The North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee tristate area is packed full of activities, shopping and entertainment.
Apalachia Lake Boat & Waterfall Tours
WAGONMASTER ADVENTURE RANCH offers Apalachia Lake Boat & Waterfall Tours in the afternoon on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays during the Spring Summer and Fall seasons. They also have skeet shooting, target arcades for paintball and airsoft BBs, a pistol range for .22 and .38 calibers, miniature golf, gem mining, gold panning, wagon rides, bounce castle with sprinkler, mini car track, plus a free playground and picnic area. Call 828-494-9521 for more information or visit the link below. – http://www.wagonmasterranch.com
“The Cherohala Skyway was opened and dedicated in 1996. The road has been designated a National Scenic Byway. The road cost over 100 million dollars to construct. The Cherohala Skyway crosses through the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee and the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina. The name “Cherohala” comes from the names of the two National Forests: “Chero” from the Cherokee and “hala” from the Nantahala. The Cherohala Skyway is located in southeast Tennessee and southwest North Carolina. The Skyway connects Tellico Plains, Tennessee, with Robbinsville, North Carolina, and is about 40+ miles long. The Cherohala Skyway is a wide, paved 2-laned road maintained by the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The elevations range from 900 feet above sea level at the Tellico River in Tennessee to over 5400 feet above sea level at the Tennessee-North Carolina state line at Haw Knob.” – http://www.cherohala.org
Ocoee Scenic Byway
“The first designated national forest scenic byway in the nation includes 26 miles of US 64 and Forest Road 77.
The two-lane route winds past Parksville Lake, through the scenic rocky bluffs of Ocoee River Gorge and past the Ocoee Whitewater Center. Take a side trip up the 7-mile Chilhowee Scenic Spur, Forest Road 77, to Chilhowee Recreation Area. Take in long-range views of the Tennessee Valley, Cumberland Mountains and into the mountains of Georgia. From several overlooks you can spread a picnic or take a short hike.” – http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/cherokee/null/recarea/?recid=35094&actid=105
Hiwassee River and John Muir Trail
“Forested hillsides and pastoral river bottoms complement the beauty of Hiwassee River Gorge. Fishing, rafting, canoeing and hiking are popular activities.
Southern Highroads Trail
“The Southern Highroads is a scenic route across 13 counties in 4 states with something to offer for the entire family. Stretching across North Georgia, Western North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, Southern Highroads offers a wide variety of antique shops, arts, entertainment, dining, lodging, outdoor activities and fun for the entire family!” – http://www.southernhighroads.org/
Ocoee Whitewater Center
“In 1996 the world’s eyes were on the Ocoee Whitewater Center (OWC) as it hosted the world’s first Olympic whitewater event on a natural river.
The OWC marries the best of the natural and artificial worlds. A sleepy river set in a lush, rocky river gorge, this section of the Ocoee was carefully modified into a channel to enhance its rapids. During the 1996 Summer Olympics, the Ocoee Whitewater Center opened its doors as a premier whitewater venue for athletes from all over the world.
Now you can enjoy a wide variety of activities at the Center such as: hike or bike historic or forest trails, play in the water, picnic along the river, stroll through the native gardens and walkways.” – http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/cherokee/recarea/?recid=35096
Tellico River and Bald River Falls
“The Tellico River rises in the Unicoi Range of mountains near the Tennessee – North Carolina state line. As the river flows west, it is joined by its major tributaries the Bald River and the North River. The river meanders through a mountain gorge before reaching the broad fertile plains of Tellico Plains in Monroe County. It is a tributary of the Little Tennessee River. The Tellico Dam impounds the lower reaches of the Tellico River and Little Tennessee River into the Tellico Reservoir, locally known as Tellico Lake.” – http://www.tellico-plains.com/tellico-river-bald-river-falls.html
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