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Western Mts. of N.C. any places of interest?

Discussion in 'Carolina Glockers' started by RugerFan58, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. My wife and I are going to Sapphire Valley Resort in N.C. in a few weeks to explore the area and I was wondering if anyone here could suggest some places of interest to visit while we're there. Sometimes your better off going by word of mouth than listening to chambers of commerce or travel guides. We're hoping to do some hiking and hit alot of back roads so we can see what only the locals see. Any suggestions you could send our way will be greatly appreciated.:bowdown:
     
  2. g29andy

    g29andy CLM

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    The Biltmore estate, although the gardens won't be in bloom. They have a winery as well.
     


  3. magnum62

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    Enjoy the trip !! Spend as much time on the Blue Ridge Parkway as you can. I have driven it several times and never tire of it. There are lots of stops, small towns and sites worth taking in. Biltmore Estate is within driving distance and worth the trip .Cashiers, NC is a great place to visit, Harrah's Casino is in Cherokee, NC, is also within driving distance. Maggie Valley. Lots of stuff to numerous to mention. I hope you enjoy the area !
     
  4. Thanks !! My wife is a gardener so we won't miss that. She's been looking for gardens and was wondering if it was open this time of year.
     
  5. I hope the Blue Ridge Parkway is even open. Every time we're down that way it is closed because of snow. I'd love to get some pictures of deer and bear while we're there.
     
  6. Blondie

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    There are several nice small towns to check out: Cashiers, Franklin and Bryson City. Be sure to walk up to Cheoah Bald. Its just a short walk after a pretty drive just north of Franklin. Of course there might not be much going on this time of year. We went through there in Sept. of '06 I think, and things were winding down it seemed.
     
  7. GT Null

    GT Null "It's on, cuz"

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    Go to Highlands, just 15 minutes (30 since youre a tourist). Lots of shops.

    I went to college outside of Sylva. So i know the place well.

    Lots of places to go hiking...
     
  8. dfowler21

    dfowler21 NFA this!

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    Had to be WCU. I dated a girl that went there a few years back. Love the area, especially all the motorcycle friendly roads. Not much to do in Cullowhee though.
     
  9. GT Null

    GT Null "It's on, cuz"

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    Cant resist attaching a couple pics:

    Pictures from: Sunset Rock and Whitside Mtn. (Devils courhouse)

    These are pictures taken by myself.
     
  10. GT Null

    GT Null "It's on, cuz"

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    Yep... Not much to do at all.

    I remember the first night in the dorms, i think i remember at least 4 ambulances coming from another dorm from alcohol poisoning (at least thats all i could think they were there for).

    Awesome times...
     
  11. major

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  12. Joe Tactical

    Joe Tactical NRA Member

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    Check out Fonatana Lake and dam. I think it is very scenic, but then again I have only been there in Summer/Fall.
     
  13. magnum62

    magnum62 BucketHead

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    Weather should be good, I don't live too far from there now (90 minutes or so).
    It seems as if I've lived near some portion of the Parkway most of my life. There are lots of sites on the Parkway as well
     
  14. Thanks everybody for the suggestions. We'll check every one of them out. We'll be there a week so we'll have plenty of time to explore. I REALLY hope the BRP is open Magnum62....I REALLY do.
     
  15. 8W56

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    Well we have not had a lot of snow or bad weather this year so the parkway has not been closed much at all. While you are up that way you can check out paradise falls near cedar cliff lake. Hwy 107 N will bring you down the mountain into Cullowhee and the WCU area. Depending on when you will be here you might be able to catch a performance at our Fine and Performing Arts Center at WCU. The Biltmore Estate is also very nice but the gardens are not much to look at this time of year. I grew up here in WNC and know the area very well. I work at WCU so I know that end of Jackson County as well. If you have any specific things you are looking to do just let me know and I will be glad to point you in the right direction. Oh, my little town (Maggie Valley) is also a popular tourist area too.
     
  16. Think we'll arrive Feb. 1st so hopefully the Parkway will be open. My wife has driven most of it and has nothing but good things to say about it. I on the other hand have only seen gated roads every time we've tried to see it. Maybe this will be my year to finally see it ? We like to visit historical landmarks, flea markets, and natural sites like the Paradise Falls you mentioned. It's normal for us to drive 200-300 miles a day exploring while we're on vacation. We try to see at least one Civil War related site everytime we vacation in the South. We'll try to see as much as possible while we're there. Can't wait.
     
  17. Joe Tactical

    Joe Tactical NRA Member

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