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bullet Blue Ridge Parkway Travel Guide
The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the world's greatest scenic routes and for many people it is a destination all by itself. It winds its way across some of the highest peaks of eastern America in a leisurely fashion with views, wildlife, arts and crafts and historic sites all along the route. We've got special sections on Parkway History and a Mile by Mile Travelogue, as well as a terrific trail guide (trails accessable from the parkway) and some great archival photos courtesy of the BRP archives. Our Parkway pages are a great resource for folks travelling the Blue Ridge Parkway or just thinking about it. 
bullet Coastal North Carolina
Our coverage focuses on the nature of the barrier islands and includes coastal and barrier island dynamics, significant natural areas of our coast, barrier island plants and wildflowers, and more. We hope that you'll come explore some of the wildest coastlines available in eastern America and get your soul tuned into the turning of the tides.
bullet North Carolina's National Forests
To get away from it all in North Carolina head to one of our great National Forests. A remarkable variety of scenery and recreational activities await you.
bullet Outdoor Adventures
If you are more inclined to real outdoor adventure, then don't miss our features in the Outdoor Adventure pages. We have a great special on the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area, the Black Mountains, and also the State and National Parks within North Carolina. 

Featured Travel Links Featured Lodgings
  • The Asheville Guidebook
    Your computer is too big to carry around on your vacation so you better grab a print copy of The Asheville Guidebook - "the Best Selling Guidebook To Asheville, Hendersonville and the WNC Mountains".

  • Coastal Carolina 
    If you're thinking about heading for the coast of North Carolina, we recommend that you visit our friends at Coastalnet to get the info you want for planning a trip.

  • Dillsboro Merchants Assoc.
    Tucked away in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina you'll find the charming little town of Dillsboro. A chance to stroll quiet streets lined with pristine white homes and rustic buildings now housing an assortment of shops, inns and restaurants. Also home to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad!
    Check out www.dillsboromerchants.com.
  • Henderson County, NC - Henderson County Travel & Tourism - The site offers a complete calendar of events, accommodations, outdoor recreation, golf, attractions, community information, restaurants & more for the Henderson Co. area.
  • NC Vineyards 
    We recently came across an interesting site run by the North Carolina Grape Council, perhaps you'll find it interesting too. If you like wine, we're sure you will! As Justin Wilson likes to say "a little wine for the soup, a little wine for the cook." Discover North Carolina wine and grapes! Obtain information about the state's wineries and u-pick vineyards, history, recipes, winemaking and grape growing. Also available are wine and health updates and upcoming event listings. 

  • Rutherford County Tourism -   http://www.rutherfordtourism.com
    The home of Chimney Rock, Lake Lure and a lot more, is the perfect destination for your western NC vacation.
    Check out this site for all there is to see and do.
  • Swain County Chamber of Commerce 
    Swain County is your gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains and a great place for all sorts of outdoor activities. The Swain County Chamber of Commerce can help you plan your stay and give you ideas to make your vacation memorable. 

  • Waynesville, North Carolina
    live local area community site with loads of Waynesville information and entertainment!
  • Barnardsville
    • Mountain Breeze Resorts - "A Special Place In The Mountains." Accommodations include mountain-top apartments, a 5 bedroom resort with pool, and "The Coach House with room for you and for your horses.
  • Chimney Rock / Lake Lure Area
    • The Cottages at Spring House Farm - The first genuine Eco-Retreat in Western North Carolina and the United States (according to Eco-Club International www.ecoclub.com ). Our focus is total conservation of our natural and local resources. Accomodations feature cottages designed for privacy and solitude in the beautiful Hickory Nut Gorge area.
    • Cabin in Hidden Hills - Escape to nature at this secluded retreat on 16 acres of private woodlands and a pond! Cabin features game room with pool table and huge deck with winter views of the mountains. Visit our web site for more information and pictures.
  • Downtown Hendersonville
    • The Waverly Inn -On the National Register of Historic Places. "Our Guests Arrive As Strangers And Leave As Friends".
    • The Claddagh Inn- A Bed & Breakfast Country Inn located in Historic Downtown Hendersonville.
  • Lake Toxaway
    • Earthshine Mountain Lodge - Resting atop one of the grandest ridges in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Earthshine is the storybook grandmother's farm you've always dreamed about as a child. Earthshine loves families - in fact, they are our specialty! Activities abound for every age: Barnyard treks to see the farm animals; our famous "Flight Thru the Treetops" zip course; hammocks and rockers; a high ropes course 40' up in the air; horseback riding for little ones; campfires with s'mores and mountain stories; barn dancing (in our renovated barn!); a 30' climbing wall; Pioneer and Cherokee living history; babysitting and creek hikes; homemade water slides and water games; and much more. Earthshine takes care of you all the way while you're here with our friendly staff and by creating unforgettable memories.
  • Tryon
    • Stone Hedge Inn - Bed & Breakfast and fine dining on a 28 acre estate just three miles from town-center Tryon, North Carolina. We are located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded by gardens, rolling meadows and wooded walks. A peaceful respite from city life!
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