Blue Ridge - Smoky Mountains Travel Guide
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Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
11 am to 5 pm
10079 Old Highway 64 • Brasstown NC
3/4 miles east of JC Campbell Folk School
Anderson Music Hall at the
Georgia Mtn Fairgrounds
May 1st ~ 7 pm
MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner, while a multi-platinum-selling star himself, is a country music fan first and foremost.
He's even concocted his own version of Mount Rushmore conceived solely of country music legends. Turner's "Mount Rushmore of Country Music" boasts five faces rather than four (it's his mountain, after all) - Randy Travis, John Anderson, Johnny Cash, Vern Gosdin, and Hank Williams.
Chimney Rock, North Carolina
Mother's Day Sunrise Yoga
Chimney Rock at
Chimney Rock State Park
May 9th ~ 6:15 am
Elevate your mind and body during this early morning yoga session with Namaste in Nature.
The picturesque backdrop of a sunrise from the Chimney makes for an ideal setting while connecting your spirit with nature. Lightweight yoga mats will be provided by your certified yoga teacher. This class is open to all levels of expertise.
Pick'n in the Park
May 6th ~ 6 pm
through Sept 30th
Pickin' in Horseshoe Bend Park every Thursday, 6:00 PM to dusk, May - Sept. Live music jams & pickin' on the banks of the Toccoa River at the Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville.
Free Admission. Park is wheelchair accessible. Weather Permitting
Come out, bring the whole family to enjoy the experience. Picnic tables available, nice grassy lawn but you are also welcome to bring a blanket or chair.
Blue Ridge, Georgia
BRMAA - The Art Center
Exhibit on Display
Through May 22
Renel Plouffe is an abstract expressionist painter who works with acrylic, oil, pastel, paint and charcoal mediums.
Her highly textured, abstract paintings reveal an extraordinary balance between beauty and chaos.
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.
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
The Highlander is celebrating 25 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 BlueRidgeHighlander.com in 1996. 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. Things have changed since that date.
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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