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Your Local Guide to the SW North Carolina Mountains. Let the Vacation Guide in the Mountains help you find Events, Festivals, and Recreational Activities.
Find the best local places to Eat, Shop, and lodge!

Every Issue we will feature a Community Spotlight and point you in the right direction of Hiking Trails, Waterfalls, or Scenic Road Trips in our area.

Tell them you “Found them in the Vacation Guide”

AREA HIGHLIGHTS

Waterfalls in SW North Carolina

Rufus Morgan Falls - moderate hike in the Franklin area Directions are as follows: Get on Hwy 64 west from the intersection of 64/28/441/23 in Franklin for about 4 miles and turn right on Old Murphy Rd. Then turn left on SR1310 - Wayah Rd - less than 1/4 mile down. It’s just past the [...]

Clay County Museum

The Clay County Historical & Arts Museum, located in an old jail since 1972 and adjacent to the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, contains numerous examples of Cherokee heritage, art, and related historical information. In a prominent corner of the Cherokee room sits a life-sized figure of a Cherokee woman basket weaver, made by local artist and [...]

Community Spotlight – Brasstown

Step back in time to a quiet, rural farm community that has also been described as a modest “artisan village”.  Brasstown is unincorporated and partially located in Clay County, North Carolina, while roughly one third of it is within the adjacent Cherokee County, North Carolina. Cherokee County is the last, but by no means the [...]

Hiking Trails

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Trail  The 2 mile figure-eight loop trail begins at the main parking area and climbs to Poplar Cove. The lower portion of the loop climbs the side of the cove. The other half follows the creek for a ways. At the middle of the figure “8” is a stone monument, with a [...]

Community Spotlight – Franklin

In a valley surrounded by some of the oldest mountains on earth, the Cherokee knew the area as "Nikwasi" or "center of activity". The downtown area of Franklin was an old Cherokee Town and the remains of Nikwasi Mound are still visible today that mark the location of Nikwasi's townhouse. The city was named for [...]

Spring/Summer Events 2018

HAYESVILLE

Every Fri. & Sat. Live Music Chevelle’s
June 8, 9, & 10 Arts Tour Hayesville
June 23 Wine Under the Stars Live Band -Gnarly Fingers  Eagle Fork Vineyards 7pm-10pm Call 828-389-8466 to Reserve
July 4th 4th of July & Fireworks Downtown Hayesville & Ballfield
July 14 Songwriter’s Showcase Peacock Performing Arts
July 21 Wine Under the Stars Live Band -Lisa & The Boys Eagle Fork Vineyards 7pm-10pm Call 828-389-8466 to Reserve
August 4 1st Annual Clay County Golf Tournament Ridges Mountain Harbour Golf Course
August 10 Lend Me a Tenor Peacock Performing Arts
August 18 Wine Under the Stars Live Band -Gnarly Fingers Eagle Fork Vineyards 7pm-10pm Call 828-389-8466 to Reserve

BRASSTOWN

June 15 Boomchuck Swing Time John C. Campbell Folk School, Festival Barn
June 22 Steve Hickman & John Devine John C. Campbell Folk School, Festival Barn
July 8-14 Dance Musicians’ Week John C. Campbell Folk School, Keith House
July 13 Dance Musicians’ Week Staff Concert John C. Campbell Folk School, Festival Barn
July 20 The Band Kelley John C. Campbell Folk School, Festival Barn
July 27 Waltz Workshop: Basivs & Beyond John C. Campbell Folk School, Keith House
August 3 Campbell Folk School Cloggers John C. Campbell Folk School, Festival Barn
August 10 Dulcimer Celebration John C. Campbell Folk School, Festival Barn’

MURPHY

Every Fri. & Sat. Live Music Chevelle’s
June 9 Splash Into Summer Kids’ Fair Konehete Park
June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4 Murphy Farmer’s Market L&N Depot
July 7 4th of July Big Celebration Konehete Park

ANDREWS

June 13, 20, 27, July 4, 11, 18, 25, August 1 Trivia Night Hoppy Trout
July 27 Art & Wine  Andrews Library

NANTAHALA

June 16 Paddle with the Pros with Jez Jess Nantahala Outdoor Center
August 4  Paddle Grapple Nantahala Outdoor Center
August 4 The Big Float with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Nantahala Outdoor Center

ROBBINSVILLE

June 8, 15, 29, July 13, 20, 27, August 10 Music on the Square Downtown Robbinsville
June 15-16 Flaming Azalea Festival Downtown Robbinsville
June 22-23 Arts & Craft Drive-About Tour Graham & Swain County
June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4 Summer Concerts  Lynn L. Shields Auditorium
July 6-7 Heritage Festival Downtown Robbinsville
August 4 Cheoah River Release Cheoah River

FRANKLIN

June 8 Taylor Manson: Ventriloquist, Musician & Comedian Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts
June 16 Taste of Scotland Festival Downtown Franklin
July 4 Parade & Fireworks Downtown Franklin
July 14 Appalachian Heritage Festival Downtown Franklin
July 27 The Sock Hops Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts
July 27-29 52nd Annual Macon County Gemboree Robert C Carpenter Community Center
August 3 Slipper When Wet – Bon Jovi Tribute Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts
August 10-11 10th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show Macon County Fairgrounds