Western NC and East TN Destinations

Alan & Kimberly
Alan & Kimberly
Western NC and East TN Destinations

Activities

A local favorite and only a 12- minute drive to fun! Wolf Ridge Snow Tubing, is a 9 minute drive from the cabin.
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Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
578 Valley View Cir
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A local favorite and only a 12- minute drive to fun! Wolf Ridge Snow Tubing, is a 9 minute drive from the cabin.
Pack your hiking gear! An easy 5-minute drive to the NC/TN state line at Sams Gap. With an elevation of almost 3,500 feet, you'll experience some great views! The 14-mile moderately inclined hike to the Big Bald Mountain (elevation 5,516 feet) will give you panoramic views in all directions. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/north-carolina/appalachian-trail-sams-gap-to-big-bald
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AT Sams Gap
4460 Flag Pond Rd
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Pack your hiking gear! An easy 5-minute drive to the NC/TN state line at Sams Gap. With an elevation of almost 3,500 feet, you'll experience some great views! The 14-mile moderately inclined hike to the Big Bald Mountain (elevation 5,516 feet) will give you panoramic views in all directions. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/north-carolina/appalachian-trail-sams-gap-to-big-bald
This treasure was just recently added as a Tennessee State Park. Easy to advanced hiking, depending on the trail you choose. You will not want to head back home without visiting! https://tnstateparks.com/parks/rocky-fork
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Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park
501 Rocky Fork Road
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This treasure was just recently added as a Tennessee State Park. Easy to advanced hiking, depending on the trail you choose. You will not want to head back home without visiting! https://tnstateparks.com/parks/rocky-fork
Offering both rafting and tubing adventures down the scenic French Broad River. https://www.hotspringsraftingco.com/
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Hot Springs Rafting Co.
81 Bridge St
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Offering both rafting and tubing adventures down the scenic French Broad River. https://www.hotspringsraftingco.com/
From day trips or overnight trips to extended Appalachian Trail hikes no matter what time of the year, the High Ridge Adventure guides have years of experience and knowledge to make your time one that will be memorable. Here in Madison County, we have quick access to both the Pisgah National Forest and the AT, two amazing treasures in the hiking world. And, HRA& O is a fully licensed and permitted outfitter (hiking and hunting) for the Pisgah National Forest. Customize your day or days to be exactly what you want and add in fishing and camping as the guides are knowledgeable in those areas, too.
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High Ridge Adventures Outfitting & BBQ
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From day trips or overnight trips to extended Appalachian Trail hikes no matter what time of the year, the High Ridge Adventure guides have years of experience and knowledge to make your time one that will be memorable. Here in Madison County, we have quick access to both the Pisgah National Forest and the AT, two amazing treasures in the hiking world. And, HRA& O is a fully licensed and permitted outfitter (hiking and hunting) for the Pisgah National Forest. Customize your day or days to be exactly what you want and add in fishing and camping as the guides are knowledgeable in those areas, too.
CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE! Zipline canopy tours, whitewater rafting, calm water float trips, canyoneering adventures — we've got it all! Raft & Zipline with us and experience two of Asheville's natural wonders: the French Broad River and the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Best of all, with French Broad Adventures you don't have to choose between ziplining & rafting. We are the only raft/zip combo close enough to Asheville that you can experience and make it back to town in time for dinner. Take advantage of our vacation packages and save on all the thrills, chills, and occasional spills into the water! Try our newest adventure, canyoneering, to explore waterfalls and canyons that 99.9% of tourists will never see.
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French Broad Adventures
12 Good Adventures Ln
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CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE! Zipline canopy tours, whitewater rafting, calm water float trips, canyoneering adventures — we've got it all! Raft & Zipline with us and experience two of Asheville's natural wonders: the French Broad River and the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Best of all, with French Broad Adventures you don't have to choose between ziplining & rafting. We are the only raft/zip combo close enough to Asheville that you can experience and make it back to town in time for dinner. Take advantage of our vacation packages and save on all the thrills, chills, and occasional spills into the water! Try our newest adventure, canyoneering, to explore waterfalls and canyons that 99.9% of tourists will never see.
The only year-round gravity-specific bike park in the southeast is just minutes from the town of Mars Hill. Bailey Mountain Bike Park features over 1000 vertical feet of elevation otherwise unheard of in the Southeast. Loaded with hardwood trees and giant boulders, we are certain the natural landscape will appeal to the rider and spectator alike. This breathtaking mountainside land is being developed and designed specifically for downhill mountain biking.
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Bailey Mountain Bike Park
1370 Bone Camp Rd
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The only year-round gravity-specific bike park in the southeast is just minutes from the town of Mars Hill. Bailey Mountain Bike Park features over 1000 vertical feet of elevation otherwise unheard of in the Southeast. Loaded with hardwood trees and giant boulders, we are certain the natural landscape will appeal to the rider and spectator alike. This breathtaking mountainside land is being developed and designed specifically for downhill mountain biking.
Blue Heron Whitewater offers whitewater rafting trips on North Carolina’s French Broad River near Asheville, NC. Their most popular trips paddle the section of the French Broad River between Marshall and Hot Springs.
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Blue Heron Whitewater
35 Little Pine Rd
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Blue Heron Whitewater offers whitewater rafting trips on North Carolina’s French Broad River near Asheville, NC. Their most popular trips paddle the section of the French Broad River between Marshall and Hot Springs.
Friendly staff, beautiful horses and scenery. Located inside Wolf Laurel Resort.
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Bucktown Stables
5904 Bald Mountain Rd
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Friendly staff, beautiful horses and scenery. Located inside Wolf Laurel Resort.

Sightseeing

Explore daily life on an early 1800s plantation in the Blue Ridge Mountains. https://historicsites.nc.gov/all-sites/zebulon-b-vance-birthplace
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Vance Birthplace
911 Reems Creek Rd
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Explore daily life on an early 1800s plantation in the Blue Ridge Mountains. https://historicsites.nc.gov/all-sites/zebulon-b-vance-birthplace
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a ribbon of road that weaves through the region’s vibrant living traditions. From Cherokee life and agricultural history to Southern Appalachian crafts and music, the Parkway’s 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina offer many ways to explore rich traditions. https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/
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Blue Ridge Parkway
3884 Blue Ridge Parkway
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The Blue Ridge Parkway is a ribbon of road that weaves through the region’s vibrant living traditions. From Cherokee life and agricultural history to Southern Appalachian crafts and music, the Parkway’s 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina offer many ways to explore rich traditions. https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/
The WNC Nature Center is home to sixty species of wild and domestic animals and hundreds of species of plants, all representative of this unique bioregion, the Southern Appalachians. WildWNC.org
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WNC Nature Center
75 Gashes Creek Rd
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The WNC Nature Center is home to sixty species of wild and domestic animals and hundreds of species of plants, all representative of this unique bioregion, the Southern Appalachians. WildWNC.org
Carl Sandburg provided a popular voice for the American people of the twentieth century and still speaks to us through his words, activism, music and the beauty and serenity of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.
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Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
1800 Little River Rd
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Carl Sandburg provided a popular voice for the American people of the twentieth century and still speaks to us through his words, activism, music and the beauty and serenity of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.
Whether you are looking for a way to simply enjoy a relaxing end of a day or have finished hiking a stretch of the nearby Appalachian Trail, you can soak in the natural hot mineral waters in Hot Springs, NC, at the Hot Springs Resort and Spa. The clear carbonated waters are world famous for their mineral content and legendary healing powers. And, the process has been upgraded to 21st century standards as the waters fill modern outdoor Jacuzzi type hot tubs that are drained and sanitized after each use. Sit in one of the secluded outdoor tubs and look out over the beautiful setting of the French Broad River or Spring Creek.
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Hot Springs Resort And Spa
315 Bridge St
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Whether you are looking for a way to simply enjoy a relaxing end of a day or have finished hiking a stretch of the nearby Appalachian Trail, you can soak in the natural hot mineral waters in Hot Springs, NC, at the Hot Springs Resort and Spa. The clear carbonated waters are world famous for their mineral content and legendary healing powers. And, the process has been upgraded to 21st century standards as the waters fill modern outdoor Jacuzzi type hot tubs that are drained and sanitized after each use. Sit in one of the secluded outdoor tubs and look out over the beautiful setting of the French Broad River or Spring Creek.
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Thomas Wolfe Memorial
52 N Market St
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The Omni Grove Park Inn Spa
290 Macon Ave
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Local Eateries and Markets

The best BBQ in the area! Located near Marshall, NC. https://highridgeadventures.com/bbq-menu
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High Ridge Adventures Outfitting & BBQ
4223 US-25
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The best BBQ in the area! Located near Marshall, NC. https://highridgeadventures.com/bbq-menu
A local favorite for over 50 years! Located on South Mainstreet in Mars Hill near Mars Hill University. https://www.theoriginalpapanicks.com/mars-hill-location
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The Original Papa Nicks
15 College St
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A local favorite for over 50 years! Located on South Mainstreet in Mars Hill near Mars Hill University. https://www.theoriginalpapanicks.com/mars-hill-location
Located on South Mainstreet in Mars Hill near Mars Hill University. https://www.stackhouserestaurant.com/
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Stackhouse Restaurant
37 S Main St
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Located on South Mainstreet in Mars Hill near Mars Hill University. https://www.stackhouserestaurant.com/
Clarence's Drive In is a very popular 50's style diner located in Erwin, TN. Great food and friendly staff! A family favorite, especially the ice cream.
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Clarence's Drive In
1502 N Main Ave
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Clarence's Drive In is a very popular 50's style diner located in Erwin, TN. Great food and friendly staff! A family favorite, especially the ice cream.
Built in the 1960's and still in the same location in Erwin, TN.
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Dari Ace
1105 Jackson Love Hwy
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Built in the 1960's and still in the same location in Erwin, TN.
A local and personal favorite. Fresh produce, local eggs and meats, and even a little antique shop in the back. Located on Calvin Edney Road in the Town of Mars Hill.
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T J's Mountain Market
607 Carl Eller Rd
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A local and personal favorite. Fresh produce, local eggs and meats, and even a little antique shop in the back. Located on Calvin Edney Road in the Town of Mars Hill.
A regional center of agricultural activity, bringing together farmers and their customers in a friendly setting. Selections change weekly as the harvest changes, but produce is always fresh. Mountain crafts and locally made pickles, relishes, and other food specialties are always available, as are farm fresh eggs, cheeses, meats, and baked goods.
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WNC Farmers Market
570 Brevard Rd
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A regional center of agricultural activity, bringing together farmers and their customers in a friendly setting. Selections change weekly as the harvest changes, but produce is always fresh. Mountain crafts and locally made pickles, relishes, and other food specialties are always available, as are farm fresh eggs, cheeses, meats, and baked goods.
The Berry Farm, LLC is a family-owned and operated pick your own blackberry & raspberry farm, established in 1999 and located in the mountains of Western North Carolina. theberryfarmllc.com
The Berry Farm, LLC
2260 Revere Rd
The Berry Farm, LLC is a family-owned and operated pick your own blackberry & raspberry farm, established in 1999 and located in the mountains of Western North Carolina. theberryfarmllc.com
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Bubba's Good Eats
394 E Main St
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The Lodge Pizzaria is located inside the Wolf Ridge Ski Resort lodge. Fantastic food only 12 minutes away. Have your order delivered to the Bear Branch Hideway cabin for delivery fee of only $5. Call (828) 776-3901.
The Lodge at Wolf Laurel
2521 Wolf Laurel Road
The Lodge Pizzaria is located inside the Wolf Ridge Ski Resort lodge. Fantastic food only 12 minutes away. Have your order delivered to the Bear Branch Hideway cabin for delivery fee of only $5. Call (828) 776-3901.