Preparing for a trip to the mountains - these links will help you prepare and plan your trip to the mountains. You should cross reference as much info that you can. I try to make the information on my site as accurate and up to date as possible, but you should check the official sites for the national forests and state parks for the most up to date info.

Ray's Weather Center - The first thing you should do is check the weather conditions in the area you are heading to so you can dress acordingly. Ray's covers the entire western North Carolina area with the most up to date conditions

North Carolina State Parks - official guide to all of NC's state parks

South Carolina State Parks - official site for SC state parks

Tennessee State Parks - official site for TN state parks

Great Smoky Mountains NP - official site

National Forests in North Carolina - the majority of the waterfalls on this site lie in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests - this official site has a load of good info if you dig around enough - they keep it fairly up to date, so check it regularly for possible closures and new info

Blue Ridge Parkway - the official government site - check here for activities and possible closures - click 'directions', then 'map' for an excellent BRP map - remember that a lot of the Parkway is closed in the winter

The Blue Ridge Parkway - home page for the Blue Ridge Parkway Association - more good info on the Parkway

DuPont State Forest - all the info you need for hiking in DSF

visitwaterfalls.com - lots of good info on activities, lodging and campgrounds in Brevard and Transylvania County

A Guide to Lake Toxaway and Sapphire - download a free brochure of things to do in and around the Lake Toxaway area

Trail Calendar - Plan hiking, cycling, snowshoeing, and other outdoor activities with like-minded enthusiasts in your area. Meet new people.

Pisgah National Forest Information - Travel Information for visiting the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. Learn about Pisgah Camping, Pisgah Hiking, Sliding Rock, NC, Pisgah Fishing, and more.

 

What else to do in the mountains - these sites include info on hiking, mountain biking, white water fun, sight seeing and other activities in the mountains and in specific communities

Hiking in Western North Carolina - an online guide for hiking in western NC

Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - online guide to mountain biking in western NC

Hiking North Carolina's Lookout Towers - Western NC has quite a few lookout towers that can be accessed by the general public. The views from some of these towers is absolutely spectacular.

Friends of the Mountain to Sea Trail

The Foothills Trail - site from the Foothills Trail Conference

Headwaters Outfitters - canoe, kayak, and tubing on the French Broad River and other locations in western NC

Carolina Outdoors Guide - a compendium of federal and state recreation lands in North Carolina. Listings on the pages to the left include links to Web sites sponsored by the National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Tennessee Valley Authority, N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation and N.C. Division of Forest Resources.

Romantic Asheville - Your online travel guide to romantic getaways in Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville Now - new community based Asheville informational website started by 2 UNC Asheville graduates

Western NC Attractions - Western NC's area attractions and travel guide

Explore Asheville - The Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau’s official Web site, www.exploreasheville.com lists area accommodations, attractions and restaurants as well as featuring the region’s most up-to-date calendar of events. Sign up for the CVB’s FREE bimonthly e-newsletter to receive special deals, package information and stories on festivals, specialty shops and more!

Polk County Travel & Tourism - all the info you need on visiting this beautiful mountain county

The Dan River Company - canoe and kayak rentals, professional livery and shuttle service for Dan River near Hanging Rock SP

South Carolina Trails - excellent resource for hiking in SC

Hiking Trails/Day Hikes - Jon has put together an extensive list of day hikes he has done in NC, SC, GA, and TN with detailed descriptions of each hike.

Trout University - TroutU's mission is to efficiently provide useful, relevant information and products to trout fishermen with all levels of experience, while promoting catch and release trout fishing as a family sport

NC Natural - guide to North Carolina nature, entertainment, and culture

NCGuide.com - online guide to activities in North Carolina

Alex's Whitewater River Photos - Alex Harvey's site with some great whitewater photos and lots of whitewater videos

The Great Smokies - Adventures in North Carolina - personal site

GoCashiers.com - an online guide to the Cashiers, North Carolina area  

WaynesvilleLive.com - Waynesville, North Carolina's live local area community site with loads of Waynesville information and entertainment!

Mountain Travel Guide - online guide to activities in mountain areas around the USA

High Country Angler - a professional and licensed fly fishing guide service providing fly fishing trips for trout in Western North Carolina and Tennessee

East Tennessee Fly Fishing - East Tennessee Fly Fishing guide service is located near two of the most productive tailwaters in the country, the Watauga and South Holston rivers. I am dedicated to providing you with the best fly fishing experience possible. Whether it is a tailwater or a small stream fly fishing trip you seek, I am equipped to make sure you have everything you need for a productive day of fishing.

 

 These sites deal mostly with lodging, camping, and real estate in the area.

Ash Grove Resort Cabins & Camping - Fully-equipped 1, 2 & 3BR cabins, secluded tent camping and RV sites located on 14 mountaintop acres less than 10 minutes from Dupont State Forest and downtown Brevard. Amenities include a hot tub, hiking trails, and our own small waterfall.

Rainbow Lake Resort - rustic elegance just south of Brevard, NC

Persimmon Creek Campground - New campground in Cherokee County west of Murphy on Hwy 64. Tent and full hook up, easy access, fishing, free WiFi, pets welcome

Camping North Carolina - lots of good info on camping and attractions all over the NC mountains

Catawba Falls Campground - RV and tent camping on the Catawba River in Old Fort. Very close to the elusive Catawba Falls

Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast - Waynesville North Carolina Bed and Breakfast where we are surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains, the Pisgah National Forest and Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy the quiet comforts in the mountains with us.

All Smoky Mountain Vacations - your one-stop internet guide for log cabin or chalet rentals, wedding chapels, bed and breakfast inns, luxury resort lodges, corporate meeting retreats, real estate, events and information about Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Townsend, Sevierville, Cosby and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park 

Serendipity - A Mount Mitchell cabin rental

Cabin Fever - Secluded country cabins nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Saluda, NC

Smoky Mountain Mall - lots of good info on what to do and where to stay in the Smokies

Asheville Cozy Cabins - restored log cabins for rent in the Asheville area

At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn  - The premier Asheville NC bed and breakfast. Pure luxury located 3 miles from the Biltmore House Estate in Western North Carolina.  Jacuzzis, gardens, waterfalls, lavish gourmet breakfasts, fireplaces, massages, and the best luxury amenities. Romantic turn-of-the-century Victorian B and B in the historic district.

Biltmore Village Inn - A North Carolina Bed and Breakfast located in Historic Asheville North Carolina. Enjoy A North Carolina Vacation at the historic Biltmore Inn just a stones throw away from the Biltmore Estate!

Trout House Falls - A Secluded Cabin and Lodge… Private Waterfall and Wild Trout Stream …surrounded on two sides by 5,000 acre preserve… 12 miles from Brevard, NC

Jocassee Lodge - Private, new 4 bedroom waterfront home on Lake Jocassee for rent. Great views - 1/2 mile from Devil's Fork State Park.

The Waverly Inn  - a Hendersonville Bed & Breakfast

Bear Lake Reserve - Discover Bear Lake Reserve vacation homes in North Carolina. Luxury Lake Homes and Mountain Homes are now available. Beautiful Smoky Mountain Real Estate and Property.

Pine Mountain Resort - a year round resort next to South Mountain State Park

Big Branch Cabins - 2 bedroom cabins for rent in a secluded area south of Brevard, NC

Maplecrest at Lake Jocassee - 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house for rent less than a mile from Devil's Fork State Park in SC

Luxury Asheville Cabin Rentals -  7 cabins on a private spring fed, stocked lake with hot tubs, fishing, trail rides.

Brookside at Ivy Knob - Secluded Asheville area timber-frame, off-the-grid vacation rental bordering Pisgah National Forest, 3 BR, 3.5 BA

Foxfire Mountain Cabins - The highest elevation lodging in South Carolina! These rental cabins in Caesar's Head are across the road from the trailhead to Raven Cliff Falls in the beautiful Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area.

Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast - This Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast is a great place to come and enjoy Asheville. Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast is a 1905 English Tudor style home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, that overlooks an acre of lush grounds and woods and has been fully restored with elegance and grace. It is one of the most affordable Asheville NC bed and breakfasts.

Main Street Inn - Highlands, NC - Ranked #2 of best small inns of America - The Inn now offers 20 charming and cozy rooms with private baths, individual heating & air conditioning, direct-dial telephones, wireless Internet access and cable TV. Many have private balconies.

North Lodge on Oakland - Bed & Breakfast - Visiting Asheville? Looking for relaxation and convenience? Come to North Lodge and enjoy the peace and serenity of our 1904 house, nestled on an acre of gardens and featuring six tastefully appointed guest rooms.

Waterfall Hideaway - a cozy 2 bedroom log cabin near Elkin, NC and Stone Mountain State Park. Relax on the wrap around porch and enjoy the view of your very own 70' waterfall!

Dancing Sun Cabins - Located in beautiful Hot Springs, NC, these cabins are on a 74 acre farm surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest near the Appalachian Trail. Enjoy a hike to the beautiful Max Patch Mountain, then come back and relax in your own personal hot tub.

Vacation In Asheville - several excellent vacation rental properties in the Asheville area to choose from

Oakland Cottage B&B - a historic 5000 square foot home located 1.5 miles from the entrance to Biltmore House and 2 miles from downtown Asheville

Ash Mountain Cabin - a beautiful 2 bedroom vacation home located between Nantahala Village and the Nantahala Outdoor Center

Brown Mountain Lodge - pet and horse friendly 3 bedroom rental home on 11 acres in the Wilson Creek gorge area near the Mortimer campground - 4 horse barn

Luxurious Asheville Cabin Rentals - Asheville Cabin Rental Resort near the Biltmore Estate offers cabins and cottages for a North Carolina vacation in the NC Blue Ridge Mountains.

Angel Cabins - Angel Cabins offers affordable cabin rentals in North Carolina located minutes away from North Carolina Smoky Mountains National Park . The cabins have a premium location, are secluded, private and romantic. Our guests say that our NC rental cabins provide great value.

The Cabins at Seven Foxes - Pet Friendly! 5 fully equipped cabins nestled in the heart of waterfall country - Lake Toxaway, NC.

Cabins.com - vacation cabins and chalet rentals - a large selection of rentals all over the North Carolina mountains

North Carolina Mountains Cabin Rentals - Rock Creek Cabins - North Carolina log cabin rentals. Bryson City , NC . Fully equipped cabins with hot tubs, fireplaces and breathtaking views. Many cabins are "pet friendly". Online availability and reservations

Hummingbird Realty - Hummingbird Realty Vacation Rentals and Sales in the Land of Waterfalls

Asheville Bed and Breakfast - Dry Ridge Inn - We offer a relaxed small town ambiance only 10 minutes from downtown Asheville, NC and the Biltmore Estate. Enjoy Asheville, NC, then come out to a safe small town.

Limestone Cabin - Hot Springs, NC  100 year old remodeled log cabin with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the French Broad River

Asheville NC Cabin Rentals - GSMVRO specializes in vacation cabin rentals in the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains regions of the Southeast U.S

Acorn Hollow Lodge - Located in Bryson City, NC, Acorn Hollow Lodge offers 3 bedrooms and 2 baths for up to 8 guests in a private mountain setting. Nestled among the oak trees, this pet-friendly rustic mountain log cabin is fully furnished with all the comforts of home: fully equipped kitchen, satellite TV, local phone, large front porch with rockers and a hot tub! Near all area activities. Open year round.

Sunset Farm Cabins in North Carolina - Sunset Farm Cabins rents 6 fully equipped cabins located near Cherokee, Bryson City, and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park at affordable rates. Great amenities onsite and we are Pet Friendly Lodging!

Deals Gap Cabin - Fontana Village Resort 1 and 2 bedroom cabin rentals with easy access to Fontana Lake, Nantahala National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Lake James Cabin Rental - Rustic 3 bedroom, 2 bath modern cabin on the pristine 6500 acre Lake James near Morganton, NC. Includes flagstone patio with a private hot tub and fire pit and a kayak and canoe for your use. Close to the Wilson Creek Wilderness and Linville Gorge areas.

The Great Outdoors RV Resort - A beautiful 66 site RV park in Franklin, NC. All sites are full hook up with 30/50 power, water and city sewer. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the park and free 57 channel cable!. Other amenities include a swimming pool, laundry room, game and exercise room. Close to the Smokies and some of western North Carolina's finest waterfalls.

Asheville Cabins of Carolina Mornings - Asheville cabins of Carolina Mornings are your best choice for cabin and vacation rentals in Western North Carolina.  With over 80 unique properties spread all over WNC, you're sure to find the perfect cabin, cottage, condo, or home for your stay to our mountains!  Pet-friendly, top notch amenities, and great customer service.  Come see why our customers stay with us year after year.  Click or call toll free: 855-836-5918

The Orchard Inn - a romantic mountaintop retreat bed and breakfast just a short distance from Asheville

These next sites have info on hiking around the USA

National Parked - information to help plan every part of a trip to one of the many National Parks in the USA

 

These next links have waterfall photos and info from North Carolina and other parts of the world. Some offer prints and other merchandise for sale.

Eastern Waterfall Database - a comprehensive and collective effort to record and provide information for waterfalls anywhere east of the Mississippi using Google Earth placemarks.

Jesse Richardson dot com - photos of many North and South Carolina waterfalls

Ron Anderson Photography - waterfall and outdoor photography

New England Waterfalls - new site about falls in the New England area

Waterfalls of North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains - excellent photos by Dan Heimsoth

some more great NC waterfalls photos - by David

Randy's Waterfall images

Waterfall Walks on the Web

Waterfalls of Northeastern United States

Jon Maloney's Waterfall Picures - nice photos of NC, SC, GA, and KY waterfalls

Dan's Waterfalls - Dan Weemhoff's Webshot's waterfall gallery - he's got NC waterfalls I haven't been to yet

carolinawaterfalls.com - North and South Carolina waterfalls by Larry Yeats

Greg Lief Photography - Pacific Northwest landscapes with beautiful waterfall images

NorthCarolinaPics.com - beautiful North Carolina images for sale

World of Waterfalls - waterfall photos, info, and travel stories from Johnny and Julie's worldwide travels

Wild Carolina - Derek Thornton Photography - great collection of waterfall and other images from NC, SC, and GA

 

Next are sites with great photos, prints, or other Southern Appalachian artwork or crafts for sale. They don't necessarily have anything to do with waterfalls or NC, but ones I think you will enjoy.

Appalachian Designs - Extended line of custom designed rustic log furniture, accessories and art to beautify your log home, rustic home, western,  mountain, Appalachian, country or log cabin home. Hand made, hand peeled and carved, hand hewn pine log furniture and stair railings.  Appalachian Designs - since 1993. We create the sturdiest log furniture and stair railings and provide the best customer service. Lifetime guarantee. In-house designer.

Jessie's Garden of Wildflowers - photos of the wildflowers of the southern Appalachians

Garry DeLong Photography

AmericanScapes - original framed photographic prints, greeting cards, and photo licensing

A S Hnatko Designs - fine art photography featuring waterfalls of the New York Fingerlakes Region

Love Fine Art - Paintings and wall art from California artists Paul and Susanne Renee Leasure

Four Forty-Six Photography - Fine art photography by Greg A Kiser

 

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