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Highlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina

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

Highlander Gallery is Open...
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


Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds FireworksHiawassee, Georgia
4th of July Celebration
Saturday, July 4th
Concert  begins at 6 pm
Fireworks begin at 9:45

The prettiest place to watch fireworks on the 4th is at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! Family friendly and plenty of room for everyone to spread out and enjoy. Bring your American Pride and let's celebrate America's Birthday!

 

 

 

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Fireworks Vintage Vixens Concert
Starts at 6 pm

They will be performing outdoors in front of the office where there will be drinks and hot dogs available to purchase! 🌭 We'll have chairs available or bring your own, but if you've ever heard these ladies, you won't be sitting for long! They are groovy and fun and will have you dancing!

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Forth of July over Meeks ParkBlairsville, Georgia
Independence Day
Fireworks at Meeks Park
Saturday, July 4th ~ 9:30 pm ~ 11pm

elebrate July 4th at one of the nation's oldest state parks. We will start the day with a flag raising ceremony at 8am at the Visitors Center, followed by a day of games for the whole family. There will be a bicycle parade, pedal boat races, sandcastle competition, watermelon eating contest, sack races, egg toss and greased pole climbing. $5 parking. Summer fun for the entire family. Activities begin with the raising the flag in the morning and continue with family activities throughout the day!

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CrossroadsBlue Ridge, Georgia
4th of July Celebration
Saturday, July 4th
9:30 to 10:30 pm

Places for viewing:

Morganton Point Recreation Area

From a boat in Lake Blue Ridge
near the Lake Blue Ridge Dam

Lake Blue Ridge Dam as well as adjacent area
by the "tower in the lake"

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CrossroadsBlairsville, Georgia
Vogel State Park
4th of July Celebration
Saturday, July 4th ~ 8 am to 5 pm

Vogel State Park - Blairsville, GA - Celebrate July 4th at one of the nation's oldest state parks. We will start the day with a flag raising ceremony at 8am at the Visitors Center, followed by a day of games for the whole family. There will be a bicycle parade, pedal boat races, sandcastle competition, watermelon eating contest, sack races, egg toss and greased pole climbing.

$5 Parking fees

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CrossroadsBlue Ridge, Georgia
Crossroads: Change in Rural America Exhibition
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Through July 11th

Crossroads uses photos, objects, film, audio, and interactive technology to explore broader themes of identity, land, community, persistence, and response to change, as well as the role our rural communities have played in shaping the American cultural landscape. Crossroads encourages conversations about local history, explores the pleasures and challenges of living rural, examines how change has made an impact on our communities, and prompts discussion of goals for the future.

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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


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


The Highlander is celebrating 23 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, 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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