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Discover the Wonders of the North Carolina Smoky Mountains

Welcome to the North Carolina Smoky Mountains! Here you’ll find spectacular scenery as awe-inspiring mountain landscapes give way to cascading waterfalls, wildlife, and countless outdoor activities. Consider this site as your official source for Smoky Mountain travel planning.

Discover all the best spots to hike, mountain bike, fish, and go whitewater rafting. Take a refreshing dip in a mountain stream, or visit one of the hundreds of waterfalls throughout the area. Set out on a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which begins in Cherokee, to soak up the stunning views from the comfort of your car. Keep an eye out for the beautiful native wildflowers, watch Elk as they graze in the fields of their native habitat, or take the family to a gem mine to find buried treasure.

The Smokies are part of the southern Appalachian mountains, which are
some of the oldest in the world. Explore the area’s rich cultural heritage at local museums and heritage sites. Take a stroll through historic downtowns, sample delicious local cuisine, and browse the unique boutiques and art galleries that dot the region.

Looking for a little rest and relaxation after an exciting day of outdoor
adventure? The Smoky Mountains offer a range of accommodations to suit every style and budget, from cozy cabins and rustic lodges to luxurious resorts and spas.

Mountain Town

The seven counties that make up the Smokies in Western North Carolina offer unique and diverse landscapes for outdoor activities.

Mountain Towns

The seven counties that make up the Smokies in Western North Carolina offer unique and diverse landscapes for outdoor activities.

Mountain Town

The seven counties that make up the Smokies in Western North Carolina offer unique and diverse landscapes for outdoor activities.

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Mountain Towns

Venture into the heart of our southern Appalachian towns and discover their unique and vibrant culture. Stroll along main streets lined with quaint boutiques, art galleries, and charming cafés.

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Outdoor Adventure

When the Outdoors is as challenging, exciting, varied, and beautiful as it is in the Great Smoky Mountains, it’s just a darn shame to stay inside. Outdoor activities in the Smoky Mountains make for an adventurer’s paradise year round.

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Discover the Smokies' stunning waterways! Here you’ll experience a range of outdoor water sports on the captivating Smoky Mountain Blueway Trails.

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Tours & Excursions

Join experienced guides on adventure tours to see breathtaking waterfalls, wild elk, resident songbirds or legendary firefly displays.

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Cultural Education

As the home of the Cherokee people, early Scotch Irish settlers and countless generations of self-reliant Appalachian folk, the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina offer many opportunities to encounter the ways of the past.

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Food & Drink

In the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, you’ll find the best variety of dining experiences, from breweries to fine dining. Try something different every night you’re here!

Smoky Mountain Vacation Inspiration


Hike through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, paddle down the rapids with the Nantahala Outdoor Center, take a scenic train ride with the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, or explore the rich cultural heritage of the Cherokee Tribe. This region of natural wonder and discovery is sure to create an unforgettable experience.

The diverse landscapes of this region offer countless opportunities to explore nature. You can embark on scenic hikes in the national forests and witness stunning waterfalls, camp in the backcountry, or enjoy the serenity of a peaceful lake. Additionally, the region boasts access to renowned rivers for world-class whitewater fun.

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Harrah's Cherokee Casino

Nightlife &

When the sun sets, prepare for a thrilling nightlife experience. You’ll find this region boasts an array of exciting activities. Try your luck at the gaming tables or slot machines at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, catch live music performances at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, and don’t miss the outdoor drama, Unto These Hills, which tells the story of the Cherokee people and their history in the region.

Beyond the casino and performing arts center, the North Carolina Smokies offers a variety of bars and music venues. From laid-back dive bars to upscale cocktail lounges, there’s no shortage of options for those looking to enjoy a night out. And with a diverse range of musical genres, from country and bluegrass to rock and roll, there’s something for every taste.


Unlock the wonders of the North Carolina Smoky Mountains with our downloadable Visitors Guide. This comprehensive resource is your key to discovering hidden gems, breathtaking viewpoints, and charming towns. Packed with insider tips it ensures you make the most of your adventure. 

Whether you seek outdoor thrills, cultural immersion, or a tranquil retreat, the North Carolina Smoky Mountain Visitors Guide is your ultimate companion. Download below, or call 828-369-9606 to request a copy in the mail.



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