A 7-County Guide to the Smokies

Take a trip to this far-west corner of North Carolina and use our county-by-county guide to fill your itinerary with mile-high overlooks and cozy lodges, rushing rivers and waterfalls, favorite shops and restaurants, and thrilling mountain adventures.

Destination NC

An advertising campaign in the mid-20th century touted North Carolina as a vacationer’s paradise — no matter what types of destinations and activities travelers sought.

Founding Fontana

When the United States needed a power source for nuclear weapons research, it turned to the mountains of North Carolina. The only thing that stood in the government’s way: the people living there.