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Tennessee
Hiwassee Scenic River and Ocoee River Recreation Area

P.O. Box 5 Spring Creek Road
Delano, TN 37325

Phone: (423) 263-0050

Hiwassee Scenic River State Park is located on Maggie Road at U.S. Highway 411, the Ocoee River on U.S. Hwy 64. The  Hiwassee was the first river managed in the State Scenic River program. A 23-river mile section, from the N.C. State line to U.S. Hwy. 411 north of Benton, has been declared a class III partially developed river. This stretch of river offers canoeing, rafting, fishing, hiking and nature photography. A scenic portion of the Join Muir Trail winds through the river gorge. Numerous public access sites provide boat launch ramps. At the Gee Creek Wilderness of the Cherokee National Forest. The Ocoee River is a premier white-water river in the Southeastern  Unites States  possessing Class III  and IV rapids. Access sites are maintained
Fort Loudon State Historic Park

338 Fort Loudon Road
Vonore, TN 37885

Phone: (423) 884-6217
 

Off U.S. 411. This 867 acre site is the location of one the earliest British fortification on the western frontier. built 1756. Nearby were the principle towns of the Cherokee Nation including Tenase, namesake for  the state, and Tuskegee, birthplace of Sequoya, commemorated by the Cherokee Nation's Museum. Today, the fort and the 1794 Tellico Blockhouse overlook TVA's Tellico Reservoir and the Appalachian Mountains. An interpretative center offers information on the area's history and artifacts that were excavated prior to the Fort's reconstruction.
Panther Creek State Park

2010 Panther Creek Road
Morristown, TN 37814

 Phone: (423) 587-7046

West of I-81 just off U.S. Hwy. 11E. Located on Cherokee Reservoir in the historic Holston River Valley, this 1,965-acre park is six miles west of Morristown. It is named for nearby Panther Creek Springs, a pioneer landmark. A 1,460 foot ridge provides a panoramic view of the East Tennessee Ridge and Valley region. Bird watchers gather at this high vantage point to observe migrating hawks and waterfowl. Camping, swimming , and picnicking are available.
 
North Carolina
 Mount Mitchell State Park

2388 State Highway 128
Burnsville, NC 28714

Phone: (828) 675-4611

Park hours
November-February, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
March and October, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
April and September, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
May-August, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day

Park office hours
8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays
Closed Christmas Day

Mount Mitchell State Park is located in Yancey County, 33 miles north of Asheville off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker #355. There are a few places in the world that still stand apart from the ordinary. Rising more than a mile high, surrounded by the gentle mist of low-hanging clouds, Mount Mitchell State Park is one of these extraordinary places.

In the crest of the timeworn Black Mountains lies the summit of Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi. For those who ascend this mighty peak, what looms in the horizon is a feast for the eyes—breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, rolling ridges and fertile valleys. Forested and forever misty, 1,855-acre Mount Mitchell State Park will provide you with some of the most tranquil moments you'll ever experience.
Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

PO Box 48,
Jefferson, NC 28640

Phone: (336) 246-9653

Park hours
November-February, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
March and October, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
April, May, September, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
June-August, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day

Park office hours
8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays
Closed state holidays

Mount Jefferson Area is in Ashe County on the US 221 Bypass between the towns of Jefferson and West Jefferson. It rises abruptly to more than 1,600 feet above the surrounding landscape, serving as a landmark for area motorists. Acquaint yourself with this mighty peak by viewing it first from the Mount Jefferson Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Rising as a long, forested prominence, its dark color is conspicuous among neighboring peaks on the Ashe plateau.

Though the mountain is magnificent from a distance, Mount Jefferson is best appreciated up close. On a clear day, you can see for miles from its peak. A great part of Ashe County spreads out below; fields, farms, forests and mountains mingle in kaleidoscopic patterns. On the horizon, the Blue Ridge Mountains form a striking backdrop.

Yet what looms in the distance is no more spectacular than what is right before your eyes, for the forests of Mount Jefferson are a botanical paradise. The interesting and unusual plant life of the park rendered it worthy of designation as a national natural landmark.

 

 

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