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Sights, Sounds, Events, Exploration, Flavors, and Life in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains

Best Hikes in Smoky Mountain National Park - Mt LeConte via The Boulevard Trail by Brian Whitener

Hiking in Smoky Mountains National Park is a real thrill and there is just something about nature that can revamp our soul. One of the most epic and best hikes in Smoky Mountains National Park is without a doubt Mt LeConte via The Boulevard Trail. This is a slightly longer hike compared to the traditional way to Mt LeConte, via Alum Cave Trail, but it is a more gradual climb with interesting geological features, flora, fauna, panoramic views, historical buildings, and, yes, you are still able to see the Alum Cave Bluffs!  This is without a doubt a trail worth exploring so grab a group, plan a couple days, and allow us to share with you an overview of what you will experience while hiking The Boulevard in Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Pet Friendly Trails and Activities in The Smoky Mountains by Sarah Whitener

Finding cabins in Cherokee NC pet friendly or pet friendly trails in the Smoky Mountains can be hard, but we have a few tips to help you and your pets have a fun, memorable trip. Here is our guide to dining, exploring, and relaxing in the Great Smoky Mountains with your animal companions.

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Hike Pinnacle Park in Sylva by Brian Whitener

If you’re looking for a challenging place for hiking in Western NC with rewarding views from the summit then look no further than Pinnacle Park in Sylva NC. Pet friendly trails in the Smoky Mountains are hard to find but the trails here are indeed pet friendly. This protected conservation land is an old watershed for the town of Sylva NC. There is the main trail system that leads to the Pinnacle as well as a lower loop trail that would make for an easy stroll as you weave your way through the forest floors and over many creek crossings.  Remnants of the town water supply still remain and make this a very interesting place for a hike in the smoky mountains.

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Smoky Mountain Country Club-Golf Courses in The Smoky Mountains by Brian Whitener

If your looking for a relaxing golf outing then look no further than Smoky Mountain Country Club in Whittier NC! A golf course nestled in a mountain valley and a great place to golf in the Smoky Mountains. Minutes from Bryson City, Cherokee, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park! View details, tips, tricks, and our insiders guide below!

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One of A Kind Golf in Cherokee North Carolina by Brian Whitener

If your looking for a truly one-of-a-kind, scenic, and challenging golf outing then look no further than Sequoyah National Golf in Cherokee NC! A spectacular place to golf in the Smoky Mountains and only minutes from Bryson City, Cherokee, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Oconaluftee Indian Village - A Step Back In Time at This Inexpensive Activity In Cherokee NC by Sarah Whitener

Wondering what there is to do or activities in Cherokee NC? Take a trip back in time to the 1760’s to see how the Cherokee people lived, worked, and socialized. The Oconaluftee Indian Village is a real gem and one of the best Cherokee NC attractions for learning local history!   If you are looking for activities in Cherokee NC with the whole family the Oconaluftee Indian Village is a perfect fit and visitors of all ages will love it!

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Whiteoak Branch Hike to Forney Creek by Brian Whitener

Dare to take a Beautiful Hike one step above and away from the touristy Deep Creek near Bryson City NC! One of the best hiking loops in the Bryson City NC area is found just past the tunnel on the Lakeview Drive! This hidden gem is very quiet and depending on the time of year, you may not see anyone else on the trail past the touristy section of the 1/4 mile “Road to Nowhere” Tunnel. This 8 mile loop is a great step up from hiking in the very popular Deep Creek area. It’s not only a step up in length and challenge; but a step away from tourists for a serene and peaceful encounter with nature. I think it may be the perfect hike for those craving a little more than a hike in Deep Creek.

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Hike along the Appalacian Trail to the Jumpoff by Sarah Whitener

Looking for a ridge top Hike along the Appalacian Trail? We have the perfect one for you! The hike to the "Jump Off" is relatively easy for an intermediate hiker while adding a challenging for the novice. No matter what it's well worth the trek and very rewarding!  Once you reach the peak you will experience one of the best views in the Smoky Mountains.  With the panoramic views of the mountains, beautiful woodland paths, and impressive rock features this hike certainly qualifies as one of the most scenic places in the Smoky Mountains.

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The World Famous Nantahala Outdoor Center and Nantahala Gorge by Sarah Whitener

Traveling to the Smokies? If you are looking for things to do in Bryson City, NC the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) offers fun for adventurers of all ages.  It is conveniently located only a scenic 20 mile drive from town.  Guests can also make their way to NOC by train on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad(link). Founded in 1972 the NOC headquarters are positioned at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Nantahala River.  The 500 acre adventure center provides a variety of outdoor activities, shopping, and dining.

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