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Nantahala National Forests (North Carolina)

Nantahala
calendarSep 01 2017
Nantahala National Forest is the largest national forest in North Carolina (531,286 acres), covering much of the western tip of the state. From Asheville, head west past the Blue Ridge Parkway to towns such as Sylva, Dillsboro, Cullowhee, Cashiers, Highlands, Franklin (gem capital), Bryson City, Robbinsville and Murphy. It offers a wealth of outdoor activities and plenty of scenic views. The Indian word Nantahala means"land of the midday sun" — an appropriate name for a forest in which deep mountain gorges and valleys are illuminated only when the noon sun is directly overhead. At 5,800 feet, the Appalachian summit of Lone Bald is the highest point in the forest. Its home to many waterfalls. The word "Nantahala" is a Cherokee word meaning "Land of the Noonday Sun."The name is appropriate as, in some spots, the sun only reaches the floors of the deep gorges of the forest when high overhead at midday. The Spanish Conquistador Hernando de Soto explored the area in 1540, as did William Bartram in the 18th century. The Nantahala River flows through the Nantahala National Forest.
Hikers can enjoy miles of developed trails, including the Appalachian Trail and the Bartram Trail, as well as backpacking in the wilderness. Horseback riding and mountain biking are also popular.

Location
Topton, NC 28781 (North Carolina), USA

Nantahala National Forests (North Carolina)

Nantahala
calendarSep 01 2017

Nantahala National Forests (North Carolina)

Nantahala
calendarSep 01 2017

Nantahala National Forests (North Carolina)

Nantahala
calendarSep 01 2017