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Smoky Mountain Area Attractions near Waynesville, NC

Herren House Bed & Breakfast and Restaurant is just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Maggie Valley, and just thirty minutes to Asheville NC and the Biltmore Estate. If you like the great outdoors, this area of the North Carolina Mountains is excellent for hiking, bicycling, whitewater rafting, trout fishing, skiing and exploring waterfalls.

There are festivals, parades, performances and other community events held in downtown Waynesville throughout the year.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has some of the best collections of log buildings in the United States. Nearly 80 historic structures, including houses, barns, outbuildings, churches, schools and grist mills, have been preserved. The best places to see this historic buildings are at Cades Cove, Cataloochie, Oconaluftee (with its Mountain Farm Museum), Mingus Mill, and the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts is one of Western North Carolina’s premiere venues for world-class culture and the arts. The stunning architecture, technical facilities, and impeccable acoustics will attract and maintain the highest professional standards for both the audience and the performing arts.
1024 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734 Email: info@wncfinearts.com
Phone: 828-524-1598
Toll Free: 866-273-4615

Visit Biltmore Estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC, just 30 minutes from Herren House. Self-guided tours are available of the breathtaking Biltmore House & Gardens and the new Antler Hill Village—featuring the Biltmore Winery, The Biltmore Legacy, Village Green, and Farm


Blue Ridge Parkway --America’s Favorite Drive – 469 Miles of Mountain Vistas and Historic Sites
The Blue Ridge Parkway winds its way 469 miles through mountain meadows and past seemingly endless vistas with outstanding scenery and endless recreational opportunities . Split-rail fences, old farmsteads and historic structures complement the spectacular views of distant mountains and neighboring valleys. More info Virtual Tour of Blue Ridge Parkway Overlooks or Blue Ridge Parkway Maps

Cataloochee Valley Tourswww.CataloocheeValleyTours.com
Let our naturalist take you on a guided eco-tour of to one of the most remote and beautiful parts of the Smoky Mountains.

Road Bike Routes
Cades Cove Loop Road:
This 11-mile one way road is a very popular bicycling option. It provides cyclists with excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and touring 19th century homesteads. During summer and fall, bicycles may be rented at the Cades Cove Campground Store (located near Cades Cove Campground). For information call (865) 448-9034.Beginning the second week in May, the Cades Cove Loop Road is closed to motor vehicle traffic on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10:00 a.m. to allow bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the cove. This closure continues through the second-to-last Saturday in September.

Townsend Bicycle Path: This paved trail, approximately 3 miles in length, is located in Townsend, Tennessee, also known as the “Peaceful side of the Smokies.” It features a paved trail with a few short easy hills, and is great for cyclists of all levels including older children. It runs parallel to Hwy. US 321 in Townsend, with a portion running along the Little River. The bike trail provides access to restaurants, shops and motels along the way. Parking is available at both ends of the trail.


Hiking Trails

The Appalachian Trail to Charlie’s Bunion, 4 Miles, F2 Bartram Trail, 37.7 Miles, G7 Big Snowbird Trail, 12.7 Miles, D4
Trailhead: Newfound Gap parking area. This 4-mile stretch offers spectacular views of the Smokies Trailhead: The trail enters North Carolina just south of Highlands near Rabun Bald. Trailhead: Big Snowbird Road. The first 4 miles are recommended for day hikes.
The Appalachian Trail to Wesser Bald, 2 Miles, E5 Big Indian Horse Trail, 8 Miles, F6 Fire Creek Area Trails, .3 Miles to 5.4 Miles, C6
Trailhead: Wesser Gap. This scenic portion of the Appalachian Trail is perfect for day hikes. Trailhead: Big Indian Creek. The Standing Indian Reservation Area west of Franklin. Trailhead: Fires Cree Recreation Area. Offers a number of excellent trails.
Jackrabbit Mountain Trail, 2.5 Miles, D7 Joyce Kilmer Memorial Trail, 2 Miles, C4 Mallonees Trail, 5 Miles, I5
Trailhead: Jackrabbit Recreation Area. Trail offers an excellent view of Lake Chatuge and provides lake fishing access as well. Trailhead: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest parking lot. Joyce Kilmer Forest, the last remnant of virgin forest in Southern Appalachians, offers a spectacular 2-mile loop trail. Trailhead: Balsam Lake Recreation Area. The Mallonee Trail provides barrier free access, with three wheelchair-accessible fishing platforms located along the trail.
Maple Springs Observation Point, 800 Feet, C4 Mountains-to-Sea Trail, 8.75 Miles, I4
Trailhead: Maple Springs Observation Area. Maple Springs offers an unparalleled view of the Smokies, especially during the fall color season. Trailhead: Old Bald Ridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Highland’s portion of North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail traverses breathtaking stands of old-growth forest and plenty of wildlife.

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