Resources & Services

The Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina are a place like no other. Whether you’re here for just a short time, are planning a special celebration or group getaway, or are thinking of making these mountains your new home, our local member businesses are here to help.

Choose from historic and scenic venues as the backdrop for your wedding or special event, from mountain farms to romantic retreats and small town charm. Local vendors create a personalized experience for any occasion or gatherings of family, friends or business groups.

Connect with personal services from medical centers to hair and nail salons, pet services, accounting and attorneys. Professional service providers can take your home or business to the next level with custom construction, bespoke marketing and design services, banking, printing and more.

And when you’ve decided to make the North Carolina Smokies your home, one of our local real estate agents would love to help you find the home of your dreams.

Contact any of these excellent local businesses directly using the contact information in their listing below, or visit one of our area visitor centers or chambers of commerce to connect with the event, relocation, personal or professional services you’re looking for.

Baxley's Chocolates, Inc.
We Are Passionate When It Comes to Our Chocolate. We have been “Crafting Sweet Memories” for three generations. Now you can bring those sweet memories home to your family and friends. You will appreciate the quality that comes with care and dedication to crafting small batch, handmade chocolates. We also have brittles, signature toffees, caramels, salted caramels, peanut butter meltaways and sugar plums!
546 West Main Street Sylva, NC 28779 (828) 631-3379 Get Directions
Group Reservations: Nestled in a private cove on 70 acres adjoining the Nantahala National Forest, Hawkesdene is a mountain lodging experience unmatched in the area -- an elegantly appointed estate with private rooms and cottages -- A picturesque setting for romantic getaways, family reunions, business retreats and weddings. Just minutes away, you can enjoy golf, fly fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, scenic drives, shopping and white-water rafting.
381 Phillips Creek Rd. Andrews, NC 28901 (828) 321-6027 Get Directions
BEAUTY AND CHARM FOR ALL YOUR SPECIAL EVENTS ​The perfect venue for weddings, family gatherings or celebrations of life. A memorable location for meetings, classes, gala dinners, trade expos and cultural events, as well as concerts, dances, community events and children's programs. The restored former courtroom upstairs provides great flexibility in your planning. A ground floor meeting room allows for smaller gatherings or an extension of your main event. A full catering kitchen enhances your occasion. Come experience the quaint serenity of a bygone era at the Beal Center.
25 Herbert Street Hayesville, NC 28904 (828) 415-1623 Get Directions
McGuires Millrace Farm
Event & Wedding Venue - Conferences & Retreats Seating for 230 persons Lodging: 6 rooms for 30 people capacity
600 Hendrix Road Murphy, NC 28906 (828) 837-0015 Get Directions
Sky Valley Country Club
WEDDINGS At Sky Valley Country Club. You have just discovered the ideal venue for bridal luncheons, showers, rehearsal dinners, weddings, and receptions. You will be delighted with our world class setting and the personalized service provided by our staff. Sky Valley Country Club is nestled in a lush valley surrounded by mountain vistas, amidst beautiful water features, quaint bridges, historic landmarks and the incredible natural beauty that our Blue Ridge Mountains flora perfectly displays. You will be thrilled with the stunning backdrops these settings will provide for your Wedding portraits. The New Sky Valley Clubhouse is 13,000 square feet, and opened in June 2013. It is architecturally stunning, offering a comfortable, yet refined ambiance of rustic elegance to welcome your guests. The dining room features high ceilings, ambient lighting and showcases a floor to ceiling fireplace that accentuates this beautiful room. Ideal for any event, the dining room comfortably accommodates up to 150 seated guests, or a strolling reception of 200. Sky Valley Country Club’s professional staff looks forward to serving you. Our Clubhouse Manager/Events Coordinator ,Elizabeth Truax and her team offer you extensive expertise in event service. Taking advantage of the resources Rabun County provides as the Farm-to-Table Capitol of Georgia, you can expect amazing seasonal, fresh ingredients prepared by our Chef . Our Culinary Team will ensure that the quality of the cuisine style you select will be the best to compliment your occasion. Our Chef is just as creative with Vegan dishes and other special dietary requests, so you can be assured that every guest is treated to tantalizing taste selections of your choosing Our Clubhouse Manager/Events Coordinator, Elizabeth Truax has vast experience and has specialized in working with clients to create an experience offering you the ideal canvas to create your own masterpiece. You will find Elizabeth able to be of tremendous service, focusing on every detail to make your Wedding Day perfect. We offer your choice of seated/plated meals, buffets, and food station menus in several price packages. The beverage tier selections include signature cocktails and mocktails. The wedding packet includes floor plans, rental fees and what your rental fee includes. Contact her today to request your wedding information. We know you will appreciate our complimentary audio/visual services and state-of-the-art sound system. Please don’t forget to check with us about availability to save your special date
568 Sky Valley Way #1 Sky Valley, GA 30537 (706) 746-5302 Get Directions
Duke Energy

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271 NP & L Loop Franklin, NC 28734 (800) 777-9898 Get Directions
Franklin Office Supply
Franklin Office Supply wanted to bridge the gap between the often limited rural availability for supplies most individuals and small businesses need. We offer ink and toner, laser printers, card stock, colored paper, architectural copies, scan and email service, banners, table covers, stationery, and personalized stamps. With the addition of a seasoned graphic design specialist in March 2016, even more print specialties to brand small businesses were added. If you can dream it, we can do it (or even design the dream for you).
161 Highlands Road Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 349-7468 Get Directions
Jeff Johnson Timber Frames Inc.
“We put wood together with wood.” – Jeff Johnson We are a small, owner-operated timber frame company in the southwestern mountains of North Carolina. We operate with a staff of joiners and designers with 63 combined years experience. We take pride in our craft and the tradition of quality workmanship. We make the extra effort to be sure your timber frame or post and beam structure is constructed with the highest quality joinery. Our joints are fully housed including knee braces. Housed joinery increases the strength and stability of any timber frame structure. We also offer various options in wood species for timber frame homes, entry ways, carports and pavilions. For photos and details on our joinery and wood species options for timber frames, please visit our Timber Frame Construction page.
562 Terrell Road Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 524-7585 Get Directions
Mountain Power Washing
Our experienced pressure washing business provides top quality exterior cleaning work to ensure your home or business looks its best! We ensure Mountain Power washing will give you: Improved Curb Appeal, Removal of Dangerous Mold & Algae Growth and 100% satisfaction Guarantee.
85 Horse Apple Tree Lane Otto, NC 28763 (828) 371-9261 Get Directions
Riddle Design Co
Providing strategic and visually appealing branding, graphic design and marketing services.
6224 Jeffrey Road Richmond, VA 23226 (864) 933-6613 Get Directions
Ridgetop Associates
Ridgetop Associates has been offering professional services in governmental affairs, public relations and association management since 1985.

The principals, David and Betty Huskins have over thirty years experience in the field and have won numerous awards for their work. Each has served on numerous governmental-related boards and commissions, appointed by legislative and governmental leaders.
48 NC 183 Linville Falls, NC 28647 (828) 765-2658 Get Directions
St. John's Episcopal Cartoogechaye is a vibrant church family balancing worship, study, fellowship and service. We are an active part of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina. Our worship is traditional Episcopalian worship centered in the book of Common Prayer. We celebrate Holy Eucharist every Sunday at 9:30 and we worship in our outdoor worship area when it is above 60 degrees and clear. We have a Wednesday evening service at 5 o'clock using the service compline.
542 St. John's Church Road Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 524-6370 Get Directions
Carolina Mountain Homes
It is hard to argue with the benefits of experience, especially when it comes to real estate. At Carolina Mountain Homes, we have been helping clients to buy and sell their real estate since 1978. We continue to deliver great customer service, comprehensive marketing and effective negotiating abilities for all of our clients. Whether you are buying or selling, our skills and experience can help you get the outcomes you want from your real estate transactions! Licensed in North Carolina and Georgia for our mountain regional area, we can help you with all your real estate needs throughout Murphy, Marble, Brasstown, Andrews, Hayesville, Culberson, Warne and Topton, NC. We can also assist you in Blairsville, Blue Ridge, Young Harris, Mineral Bluff, Hiawassee and McCaysville, GA.
5530 W. US. 64 Hwy Murphy, NC 28906-8164 (828) 837-7322 Get Directions
Good Life Real Estate-Diane Jones
Whether you’re moving in or moving on, Good Life Real Estate is dedicated to guiding clients through the entire buying, building or selling process, challenges and all. We promise to provide professional, reliable and diligent real estate representation, all with the highest degree of integrity. Trust us to guide you to The Good Life.
162 Everett Street Bryson City, NC 28713 (239) 940-1000 Get Directions
Keller Williams-Sheila Myers
In our experience, a house is not a dream home because of its size or color. It's about how you feel when you walk through the front door - the way you can instantly see your life unfolding there. This is about more than real estate. It's about your life and your dreams! (Serving you with your search for a home or a commercial property.)
1573 Highlands Road Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 524-0100 Get Directions
Modern architecture in the Smokies! Vacation rentals, home purchases, and new construction opportunities with Tim Goodwin
162 Everett Street Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 604-3075 Get Directions
RE/MAX Elite Realty
RE/MAX Elite RealtyLet us help you find your dream home in the mountains! Outstanding Agents, Outstanding Results!
1296 East Main Street Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 349-4600 Get Directions
Sunset Ridge Motorcoach Resort
Your RV is your home away from home, which is why you shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort when traveling. For luxury motor home lots in Franklin, NC, visit Sunset Ridge, which is managed by Wildlife Properties. Each one of these motor home lots in Franklin, NC is generously sized, meticulously landscaped, at least 45’ x 70’, and are located on a paved street with concrete curbing. Each lot has a mountain view, access to the clubhouse with a fireplace, full kitchen, in-ground pool, fitness center and wireless internet. Stop by for a visit, and be truly mesmerized by your peaceful and beautiful surroundings.
Western Carolina Properties-Dillsboro
Your search for real estate in Sylva, Cullowhee, Bryson City, Franklin, Webster, near Western Carolina University, and throughout the western NC mountains starts here. With 2 offices and 12 agents, we have a collective experience in mountain real estate that surpasses all other agencies. Check out our website to see Four Reasons Why Western Carolina Properties is your key to the mountains!

Visit us at our Cullowhee Office! 721 Speedwell Rd
Cullowhee, NC
Phone: 828-293-3708
Fax: 828-293-9589
78 Front Street Dillsboro, NC 28725 (828) 586-3442 Get Directions

Smoky Mountain Visitors Center

Is it your first time in the Smoky Mountains? Have you visited before but ran out of time to do everything you wanted? The Smoky Mountain Visitor Center is exactly what you’ve been looking for. Discover all of the activities, events, history, and natural beauty the region has to offer. Take home keepsakes and memorabilia for friends and family from our gift shop and share your trip through some of the world’s oldest mountains. The Smoky Mountain Visitor Center is managed by Smoky Mountain Host, and it is staffed all year round, seven days a week. In addition to travel information and a unique gift shop featuring many local items, visitors passing through can find a comfortable picnic area and bathroom facilities on site. Let the Smoky Mountain Visitor Center welcome you to one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

Please use for travel information to the North Carolina Smokies or call (828) 369-9606.

Hours of Operation
Open Sunday-Saturday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving


Contact Information
4437 Georgia Rd
Franklin, NC 28734

Smoky Mountain Host Visitor Information Center building

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Macon County Airport

1241 Airport Road
Franklin, NC 28734

Located in beautiful Iotla Valley in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, Macon County Airport is approximately three miles from downtown Franklin, North Carolina. We are convenient to Highlands, Cashiers, Bryson City, Maggie Valley, Dillsboro, & Sylva, NC as well as Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Dillard & Clayton, Georgia – all within a 30 to 45 minute drive.

Hours Of Operation

8:00 a.m. to dusk – After hours service available upon request.


Take Highway 28N from Franklin and then turn left onto Airport Road. Continue for 1 mile and look for the Macon County Airport sign on the right.


The airport has been expanded with 5,000′ business jet accessible runway and state-of-the-art terminal facility with corporate meeting room availability.

Please call 828-524-5529 for more information.

Asheville Regional Airport

The Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is Western North Carolina’s largest airport. It offers jet and commuter service on Continental, US Airways, and Delta through its carriers – Atlantic Southeast Airlines and Comair. Asheville has non-stop service to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New York City, Newark, and Orlando. It is located fifteen miles south of downtown Asheville near the town of Fletcher. Ground transportation and major rental car companies are available at the airport terminal.


Greenville Spartanburg Airport

Flights into Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) located in Greenville, South Carolina, are sometimes cheaper than flying directly to Asheville.

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Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta GA

Hartsfield-Jackson is a global gateway, offering nonstop service to more than 150 domestic and nearly 70 international destinations. These locales include major commercial centers in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Africa, and South and Central America. ATL also holds the distinction of being the first airport in the world to serve more than 100 million passengers in a single year.

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Chambers / Visitor Centers

Blue Ridge Parkway Association
Printed annually for 70 years, the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is the trusted resource for America’s Favorite Drive. This extensive guide includes lodging, attractions and points of interest for the entire 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway, along with visitor information for adjacent communities. Also included – information for Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks. Our free mobile app Blue Ridge Parkway Travel Planner brings the park to your fingertips with maps, history, travel tips and more. Blue Ridge Parkway Association is an official partner of Blue Ridge Parkway - National Park Service.
P.O. Box 2136 Asheville, NC 28802 (828) 670-1924
Clay County Communities Revitalization Assoc.-CCCRA-NC
Enjoy Quanassee Path, Cherokee History Trail, hike/bike the 15-mile Jack Rabbit Trails, festival, free concerts.
42 Herbert Street Hayesville, NC 28904 (828) 389-6531
Visit Charming Dillsboro, NC. SHOP, DINE, RAFT, STAY.
130 Front Street Dillsboro, NC 28725 (828) 631-0900
EBCI Division of Commerce
We eagerly await your arrival and the opportunity to share our culture with you. There are many things to do in Cherokee – attend the breathtaking outdoor Mountainside Theatre for a performance of “Unto These Hills” with the whole family, visit the Museum with its exhibit in partnership with the Smithsonian, Emissaries of Peace, buy a handmade piece of history at the arts and crafts cooperative Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual Inc., experience a working Village with blowgun demonstrations, mask carvings and more – including the new “Hands-On Cherokee” experiential learning classes.
498 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719 (828) 497-1056
EBCI Fisheries & Wildlife Management
Regular stocking of the streams is the responsibility of Cherokee Fish and Game Management that each year adds nearly 400,000 trout to an existing population of fish swimming in the crystal clear mountain waters. These supplemental stockings include rainbow, brook and brown trout of various sizes ranging up to trophy size. A $7.00 tribal permit for each person 12 years of age and over is required to fish in Cherokee streams and ponds. Children under twelve are allowed to fish with a permitted adult. Two, three, and five-day permits are available at a reduced rate and a season's permit costs $150.00. No other type of fishing license is required nor accepted on the reservation. Nearly two dozen businesses in Cherokee are authorized outlets for fishing permits.
1840 Painttown Road Cherokee, NC 28719 (828) 788-3013
Small Town Main Street/Historic Hayesville, Inc. works in partnership with other volunteer organizations to restore, revitalize and beautify our historic downtown.
116 Sanderson Street Hayesville, NC 28904 (828) 389-1862
Tail of the Dragon
Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap with 318 curves in 11 miles, is America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road. Designated US 129, the road is bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest, with no intersecting roads or driveways to hamper your travel. It is considered “the destination” for thousands of motorcycle and sports car fans throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Can you brave it? It’s best to be cautious as the turns are tight, but the Tail of the Dragon is guaranteed to be the ride of your life!
17555 Tapoco Road Robbinsville, NC 28771 (828) 479-8400