828 Towns

Discover the Smoky Mountain Towns of North Carolina

Experience the enchantment of the Smoky Mountain towns in North Carolina, where picturesque landscapes, outdoor adventures, and small-town charm await.

Waterfall Hikes

Hike to Waterfalls in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC

Take your family on great summer adventures. See waterfall photos, get directions, and check the weather and trail information.

The Quieter Side of the Smokies

See the Elk in Cherokee & Cataloochee Valley

Tucked away in the corner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, these two locations are quite popular to see these magnificent creatures.

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Your Guide to a Budget-Friendly North Carolina Smoky Mountain Family Vacation

Exploring the Quieter Side of the Smokies

Dive into the serene beauty of the Smoky Mountains with 828Vibes, your go-to travel buddy for all things calm and captivating in western North Carolina! Picture this: a journey from Murphy to Boone, sprinkled with hidden gems of towns, breathtaking hikes, mesmerizing waterfalls, and the best spots to grab a bite or lay your head after a day of adventure. But that’s not all – for the Jeep enthusiasts, we’ve got trails, clubs, and events that will rev your engines. And for those who live for the great outdoors, our guide is bursting with activities to make your heart sing. Don’t just read about it – join Lee and Debra on their picturesque escapades through the Smokies on our social channels, where stunning videos and snapshots await. Welcome to 828Vibes, where the quieter side of the Smokies speaks volumes.



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Mountain Region of North Carolina

The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina

There are countless opportunities to enjoy nature, nightlife, recurring festivities, and much more in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. With 828 vibes, we take you on multiple journeys in these Blue Ridge Mountains;
We highlight hiking opportunities through the mountains that take you up to beautiful heights, the wonder of the seemingly endless waterfalls, and into some of the old forests with trees that have weathered the test of time.
If your journey requires more water-related activities, we can show you the best kayaking spots, where to find paddle boards, and fishing.
And let’s not forget about lodging and food. Let us guide you to some of the most unique and tasty local spots and quality lodge places while enjoying our beautiful mountains.
Whether hiking in the majestic forests, walking along the Road to Nowhere, kayaking, or checking out local breweries and events, Join us as we explore and highlight the Mountain towns of North Carolina.
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Kayaking on Lake Junaluska in the NC Smokies

Kayaking on Lake Junaluska in the NC Smokies

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE BUDGET-FRIENDLY FAMILY TRAVEL GUIDE We recently joined some friends to kayak on Lake Junaluska. Located just outside of Waynesville, NC, this mountain lake community has a population of 3,219. Lake Junaluska is a 200-acre manmade lake that is fed...

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