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RugerFan58
01-11-2008, 19:41
My wife and I are going to Sapphire Valley Resort in N.C. in a few weeks to explore the area and I was wondering if anyone here could suggest some places of interest to visit while we're there. Sometimes your better off going by word of mouth than listening to chambers of commerce or travel guides. We're hoping to do some hiking and hit alot of back roads so we can see what only the locals see. Any suggestions you could send our way will be greatly appreciated.:bowdown:

g29andy
01-11-2008, 19:48
The Biltmore estate, although the gardens won't be in bloom. They have a winery as well.

magnum62
01-11-2008, 19:53
Enjoy the trip !! Spend as much time on the Blue Ridge Parkway as you can. I have driven it several times and never tire of it. There are lots of stops, small towns and sites worth taking in. Biltmore Estate is within driving distance and worth the trip .Cashiers, NC is a great place to visit, Harrah's Casino is in Cherokee, NC, is also within driving distance. Maggie Valley. Lots of stuff to numerous to mention. I hope you enjoy the area !

RugerFan58
01-11-2008, 19:54
The Biltmore estate, although the gardens won't be in bloom. They have a winery as well.Thanks !! My wife is a gardener so we won't miss that. She's been looking for gardens and was wondering if it was open this time of year.

RugerFan58
01-11-2008, 19:57
I hope the Blue Ridge Parkway is even open. Every time we're down that way it is closed because of snow. I'd love to get some pictures of deer and bear while we're there.

Blondie
01-11-2008, 20:14
There are several nice small towns to check out: Cashiers, Franklin and Bryson City. Be sure to walk up to Cheoah Bald. Its just a short walk after a pretty drive just north of Franklin. Of course there might not be much going on this time of year. We went through there in Sept. of '06 I think, and things were winding down it seemed.

GT Null
01-11-2008, 20:53
Go to Highlands, just 15 minutes (30 since youre a tourist). Lots of shops.

I went to college outside of Sylva. So i know the place well.

Lots of places to go hiking...

dfowler21
01-11-2008, 20:59
Go to Highlands, just 15 minutes (30 since youre a tourist). Lots of shops.

I went to college outside of Sylva. So i know the place well.

Lots of places to go hiking...

Had to be WCU. I dated a girl that went there a few years back. Love the area, especially all the motorcycle friendly roads. Not much to do in Cullowhee though.

GT Null
01-11-2008, 21:00
Cant resist attaching a couple pics:

Pictures from: Sunset Rock and Whitside Mtn. (Devils courhouse)

These are pictures taken by myself.

GT Null
01-11-2008, 21:03
Had to be WCU. I dated a girl that went there a few years back. Love the area, especially all the motorcycle friendly roads. Not much to do in Cullowhee though.

Yep... Not much to do at all.

I remember the first night in the dorms, i think i remember at least 4 ambulances coming from another dorm from alcohol poisoning (at least thats all i could think they were there for).

Awesome times...

major
01-11-2008, 21:14
Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Joe Tactical
01-11-2008, 22:06
Check out Fonatana Lake and dam. I think it is very scenic, but then again I have only been there in Summer/Fall.

magnum62
01-11-2008, 22:19
I hope the Blue Ridge Parkway is even open. Every time we're down that way it is closed because of snow. I'd love to get some pictures of deer and bear while we're there.

Weather should be good, I don't live too far from there now (90 minutes or so).
It seems as if I've lived near some portion of the Parkway most of my life. There are lots of sites on the Parkway as well

Sniperfox
01-11-2008, 22:31
Chimney Rock

RugerFan58
01-12-2008, 04:08
Thanks everybody for the suggestions. We'll check every one of them out. We'll be there a week so we'll have plenty of time to explore. I REALLY hope the BRP is open Magnum62....I REALLY do.

8W56
01-14-2008, 21:01
Thanks everybody for the suggestions. We'll check every one of them out. We'll be there a week so we'll have plenty of time to explore. I REALLY hope the BRP is open Magnum62....I REALLY do.

Well we have not had a lot of snow or bad weather this year so the parkway has not been closed much at all. While you are up that way you can check out paradise falls near cedar cliff lake. Hwy 107 N will bring you down the mountain into Cullowhee and the WCU area. Depending on when you will be here you might be able to catch a performance at our Fine and Performing Arts Center at WCU. The Biltmore Estate is also very nice but the gardens are not much to look at this time of year. I grew up here in WNC and know the area very well. I work at WCU so I know that end of Jackson County as well. If you have any specific things you are looking to do just let me know and I will be glad to point you in the right direction. Oh, my little town (Maggie Valley) is also a popular tourist area too.

RugerFan58
01-15-2008, 07:43
Well we have not had a lot of snow or bad weather this year so the parkway has not been closed much at all. While you are up that way you can check out paradise falls near cedar cliff lake. Hwy 107 N will bring you down the mountain into Cullowhee and the WCU area. Depending on when you will be here you might be able to catch a performance at our Fine and Performing Arts Center at WCU. The Biltmore Estate is also very nice but the gardens are not much to look at this time of year. I grew up here in WNC and know the area very well. I work at WCU so I know that end of Jackson County as well. If you have any specific things you are looking to do just let me know and I will be glad to point you in the right direction. Oh, my little town (Maggie Valley) is also a popular tourist area too.Think we'll arrive Feb. 1st so hopefully the Parkway will be open. My wife has driven most of it and has nothing but good things to say about it. I on the other hand have only seen gated roads every time we've tried to see it. Maybe this will be my year to finally see it ? We like to visit historical landmarks, flea markets, and natural sites like the Paradise Falls you mentioned. It's normal for us to drive 200-300 miles a day exploring while we're on vacation. We try to see at least one Civil War related site everytime we vacation in the South. We'll try to see as much as possible while we're there. Can't wait.

Zulu Alpha
01-15-2008, 19:34
www.ianadamsphotography.com/store/page58.html
Nice little hike off the BRP

RugerFan58
01-15-2008, 20:12
http://http://www.ianadamsphotography.com/store/page58.html

Nice little hike off the BRPLinki no workie.

Joe Tactical
01-15-2008, 20:44
I think is should have been this....

www.ianadamsphotography.com/store/page58.html

Also, if you like paddling, check out the NOC. Again, if you are going now, the season may not be the best so it might be more worthwile in the Spring Summer Fall.

http://www.noc.com/

RugerFan58
01-16-2008, 06:50
I think is should have been this....

www.ianadamsphotography.com/store/page58.html

Also, if you like paddling, check out the NOC. Again, if you are going now, the season may not be the best so it might be more worthwile in the Spring Summer Fall.

http://www.noc.com/Thanks Joe. We definitely like the outdoors as we're into hiking,canoing, kayaking, and checking our the scenic spots. Without question if we can drive the BRP we'll check out those falls.

PaleRider1966
01-22-2008, 19:32
If you have any interest at all in old cars & motorcycles, be sure to see Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley. The owner/curator, Dale Walksler has assembled the best collection in the country and it all runs!

http://wheelsthroughtime.com

Here's what I explore the BRP on:

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e296/SWSportsman/DSCN1148-2.jpg

RugerFan58
01-22-2008, 20:19
If you have any interest at all in old cars & motorcycles, be sure to see Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley. The owner/curator, Dale Walksler has assembled the best collection in the country and it all runs!

http://wheelsthroughtime.com

Here's what I explore the BRP on:

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e296/SWSportsman/DSCN1148-2.jpg

We'll definitely check out that place. My wife used to have a Low Rider when she was younger. We'll also be checking out the Blue Ridge Railway sometime while we're there. Looks like a good way to check out the backcountry if the BRP is closed because of snow. I REALLY hope it's open so we can check out at least part of it.

8W56
01-23-2008, 20:55
We'll definitely check out that place. My wife used to have a Low Rider when she was younger. We'll also be checking out the Blue Ridge Railway sometime while we're there. Looks like a good way to check out the backcountry if the BRP is closed because of snow. I REALLY hope it's open so we can check out at least part of it.

Well we have had a lot of snow and ice lately. I was up around the parkway the other day and the gates were actually open. The roads were not very good but the gates were open. Wheels through Time is also a good place and just down the road from my house. If you come over to the Maggie Valley area I would also suggest you take a ride up the backside of cataloochee and see the Elk and the old settlement area. I dont always get on here so if you have any questions or need any help with directions shoot me an email at rcarter@wcu.edu.

RugerFan58
01-23-2008, 21:03
Well we have had a lot of snow and ice lately. I was up around the parkway the other day and the gates were actually open. The roads were not very good but the gates were open. Wheels through Time is also a good place and just down the road from my house. If you come over to the Maggie Valley area I would also suggest you take a ride up the backside of cataloochee and see the Elk and the old settlement area. I dont always get on here so if you have any questions or need any help with directions shoot me an email at rcarter@wcu.edu.Thank you !! I'll write you sometime soon before we leave. We appreciate any and all suggestions.

PaleRider1966
01-24-2008, 07:21
Oh, and don't forget to have breakfast at Joey's Pancake House while in Maggie Valley. Clean, efficient and great food! They close for vacation for most of Feb. & Mar. though.

RugerFan58
01-24-2008, 07:50
We'll give them a call before we leave to see if they're open. Thanks for the tip.

RugerFan58
01-30-2008, 15:12
Thanks everybody that took the time out to tell us about your ideas. We'll do our best to visit every place suggested because they all look to be pretty close. We leave tomorrow night between 10 and 11. Can't wait !!:beer::beer:

8W56
01-31-2008, 20:05
Thanks everybody that took the time out to tell us about your ideas. We'll do our best to visit every place suggested because they all look to be pretty close. We leave tomorrow night between 10 and 11. Can't wait !!:beer::beer:


Good Luck. You driving down of flying?

RugerFan58
01-31-2008, 21:30
Good Luck. You driving down of flying?Got a rental. We usually do 200-300 miles a day exploring the state we're staying at. Going to be excellent !!:thumbsup::thumbsup:

NC Bullseye
01-31-2008, 23:07
Sorry not to be able to give exact info but I just caught a snippet of the news and they were saying that a chunk of the Blue ridge parkway was closed for a LONG time due to a wash out in the last day or two. Better check close before taking off. Enjoy the trip!

RugerFan58
02-05-2008, 08:59
Sorry not to be able to give exact info but I just caught a snippet of the news and they were saying that a chunk of the Blue ridge parkway was closed for a LONG time due to a wash out in the last day or two. Better check close before taking off. Enjoy the trip!Thanks, I finally got a chance to check my mail and saw your reply. We were in upstate NC and decided to drive back to our unit via the Parkway. We FOUND the closed part. We're going to Pisgah today and poke around. We'll hit the southern section of the parkway Thursday. Thanks for the info.