Western N.C.

ontopoftheworld

On Top of the World

For more than 50 years, Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge has challenged millions of visitors to abandon solid ground and revel in some of western North Carolina’s most inspiring views.
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Cherokee

Cherokee

In the Great Smoky Mountains, a story of survival, endurance, and identity unfolds through the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.

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Weaverville

Weaverville

The tiny town north of Asheville carves out its own identity, using the hands and personalities of its people.
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French Broad River

Back from the Brink: the French Broad River

Slicing through western North Carolina on its way to the Gulf of Mexico, the French Broad River is thriving once again after years of abuse.
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Winyah Sanitarium in Asheville, N.C.

Carolina’s Magic Mountains

In the early 20th century, people from all over the world came
to Asheville seeking wellness. Today, they still do.
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Miracle of Hickory

Polio terrorized communities that never knew where or when it would strike. When an epidemic hit the North Carolina high country in 1944, folks responded with swift and unprecedented action.

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What Happened to the Lost State of Franklin

In 1784, residents of western North Carolina, feeling isolated by the mountains surrounding them, formed their own independent state.
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