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Smokies and Nantahalas: Where Nature and Creativity Coexist

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Nantahala National Forest are playgrounds for lovers of the outdoors, locales where Indian heritage thrives, and petri dishes where nature and creativity collide to form premiere, Appalachian arts and crafts and breathtaking scenery.
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5410 Joyce Kilmer Rd, Robbinsville, NC 28771, USA
Towering between the Cherohala Skyway and Tail of the Dragon are 500 to 600 year old trees in a 3,800-acre old-growth hardwood forest named after journalist, poet and U.S. Army veteran Joyce Kilmer – author of the poem “Trees”. Many of these...
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1633 Lower Stecoah Rd, Robbinsville, NC 28771, USA
Beeswax lanterns, candles and ornaments are hand crafted in a design studio located in the Nantahala National Forest. Premium-grade beeswax is sustainably collected from bees – also known as nature’s 3D printer – and formed with dried, wild flora...
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Topton, NC 28781, USA
The furthest of the three main regions of North Carolina, the mountains in the southwest are home to Nantahala National Forest. This temperate rainforest’s name is derived from Cherokee Indians meaning “land of the noon day sun”. Better known for...
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Started in 2005, a community art project was realized into a culturally significant set of nineteen fiberglass sculptures that signifies the importance of bears in Cherokee culture. A symbol of strength and courage, each statue epitomizes various...
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Oconaluftee River Trail, Charleston, NC 28719, USA
This three mile round-trip trail in the Great Smoky Mountains Park meanders along the Oconaluftee River and is dotted with native flora. Take in Native American history, artifacts and mountain farm life at the LEED-certified visitor center located...
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121 School House Rd, Robbinsville, NC 28771, USA
Transformed from an 88 year old schoolhouse, the Stecoah Valley Cultural Art Center is the hub for preserving Southern Appalachian arts and mountain culture. Open year-round, the old schoolhouse offers a family-friendly outdoor summer mountain...