Outdoor enthusiasts fall in love with the area for its:
HIKING FORESTS WATERFALLS WHITE WATER RAFTING TUBING FISHING!
The Smoky Mountain Visitor Center is ten minutes away and can assist you in finding plenty of things to do.
Forty-six percent of Macon county is in the Nantahala National Forest. (239 miles). The county is also known to be rich with minerals and gemstones -including rubies, sapphires, amethyst, moonstone, and garnets drawing thousands of amateur mineralogists and gem enthusiasts.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Forests: Explore part of the Appalachian Trail, the Smoky Mountains, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, Nantahala National Forest or Tallulah Gorge State Park.
Highlands Area (20 mi): The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts / Highlands Playhouse / Highlands Art Gallery / Glen Falls / Bridal Veil Falls / Dry Falls / Cliffside Lake Recreation Area / Whiteside Mountain
Nanthala Outdoor Center white water rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, ziplining (37 mi)
Fishing: NC Trout Capital http://nctroutcapital.com/where-to-play/wn
Shop, eat or stroll a small downtown: Highlands, NC (20 mi), Franklin, NC (9), Clayton, GA (13 ), Dillard, GA (7), and Dillsboro (27), Sylva, NC (28) (Add'l info on the location page.)
Gem Mines and Antique Shopping are plentiful. Golf, horseback riding, breweries and wineries are also available.
All Ages: Ruby Cinemas / Scottish Tartans Museum / Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts / Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum / The Factory (family entertainment)
Casino's: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort (Cherokee location: 40 mi/ Murphy: 59 mi)
or.... do absolutely nothing but experience the natural beauty of the mountains, take a deep breath of clean, fresh air, listen to the sound of the birds, enjoy the gurgling of the creek, relax!