The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains: An Explorer's Guide

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Professional travel writer and photographer Jim Hargan, a longtime resident of western North Carolina, is your guide to the hills and backroads of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains region of North Carolina and Tennessee.
Hargan reveals where to find local produce, crafts, and music, and leads travelers to the region's many historic homes and museums. In this third edition, he has updated recommendations for scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway and gentle walks in the ...

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Overview

Professional travel writer and photographer Jim Hargan, a longtime resident of western North Carolina, is your guide to the hills and backroads of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains region of North Carolina and Tennessee.
Hargan reveals where to find local produce, crafts, and music, and leads travelers to the region's many historic homes and museums. In this third edition, he has updated recommendations for scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway and gentle walks in the mountains; outdoor activities from white-water rafting to bicycling to hiking the Appalachian Trail.
In addition, this comprehensive and best-selling guide to the region includes opinionated listings of inns, B&Bs, hotels, and vacation cabins; hundreds of dining reviews, from barbecue to four-star cuisine; maps; an alphabetical “What's Where” subject guide to aid in trip planning; and handy icons that point out family-friendly establishments, wheelchair access, rainy day activities, and lodgings that accept pets.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881507485
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: Explorer's Complete Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Hargan is a world traveler whose writing and photographs have appeared in the New York Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Field & Stream, among many others. He the author of the Explorer's Guides The Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains, North Carolina, The Photographer’s Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and The Photographer’s Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains. He lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     8
What's Where in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains     13
Exploration Themes     30
The Northern Mountains     49
The Blue Ridge Parkway Enters North Carolina     53
The Blue Ridge Parkway: Blowing Rock And Grandfather Mountain     68
Behind the Blue Ridge: Boone and Banner Elk     93
Behind the Blue Ridge: Spruce Pine and Burnsville     110
The Mountains of Northern Tennessee     127
Beneath the Blue Ridge: The Catawba River Valley     145
Asheville's Mountains     167
The Blue Ridge Parkway Circles Asheville     171
The City of Asheville     188
The Blue Ridge Parkway Approaches the Smokies     221
The Blue Ridge: Chimney Rock and Saluda     237
The Blue Ridge: Hendersonville and Brevard     259
North of Asheville: The Bald Mountains     281
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park     299
Gatlinburg and the Northeast Quadrant     305
Townsend, Cades Cove and the Northwest Quadrant     325
Bryson City and the Southwest Quadrant     349
Cherokee and the Southeast Quadrant     369
South of the Smokies     387
Near the Park: Sylva andDillsboro     391
The Blue Ridge: Cashiers and Highlands     409
Franklin and the Nantahala Mountains     431
The Northern Unicois: Robbinsville and Tellico Plains     449
The Southern Unicois: Murphy and the Copper Basin     471
Index     497
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