Nantahala National Forest
Fall is great for colorful foliage. Spring is wonderful for better flow over waterfalls and for wild flowers. Summer is outstanding for whitewater rivers and their swimming holes. Travel is difficult here during the winter months because of ice and snow on steep winding roads, especially at the higher elevations.
We have a little house in the Nantahala National Forest. Just to the South of us is some great hiking at the Panthertown Valley and some great waterfalls along Route 64. Just to the North of us is the reservation for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. To the East of us we have the Nantahala River for Class 3 whitewater paddling and the Appalachian Trail for back country hiking. Just to the West of us is the highest point on the gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway. We are just 10 minutes away from the the Tuckasegee River for trout fishing and class 2 whitewater paddling. You can enjoy the Southern Appalachian mountains here while avoiding tourist traps.