Featured Destination'
Vogel State Park

Vogel State Park
An affordable and fun-filled family adventure awaits at one of Georgia's most beloved State Parks.

Events and Festivals in the Mountains
Folk School Annual Fall Festival

Folk School Annual Fall Festival

John C. Campbell has the largest Fall Festival in far western North Carolina. Great Art, Crafts, Music & Food.

Highlander Art Gallery Featured Creative Work
Blue Ridge Highlander Photo Gallery

Highlander Gallery Photos

Select from a large selection of beautiful Gallery Quality Giclee Prints of the Highlander's favorite photos.

Blairsville •  Suches GA
Union County

Spring and summer outdoor lovers will hike endless trails, see breathtaking views atop Brasstown Bald, visit rushing waterfalls, and relax on serene Lake Nottely. Delight in the explosion of autumn leaf color or cuddle up in a cozy winter cabin.

Go to Blairsville - Union County's Web Site

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Purchase Authentic Mountain Art, Photos, Crafts, Gifts & Books on-line

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Enjoy Fall in the Mountains...
Highlander Gallery in Historic Downtown Murphy, NC

For those of you that haven't stopped in to see the Highlander Gallery, come see us this Fall. It has been a great experience meeting some of our fan personally after all these years.

Take a Scenic Drives

If you are looking for ideas of scenic drives, the Highlander has quite a few great drives through the mountains on-line for you to check out, before you make your plans.

Featured Events this Weekend...
John C. Campbell Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction
Brasstown, North Carolina
Blacksmith and Fine Craft Auction 2014
Saturday ~ November 1st, 2014

The Folk School is home to one of the country's leading artist blacksmith programs. Our annual Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction presents some of the finest artist blacksmith and other fine craft items for sale. Proceeds benefit the craft programs at the Folk School. Join us for an entertaining afternoon with handmade craft of all types, including forged metal, fiber, jewelry, wood items, pottery, and more! All have been donated by friends of the Folk School, and are yours for the bidding!

Go to FolkSchool.org for a sneak peak at the auction items being offered.

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Chimney Rock Park in the Dark
Chimney Rock North Carolina
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Park in the Dark...Halloween Night
October 31st - 7:30 - 10:00 pm

The Friends of Chimney Rock State Park will host Park in the Dark, an after-hours event on Halloween night Friday, October 31, from 7:30-10pm. Fun for the whole family, Park in the Dark will feature storytelling, campfires, night hiking, wildlife encounters, costumed characters and more. The 491-step Outcroppings trail and the elevator, both of which lead to the top of Chimney Rock, will be open, providing the opportunity to experience the beauty of Chimney Rock State Park under the stars. Membership in Friends of Chimney Rock State Park is required, and guests must pre-register; folks who are not currently members of the Friends should sign up to join in the fun!

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Blairsville Halloween on the Square
Blairsville, Georgia
Hometown Halloween On The Square
Oxctober 31st - 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm

Ghosts and Goblins will be lurking downtown on the square. Businesses will have booths set up for "Trick or Treaters" to fill their bags with lots of goodies. Costume contests, games, food and beverages available to purchase.

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The Murphy Chophouse
Murphy, North Carolina
Murphy Chophouse - Music on the Patio

Troy Underwood - Friday - October 31st - 6 pm - 9 pm

Philip Brooks - Friday - November 7th - 6 pm - 9 pm

Join us on the Deck for Music and a Good Time with Friends

Click for events at Murphy's Chophouse, Music line up and a map...

Cartecay Vineyards, Wine Tasting and Music
Ellijay, Georgia
Wine Tasting and Live Music

Saturday, November 1st - 1:30 pm - 5 pm
featuring Barefoot Boone

On the Patio unless the weather is not worthy, if so we will have the event in the Nealey Barn.

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Chimney Rock Shutterbugs Photography Workshops
Chimney Rock North Carolina
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Shutterbugs Nature Photography Workshops
November 1st & 2nd- 8:30 am- 4:00 pm

Capture vibrant fall foliage, a 404-foot waterfall and up to 75-mile views with your camera at near-peak colors. It's one of the region's most affordable workshops. Led by pro photographer Jeff Miller, these two one-day workshops are tailored to individual experience, with more advanced concepts on day two. Topics include wide-angle, telephoto, macro and intimate landscapes; composition, inspiration, post-processing, critique and sharing your photos. Mr. Miller is an award-winning photographer published in regional, state and national publications with work exhibited throughout N.C. Cost includes an Annual Pass (for non-Passholders) and lunch each day.

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Save the Date...Next Weekend in the Mountains...

Highlander Gallery in Historic Downtown Murphy

Come visit Highlander Gallery during the Murphy Art Walk
33 Valley River Avenue - Murphy NC
November 7th, 2014 - 5:00 pm - 8 pm

Highlander Gallery will be Featuring Linda Rubenstein
Oil Painter, come meet her and enjoy her work

Lynda Rubenstein, Oil Painter


Highlander Gallery will be also Feature
Pottery Demonstrations with Mike LaLone
Resident Potter at John C. Campbell Folk School

Mike LaLone, Resident Potter at John C. Campbell Folk School

Places of Interest & Featured Road Trips...
Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center
Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center

One of the most enjoyable parts of being the Highlander is traveling the mountains and discovering special places to share with our readers. This week, for those of you that haven't discovered it on your own, we would like to introduce Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center, read more about this great destination.


Woody Gap to Neel's Gap Scenic Drive
Woody Gap to Neel's Gap Scenic Drive
in Union County Georgia
We have added Map-it for use on Mobile Devices

Several of the roads on this driving tour are marked on road maps as scenic drives, though this Highlander chosen scenic driving tour is not an official Scenic Byway. Official or not, this is a great driving route for scenic driving tour fans. This 35.0-mile scenic route includes miles of winding roads, two mountain gaps, a state park, four mountain lakes, three of which offer great fishing access, campgrounds, swimming areas, and picnic areas. The scenic drive also connects to numerous trail access points for hiking and biking, four waterfalls, a historic structure and historic farmstead.

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We noticed this past weekend, that the wild Rhododendron and Mountain Laurels are in full bloom, it is a beautiful time to take a scenic drive in the mountains. Below is a link to a great drive that you can take to enjoy the beauty of the mountains. We have added mobile links to the story to take you to our new Union County Mobile App which gives you turn by turn directions, photos and GPS for both phones and tablets.

The Highlander is in the process of adding more interactive road trips for your enjoyment. If you have a favorite, let us know and we will add it to the list.

Russell Brasstown Scenic ByWay

Take a Scenic Drive with the Highlander


For those of you planning a trip, the Highlander has a new "Request Brochures and Information" form, feel free to use it to ask for information for your next trip or move to the mountains, click here to send make your requests...

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