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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

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 [...]

Longer Hiking Trails for Adventure

or Visit for a Day Trip in North Carolina’s Wilderness Area Fires Creek Trail -  Hayesville The 25-mile Rim Trail follows the ridge around Fires Creek Wildlife Management Area.  The trail, marked with blue blazes, has several access roads and trails. Camping offered at Huskins Branch Hunter and Bristol Horse Camps. Dispersed camping sites are [...]

Spring Events 2018

Hayesville

April 28 Songwriters Showcase 22 Peacock Performing Arts Theater
May 11-20 Into the Woods Peacock Performing Arts Center
May 12-13 Springtime Bazaar Clay County Chamber of Commerce
June 2 Songwriters Showcase 24 Peacock Performing Arts Center

Brasstown

April 13 Berea Bluegrass Ensemble John C. Campbell Folk School, Keith House
April 14, May 12, 26 Contra & Square Dance John C. Campbell Folk School
April 20 Skylark, Irish Music Concert John C. Campbell Folk School
April 27-29 English Country Dance Weekend John C. Campbell Folk School, Keith House
May 4 The Moon & You, Folk Music Concert John C. Campbell Folk School, Keith House
May 5 Linda Lee’s Special Tea Luncheon Brasstown Community Center
May 11 Lee Knight – Folk Performance John C. Campbell Folk School
May 17 Brasstown Ringers Concert John C. Campbell Folk School, Keith House
May 25 Emily Schaad Classical Music Concert John C. Campbell Folk School, Festival Barn
June 1 Sara Grey John C. Campbell Folk School, Festival Barn
June 2 Annual Gala & Benefit Auction John C. Campbell Folk School

Murphy

May 4-5 Murphy Art Walk Downtown Murphy
May 5 Spring Festival Downtown Murphy
May 13 Mother’s Day Brunch Bistro 29

Andrews

April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6 Trivia Night Hoppy Trout
April 20-21 Andrews Spring Fling/Earth Day/ 2K Water Run Downtown Andrews
April 21 Spring Fling Party Hall Park
April 22 Spring Fling Interpretive Nature Walk Heritage Park
April 22 Spring Fling Open Mike Night Valleytown Cultural Arts Center
April 26 Storytelling Event Calaboose Cellars
April 26, May 3, 17, 24, 31, June 7 Ladies Night with Krystal Calaboose Cellars

Nantahala

April 13-14 Outdoor Elements Festival Nantahala Outdoor Center
April 21-22 Nantahala Freestyle Shootout Nantahala Outdoor Center
April 28 NOC Spring Fling Nantahala Outdoor Center
May 26 Merrell Adventure Dash Nantahala Outdoor Center

Robbinsville

April 14 Stecoah Yard Sale Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
April 14-20 Hiking with Scott Dean Snowbird Mountain Lodge
April 14, 21-22 Cheoah River Release Tapoco Lodge
April 15-19 Spring Hike Week  Fontana Village Resort
April 21 Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Concert Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
April 29 Fontana Spring Disc Golf Championship Fontana Village Resort
May 3-6 The Epic Drive Various Locations
May 10 Rock the Dragon 2018 Fontana Village Resort
May 19 Chase the Dragon Hill Climb Joyce Kilmer Forest Rd, Robbinsville, NC 28771
May 24 Courtyard of the Cherokee Ribbon-Cutting Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
June 8-10 2018 Smokey Mountain Crawl Townsend, TN

Franklin

April 13 Anthem Lights, Christian Music Concert Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
April 21 The Midtown Men, 1960s Inspired Music Concert Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
April 28 Popovich – Comedy Pet Theater Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
May 4 Tanya Tucker, Country Music Concert Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
May 11-13 Mother’s Day Gemboree Macon County Community Building
May 12 Airing of the Quilts Downtown Franklin
May 18 Tim Hawkins, Comedy Show Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
June 8 Taylor Mason, Comedian & Ventriloquist  Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts