Tucked in North Carolina’s westernmost corner, you’ll find the storied Great Smoky Mountains. Discover their richness and beauty in the ancestral home of the Cherokee, or let Bryson City or Waynesville serve as home base as you explore trout streams and lush, protected forests.

Look & Feel


  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Tail of the Dragon
  • Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort
  • Fontana Dam
  • Rafting, Cycling & Fly Fishing
  • Gem Mining


Winter 51°
Spring 69°
Summer 84°
Fall 71°
  • The Swag bed and breakfast in Waynesville
  • Woman standing in walking path behind and under large waterfallDry Falls near Highlands
  • A motorcycle on the Tail of the Dragon in Robbinsville
  • Innovation Brewing in Sylva
  • Four people on raft going down whitewaters with rocks in backgroundWhitewater rafting at Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City
  • Lake Junaluska Overlook in Cherokee
  • Ten Acre Garden in Canton
  • Great Smoky Mountains near Maggie Valley
  • John C. Campbell Folk School along the Cherokee County and Clay County line
  • Four Adirondack chairs sitting on a green lawn looking out onto trees, lake and hillsOld Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands

Getting Around


Getting There

Interstate 40
U.S. Route 74
McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)
Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)

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When you like your beer with a view... Andrews is a great small town in western NC and its brewery is one of my favorite places to stop when I am kayaking nearby. Kid-friendly too. #simplyawesometrips #smalltownusa #westernnc #andrewsbrewingcompany #visitnc #craftbeer

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Had a beautiful weekend in the mountains. Started with a treetop cabana soak, a little gambling in Cherokee, hiking, tubing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Not pictured my near death experience tubing 🦋🍃🍄🎰🏔🛁 #latergram #collectmomentsnotthings #lakeview #freakinnature

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Spent a beautiful Saturday hiking in the mountains in the greatsmokynps. On the way out of the park we passed our first eastern elk for the year. #drivehikerepeat #freshairclub #visitmysmokies #theblueridgers #visitnc #goneoutdoors #blueridgemoments #beanoutsider #nationalparkgeek #wandermore #stayandwonder #staywild #instanature #instawildlife #usinterior #wildernessculture #nikonz7 #nikonglobal #smokymountains #scenicnc #friendsofthesmokies #national_park_photography #np10k #getoutsideandplay #naturenc #gsmnp #splendid_animals #wildplanet

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