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Horseback Riding

You can take a Horseback Ride at the Nantahala Village Riding Stables located at Nantahala Village Hwy. 74 at the beginning of the Nantahala Gorge. The riding stables are owned by David Loftis, an experienced horseman and a man very familiar with the local mountains and trails. Rides can be booked hourly, daily, and for overnight weekend trips. The hourly rate for horseback riding is $15.00 per hour. For more information contact David Loftis at (828) 488-9649.



Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the largest wilderness preserve in the Southern Appalachians. The park covers over half a million acres of pristine wilderness. Many species of animals and trees are located in the park  including deer, bear, wild boar, red wolves, and one hundred and fifty different types of vegetation. Some of the activities in the park include; Hiking, Fishing, Canoeing/ Kayaking, Mountain Biking, and Pack trips. For more information call the park office at (865) 436-1230, or visit the park at these sites:

                                       Great Outdoor Recreation Pages (GORP)



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The Great Smoky Mountains Railway is a historical relic of the days when rail was the King of transportation. WE ARE LOCATED ONLY 2 MILES AWAY! The railway operates four diesel-electric locomotives and one Baldwin steam locomotive. They railway offers many different excursions for all of the tastes out there. They offer Raft 'N" Rail Trips, Tuckasegee River Trips, Nantahala Gorge Trips, Red Marble Gorge Trips, the Twilight Dinner Train, and many, many more. For more information call them at 1-800-872-4681, or visit their website at:

                                            Great Smoky Mountains Railway



Enjoy the majestic splendor of the Nantahala National Forest as you raft down the 8 and 1/2 mile Nantahala River run. Experience wild rapids and breathtaking drops between nice relaxing stretches of calm waters. This is definitely the experience of a lifetime that you and your kids will not want to miss. Both guided and   unguided trips are available from a variety of outfitters along Hwy. 74 and there is never a shortage of rafts. For those Kayakers out there, a portion of the Nantahala River just downstream from the rafting pull-out was one of the training areas for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team. For more information visit the:
                                             Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC)

Fontana Lake                                                                Indian Creek Falls


Visit some of the other attractions the local area has to offer:

Gem and gold mining- the Smoky Mountains are rich in rubies, sapphires, emeralds, topaz, garnets, and gold. There are many locations in the area where you can pan and sift for that precious stone or golden nugget you have always wanted.

Biltmore Estate- the late 19th century home of George Vanderbilt, the Biltmore Estate covers over 8,000 acres. It is located on the outskirts of Asheville, North Carolina and draws visitors from around the world. It is considered to be the largest private residence in North America, and is fashioned after a chateau in France. One of the busiest times for the Biltmore Estate is during Christmas, when they decorate the entire estate for the holiday season. The Biltmore Estate is also well known for its beautiful gardens.   Visit their web page at:

Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness- The Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness is a wild region of steep, rugged mountains and cascading streams. It also includes one of the last standing virgin forests on the east coast, named the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, after the World War 1 soldier killed in France who wrote the poem "Trees" Some of the trees tower over 150 feet in height and have trunks over 6 feet in width. The Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness contains over 60 miles of hiking trails.

The Cradle of Forestry- the home of forestry in North America. This National Historic Site is the home of the first forestry school in the U.S., founded in the late 19th century by George Vanderbilt.

Sliding Rock- located next to the Cradle of Forestry, Sliding Rock offers free fun to kids of all ages. Formed by years of ice cold mountain waters cascading over a rock face, Sliding Rock has become a long slippery rock slide down into a mountain pool. Lifeguards are posted at the pool and admission is free. Sliding Rock is a short distance away from Brevard, North Carolina.

Waterfall Touring- there are dozens of scenic waterfalls located in the area surrounding Deep Creek. To mention a few, you will find the Indian Creek Falls, Whitewater Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, Cullasaja Falls, Glenn Falls, and many, many more!

Maggie Valley- located right down the road, Maggie Valley is a quaint town filled with antique and craft shops.  Right up the road you will find Ghost Town, an amusement park with a western theme... y'all come on down and have a humdinger of a good time!

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