Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina Mountains
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The Nantahala National Forest, established in 1920, is a national forest located in the American state of North Carolina. 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 national forest when directly 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.The Nantahala National Forest is administered by the United States Forest Service, part of the United States Department of Agriculture. The forest is managed together with the other three North Carolina National Forests (Croatan, Pisgah, and Uwharrie) from common headquarters in Asheville, North Carolina.
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  • Come visit October/November time and it will be like a vacation in a postcard. Beautiful hardwood colors, old stone bridges, and waterfalls. Highly recommend. 
  • First time on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Can't believe I have never driven on it before. We had the perfect clear day to enjoy the views. Not a lot of traffic in October on a Sunday morning. We made it t...  more »
  • We spent 4 days with our kids in the forrest, a last summer getaway before school starts. It was the perfect time to unplug and relax! 
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  • WOW, serene, beautiful, and a great trip away from the heat during those HOT months down south. Surrounded by great towns with great dining and entertainment. Don't miss the fun trails and waterfalls along the drive. You won't be disappointed.
  • So relaxing & peaceful! A great time with family. River has many crystal quartz, we had fun bringing collection of these gems home.
  • Nantahala National Forest has a beautiful gorge cut through it. Be sure to find one of the many river guides and to take a boat ride through the National Forest. You'll need to know how to avoid some rocks and the class 2-3 rapid at the end of the ride makes it all worth while.
  • Went to the tulula fall's in this park and it was well preserved and very beautiful. There are many animals to see if you can spot them, also there are. Unique fungi here too.
  • Probably my favorite National Forest because I'm so close to it. It's as beautiful as the Northern Cascades, in my humble opinion, and worth taking the time to explore. You can find great places to eat in the small towns and plenty of hiking and rafting throughout the forest. I highly recommend the Sylva area and definitely Asheville! Also, drive down into northern Georgia if you haven't been before, it will amaze you as well. Come here for a peaceful, relaxing experience. The weather in the summer can get warm for a few hours during the day, but mostly it is comfortable while the sun is up and gets cool at night.