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Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians

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Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians

The rivers and streams of the NC mountains and foothills are among the most popular destinations for anglers, especially those who are avid about fly fishing.

The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians, now located in Bryson City, is filled with exhibits and videos showcasing profiles of legendary "Stream Blazers," the evolution of rods and reels, basic knots, fly-tying, types of gear, types of gamefish, regional fishing waters, and the history of fly fishing in the Southeast.

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Dayton Duncan Presentation

In August 2014, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area hosted Dayton Duncan , author and co-producer with Ken Burns of The National Parks: America's Best Idea. Mr. Duncan's presentation underscored the importance of stewardship and preservation of America's special places, be they national parks, forests, or cultural treasures.

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Wheels Through TIme Museum

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Wheels Through Time Museum

Since the early years of the 20th century, the mountains and foothills of Western North Carolina have become a popular tourist destination primarily because of the easier access provided by motorized vehicles.  Indeed, increasing tourism to this formerly remote region was the rationale for building the Blue Ridge Parkway, “America’s Favorite Drive.”

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Fontana Dam

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Fontana Dam and Visitor Center

Located in the far western corner of North Carolina, Fontana Dam is the tallest dam east of the Rockies at 480 feet. It was built by the Tennessee Valley Authority in response to an urgent need for electric power during World War II; construction began in 1942 and was finished in just 36 months.

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Susan Leveille

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Gorges State Park

Plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls and one of the greatest concentrations of rare and unique species in the eastern United States are found within Gorges State Park. An elevation that rises 2,000 feet in only four miles, combined with rainfall in excess of 80 inches per year, creates a temperate rain forest and supports a collection of waterfalls.

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Gorges State Park

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