Luxury Cabin NC – Things to Do – Scenic Drives

Our area is known for winding roads, breathtaking overlooks, gorgeous views, river access and hiking trails.  Smoky Mountain scenic drives include byways, skyways, national park roads, and the famous Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Mountain Waters Scenic Byway is a 61-mile paved route that winds through some of the most spectacular country in the Nantahala National Forest, including multiple waterfalls, a roaring whitewater river, and tremendous mountaintop views.  Few, if any, other routes in North Carolina go so close to as many large waterfalls and rushing whitewater rivers and streams.  You’ll drive through the Nantahala National Forest along the Nantahala and Cullasaja Rivers. The Byway is just minutes from the cabins, you can drive the westbound route through the Nantahala Gorge or the eastbound route through the Cullasaja Gorge.  Read more on our Waterfalls page.

The Cullasaja Gorge  has been named one of National Geographic’s 50 Drives of  Lifetime.  This 18-mile stretch of U.S. 64 through the Cullasaja Gorge is absolutely breathtaking and begins 2 minutes from the cabins!  You’ll pass 3 waterfalls and the views through the Gorge are beautiful, especially in the Fall.

The above video shows this amazing drive. (Courtesy of WNC Aerial Imagery).

Nantahala Gorge Driving West you’ll head to to the Nantahala Byway.  This roadway consists of a collection of scenic overlooks, historic landmarks and endless possibilities for fun and adventure.  The Nantahala Gorge was called the “Land of the Midday Sun.” by the Cherokee Indians.   It is a world-class whitewater rafting location. During the warmer months, many rafting companies provide tours, while kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts enjoy the river well into the winter. Occasionally, slalom gates are visible for races held on the river.  The byway occasionally provides glimpses of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, which snakes through the gorge and the byway ends at pristine Fontana Lake.

Tail of the Dragon – Designated US 129, the road is bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest, with no intersecting roads or driveways to hamper your travel. It is considered “the destination” for thousands of motorcycle and sports car fans.  318 curves in 11 miles brings motorcycle enthusiasts here from all over the world.  If you love winding mountain roads, then you are sure to love touring this mountain road, also known as Deals Gap.    

The Blue Ridge Parkway –  Accessing The Blue Ridge Parkway is an easy 35 minute drive from the house.  You can turn one way and take the Parkway to Asheville and the Biltmore House and another way into Cherokee and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  The views are amazing and you can be at the highest point of the Parkway, Richland Balsam Overlook at an elevation of 6,053 feet, in about 15 min. from accessing the Parkway. Use of the milepost system makes stopping at favorite spots easy.  We have the milepost maps at the house.  Waterrock Knob is a favorite of ours.

The Cherohala Skyway crosses through the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina to the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee.   This is definitely one of the most scenic drives in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 42-mile winding National Scenic Byway shows little evidence of civilization and temperatures can drop as much as 20 degrees during the first 11 miles of your drive, starting on the North Carolina side, since the Skyway climbs from 2,660 ft. elevation to 5,390 ft   It winds up the ridge for about 18 miles in North Carolina and descends another 24 miles into the back country of Tennessee. The road crosses through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests.  And, it accesses the Western entrances to the Smoky Mountain National Park.

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Luxury Cabin NC – Things to Do – Scenic Drives

Our area is known for winding roads, breathtaking overlooks, gorgeous views, river access and hiking trails.  Smoky Mountain scenic drives include byways, skyways, national park roads, and the famous Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Mountain Waters Scenic Byway is a 61-mile paved route that winds through some of the most spectacular country in the Nantahala National Forest, including multiple waterfalls, a roaring whitewater river, and tremendous mountaintop views.  Few, if any, other routes in North Carolina go so close to as many large waterfalls and rushing whitewater rivers and streams.  You’ll drive through the Nantahala National Forest along the Nantahala and Cullasaja Rivers. The Byway is just minutes from the cabins, you can drive the westbound route through the Nantahala Gorge or the eastbound route through the Cullasaja Gorge.  Read more on our Waterfalls page.

The Cullasaja Gorge  has been named one of National Geographic’s 50 Drives of  Lifetime.  This 18-mile stretch of U.S. 64 through the Cullasaja Gorge is absolutely breathtaking and begins 2 minutes from the cabins!  You’ll pass 3 waterfalls and the views through the Gorge are beautiful, especially in the Fall.

The above video shows this amazing drive.

Nantahala Gorge Driving West you’ll head to to the Nantahala Byway.  This roadway consists of a collection of scenic overlooks, historic landmarks and endless possibilities for fun and adventure.  The Nantahala Gorge was called the “Land of the Midday Sun.” by the Cherokee Indians.   It is a world-class whitewater rafting location. During the warmer months, many rafting companies provide tours, while kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts enjoy the river well into the winter. Occasionally, slalom gates are visible for races held on the river.  The byway occasionally provides glimpses of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, which snakes through the gorge and the byway ends at pristine Fontana Lake.

Tail of the Dragon – Designated US 129, the road is bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest, with no intersecting roads or driveways to hamper your travel. It is considered “the destination” for thousands of motorcycle and sports car fans.  318 curves in 11 miles brings motorcycle enthusiasts here from all over the world.  If you love winding mountain roads, then you are sure to love touring this mountain road, also known as Deals Gap.    

The Blue Ridge Parkway –  Accessing The Blue Ridge Parkway is an easy 35 minute drive from the house.  You can turn one way and take the Parkway to Asheville and the Biltmore House and another way into Cherokee and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  The views are amazing and you can be at the highest point of the Parkway, Richland Balsam Overlook at an elevation of 6,053 feet, in about 15 min. from accessing the Parkway. Use of the milepost system makes stopping at favorite spots easy.  We have the milepost maps at the house.  Waterrock Knob is a favorite of ours.

The Cherohala Skyway crosses through the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina to the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee.   This is definitely one of the most scenic drives in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 42-mile winding National Scenic Byway shows little evidence of civilization and temperatures can drop as much as 20 degrees during the first 11 miles of your drive, starting on the North Carolina side, since the Skyway climbs from 2,660 ft. elevation to 5,390 ft   It winds up the ridge for about 18 miles in North Carolina and descends another 24 miles into the back country of Tennessee. The road crosses through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests.  And, it accesses the Western entrances to the Smoky Mountain National Park.

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