Waterfalls

Cradle of Forestry

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Waynesville

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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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Deep Creek Waterfalls and Wildflowers

Great Smokey Mountains Association Video for Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Grant.

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Valdese

Early History

On May 29, 1893 Southern Railway's "Number 11" deposited a travel-weary band of twenty-nine souls from Northern Italy who were to break ground for a settlement. They were called the Waldensians, and that settlement became the Town of Valdese.

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Brevard

The historic small town of Brevard is the county seat of Transylvania County, also known as "the land of the waterfalls." The community is surrounded by nature and the Pisgah National Forest.

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Highlands

The town of Highlands was supposed to become a hub of commerce in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, had its founders had their way.  In 1875, two developers in Kansas drew two lines--one between New York and New Orleans, the other from Chicago to Savannah.  Where the lines crossed, they believed would become a crossroads of trade. 

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Fall Foliage in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains

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Whitewater Fun in the Blue Ridge

Some of the best whitewater in the country is right here in Western North Carolina.

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