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13 Things To Do On a Rainy Day in the 828 Great Smoky Mountains

13 Things To Do On a Rainy Day in the 828 Great Smoky Mountains

They say, “If you don’t like the weather in WNC, wait 5 minutes.” You like warm sunny days hanging out by a waterfall? We’ve got plenty of that.You prefer a slight chill in the air as you hike a mountain trail? Yep, we’ve got that too.You love a light rain that cools...

Where the Wild Ponies Roam

Where the Wild Ponies Roam

>>> Cold! The kind of cold you read about in books…Why were we up so high freezing again? Oh yea, the wild ponies... Grayson Highlands State Park, known for the wild ponies that roam the vast grassy balds high up in the Virginia mountains. You may be asking,...

Bangers and Mash in an Irish Pub in Andrews, NC

Bangers and Mash in an Irish Pub in Andrews, NC

Andrews, NC’s newest location (Dec 2020) to grab something to drink and eat is The Parting Glass Irish Pub. The owners of this family-run establishment are husband and wife, Eric and Shannon West. They opened in November of 2020 and are located at 945 Main St in...

Rough Ridge Trail – Hiking near Boone, NC

Rough Ridge Trail – Hiking near Boone, NC

Rough Ridge Trail Located just outside of Boone, NC, Rough Ridge Trail is a magnificent hiking trail with beautiful views is a short but moderate climb of close to 2.5 miles. The trail is well used and maintained and with some of the best photo opportunities. Because...

Freedom isn’t cancelled in the 828

Freedom isn’t cancelled in the 828

Covid19 has changed a lot of what we are used to, but one thing it can’t stop is how we celebrate the Fourth of July across the 828. It may look a little different this year, but the Stars and Stripes will still be celebrated in all its glory. Starting in our hometown...

Glenn Falls – Hike – Highlands, NC

Glenn Falls – Hike – Highlands, NC

 Looking for a great family nature trip while on your trip to Highlands, NC, Then you should plan a trip to one of the region’s many waterfalls and scenic overlooks. Just a short 1.6-mile drive outside of Highlands in the Nantahala National Forest, Glenn Falls is one...

7 Of The Best Outdoor Playgrounds in the 828

7 Of The Best Outdoor Playgrounds in the 828

7 Of The Best Outdoor Kid Activities in the 82824February, 2020#828VibesThe Mountains are calling. I must go.The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, and parents are in desperate need of some distance between them and their children —luckily, playgrounds in the 828...

Floating Over Franklin, NC & Cowee Valley In The Snow

Floating Over Franklin, NC & Cowee Valley In The Snow

Floating Over Franklin, NC & Cowee Valley In The Snow09February, 2020Video/Photo CreditJoey Gibson.Enjoy this beautiful video produced by Joey Gibson of Franklin, NCVideo footage of snow that fell on February 8, 2020. This includes drone footage over Franklin, NC, up...

15 Things You Must See if This Is Your First Visit to the 828

15 Things You Must See if This Is Your First Visit to the 828

15 Things You Must See if This Is Your First Visit to the 82808February, 2020#828VibesThe Mountains are calling. I must go.You can live in the mountains of Western North Carolina your entire life and still never see everything the 828 has to offer, so if you are just...

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