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Eastern Smokies adventure guide

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Vineyards

Burntshirt Vineyards

Thirty acres of vineyards are split into two locations, one on each side of the Eastern Continental Divide. The eclectic tasting room with an expansive patio overlooks one of the vineyard plots. A second tasting room and bistro are located in Chimney Rock. (2695 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville)
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Overmountain Vineyards

Located on a family-owned farm in the foothills, their tasting room is open year-round and features a variety of estate-grown wines, such as the estate premium Epic, a Petit Manseng white wine, and Patriot Red, a Bordeaux Blend. Reservations required.
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Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards

Located in the heart of Hendersonville apple country, the tasting room includes a walnut bar, a spacious area for indoor seating and a patio. They have five acres of grape vines at 2,300 ft. elevation, including several different French varietals, Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
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Sawyer Springs Vineyard

Small and purposeful is the mission of Sawyer Springs Vineyard. This winery is a family-run operation on land that has been farmed by the same family for six generations. Sawyer Springs produces small-batch vintages and serves them in a rustic tasting barn. Grape varietals include cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, merlot, riesling and muscadine.
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Addison Farms Vineyard

Addison Farms Vineyard is a family-run vineyard and winery located on a fourth-generation family farm. Established in 2009 with 600 Cabernet Sauvignon vines, the vineyard has expanded to 6 acres and now includes varieties such as Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Petit Manseng, and the original Cabernet Sauvignon. They also source additional varieties like Barbera, Chambourcin, and Tempranillo from other North Carolina growers. The vineyard offers a welcoming environment for...
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Parks

Nantahala National Forest

Nantahala borders Pisgah to the west and runs to the TN border where it becomes Cherokee National Forest. Nantahala is a very popular summer destination for rafting day trips and is located about one hour from Land of Falls homes.
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Pigeon and Little East Fork Rivers

These two rivers converge just below Lost Cove about 2 miles from Frazier which turns into Talbot by the end. The pigeon is particularly popular and renowned by trout fishermen, and also offers some popular waterfalls and swim holes nearby.
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Lake Logan

Lake Logan is one of the most beautiful and pristine lakes in western Carolina. The lake is largely undeveloped and preserved by the episcopal church offering just a handful of charming lakeside primitive accommodations on the west side of the lake. Day passes can be secured for boating, kayaking or swimming in the lake.
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Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most visited national park in the nation of any kind and hosted on it’s high, winding highway almost 16 million visitors according to CNN.  Our 36 acres property on Lake Logan Road that borders the Pigeon River is just 10 miles from one of two main intersections of the Parkway in Pisgah National Forest.
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Great Smoky Mountain National Park

clocking in over 14 million visitors last year, The Smokies is by far the most visited traditional National Park in America. The eastern entrance to the park is just about a 50 minute drive west past Cherokee, NC. While most of the tourist development for the national park sits on the TN side around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Those looking for a most quiet affair to truly experience the beauty...
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Attractions

Scenic E-Bike Tour in the Mountains

Starting at our shop just north of downtown Asheville, we’ll meet and greet, hop on electric bicycles, and begin our tour of the area. From our starting point we…
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Private Boutique Blue Ridge Parkway Full Day Tour

This tour takes guest up The Blue Ridge Parkway, passing breathtaking views, cliffs, waterfalls, historical landmarks. This is the best way to see all The Splend…
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Guided Hike to 3 Amazing Waterfalls – 2.5 Hour Hiking Tour

Experience the “Land of Waterfalls” with an expert local guide. This is a must-do tour when visiting Asheville! This tour allows you to see our favorite waterfal…
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Blue Ridge Parkway – Jeep Tour

Join a small group of like-minded individuals for a Jeep ride on America’s most famous roadway. This tour takes you on the most iconic stretch of the beautiful B…
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Asheville Historic Downtown Guided Electric Bike Tour with Scenic Views

Join us on a fun-filled and informative electric bike tour of Asheville! Approximately 3-hours long, this e-bike tour is the perfect way to experience the city’s…
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Museum of the Cherokee Indian

At the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, learn about the resilient tribe through interactive exhibits, workshops, docent-led activities, and storytelling sessions. Or, get involved by joining a guided nature walk, a music and dance program, or a traditional tribal dinner. To save time at the entrance, buy your ticket online in advance. Register by phone or email for a program or activity—see the museum’s website for details.
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River Arts District

You can wander the streets of the RAD on your own, or stop by on a hop-on hop-off trolley tour that lets you set your own pace and explore the galleries at your leisure. Visitors who are inspired by the River Arts District’s creative community and dynamic art galleries can take part in an art workshop, watch hands-on demonstrations, and get to know local artists while learning about individual creative...
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Biltmore Estate

Lovers of history, architecture, and gardens will all enjoy touring the Biltmore Estate. With a copper-lined rooftop, limestone walls, and an ornately decorated interior full of antiques and artifacts, the Biltmore House is the highlight of the estate and provides for hours of exploration and enjoyment. Its 250 rooms include 36 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces, three kitchens, and a 10,000-volume library. The impressive house is surrounded by a manicured...
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Hiking

Black Balsam Knob via Art Loeb Trail

For sweeping 360-degree views, hike across these bald mountaintops. Almost entirely devoid of trees above 6,000 ft., the summit is more reminiscent of New England than North Carolina. Black Balsam Knob is part of the 30-mile Art Loeb Trail, so you can hike as far as you want.
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Whiteside Mountain Trail

The Whiteside Mountain Trail, located near Highlands, North Carolina, offers a memorable hiking experience with some of the most dramatic and breathtaking views in the region. This loop trail spans approximately 2 miles and is classified as moderate in difficulty, making it accessible for most hikers. The trail features a steady ascent through a lush forest, leading to the summit of Whiteside Mountain, which boasts sheer vertical cliffs rising to...
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Sam Knob Trail

The Sam Knob Trailhead, located within the Pisgah National Forest near the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, serves as the starting point for an array of breathtaking hiking adventures. The trailhead provides access to the Sam Knob Trail, a moderately challenging hike that spans approximately 2.2 miles round trip. This trail leads hikers through a picturesque landscape of grassy balds, wildflower-strewn meadows, and dense forest areas. The highlight of...
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Pink Beds Trail Loop

The Pink Beds Trail Loop in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, North Carolina, is a nice and easy 5.1-mile hike. The trail takes you through the Pink Beds Valley, known for its pretty mountain bogs and diverse wildlife. Its name comes from the pink flowers such as mountain laurel and rhododendron that bloom in spring and summer. You’ll walk through forests, meadows, and streams, and there are boardwalks to...
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Mount Mitchell Summit Trail

The Mount Mitchell Summit Trail, located in Mount Mitchell State Park in North Carolina, leads hikers to the highest peak east of the Mississippi River, standing at an impressive 6,684 feet. This short yet relatively challenging trail spans approximately 0.4 miles out and back, starting from the park’s lower parking area and ascending through a lush, high-elevation forest filled with Fraser firs, red spruce, and diverse undergrowth. The short steep...
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Lover’s Leap Hiking Trail

The Lover’s Leap Hiking Trail in Hot Springs, North Carolina, offers a scenic and moderately challenging hike with breathtaking views of the French Broad River and the surrounding Appalachian Mountains. This 1.6-mile loop trail begins at the Silvermine Trailhead, just a short distance from the town of Hot Springs. The trail ascends steeply through a forested area, featuring rocky outcrops and dense vegetation. As hikers reach the summit of Lover’s...
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John Rock Trail

This moderately strenuous trail spans approximately 5 miles round trip, featuring a mix of dense hardwood forests, rhododendron thickets, and serene streams. The trail’s highlight is the expansive granite outcrop known as John Rock, which offers hikers a sweeping view of the surrounding forested mountains and the nearby Looking Glass Rock. The panoramic scenery from John Rock is especially spectacular during the fall when the foliage transforms into a vibrant...
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Graveyard Fields Loop Trail

Hiking in Graveyard Fields, located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, offers a unique and captivating experience for outdoor enthusiasts. This popular area features a network of trails that engage various skill levels, with options for both short walks and longer hikes. The Graveyard Fields Loop Trail, approximately 3.2 miles long, is the main attraction and takes hikers through a diverse landscape of open meadows, dense forests, and...
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Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower

Hiking to Fryingpan Mountain Lookout in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest offers an exhilarating adventure with rewarding panoramic views. The trail is a moderate 1.5-mile round trip, making it accessible to a wide range of hikers. Starting near the Blue Ridge Parkway, the path ascends gradually through a dense forest of hardwoods and rhododendrons. The highlight of the hike is the historic Fryingpan Fire Tower, one of the highest lookout...
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Flat Rock Loop Trail

The Flat Rock Loop Trail in Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia, is a 1.5-mile hike suitable for all skill levels. The trail passes through forests, meadows, and rocky areas, providing diverse scenery. Hikers can enjoy stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the valley below from the Flat Rock viewpoint, which is especially beautiful during the fall. Watch for the park’s famous wild ponies along the way. This accessible...
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Addison Farms Vineyard

Addison Farms Vineyard is a family-run vineyard and winery on a fourth-generation family farm. Established in 2009 with 600 Cabernet Sauvignon vines, the vineyard has expanded to 6 acres and now includes varieties such as Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Petit Manseng, and the original Cabernet Sauvignon. They also source additional varieties like Barbera, Chambourcin, and Tempranillo from other North Carolina growers. The vineyard offers a welcoming environment for both...
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bacon, biscuit and eggs on a blue plate
Food & Drink

The Buttered Biscuit

The Buttered Biscuit in Waynesville, NC, is a popular local spot known for its delicious Southern-style breakfast and brunch. It has a cozy and welcoming atmosphere and serves classic Southern dishes like biscuits and gravy, omelets, shrimp and grits, and chicken and waffles. The restaurant has a rustic vibe and friendly service, making it a great place to kick back and enjoy a tasty meal. Whether you’re a regular or...
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Biltmore Estate
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Biltmore Estate

Lovers of history, architecture, and gardens will all enjoy touring the Biltmore Estate. With a copper-lined rooftop, limestone walls, and an ornately decorated interior full of antiques and artifacts, the Biltmore House is the highlight of the estate and provides hours of exploration and enjoyment. Its 250 rooms include 36 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces, three kitchens, and a 10,000-volume library. The impressive house is surrounded by a manicured park...
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Pisgah National Forest

Pisgah National Forest, located in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina, is a sprawling expanse of over 500,000 acres famous for its lush forests, scenic beauty, and diverse recreational opportunities. Established in 1916, it is one of the first national forests in the eastern United States. The forest features many landscapes, from rugged mountain peaks and deep gorges to cascading waterfalls and serene rivers. Visitors can enjoy hiking, mountain...
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The Art Loeb/Cold Mountain Trailhead
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Art Loeb/Cold Mountain Trailhead

The Art Loeb/Cold Mountain Trailhead in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, North Carolina, offers hikers access to one of the region’s most scenic and challenging hikes. The trail, named after local hiker and activist Art Loeb, stretches over 30 miles and is renowned for its diverse landscapes, which include lush forests, expansive balds, and rugged mountain terrain. The trailhead provides access to Cold Mountain, the challenging ascent made famous...
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Waterfalls

Rainbow Falls

This 150-ft. tall waterfall is impressive, especially after rainy weather that swells the Horsepasture River. When the water is low, there are plenty of rocks for picnics.
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Hickory Nut Falls

This 404-foot waterfall at Chimney Rock Park is one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. The trail takes you to a platform at the bottom of the cascade featured in the movie, The Last of the Mohicans. Especially impressive after a good rain.
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Dry Falls

This spectacular 75-ft. waterfall has two great features: it’s roadside and you can walk behind it! It’s located in the Nantahala National Forest along US Highway 64 near Highlands.
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Sunburst Falls

Sunburst Falls is literally right next to the Highway 215, and crosses under a gorgeous curved 1930s stone bridge. The water flows through an arch in the bridge and plummets into some smaller falls below the bridge.
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Linville Falls

Linville Falls drops 90 ft. into the 12-mile long Linville Gorge with cliffs towering above the river. A moderate hike of 1.6 miles round-trip offers four overlooks, add another 1.5-mile hike for two more vistas.
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Little Bird Falls

This hidden waterfall is very easy to miss. It’s not big, but its a beautiful area to explore and enjoy nature.
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Toms Creek Falls Trail

This 80-ft., two-tier waterfall is accessed via an easy hike in Pisgah National Forest (near US Highway 221) north of Marion. It’s a great hike for families. One of the few waterfalls with an accessible trail and observation deck for those with walking challenges.
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Silver Run Falls

This 25-ft. waterfall cascades into a calm pool to create a picturesque setting for sure. It’s located four miles south of Cashiers and accessed by a short trail in the Nantahala National Forest. A popular summer swimming hole.
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Soco Falls

This rare twin waterfall is located roadside near Maggie Valley and Cherokee. You can easily miss it since there are few signs! The observation deck is a short walk from a small parking area. You can also hike down to the base of both falls.
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Lemon Falls

Lemon Falls is a charming 15-foot waterfall located in the Pisgah National Forest. It’s a lesser-known waterfall, making it an ideal spot for nature lovers seeking a quieter experience. The 0.1-mile trail to the waterfall is short but very steep and may be challenging for younger children. The best time to visit is from March through November, and dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
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Graveyard Fields Upper Falls

This 60ft waterfall is accessed by a 1.5 mile hike, that gets a little steep towards the end, but provides you with a nice overview of Graveyards Fields and what it has to offer.
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Wildcat Falls

Wildcat Falls is a 60-foot waterfall in Pisgah National Forest, just a mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway on the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway (NC Highway 215). Since it’s on a small tributary to the West Fork of the Pigeon River, it’s best after good rains. This high elevation waterfall (above 5,000 feet) is just a trickle during dry spells.
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Lake Logan Dam

Lake Logan Dam was constructed in the early 20th century and serves as a water source and a picturesque spot for fishing, kayaking, and relaxation. Surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the area around Lake Logan Dam offers a peaceful escape for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
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