel, folk music, choral festivals,bluegrass, dance, professional dramatroupes, second-run movies, theaterworkshops, and training programs. Thetheater nurtures the development,understanding, and appreciation of the artsthroughout the community and region.The theater is located next door to The FunFactory in the Smokies. For detailed eventschedules and information, or to purchasetickets, call or visit us online.
1028 Georgia Road Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 524-1598 Get Directions
This powerful outdoor drama, re-enacts Cherokee history from the first contact with Europeans through the tragic "Trail of Tears". The story, told from a Cherokee perspective by descendents of those who avoided removal is presented nightly except Sundays from June through mid August.
564 Tsali Blvd Cherokee, NC 28719 (828) 497-2111 Get Directions

Tours-Self Guided

Travel the Appalachian Mural Trail and view historical outdoor murals; great art telling the stories and showcasing the beauty of Appalachia. Create your personal trail map for a mural adventure!
P. O. Box 339 Tuckasegee, NC 28783 (828) 293-2239 Get Directions
Your guide to traditional music of the NC mountains, trip tools, calendar, maps, videos and more!
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership195 Hemphill Knob Road Asheville, NC 28803 (828) 298-5330 Get Directions
Meet Your Handheld Tour Guide! The UGo Tour app puts local stories in the palm of your hand through walking & driving audio tours. Now, you can search, explore & discover great new stories wherever you go! DOWNLOAD from Google Play store. GPS-enabled, search by name, type or region, download tours ahead, QR-code enabled, in-depth info about each stop & area, StoryPoints provide professional audio narration & story content at each point of interest.
29 Ravyns CroftSuite 102 Asheville, NC 28803 (828) 390-3751 Get Directions

Train Excursion

All aboard for a historic and scenic journey. That's an invitation to a delightful journey through the majestic mountains and colorful countryside of Western North Carolina, over a sprawling lake, past rushing rivers, through a deep mountain gorge and into dark mountain tunnels. The railroad operates year-round, with schedules varying seasonally. All trains depart Bryson City.
225 Everett Street Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 586-8811 Get Directions

Zip Lining

We have combined the alpine adventure courses of Europe with the rain forest canopy tours of Central America to create Highlands Aerial Park. Located at an elevation 3,400 feet high atop High Holly Mountain, with long-range views of mile-high Blue Ridge Mountain ranges of Georgia and North Carolina. The lush, virgin, old-growth forest infused with peaks and knolls, whose creeks and springs carve gorges and waterfalls, creates a wondrous natural terrain ideal for this ecologically-inspired family adventure park.
9625 Dillard Road Scaly Mountain, NC 28775 (828) 526-8773 Get Directions
NOC offers five aerial and zip line adventures with something for every one and every budget. Our signature course is NOC's Mountaintop Zip Line Tour. There are many zip line canopy tours, but there are none like the Mountaintop. The Mountaintop is perched on the rim of the Nantahala Gorge, over 600 feet above the Nantahala River below, featuring 360-degree views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala Gorge. While most zip line tours glide from tree to tree in forest canopies, the Mountaintop flies from ridgeline to ridgeline, culminating in the longest zip line in the region, a dramatic half-mile mega zip. For the less adventurous, try NOC's Zip Line Adventure Park or "ZLAP." Located adjacent to NOC's Nantahala rafting operation, the ZLAP features 16 aerial adventure elements, from beginner to advanced, along with an exciting 600-foot dual zipline. Riders can weigh as little as 60 pounds.
13077 Hwy 19 West Bryson City, NC 28713 (866) 297-5281 Get Directions
Summer and winter zip line tours on The Vordach! Zip Lining Brochure Ski Brochure Foot Golf
127 Cherokee Trail Sapphire, NC 28774 (828) 743-7663 Get Directions
Ziplining for the whole family in the Nantahala Gorge!
10345 Hwy. 19 W. Bryson City, NC 28713 (800) 488-2384 Get Directions