WNC Travel Guide

Upcoming events
 

Upcoming events

Ongoing Events

• First/Third Thursdays — Community music jam, Bryson City. www.fontanalib.org 

• Fridays, Memorial Day to Labor Day Concerts on the Creek, Sylva. www.mountainlovers.com

• Fridays, Memorial Day to September — Groovin’ on the Green, Cashiers. www.visitcashiersvalley.com

• Fridays, Memorial Day to Early September — Concerts on the Square, Hayesville. www.cccra-nc.org 

• Fridays, Memorial Day to Late October — Movies on Everett, Bryson City. www.greatsmokies.com

• First Friday of the Month — Art After Dark, Waynesville. Evening stroll of galleries, restaurants and breweries in downtown. www.downtownwaynesville.com 

• First Friday of the Month — Art Walk, Murphy. Stroll downtown art galleries, restaurants and shops. www.cherokeecountychamber.com 

• Friday-Saturday, Late May to Labor Day — Music on the River, Cherokee. www.visitcherokeenc.com 

• Friday-Saturday, Memorial Day to Late October — Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling. www.visitcherokeenc.com

• Friday-Saturday, Memorial Day to Late October — Street Tunes, Bryson City. www.greatsmokies.com

• Saturdays, Memorial Day to Mid-October — Pickin’ on the Square, Franklin. www.franklin-chamber.com

• Monday-Saturday, Early June to Mid-August — Unto These Hills outdoor drama, Cherokee. www.cherokeehistorical.org 

• Fridays, Early June to Labor Day — Pickin’ in the Park, Canton. www.cantonnc.com 

• Mid-June to October — Friday Night Live, Highlands. www.highlandschamber.org 

• Late June to Labor Day — Saturdays on Pine concert series, Highlands. www.highlandschamber.org 

 

Independence Day in the Smokies

• Canton Fourth of July Celebration www.cantonnc.com

• Stars & Strips Celebration, Waynesville www.downtownwaynesville.com

• Red White & Boom, Maggie Valley www.maggievalley.org

• Fourth of July Celebration, Sylva www.mountainlovers.com

• Freedom Fest, Bryson City www.greatsmokies.com

• 4th of July Parade/Fireworks Celebration, Franklin www.franklin-chamber.com

• 4th of July Fireworks Show, Cherokee www.nc-cherokee.com

• Fourth of July Celebration, Cashiers www.cashiers411.com

• Fourth of July Celebration, Andrews www.visitcherokeecountync.com

• Independence Day Celebration, Highlands www.highlandsinfo.com

• Independence Day Fireworks, Murphy www.visitcherokeecountync.com

• Independence Day Parade/ Celebration, Hayesville www.ncmtnchamber.com

• Sapphire Valley Yankee Doodle Dandy Day www.sapphirevalley.com

• Fourth of July Celebration, Fontana Village www.fontanavillage.com 

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WNC museums
 

WNC museums

Although the rich history and culture of Western North Carolina is alive and thriving through the hands of our local artisans and performers, there are also numerous museums here preserving and perpetuating the heritage of Southern Appalachia. These buildings each pay homage to the crafts, sounds, and deeply held traditions of these ancient mountains and its people.

• American Museum of The House Cat

Over 5,000 items dedicated to entire history of the house cat, here and abroad.

4704 U.S. 441 South, Sylva • 828.421.0275 or 828.506.1236 • www.facebook.com/americanmuseumofthehousecat

• Andrews Art Museum

Exhibits and galleries featuring local and regional artists.

Corner of Chestnut and Third streets, Andrews

828.360.5071 • www.andrewsvalleyarts.com

• Canton Area Historical Museum

Displays focusing on the cultural history of Canton and Haywood County.

36 Park Street, Canton • 828.646.3412 • www.cantonnc.com

• Cherokee County Historical Museum

Artifacts and exhibits showcasing the Cherokee Indians, local history and artisans.

87 Peachtree Street, Murphy

828.837.6792 • www.cherokeecounty-nc.gov

• Clay County Historical & Arts Council Museum

Displays exhibiting the history, art and people of the area.

21 Davis Loop, Hayesville

828.389.6814 • www.clayhistoryarts.org

• Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum

Exhibits on the region’s gems and minerals.

25 Phillips Street, Franklin

828.369.7831 • www.fgmm.org

• Glenville Historical Museum

Showcasing the history and culture of Glenville and greater Western North Carolina.

4735 N.C. 107 North, Glenville • 828.743.1658

• Graham County Museum of Prehistoric Relics

A collection of prehistoric artifacts from North, South and Central America.

3204 Fontana Road, Fontana Dam

828.479.3677 • www.thehikeinn.com

• Highlands Museum & Historical Village

A village composed of several restored buildings, with historical exhibits in the museum.

524 North 4th Street, Highlands

828.787.1050 • www.highlandshistory.com

• Junaluska Memorial & Museum

Displays dedicated to preserving Cherokee Indian history and culture.

1 Junaluska Drive, Robbinsville

828.479.4727

• Macon County Historical Society & Museum

Antiques and artifacts showcasing the history of Macon and Western North Carolina.

36 West Main Street, Franklin

828.524.9758 • www.maconnchistorical.org

• Mountain Farm Museum

Collection of historical log buildings and artifacts.

150 U.S. 441 North, Oconaluftee Visitor Center

423.436.1200 • www.nps.gov/grsm

• Mountain Heritage Center

Extensive displays of Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachian history.

150 H.F. Robinson Building, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee

828.227.7129 • www.wcu.edu

• Museum of American Cut & Engraved Glass

Exhibits presenting one of the finest collections of its kind in the world.

472 Chestnut Street, Highlands

828.526.3415 • www.ashevilleguidebook.com

• Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Large exhibits showcasing the extensive and intricate tribe history.

589 Tsali Boulevard, Cherokee

828.497.3481 • www.cherokeemuseum.org

• Ruby City Gems Museum

Thousands of gem and mineral specimens on display.

131 East Main Street, Franklin

828.524.3967 • www.rubycity.com

• Scottish Tartans Museum

Exhibit on Scottish history and culture abroad and in Western North Carolina.

86 East Main Street, Franklin

828.524.7472 • www.scottishtartans.org

• Shelton House — WNC History, Heritage and Crafts

Featuring unique works from some of the state’s most acclaimed artisans.

49 Shelton Street, Waynesville

828.452.1551 • www.sheltonhouse.org

• Wheels Through Time Museum

Rare and extensive collection of vintage motorcycles and classic automobiles.

62 Vintage Lane, Maggie Valley

828.926.6266 • www.wheelsthroughtime.com

• World Methodist Museum

Artifacts and memorabilia celebrating founder John Wesley and the worldwide religion.

575 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska

828.456.9432 • www.worldmethodistcouncil.org

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Places to eat
 

Places to eat

Andrews

• Burger Basket — American – 828.321.3785

• Granieri’s Italian Restaurant — Italian/American – 828.321.5555

• Happy Hawg BBQ — Southern/American – 828.321.2900

• Hoppy Trout Brewing Company — American – 828.835.2111

• Kobe Grill — Asian – 828.321.1010

• Monte Alban — Mexican – 828.321.1802

• Ronnie’s — American/Southern – 828.644.8271

• Santo Nino — Mexican – 828.321.2109

 

Bryson City

• 1101 Main Steak House — American/Southern – 828.488.5333

• Anthony’s — Italian/American – 828.488.8898

• Bar-B-Que Wagon — Southern/American – 828.488.9521

• Big Wesser — American/Southern – 828.905.7238

• The Bistro at the Everett Hotel  — Southern/Gourmet – 828.488.1934

• Box Car Café & Cones — American – 828.488.5379

• CJ’s Grille — American/Southern – 828.488.9880

• Derailed Bar & Lounge — American – 828.488.8898

• Everett Street Diner — American/Café – 828.488.0123

• Filling Station Deli — American/Southern – 828.488.1919

• Fryemont Inn — Southern/Seafood – 800.845.4879

• Great Smoky Mountains Winery — American/Southern – 828.788.1346

• Guayabitos — Mexican – 828.488.1336

• Hemlock Inn — Southern/Gourmet – 828.488.2885

• High Test Deli — American/Southern – 828.488.1919

• Iron Wok — Asian – 828.488.9553

• Iron Skillet — American/Café – 828.488.4766

• Jimmy Mac’s — American/Southern – 828.488.4700

• La Poblana — Mexican – 828.488.1701

• La Taqueria  — Mexican – 828.488.9162

• Mountain Perks Espresso Bar & Café — American/Café – 828.488.9561

• Naber’s Drive-In — American/Southern – 828.488.2877

• Nantahala Brewing (Brewpub) — Southern/Gourmet – 828.585.5885

• Nate & Nick’s Pizza — American/Southern – 828.588.0500

• Pasqualino’s  — Italian – 828.488.9555

• Pizza By The River — American/Southern – 828.342.9101

• River’s End Restaurant — American/Southern – 828.488.7172

• Snak Shak — American/Southern – 828.341.1999

• Village Bistro — Southern/American – 828.488.9000

• Water’s Edge — Seafood/Southern – 828.488.7977

 

Canton 

• Black Bear Café  — American/Café – 828.648.1003

• Canelos — Mexican – 828.648.0303

• China King Buffet  — Chinese/Asian – 828.235.8815

• DiMaggio’s Pizza & Pasta — American/Italian – 828.492.0641

• El Chapala — Mexican – 828.235.9193 —  — Canton (continued)

• El Pobre — Mexican – 828.235.9311

• J-RO’s  — American – 828.492.0015

• Jukebox Junction — American/Café – 828.648.4546 

• Kobe Express — Asian – 828.492.1255

• Kountry Kitchen — American/Café – 828.492.8072

• Pigeon River Grille — American/Café – 828.492.1422

• Sagebrush — Steakhouse – 828.646.3750

• Southern Porch Kitchen & Drink — Southern/Farm-to-Table – 828.492.8006

• Three Compas — Mexican – 828.235.9193

 

Cashiers

• Buck’s Coffee Café  — American/Café – 828.743.9997

• Carolina Smokehouse — Southern Barbecue – 828.743.3200

• Chez Dupont & The Stone Soup Café — Southern/Farm-to-Table – 828.743.1960

• Chile Loco — Mexican – 828.743.1160

• Cornucopia Restaurant — Southern/American – 828.743.3750

• El Manzanillo — Mexican – 828.743.5522

• High Hampton Inn & Country Club — Steak/Seafood/Southern – 828.743.2411

• The Orchard  — Southern/American – 828.743.7614

• Randevu — Southern – 828.743.0190

• Slab Town Pizza — American – 828.743.0020

• The Ugly Dog Pub — American/Southern – 828.743.3000

• Trillium Clubhouse — American/Southern – 828.743.4157

• Whiteside Brewing  — American/Southern – 828.743.6000

• Winslow’s Hideaway  — Steak/Seafood – 828.743.2226

• Zookeeper Café — American/Café – 828.743.7711

 

Cherokee

• BJ’s Diner — American/Southern – 828.497.4303

• Brio Tuscan Grille (Harrah’s) — Italian – 828.497.7777

• Chestnut Tree  — American/Café – 828.497.9181

• Front Porch Cakery & Deli — American/Southern – 828.497.1776

• Frontier Pancake House  — American/Café – 828.497.4718

• Granny’s Kitchen — Southern/American – 828.497.5010

• Lee Garden — Chinese – 828.497.4388

• Little Princess  — Southern/American – 828.497.9000

• Kobe Express — Asian – 828.497.9779

• New Happy Garden — Chinese – 828.497.4310

• Newfound Lodge — American/Café – 828.497.4590 

• Noodle Bar (Harrah’s) — Asian – 828.497.7777

• Paul’s Diner  — American/Southern – 828.497.9012

• Peter’s Pancakes & Waffles  — American/Café – 828.497.5116

• Rancho Viejo — Mexican – 828.497.0343

• Ruth’s Chris Streak House (Harrah’s) — Steak/Seafood – 828.497.7777

• Sassy Sunflowers Bakery & Café — American/Southern – 828.497.2539

• Selu Garden Café (Harrah’s) — American/Southern – 828.497.7777

• Wize Guyz Grille — American – 828.497.2838

 

Clyde

• 7 Asian Kitchen — Asian – 828.476.5121

• Blue Rooster Southern Grill — Southern/American – 828.456.1997

• Coffee Cup Café — American/Café – 828.627.8905

• Da Asian Kitchen — Asian/Sushi – 828.476.5121

• Ferrara Pizza & Pasta — Italian/American – 828.476.5058

• Sherrill’s Pioneer — American/Café – 828.627.9880 — Cullowhee

• 9 Lives — American/Southern 

• Sazon — Mexican – 828.293.9443

 

Dillsboro 

• Boots Steakhouse – 828.631.9713

• Country Traditions — American/Southern – 828.586.1600

• Foragers Canteen — Farm-to-Table/Southern – 828.631.4114

• Haywood Smokehouse — Barbecue/Southern – 828.586.9556

• Jarrett House — Southern – 828.586.0265

• Kostas  — Greek/Italian – 828.631.0777

• Well HouseAmerican/Southern – 828.586.8588

 

Franklin

• The Boiler Room — Steak/Southern – 828.349.5555

• Boone Thai  — Thai – 828.524.1111

• The Bowery — Southern – 828.369.3663

• Caff’e Rel  — French – 828.369.9446

• Chris & Charlie’s — Italian/American – 828.349.0900

• City Restaurant — American – 828.524.4948

• Cody’s Kitchen — American/Southern – 828.524.9048

• El Charro — Mexican – 828.369.9002

• Elevations Pizza & Eats — American/Southern – 828.369.1359

• Fortune House — Asian – 828.349.3888

• Franklin Café — American/Southern – 828.634.4995

• Frogtown Market — American/Southern – 828.369.0001

• Gazebo Creekside Café — American/Southern – 828.524.8783

• Gondolas — American/Southern 

• Hungry Bear — American/Café – 828.369.2900

• Jaxon’s Downtown — American/Southern – 828.369.1302

• Kobe Express — Asian – 828.524.5623

• Kountry Kitchen — American – 828.524.6209

• Las Barricas — Mexican – 828.349.4484

• Los Tamalitos — Mexican – 828.369.6288

• Lucio’s  — Italian – 828.369.6670

• Martha’s Kitchen — American/Southern – 828.524.4600

• Mi Casa — Mexican – 828.369.1580

• Motor Company Grill — American/Southern – 828.524.0099

• Ms Lois’ American/Café – 828.369.8628

• Mulligan’s Bar & Grill — American/Southern – 828.349.3183

• Normandie — American/Café – 828.524.3118

• Papa’s Pizza of Franklin — American – 828.369.9999

• The Post & Beam at Mill Creek — Southern/American – 828.349.0402

• Rathskeller Coffee Haus — American/Café – 828.369.6796

• Rico’s Tacos — Mexican – 828.200.3960

• Rizzo’s Bakery & Bistro — American/Southern – 828.369.7774

• Rock House Lodge — American/Southern – 828.349.7676

• Rockin’ Rollie Pollies — American/Southern – 828.369.2690

• Root + Barrel — American/Gourmet – 828.369.3663

• Sakura  — Japanese – 828.349.8917

• Stamey’s Café — American/Café – 828.524.8198 

• Sunset — American/Café – 828.524.4842 

• Thai Paradise — Thai – 828.349.0973

• Tienda Mexicana La Guadalupana — Mexican – 828.349.0108

• Town Hill Grill — American/Southern – 828.369.6799

• Vito’s Pizza — Italian/American – 828.369.9890

• Willy’s Ribs & BBQ — Southern/American – 828.524.0414

• Yonder — American/Southern – 828.369.6007

 

Hayesville

• Alazan — Mexican – 828.389.2727

• Anejo Grille — Mexican – 828.389.6061

• Angelo’s Downtown Pizza — Italian/American – 828.389.2500

• Black Dog Tavern Grill & Spirits — American/Southern – 828.415.1700

• Carlotta’s — American/Southern – 828.415.0909

• Chevelle’s 69 — American – 828.389.6069

• The Copper Door — Steak/Seafood/Southern – 828.237.4030

• Giovanni’s Pizzeria — Italian/American – 828.415.1615

• Hayesville Brewing — American/Southern – 828.835.6010

• Mariolino’s Italian Cuisine — Italian/American – 828.415.1572

• Mika’s Pizza — American – 828.389.6366

• Nocturnal Brewing — American/Southern – 828.305.7337

• Rib Country BBQ — Barbecue/Southern – 828.389.9597

• Roma’s Pizzeria — Italian/American – 828.389.6366

• Sequoyah Bar & Grille — American/Southern – 828.389.9000

• Tusquittee Tavern  — American/Southern 

• Valley River Brewery  — American/Southern – 828.389.1472

 

Highlands

• 4118 Kitchen + Bar — American/Southern – 828.526.5002

• Asia House — Asian – 828.787.1680

• Azteca Rainforest Bar & Grill — Mexican/American – 828.526.2244

• Bistro On Main — American – 828.526.2590

• Brick Oven Pizza — American – 828.526.4121

• Buck’s Coffee Café  — American/Café – 828.526.0020

• Cyprus — International – 828.526.4429

• El Azteca — South Pacific/Mexican – 828.526.2244

• El Manzanillo  — Mexican – 828.526.0608

• Fresser’s Express — American/Southern – 828.526.4188

• Highlands Smokehouse — Southern Barbecue – 828.526.1900

• Kelsey Place — American/Southern – 828.526.9380

• Lakeside — Seafood/Southern – 828.526.9419

• The Log Cabin  — American/Southern – 828.526.5777

• Madison’s Restaurant & Wine Garden — Southern/Farm-to-Table – 828.526.5477

• Main Street Inn Bistro — American – 828.526.2590

• Meritage Bistro — American – 828.526.1019

• Mountain Fresh Pizza — Italian/American – 828.526.2400 

• On the Verandah  — Gourmet Fusion – 828.526.2338 — • Paoletti’s — Italian/American – 828.526.4906

• Pescados — Mexican – 828.526.9313

• Pizza Place  — American – 828.526.5660

• Ristorante Paoletti — Northern Italian – 828.526.4906

• Ruka’s Table — Southern/Contemporary – 828.526.3636

• Rustico at the Log Cabin — Northern Italian – 828.526.0999

• Sky Pie Pizza  — Italian/American – 828.526.5188

• The Ugly Dog Pub — American/Southern – 828.526.8364

• Wild Thyme Gourmet — Southern – 828.526.4035

• Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro — New Orleans/Steak/Seafood – 828.526.3807

 

Lake Toxaway

• The Blind Mule — American/Southern – 828.553.8978

• Brown Trout Mountain Grille — American/Southern – 828.877.3474

• Country Cupboard — American/Southern – 828.883.5533 —  — Lake Toxaway (continued)

• The Falls Café & Grill — American/Southern – 828.877.3322

• The Grill — American – 828.883.5551

 

Maggie Valley 

• Andolini’s  — Italian/American – 828.944.0770

• Apple Andy’s  — American/Southern – 828.944.0626

• Brew Cue & BBQ — Southern/American – 828.944.0259

• Brickhouse Burgers & Pizza — American/Southern – 828.944.0909

• Butts On The Creek — Barbecue/Southern – 828.926.7885

• Cataloochee Guest Ranch — Southern/American – 800.868.1401 

• Country Vittles — American/Southern – 828.926.1820

• Frankie’s Italian Trattoria — Italian – 828.926.6216

• The Garrett House  — Southern/American – 828.944.1004

• Guayabitos — Mexican – 828.926.7777

• Holiday Diner — American/Café – 828.926.0820

• Iconic Sandwiches — American/Southern – 828.944.0606

• J. Arthur’s  — Steakhouse/American – 828.926.1817

• Joey’s Pancake House — American/Café – 828.926.0212

• Legends Sports Grill — American/Southern – 828.926.9464

• Maggie Valley Club — American/Southern – 828.926.1616

• Maggie Valley Pizzeria — Italian/American – 828.926.2325

• Maggie Valley Restaurant — American/Café – 828.926.0425 

• Maggie Valley Sandwich Shop — American/Southern – 828.944.0620

• Moonshine Grille — Southern/American – 828.926.7440

• Mountaineer — American/Café – 828.926.1730

• Pin High Bar & Grille — American/Southern – 828.926.4848

• Pop’s Grits & Eggs — American/Southern – 828.944.0677

• Rendezvous — American/Southern – 828.926.2325

• Salty Dog’s — Seafood/American – 828.926.9105

• Snappy’s — Italian/American – 828.926.6126

• The Swag — Farm-to-Table/Southern – 828.926.0430

• Taqueria Guanajuato — Mexican – 828.926.3483

• Willie Brooks BBQ — Barbecue/American – 828.944.1227

 

Murphy

• Bistro 29 — American/Southern – 828.837.9022

• Blue Mountain Coffee & Grill — American/Café – 828.837.1362

• Brother’s — American/Southern – 828.835.9100

• Chevelle’s — American – 828.835.7001

• Chowder House — American/Southern – 828.837.9697

• Daily Grind & Wine — American/Coffeehouse – 828.835.7322

• Downtown Bakery  — American – 828.835.8986

• Downtown Pizza Company — American – 828.837.0500

• Doyle’s Cedar Hill — American – 828.837.3400

• El Manzanillo — Mexican – 828.837.9624

• Herb’s Pit Bar-B-Que — Southern/American – 828.494.5367

• The Landing Café — American/Southern – 828.422.5309

• Main Street — American/Southern – 828.837.7648

• Mama Mia’s — Italian – 828.557.5401

• Monte Alban — Mexican – 828.835.9767

• Murphy’s Chophouse — Southern/Steak/Gourmet – 828.835.3287

• No Name Deli — American/Italian – 828.837.9138

• Parson’s Pub  — American/Southern – 828.837.4151

• Red Brick Deli — American/Southern – 828.837.9090

• Rib Country BBQ — Barbecue/Southern – 828.837.4444

• Sal’s Brooklyn Pizza  — Italian/American – 828.835.0822

• ShoeBooties Café  — Southern/American – 828.837.4589

• Valley River Brewery — American/Southern – 828.837.2337

 

Robbinsville

• Carolina Kitchen — Southern/American – 828.479.1500

• Dragon’s Den Grill — American/Southern – 828.498.2231

• El Pacifico  — Mexican – 828.479.8448

• Hub Of WNC — Barbecue/Southern – 828.479.0478

• Lynn’s Place — American/Southern – 828.479.9777

• Moonshiner’s Steakhouse — Steakhouse – 828.479.0708

• Pacefeco — Mexican – 828.479.8448

• Pop & Nana’s Kicthen & The Scoop — American/Southern – 828.479.8461

• Roger’s Smoky Mountain Restaurant — American/Southern – 828.479.4770

• Southern Gals Country Cooking — Southern/American – 828.479.9405

• Stecoah Diner — American/Café – 828.479.8430

• T. Dubbs — American/Southern – 828.479.2161

• Wildwood Grill — American/Southern – 828.498.2141

 

Sapphire

• Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley — Southern/Farm-to-Table – 828.743.7697

• Cork & Barrel Lounge — American/Southern – 828.743.7477

• Four Season Grill — American/Southern – 828.743.4284

• Gamekeeper’s Tavern — American – 828.743.4263

• The Library Kitchen & Bar — Artisan/Gourmet – 828-743.5512

• Mica’s — American – 828.743.5740

• Osteria Del Monte — Italian – 828.883.2551

• Sapphire Mountain Brewing  — American – 828.743.0220

• Table 64 — American/Southern – 828.743.4135

 

Sylva

• B & Al’s Grill — American – 828.586.5686

• Balsam Mountain Inn — Southern/Farm-to-Table – 828.456.9498

• Big Nick’s BBQ — Southern/American – 828.631.3891

• Bogart’s  — Steakhouse – 828.586.6532

• City Lights Café — American/Southern – 828.587.2233

• The Coffee Shop  — American/Café – 828.586.2013

• Colima — Mexican – 828.586.9999

• Cosmic Carryout at Innovation Brewing — American/Farm-to-Table – 828.586.9678

• Creekside Oyster House & Grill — Seafood/Southern – 828.586.1985

• Cut Cocktail Lounge — Gastropub – 828.631.4795

• El Patron — Mexican – 828.586.8805

• Ferrara Pizza & Pasta — Italian/American – 828.477.4931

• Guadalupe Café — Caribbean Fusion – 828.586.9877

• Half Past — American/Southern – 828.586.1212

• Jade Dragon — Chinese – 828.586.6688

• Lulu’s On Main — Southern/Farm-to-Table – 828.586.8989

• Mad Batter Food & Film — American/Southern – 828.586.3555

• Melissa’s Backstreet Takeout — Asian – 828.586.9131

• Mesquite Grill — Mexican – 828.586.3000

• Nantahala Brewing (Outpost) — American/Southern 

• O’Malley’s Sports Bar & Grill — American/Southern – 828.631.0554

• Peking Gourmet II — Chinese – 828.586.9082

• Pie Times Pizza Company — Italian/American – 828.608.0309

• Robbie’s Char-Burger — American – 828.586.2723

• Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro — Southern Fusion/American – 828.586.1717

• South of Philly — American – 828.586.0550

• Southeast Asian Restaurant — Asian – 828.631.9773

• Speedy’s Pizza — American – 828.586.3800

 

Waynesville

• Ammon’s Drive-In & Dairy Bar — American/Southern – 828.926.0734

• Angelo’s Family Pizza — American/Southern – 828.452.1886

• Balsam Café — American/Southern – 828.456.2299

• Birchwood Hall Southern Kitchen — Southern/Farm-to-Table – 828.246.6111

• Bocelli’s Italian Eatery — Italian – 828.456.4900

• Bogart’s  — Steakhouse – 828.452.1313

• Boojum Brewing — American/Southern – 828.944.0888

• Bosu’s Wine Shop — Farm-to-Table – 828.452.0120

• Bourbon Barrel Beef & Ale — Southern/American – 828.452.9191

• Buttered Biscuit  — American/Café – 828.246.6446

• Captain’s Bay — Seafood/Steakhouse – 828.456.6761

• The Chef’s Table — Italian/Farm-to-Table – 828.452.6210

• Church Street Depot — American – 828.246.6505

• The Classic Wineseller — Italian/French/Southern – 828.452.6000

• Clyde’s Restaurant — American/Southern – 828.456.9135

• Cork & Cleaver at The Waynesville Inn — Steak/Seafood – 828.456.3551

• El Pobre — Mexican – 828.456.9557

• Ellie’s Deli & Coffee House — American/Café – 828.456.4949

• Firefly Taps & Grill — American/Southern – 828.454.5400

• Frog’s Leap Public House — Farm-to-Table/Southern – 828.456.1930

• Gigi’s Restaurant — American/Southern – 828.926.6020

• Harmons’ Den Bistro at HART Theatre — Farm-to-Table/Southern – 828.456.6322

• Haywood 209 Café  — American/Café – 828.627.3331

• Haywood Smokehouse — Barbecue/Southern – 828.456.7275

• Hazelwood Farmacy & Soda Fountain — American/Southern – 828.246.6996

• Ian & Jojo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant — Italian/American – 828.246.6626

• J Creek Café — American/Café – 828.926.7877

• Kanini’s — Southern/Farm-to-Table – 828.452.5187

• Kornerstone Kafé  — American/Café – 828.550.2265

• Las Palmas  — Mexican – 828.456.4234

• Los Amigos — Mexican – 828.456.7870

• Mad Anthony’s Taproom & Restaurant — American/Southern – 828.246.9249

• Maggie’s Galley  — Seafood – 828.456.8945

• New Happy Garden — Asian – 828.456.6988

• Panacea Coffee House Café & Roastery  — American/Café – 828.452.6200 

• Patio Bistro — Southern/American – 828.454.0070 

• Pub 319 — American/Southern – 828.456.3040

• Sagebrush — Steakhouse – 828.452.5822

• Sauced  — American/Mexican – 828.246.9585

• Secret Wine Company  — Farm-to-Table – 828.452.0120

• Smoky Mountain Sub Shop — American – 828.456.3400 

• The Sweet Onion — Southern/Farm-to-Table – 828.456.5559 

• Tap Room Bar & Grill — American/Southern – 828.456.3551

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grill — American/Southern – 828.456.4750

• Waynesville Pizza Company — American/Italian – 828.246.0927

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WNC Fly Fishing Trail
 

WNC Fly Fishing Trail

All of Western North Carolina is renowned for its fly fishing, and its reputation continues to grow. Jackson County has developed the first official, mapped fly fishing trail, and that has been emulated by Swain County. And of course there are plenty of outfitters and guides ready to take visitors to the best fishing holes in the mountains.

Below are just a few of the stops on Jackson County’s Fly Fishing Trail. For more information, visit www.flyfishingtrail.com.

Scott Creek

• The Stretch: Roughly 10 miles from headwaters near Balsam down to Sylva

• Access Point(s): Parking and access available via several pull-off areas along U.S. 23/74

• Type of Water: Hatchery supported

• Noteworthy: Stretch also includes North Fork Scott Creek and Buff Creek, which are very scenic

Caney Fork

• The Stretch: Roughly 10 miles from East Laporte Park to headwaters at fork of Mull Creek and Piney Mountain Creek

• Access Point(s): Access via Caney Fork Road (SR 1737), avoid posted land

• Type of Water: Undesignated

• Noteworthy: Respect private landowners

Tanasee Creek

• The Stretch: Roughly 2-3 miles from Tanasee Creek bridge up to headwaters

• Access Point(s): Parking and access available at bridge on Tanasee Creek Road (SR 1762)

• Type of Water: Wild Trout

• Noteworthy: Very scenic stretch in the Nantahala National Forest

Panthertown Creek

• The Stretch: Entire stream, roughly 3 miles

• Access Point(s):  Parking and access at end of Breedlove Rd (SR 1121), with 2-mile walk to creek

• Type of Water: Catch and release single hook artificial lure

• Noteworthy: Located in Panthertown Valley, which is known as the “Yosemite of the East” because of its bowl shape and rocky bluffs

Raven Fork

• The Stretch: Starts at Blue Ridge Parkway bridge near Cherokee and goes north for 2.2 miles

• Access Point(s): Parking and access via several pull-off areas along Big Cove Road; paths run along stream

• Type of Water: Catch and release fly fishing only

• Noteworthy: Cherokee Trophy Water; Cherokee annual permit and daily permit required

Whitewater River

• The Stretch: Roughly 2-3 miles from N.C. 107 down to the South Carolina state line

• Access Point(s): Parking and access along N.C. 107, a few miles south of Cashiers

• Type of Water: Wild Trout

• Noteworthy: Flows into Whitewater Falls, the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi

West Fork Tuckasegee River

• The Stretch: From small reservoir at Thorpe Power House upstream several hundred yards

• Access Point(s): Parking and access available both sides of N.C. 107 near Thorpe Power House

• Type of Water: Hatchery supported

• Noteworthy: Although hatchery supported, this has nice concentration of stream-raised fish

Tuckasegee River

(East Laporte Park to N.C. 107 Bridge)

• The Stretch: Roughly 2-3 miles from park to bridge

• Access Point(s): Parking and access available at East Laporte Park and pull-off areas along Old Cullowhee Road

• Type of Water: Hatchery supported

• Noteworthy: East Laporte Park has picnic tables and public restrooms

Savannah Creek

• The Stretch: About 10 miles from headwaters in Pumpkintown into Tuckasegee River

• Access Point(s): Parking and access available via several pull-offs along U.S. 23/441

• Type of Water: Hatchery supported

• Noteworthy: Access limited the closer you get to the Tuckasegee River

Tuckasegee River

(NC 107 Bridge to Dillsboro park)

• The Stretch: Roughly 4-5 mile stretch from bridge to the riverside park in Dillsboro

• Access Point(s): Parking and access available via numerous pull-offs along North River Road

• Type of Water: Delayed harvest

• Noteworthy: Best place to achieve the Tuckasegee Slam (catch all three species in one spot)

Greens Creek

• The Stretch: About 3-4 miles from Macon County line to Savannah Creek

• Access Point(s): Various places along Greens Creek Road (SR 1370)

• Type of Water: Wild Trout, undesignated, hatchery supported

• Noteworthy: Portion of the creek flows through the Nantahala National Forest

Tuckasegee River

(in Dillsboro)

• The Stretch: About 1 mile from Dillsboro park through town

• Access Point(s): Various places between park and Best Western River Escape Inn

• Type of Water: Hatchery supported

• Noteworthy: Includes two lodging options: Best Western River Escape Inn and Dillsboro Inn

Lower Tuckasegee River

(Barker’s Creek Bridge to Whittier)

• The Stretch: Roughly 8-10 miles from bridge to Whittier

• Access Point(s): Parking and access via pull-offs and businesses along U.S. 19/74 freeway

• Type of Water: Hatchery supported, undesignated

• Noteworthy: The stretch is also home to smallmouth bass

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Performance Venues
 

Performance Venues

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Biking hot spots
 

Biking hot spots

The Smokies contain some of the best bike trails anywhere. Here are the popular spots:

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The Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway and All-American Road that winds for 469 miles from the southern end of Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive in Virginia to U.S. 441 at Oconaluftee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cherokee.

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The spiritual appeal of waterfalls
 

The spiritual appeal of waterfalls

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is easy to get to and impossible to miss. If you are headed west from Highlands through the Cullasaja Gorge on U.S. 64, the falls will go over a small pull off road on the right. The falls isn’t nearly as impressive as the other falls in the Gorge, but after all, how often do you get the chance to drive your car under a waterfall?

Bridal Veil Falls is 2.3 miles west of Highlands on U.S. 64. You’ll see a pull off road on the right side of U.S. 64 under the falls.

Dry Falls

Dry Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in Western North Carolina and an easy stop if you are seeing the other falls on U.S. 64 through the Cullasaja Gorge. Visitors can walk behind the falls and to the other side. The powerful waterfall is about 65 feet tall.

Dry Falls is in between Quarry Falls and Bridal Veil Falls about three miles west of Highlands on U.S. 64. There’s a small parking area on the left if you are headed west. Signs mark the falls on both sides of the road. If you come on a Saturday during peak tourist season, a parking space will be hard to come by. The trail to the falls is short with some steps.

Cullasaja Falls

Cullasaja Falls is the final waterfall on the Cullasaja River before leaving the Gorge. The falls, a 200-foot cascade, is powerful and beautiful. You can get a good view of it from the road, but it would be difficult to get to the base. The downside to Cullasaja Falls is that the pull off is small and is a dangerous place for traffic to stop.

Cullasaja Falls is about two and a half miles west of Quarry Falls on U.S. 64.The pull off is small and at a sharp curve. The small pull off fills up quickly during peak tourism days. Heading west, the pull off is on the left side of the road.

Mingo Falls

On the Qualla Indian Reservation in Cherokee, you’ll find the popular Mingo Falls. A small creek falls about 150 feet over mossy rocks. Access to the falls is good – if you can handle lots of steps. A small bridge goes across the creek, giving hikers a face on view of the falls.

Coming from Cherokee, head north on U.S. 441. You’ll turn right onto Acquoni Road. There will be signs telling you to turn there for Big Cove Road. In about .1 mile, turn left on to Big Cove Road. Again you’ll see signs pointing to Big Cove Road. Drive about 5 miles and turn right into Mingo Falls Campground. The parking area is straight ahead. The trail starts there, goes up a lot of stairs, levels out and comes to a bridge overlooking the falls. The trail is about 265 yards.

Soco Falls

Soco Falls is one of the closest large falls to Waynesville. Two creeks flow over steep rock cascades at a right angle from each other. There’s a wooden platform that faces the higher of the two falls. The other falls is nearly impossible to see face on without going down to the base of the falls. There's a really steep dirt incline that goes down there without a lot to hold on to.

From Waynesville, drive north on U.S. 19. You’ll pass under the Blue Ridge Parkway. After passing the Blue Ridge Parkway, drive 1.4 miles to a pull off on the left. At the corner before the pull off you want, you’ll see a large gravel pull off. This is actually a private driveway and not the way to Soco Falls. A sign on the right side of the road will tell you to go another half mile. Find a pull off with a guardrail.

A short, steep path goes down between the guardrails. Follow the trail, which leads to a wooden platform. The trail beyond the platform is steeper and more difficult but will take you to the top of one of the falls. A dirt incline leads to the bottom of the falls that you’d have to slide down. It looks like it would be a challenge to get back up.

Midnight Hole

There’s not much of a waterfall at Midnight Hole, but if you’re looking for a good place to jump in the water, this is it. Midnight Hole is very popular and crowded at times. There’s a rope that goes up one of the boulders so swimmers can jump off the rocks into the pool. The water is cold and crystal clear and feels wonderful after a hike on a hot, muggy afternoon.

Take I-40 Exit 451 in Tennessee. It will be the first exit after you cross the state line. Stay left after crossing the Pigeon River and follow the road 2 miles. You’ll drive by a power plant and community park. You’ll come to a stop sign at an intersection. Go straight through the intersection and enter the Big Creek section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Follow the gravel road .8 miles to a picnic area and campground entrance.

From the parking area, walk back up the road. You’ll see a sign on the left for the trailhead. The hike to Midnight Hole is about 1.5 miles. Stay on the main path and the hole is on the left. The hike is easy. Horses and their riders also frequent the trail.

Waterfall on West Fork Pigeon River

The waterfall on West Fork Pigeon River runs under an old stone bridge on N.C. 215. Although this waterfall isn’t one to plan a trip around, if you’re driving to the other falls on N.C. 215, it’s worth a stop. You can take shots from the road and the bridge but watch out for traffic. I tried to hike down to the base of the falls and failed miserably. I wouldn’t recommend trying it.

The waterfall is under a bridge on N.C. 215, 4.2 miles from where N.C. 215 crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s 13.6 miles south of where N.C. 215 intersects with U.S. 276.

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Golf courses
 

Golf courses

In this mountain region, there are a handful of top-notch public courses, including the Sequoyah National in Cherokee (designed by Robert Trent Jones II) and the historic 27 holes at Waynesville Inn, Golf Resort and Spa. In the Cashiers area of Jackson County, the scenic High Hampton Inn is regarded as one of the most picturesque courses in the country. Other courses include:

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