Monday, February 9, 2015

North Carolina's Balsam Lake is the Perfect Spot to Fish, Kayak, and Canoe

Balsam Lake is a great warmer-weather spot to canoe, kayak or fish, and a year round opportunity to walk the paths. The area is also a special access point for people with mobility issues. Handicap accessible paths and fishing piers make it one of the few places like it in the region that is suitable for all anglers of all abilities. A Recreation Day Use Area near the 8-acre Balsam Lake offers picnic shelter and vault toilet. Non-motorized boats are permitted. The fishing piers, trail and toilet are accessible.

Balsam Lake’s shores are also home to the Balsam Lake Lodge, which has 16 bunks and is available for vacation rentals.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Roads to Adventure - Robbinsville, Fontana Dam, Lake Santeetlah, and Stecoah, North Carolina

Graham County, North Carolina, is home to 4 vibrant outdoorsy towns, including Robbinsville (voted #2 in the Best Outdoor Towns by Blue Ridge Outdoors readers), Fontana Dam, Lake Santeetlah, and Stecoah.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Bryson City North Carolina Named Top Town By Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Readers

 Blue Ridge Outdoors (BRO) magazine named Bryson City the Top Outdoor Town for 2014. More than 85,000 votes from BRO readers and fans poured in over a four week period to determine the winner. According to Will Harlan, BRO editor-in-chief, "With Great Smoky Mountains National Park and world-class whitewater at its doorstep, Bryson City is the perfect base camp for big adventure. The Tuck flows right through town, and the Appalachian Trail, Nantahala River, Fontana Lake and Tsali singletrack are just a stone's throw away." Read more:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Outdoor Fun in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains

Enjoy these family-friendly activities in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Darnell Farms, Bryson City
J.W.Mitchell Farms, Franklin
Hayesville Evening Market, Hayesville
Thomas Berry Farms, Sylva
Walnut Hollow Ranch, Hayesville
Horseback Riding
Arrowmont Stables & Cabins, Sylva / Cashiers
Carolina Outfitters Whitewater Rafting, Bryson City
Chunky Gal Stables, Hayesville
Smokemont Stables, Cherokee, Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Fontana Village Resort, Fontana
Nantahala Village Mountain Resort, Bryson City
Walnut Hollow Ranch, Hayesville
Gem Mining
Gold City Gem Mine, Franklin
Jackson Hole Trading Post, Highlands
Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine, Franklin
Nantahala River Gem Mine, Bryson City
Primitive Outback, Inc., Otto
Rocky Face Gem Mine, Franklin
Rose Creek Mine, Franklin
Zip Lining
Highlands Aerial Park, Scaly Mountain
Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wine Around the Square in Downtown Hayesville, NC

Taste wine with 10 area vineyards while strolling inside and around the Square to visit with local artisans and businesses. Specialty foods will be available for purchase to enjoy with a variety of wines.

The 2nd Annual Wine Around The Square takes place in historic downtown Hayesville, North Carolina on Friday, October 3, 2014. Cost is $20 per person, and the event runs from 5 PM - 9 PM

A concert with Susan Riley & the Junction Band starts at 7 PM. Watch for updates at or call 828-389-2121 for more details. Proceeds benefit the Historic Courthouse Resotration Fund. Sponsored by Clay County Communities Revitalization Association.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ken Burns shares secrets of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

"There is a great human story" of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, according to Ken Burns, the Emmy award-winning filmmaker. As co-creator of the PBS series America's Best Idea: The National Parks, Burns and his team spent over six years filming in national parks across the United States. Burns sat down with USA TODAY and shared the secrets of Great Smoky Mountains and nine other national parks for a special 10-part series, Secrets of the National Parks.


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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Whitewater Falls in North Carolina - A Must-See Waterfall This Fall

Must-See Waterfall this Fall: Whitewater Falls, the highest waterfall east of the Rockies, falling 411 feet! The walkway to this waterfall viewing area is 1/4 mile and paved, making easy access for wheelchairs and strollers. The walkway begins at the end of the parking lot. A lower overlook with an even better view is located at the bottom of 154 wooden steps. There is a $2 cash fee per person, so be prepared to pay. To get there, travel south on 107 out of Cashiers NC, cross the SC/NC state line. Turn left (E) on SC 413. Continue for 2.3 miles until it dead-ends at SC 130. Turn left (N) on SC 130. Continue for 1.2 miles. After passing Nantahala National Forest, Whitewater Falls sign, turn right into parking lot.

Whitewater Falls, North Carolina