The 15 Best Smoky Mountain Waterfalls to Visit

Laurel Falls Smoky Mountains

Of all the Great Smoky Mountains attractions, chasing waterfalls is arguably among the most popular and rewarding activities.   The Great Smoky Mountain waterfalls are abundant and breathtaking, with hikes that appeal to every age and ability level. In our experience, many of these Great Smoky Mountains waterfalls are among the most impressive natural attractions … Read more

Exploring the Mt Pisgah Campground in Canton NC

Mount Pisgah Overlook

If you’re eager to spend time at one of the best campgrounds near Canton NC, look no further than the ever-popular Mt Pisgah Campground. Located at Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 408.8, at an impressive elevation of 4,980 feet, this particular Pisgah campground is in a perfect spot for exploring the surrounding areas. Camping in the Pisgah … Read more

The 20 Best Things to Do in Cherokee NC & the Qualla Boundary

The Best Things to Do in Cherokee NC & the Qualla Boundary

[Updated May 9, 2023] Cherokee, North Carolina is not like any other town we’ve ever visited during our extensive explorations of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  That’s partly because most of the area lies within the Qualla Boundary, which is held as a land trust by the US Bureau of Indian Affairs for the federally recognized Eastern … Read more

The Top 20 Waterfalls Near Brevard NC (Transylvania County)

Hiking to Triple Falls in DuPont State Forest

[Updated April 24, 2023]  In a region wrought with spectacular waterfalls, no place has nearly as many as Transylvania County, North Carolina. Encompassing 381 square miles, the area is home to some 250 waterfalls! The county seat of Transylvania is the tiny mountain town of Brevard NC, which has a population of less than 10,000 … Read more

Visiting Mingus Mill in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Cherokee NC)

Water flume on the side of Mingus Mill in Cherokee NC

With the endless array of things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it can be difficult to figure out which activities and attractions to prioritize. If you’re even remotely interested in the history of the Appalachian range, don’t miss a chance at visiting Mingus Mill in NC. Located just 4 miles north of Cherokee, … Read more

20 Best Things to Do in Bryson City NC & Swain County (2023)

Downtown Bryson City seen from the Oconaluftee Loft Balcony

[Updated February 13, 2023] Bryson City is surrounded by Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the north, Fontana Lake to the west, Cherokee NC to the east, and the Nantahala National Forest to the south.  So even a shortlist of the best things to do in Bryson City NC could include dozens of exciting activities … Read more

20 Ways to Celebrate Christmas in the Smoky Mountains (NC & TN)

Dollywood Christmas Pigeon Forge TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most popular of all the national parks in the United States. And if you’re looking for unspoiled natural beauty, it’s arguably the best place to visit in the Smoky Mountains. But when it comes to the holiday season, the best things to do in the Smoky Mountains in … Read more

The 15 Best Things to Do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Things to do in the Smoky Mountains - Couple at Newfound Gap Cherokee NC

Straddling the boundary of North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompasses over 500,000 acres and is the most visited of all the U.S. National Parks. Part of it is located in the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee people, who occupied the territory prior to the 1830s Indian Removal Act and … Read more

The 33 Best Western North Carolina Waterfalls for Hiking

20 Western North Carolina Waterfalls - School House Falls

[Updated August 20, 2022] Spend any time in the Blue Ridge Mountains you’ll quickly realize that Westen North Carolina waterfalls are a big thing here. Waterfalls in NC can be as literally big– as in over 800 feet high– as they are numerous. You’ll find approximately 250 waterfalls just in the 381-square-mile Transylvania County, located … Read more