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to the Best the Blue Ridge - Smoky Mountains have to offer

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Welcome to the Highlander, an on-line magazine presenting the best the Blue Ridge - Smoky Mountains have to offer.   You'll find comprehensive coverage on all of the counties throughout the mountains, including their history, lakes, rivers, creeks, hiking, horseback riding and biking trails, waterfalls, picnic sites, scenic drives and more.  We have a great event calendar as well as many stories of interest with beautiful photos that will be of interest to those that live in the mountains, visit the mountains or dream of moving to the mountains.  If you haven't already done so, sign up for our newsletter, "Messages from the Mountains," to learn about fun things to do, new stories & discoveries, and upcoming events.  We are always open for suggestions, so don't hesitate to write to us.

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Located in Historic Downtown Murphy NC


Grady the Groundhog at Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park reported...
Grady DID NOT see his shadow...

Early spring folks, I'm ready, how about you?


Valentines'DayValentines Day Special Offer
Buy 1, Get 1 Free
Chimney Rock at
Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock, North Carolina
Fri - Sun, February 12th - 14th, 2016

What better way to show your sweetheart some love than by bringing him or her to see beautiful, 75-mile views from the top of Chimney Rock? (Hint – we've had quite a few proposals on the Rock over the years; Valentine's Day might be your day!)

Download the special coupon from our website ChimneyRockPark.com. Coupon must be presented to the Ticket Plaza at the time of purchase.

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Valentines'Day
Indulge in a Valentines Food and Wine Experience at...

Murphy Chophouse in Murphy NC ~ Wednesday Feb 10th

The Chophouse in Hiawassee GA ~ Thursday Feb 11th


The Jungle BookBlue Ridge GA
The Jungle Book at Blue Ridge Community Theater
Friday, February 5th - February 14th

One of literature's most enduring classics is brought vividly to the stage in this exciting adventure of Mowgli, the Indian boy, raised by caring wolves, befriended by Bagheera, the Panther, and Baloo, the Bear, and threatened by Shere Kahn, the evil tiger. Also present are an array of other jungle creatures who inhabit this action-filled play. Interspersed with the Mowgli tale is the equally intriguing story of a young Rudyard Kipling, who is sent from his home in Bombay to a British boarding school where he encounters his own "jungle," including people, both good and otherwise, who parallel many of the animal characters he created.

Filled with excitement and humor, the play highlights the struggle of good versus evil, the worth of friendship, and the importance of loyalty and other values required for surviving the "law of the jungle."

Written by Rudyard Kipling Directed by Shannon Phillips

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Blue Ridge GA
6th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off
Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Fire & Ice6th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off February 13, 2016 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 790 Block of East Main St & Downtown City Park Cook-Off will happen come rain, snow or shine so see you on Saturday. Mark your calendars for live music, ice sculptures and amazing chili! Mark your calendars for live music, ice sculptures and amazing chili!

Buy a $10 Tasting Card to sample the competition and vote for the People's Choice Award. Featuring Live Music and entertainment from the Blue Ridge Community Theater actors. An amazing display of individual and unique ice sculptures from the award winning, National Ice Carving Champion "Rock on Ice" including several ice carving demonstrations.

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Phase I of the "new" Blue Ridge Highlander...

The Highlander has been on-line for over 18 years, and has been redesigned and re-programmed many times over the years.  This update was the most challenging to date, due to the advanced technology of our times. 

Due to the shear volume of valuable information that the Highlander contains, this new update has been in the making for a while.  We have a lot of it completed and are anticipating having the entire "Phase I" completed by the end of January.

We would love your input as to the improvements as well as any suggestions as to what you would like to see in Phase II.

Continue to check out the progress, each week you will see something new...enjoy...


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