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Highlander Gallery Will be Open...
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10 am to 5 pmHighlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina
10079 Old Highway 64 •  Brasstown NC
3/4 miles east of JC Campbell Folk School

Trip Advisor Quote...Finest Gallery within hundreds of miles...

Blairsville Sorghum FestivalBlairsville, Georgia 41st Annual Sorghum Festival
Oct 21st & Oct 22nd

The Blairsville Sorghum Festival has been a part of Blairsville's heritage for more than 40 years. While small in number, they accomplished by far the largest and most distinctive event of the year in Union County.

The Blairsville Sorghum Festival Club requests and gets help from hundreds of citizens, firms and organizations each year to make the Festival the success it has always been.

The Blairsville Sorghum Festival Club thanks all those that help produce the festival, but most of all they appreciate your attendance.

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Georgia Mountain Fall FestivalHiawassee, Georgia
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
at the Georgia Mtn Fairground
Every day this week
thru Saturday, Oct 21st
10 am to 8 pm

2017 Georgia Mountain Fall Festival is here. With its mild temperatures and beautiful scenery there is no better place to be than the North Georgia Mountains in the fall.

Each October, the 9-day event features exciting musical performances, Arts & Craft vendors, educational demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia's Official State Fiddlers' Convention.

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Chimney Rock Park Skyline TrailChimney Rock, North Carolina
Chimney Rock at
Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock, North Carolina
Naturalist Niche: Skyline Trail Trek
Saturday October 21st 9:00 am

The Skyline Trail once a favorite hike of many Park visitors closed in 2008 for assessment and repair. After much thought and revamping North Carolina State Parks created a longer hike winding through the ridge-line forest on top of Chimney Rock Mountain. This primarily rolling trail takes guests through beautiful woodland landscapes with surprising occasions for jaw-dropping views. Don't miss this guided hike by a local naturalist who began his career documenting the species on the original trail and is now exploring the new.

Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot!

Cost: Hike: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady's Kids Club Member. Advance registration required.

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Punkin ChunkinBrasstown, North Carolina
9th Annual Punkin Chunkin Festival
Saturday October 21st
& Sunday October 22nd



Arts & Crafts • Food • Beer & Wine Tent • Activities • Face Painting • Exhibits & Games
for All Ages • Airplane Rides • Zipline Rock Wall Climbing

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Haunts and HarvestBlue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Community Theater Presents...Haunts & Harvest
An Evening of
Appalachian Ghost Stories
Thursday October 19th

Just in time for Halloween, Rosann Kent, southern storyteller and professor of UNG's Appalachian Studies Center will be performing an evening of Appalachian Ghost Stories. Rosann tells (sometimes) true stories about growing up with grandparents who were master storytellers.

• A Southern Baptist Seance. A personal story about the time the weejee board backfires.

• The Ghost of Greenbriar County. A true story from West Virginia about a ghost whose testimony helped to solve her murder.

• The Thurseys. A family story about three women with special powers.

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Great Island FestivalFort Loudoun, TN
Fort Loudoun Presents
The Great Island Festival
Saturday & Sunday
Oct 21st & 22nd


The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum and Fort Loudoun State Historic Area are partnering for the Great Island Festival.

At the Fort Loudoun 18th Century Trade Faire visitors of all ages will enjoy strolling thru the Faire as they did in the 18th Century. There will be demonstrations throughout the day in artillery and musketry, along with several battles and skirmish re-enactments, the big battle demonstration daily at 1:30. Merchants and artisans will be on hand to peddle food and wares reminiscent of the time. Stop in and get a cold Root Beer or Ginger Ale from the "Tears of the Tankard Tavern, and enjoy period food from "Two French Tarts."

At Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tennessee's only tribally owned museum visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to experience Native American food, Cherokee arts and crafts demonstrations, music and dance. Special demonstrations and displays will include Cherokee life in 1700's and a Civil War encampment and battle re-enactment.

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Chimney Rock Park Family funChimney Rock, North Carolina
Chimney Rock at
Chimney Rock State Park
October Family Fun
Every Sat, Sun & Mon
Oct 7th thru Oct 29th ~ 2:00pm

Chimney Rock is home to incredible wildlife, and we are lucky to have Animal Educators to help us spread the word on the important roles they play in the Park. Join one of our Park Naturalists for an informal program where your family will love meeting some of our wilder teammates. Kids of all ages are sure to take home some fun facts and special memories. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady's Animal Discovery Den and round out the day with a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 education stations. Don't forget your camera!

Animal Encounters meet at the Outdoor Classroom Sat & Sun and at Grady's Animal Discovery Den on Monday. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady's Den and take a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations.

Cost: Included with Park admission

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Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway

Take a trip on the Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway and it is mobile ready. The Cherohala Skyway’s 36-miles of scenic mountain views rival any scenic byway in the eastern United States.  Mountaintops, waterfalls and waterways joined together with wildlife and giant trees, adorn this high country of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina.  I was very impressed with Spirit Ridge Overlook with an elevation of 4,950-feet. This is by far the best handicap access location along the Cherohala Skyway.

The average trip over the Skyway takes 2 1/2-hours, if you just want to drive and view scenery.  I would recommend setting aside the best part of the day to enjoy some of the bigger than life features the Cherohala Skyway and Unicoi Mountain Wilderness have to offer.

Read more.. A day trip on the Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway

Blue Ridge Parkway...from Cherokee to Asheville

One of the special wonders in these mountains is the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The Parkway begins or ends on the edge of the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia the Blue Ridge Parkway travels 469-miles southwestern along the high ridges and over the tall mountain peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains ending or beginning at the southern gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

To get the most out of your scenic road trip the Highlander suggest starting out early and begin your journey from the town of Cherokee where the Blue Ridge Parkway officially ends at the southern entrance gateway into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Read more.. A day trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway...from Cherokee to Asheville

The Highlander is celebrating 20 years on-line this year

Moving to these mountains in 1995, and seeing the wealth of healthy resources available to everyone led us to wanting to explore more That exploration led us to wanting to share that information. Having a history in marketing and publishing and the desire to publish a magazine about these mountains led us to research the Internet and its potential in 1995.

We started developing in 1996, and launched it in 1997. Our next biggest challenge was to go around the mountains and explain to many what the Internet was and the value it had as a communication medium. Today 88.5% of the US population uses the Internet regularly.

The Highlander has been redesigned and re-programmed many times over the years. We are always looking into new ways to benefit our readers and sponsors, and are working on new benefits to add this coming season. We know you are going love the new additions and changes as we continue to grow out of the box.

We would love your input as to what you would like to have in the Highlander, after all, we are doing this for you, our readers, as a way to enjoy and plan your trips to the mountains.

Use this link to share your ideas of what you would like to see added to the Highlander. Continue to check out the progress, each week you will see something new...enjoy..

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