The answers are easy to find. Since the days then the locomotives first chugged up the
Saluda grade to destinations such as Flat Rock, Lake Lure, Black Mountain, Dillsboro and Asheville, "summer people" have been visiting the mountains. They may have come for different reasons such as the lack of air conditioning or the fear of mosquitoes laden
with disease in the sultry southern lowlands, or a family connection brought them home. The original reasons varied from person to person.
The reasons they found to return year after year - and to love these mountains - can still be found here today.
All age groups will find a reason to come to the mountains "¦ and to come back year after year. Each visit brings new discoveries and a return to many places that have become favorites over a lifetime.
One reason that the connection is so special is that people begin to develop "Roots" in the mountains that last through the generations. The connection brings people back and they in turn bring family and friends with them to share this special place. In time, many folks come to call these mountains "home" (or second home).
So what have all these summer people been doing with themselves?
What makes these mountains so special?
The Scenic Beauty:
Shining Rock Wilderness area
Water Rock Knob - a short climb
Blue Ridge Parkway - drive the top of the mountains
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Maggie Valley - view from Hwy. 19 past Ghost Town
The Cultural Attractions:
Cherokee Indians - museum, basket making tradition, Unto These Hills
Handicrafts - local potters, quilt makers, wood working, and more
Mountain Music and Dancing
Local HART Theatre
Local Craft Shows
The Historical Aspects:
Cataloochie Valley - Elk preserve and old Mountain Heritage community
Historic Downtown Waynesville - for food, shopping and fun
Shelton House Museum
Canton Paper Museum and Opera House
The Great Outdoors:
White Water rafting, kayaking, and floating
The Southernmost Ski Slope on the East Coast
Waterfalls and Sliding Rock
Mountain Biking - see Tsali Trails
Trout fishing in Jonathan creek, Maggie Valley
Is it too much to say - "˜perfect weather' in Four Seasons.
The Quiet Culture:
We call ourselves the "˜Quiet Side of the Mountains"
Read a good book about the region
Sip on a mug of tea
Identify song birds and raptors, wild flowers and trees
Build a fire and sit around it
Play in a creek
It will not take long before you will be planning to move here or at least to come back for your next visit.