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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park...Come for the views, discover infinite possibilities.

Events and Festivals in the Mountains
Indian Summer Festival

Indian Summer Festival

Experience the beauty and heritage Suches, Georgia and Woody Gap School through the events and activities of the Indian Summer Festival.

Highlander Art Gallery Featured Creative Work
Blue Ridge Highlander Art Gallery

Rob Withrow Pottery

Highlander's Mountain Art Gallery Featuring - Authentic Handmade Art & Fine Crafts from the Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains.

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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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.


Rafting and Zipling on the Ocoee and Nantahala

October is the Last Month of Rafting in 2014
Call Today for our Specials:

828-835-3275 or email tara@greatmountainretreats.com to book a rating trip or raft and zip.

Featured Events this Weekend...
Take a Child Outside Week
Chimney Rock North Carolina
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

There's something for everyone at Chimney Rock. Whether you seek the high adventure of a challenging hike and guided rock climbing, a leisurely stroll and soaking in breathtaking 75-mile views of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge, something fun and interactive for the kids, or delighting in the cool mists of 404 ft Hickory Nut Falls, you'll find it here. That's not all. Check out the events coming up this weekend and join us.

Fall Leaf Peeking at Chimney Rock
October - November 7th

Come Meet Grady's Wildlife of WNC
Every Saturday & Sunday in October
October 25th & 26th, 2 pm

Rockin' Naturalist Guided Hike
Saturday - October 25th - 11 am - Noon

Naturalist Niche - Fall Ridge Hike with Ron Lance
October 25th 9:30 - 12:30


Union County Farmers Market
Blairsville, Georgia
Season Finale at the Union County Farmers Market
Saturday - October 25th

Last chance to check out this "Great Farmer's Market"

The Farmers Market has over 60 vendors providing home grown produce, handmade crafts, and more!

Located on Old Smokey Road, off of Weaver Road near Home Depot in Blairsville, Georgia. Please note that the hours for the market:

Tuesday: 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.(or until the farmers plum run out of goods to sell, whichever comes first!).

Saturday: 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.(or until the farmers plum run out of goods to sell, whichever comes first!). You will want to come early because they do sell out fast!

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

Troy Underwood - Friday - October 24th - 6 pm

Philip Brooks - Saturday - October 25th - 6 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
Saaturday, October 25th - 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.

Click for Cartecay's Music line up, more information and a map...

Beats, Burgers & Brews at Old Rock Cafe
Chimney Rock Village, North Carolina
Beats, Burgers & Brews at the Old Rock Cafe
Friday, October 24th & Saturday, October 25th

Relax outdoors to the beat of bluegrass, Americana, folk, blues or other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck. Talented local musicians and singer-songwriters liven up the scene on Friday & Saturday evenings in October at this popular burger joint in Chimney Rock Village.

Friday, October 24th: Carrie Morrison & Steve Whiteside

Saturday, October 25th: Grits & Soul

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Caroline Aiken at Blue Ridge Community Theater
Blue Ridge Georgia
Blue Ridge Community Theater presents
Live Music is Better Concert Series featuring
Caroline Aiken Trio
Thursday, Saturday 7:30pm

"Born in Atlanta, with the early years on the GA coast, singer/song writer and multi-instrumentalist, Caroline Aiken's earliest musical influence was Emma Lee Ramsey of the Ga Sea Island Singers. A gifted musician, Aiken began traveling across the globe 1969, performing as a teenager. After years of touring: NY, California, South America, Seattle/NW, and Europe, she moved back to Atlanta in 1986, where her bluesy voice, masterful finger picking guitar style, and hypnotizing stage presence anchored the city's acoustic and folk scene and influenced up and coming artists like the Indigo Girls. She releases her music independently, tours nationally/internationally, and teaches "ZEN and the ART of PERFORMANCE", "Song Writing In Your Sleep" and "Guerilla Guitar Works", She is touring to support her 8th and newest recording, "Welcome Home." -- GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME

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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.

Click for more information, turn by turn directions and a map...

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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