Scenic Beauty

Pisgah National Forest

linville Gorge
It can be said that American forestry was born in what is now the Pisgah National Forest. The Cradel of Forestry is located in the southern part of the forest that was, in the late 1800's and early 1900's, the site of the first school of forestry in the United States.

Bent Creek, Mills River, and Davidson River are the three major streams and tributaries of the French Broad River. They are located in the Pisgah Ranger District, which lies on either side of the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Asheville, along the Pisgah Ridge and Balsam Mountains.

Three long-distance recreational trails - the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the Shut-In Trail, and the Art Loeb trail travel through this district. Also included in the Pisgah Ranger District are the Shining Rock and Middle Prong Wildernesses. The Blue Ridge Parkway transects this National Forest, and many National Forest and Parkway trails intersect.

Blue Ridge Parkway

The 469-mile scenic route climbs through some of its most spectacular terrain while in Haywood County.  Trails leaving from parkway trailheads connect with the Mountains to Sea trail and trails in Pisgah National Forest.  Other trails along the parkway are generally shorter, easier hikes or interpretive trails.  You will fall in love with the natural landscapes that engulf you on the hiking trails of the Blue Ridge Parkway.


The waterfalls of Western North Carolina will stun and amaze you with the unique beauty they exude.  Go and see any of the most common waterfalls such as Bridal Veil Falls, Cullasaja Falls, Dry Falls, and Looking Glass Falls amoung many more.  Or choose to find your own as you explore the vast wilderness of the area.

Smoky Mountains National Park

The roads through America's most popular national park are clogged with bumper to bumper tourist traffic nearly every day of the year. But take a short stroll down almost any of this park's 700-plus miles of hiking trails and you'll likely find you've got the place to yourself.  You'll find that beauty surrounds you as you explore the wilderness of the Smoky Mountains National Park.

Cataloochee Valley - Elk

In 2001, experimental elk were released back into the Great Smoky Mountains.  Today they can be seen roaming the area around Cataloochee Valley and are an incredible sight to witness.