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Spruce Pine Pow Wow
Indian tribes from north america gather for an annual Pow Wow at Spruce Pine, North Carolina. September 13th, 2010

Battle of Burnsville
Civil War re-enactment of a scurmish in the Town of Burnsville between soldiers and outlaws. Re-enactment August, 2010

The Town of Burnsville
The town was founded on March 6, 1834, and named after Captain Otway Burns, a naval hero of the War of 1812. Burnsville. Two of the oldest buildings are the Nu-Wray Inn, built in 1833 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places and John Wesley McElroy House, built circa 1830s and now in use as a museum. Burnsville is situated on route 19 in Yancey County.

Emerald Village
Panning for gems at the old mine site. A museum with artifacts in village complex, with a gem shop and mine tour opposite the panning area.

Linville Falls
Beautiful setting for a day out, different paths around the falls and a good hike to the sumit to get a fabulous veiw of the falls from the overlook.

Murray's Mill
Working mill in picturesque setting in Catawba.

Bunker Hill - Covered Bridge
One of only two covered bridges left in North Carolina. Nice picnic area and wooded walk to the bridge.

McGalliard Falls and Mill
Tucked away in Valdese is an excellent picnic area with a waterfall and old mill. The mill is not in use and not accessible to enter.

Setrock Falls
Setrock falls are a cascading waterfall located through the Black Mountain Campground with a pleasant and easy walk of about a mile along a cycle track and through a wooded path.

Roaring Fork Falls
Just off the Route 80 are three falls on the South Toe Road, Roaring Fork Falls is the first and about half a mile easy walk through the woodland.

Duggars Creek Falls
At the entrance way to Linville falls is this easy to get to falls. The wal is less than a third of a mile and is an easy walk through a wooded area.

Elk River Falls
This spectacular falls with a drop of 45 feet, but looks closer to 60 plus feet is just off highway 19E at Elk Park near the Tennessee border. A four mile drive from the signposted main road leads you to a parking area and easy access to the falls. Choose a non rainy day as the pathway can be slippery. The view is well worth the short walk.

Crabtree Falls
This is another spectacular falls. Gain access on the Blue Ridge Parkway marker 340. Turn into the Crabtree Falls Information center and shop. There are two trails. Unless you are a good hiker I suggest taking the easier route (which is still a good work out). The falls are very photogenic and the small bridge is an ideal spot for a photograph. Well worth the hike down and back up to the top.

Grandfather Mountain
A park that is well worth a day out. The view from the summit is excellent, a walk across the mile high bridge, the animal enclosures to see bears, panthers, otters, deer and an eagle, There is a fudge/ice cream shop, theater and gift shop inside, and another gift shop, newly built at the summit.. Take your hiking boots!
There is a fee to enter the park.

Olde Timey Festival 2010- Burnsville

Old Timey Fall Festival 2011- Burnsville

Old Timey Fall Festival 2012- Burnsville
Whist not as big as the Mount Michell Craft fair in August, this fair that takes place around the town square takes you back in time. An antique Car and Tractor display, a mule pulled wagon, artisans with antique and hand-made items. The bandstand with live music, civil war tents with re-enactors and even old time lemonade.

Mount Mitchell Craft Fair - Burnsville
The Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair observed its 54th anniversary. This event, which attracts thousands of unique artists and tourists is held during the first weekend of August. Situated around the town square, with a central bandstand where live music and dancers to help give the town a festival flavour.

Blueridge Parkway
The Blueridge Parkway, is celebrating it's 75th anniversary in 2010. The parkway is 469 miles in length and is a favourite with motor cyclist, cyclists, hikers and of course those sightseeing.
The Blueridge closely follows the highest points going through the Smoky Mountains and Appalachians with altitudes of upto 6,000 feet.

Biltmore House & Gardens
Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt's 250-room French château, Biltmore House is probably one of the most famous homes in America. The acres of beautiful gardens and grounds, a winery, restaurants, shop and trails make this one of the musts in the Asheville area. It takes a full day to really take in this spectacular home and gardens. No photographs are allowed to be taken in the house.

McElroy House
Built by John Wesley McElroy, a local businessman and lawyer for his wife Catherine in c1840, McElroy was a brigadier general in the Confederate Army during the war, the house was used as a hospital and the headquarters for the home guard. Now a museum it houses period furniture, local artifacts and conferderate memorabilia.

Dellinger Grist Mill
On the Historic register this mill has been in the family for four generations.
It has the distinction of being the last water powered/stone ground grist mill of its kind left in the state of North Carolina.

Mountain Farm - Lavender Festival 2012
Yearly festival near Celo, North Carolina. The lavender festival features music, talk and tour on lavendar cultivation, cookery demonstrations, stalls, a fully stocked shop with lavender products and goat cheese, and of course lavender plants. Goats, donkeys, lamas and wool sheep and chickens are all on display and have regular feeding times for all to enjoy.

Carson House
Historic Carson House built in c.1793 by Col. John Carson an Irish immigrant. During the civil war the house was sacked and looted. The plantation house stands today as a beautifully kept museum which located at Pleasant Gardens near Marion.

House on the rock
The house sits on a huge rock in the Toe River and was used as a Methodist Parsonage in the past. It stands opposite the Clinchfield railway line. To get to this house, you have to drive down a dirt road  which curves around the side of a mountain for about a mile off of Lunday Road. It has a swinging bridge attached and the railroad crossing is private.

Route 80 - North Carolina
Nearly 14 miles of Route 80 S were made a North Carolina scenic byway in May 2011. This beatutiful route is a favourite of bikers and sightseers alike with great mountain views, switchbacks, places to stop and shop, from Loafers Glory to Pleasant Gardens. The Blue Ridge Parkway to Mount Mitchell crosses the Continental Divide at the intersection to Route 80.

Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock offers the best of the mountains in one place – spectacular 75-mile views, hiking trails for all ages, a 404-foot waterfall and plenty of events.

Blowing Rock
The Blowing Rock is an immense cliff 4,000 feet above sea level, overhanging Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below. The phenomenon is so called because the rocky walls of the gorge form a flume through which the northwest wind sweeps with such force that it returns light objects cast over the void.

Vances Birthplace
This pioneer farmstead, tucked in the Reems Creek Valley, features the birthplace of Zebulon Baird Vance. The five-room log house--reconstructed around original chimneys--and its outbuildings are furnished to evoke the period from 1795- 1840. Vance's political career as Civil War officer, North Carolina governor, and U.S. senator is traced at the homestead. Also included is the history of Vance's famous mountain family.

Shelton House
This charming farmhouse, built in 1875 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places is home to the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts. One room is dedicated to William Shelton's collection of Native American Crafts and Artifacts.

Smith-McDowell House Museum
Built c1840 this is Asheville's oldest surviving building. Restored and operated by the Western North Carolina Historical Association. Hillbilly Exhibition and Period rooms well decorated.

Avery County Museum
County museum that was old jail. Large musical collection.

Gateway Museum
Located in Old Fort this small museum with old cabin outbuildings houses an excellent collection.

Animals and Birds


Barns and Old Houses

Flowers and Trees



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