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NC Main to Main
Western Communities
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Main to Main
Western Communities

Western Region

This 13-county region cradles some of the coolest cities and towns in the state, and not just in temperature.  The Great Smoky Mountains and the southern tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains serve as the backdrop to this region, where local breweries, chocolatiers, apples, and agritourism are abundant.  The downtown districts pride themselves on offering creative economies with authentic shops and galleries, live bluegrass music, locally sourced fine and casual dining options, and lots of opportunities to explore.  The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians call the Western region of North Carolina home.  Follow the NC Beer Guys Map, the Blue Ridge Craft Trails, or the Trail of Tears.  Explore some of the state’s best apple orchards.  Mountain bike or hike to the highest peaks in the mountains or down to the waterfalls; and whitewater raft or kayak down the icy-cold mountain rivers.  Do not forget to try your hand at a little fly fishing, or maybe just order North Carolina trout for dinner.  The Western region of North Carolina has a lot to do and is waiting for you!

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NC Main Street Communities
Western Region

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1. Sylva

NC Main Street Designation Year:  1995

Jackson County

Downtown Sylva

310 Keener Street

Sylva, NC 28779

 

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3. Brevard

NC Main Street Designation Year:  1993

Transylvania County

Downtown Brevard

175 E Main St #200

Brevard, NC 28712

 

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5. Tryon

NC Main Street Designation Year:  2015

Polk County

Downtown Tryon

45 S. Trade Street 

Tryon, NC 28782

 

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7. Forest City

NC Main Street Designation Year: 2003

Rutherford County

Downtown Forest City

153 Park Square 

Forest City, NC 28043

 

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2. Waynesville

NC Main Street Designation Year:  1986

Haywood County

Downtown Waynesville

9 S Main Street

Waynesville, NC 28786

 

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4. Hendersonville

NC Main Street Designation Year:  1986

Henderson County

Downtown Hendersonville

201 S Main St #5085

Hendersonville, NC 28792

 

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6. Rutherfordton

NC Main Street Designation Year: 1990 

Rutherford County

Downtown Rutherfordton

146 N Main Street

Rutherfordton, NC 28139

 

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Trail and Outdoor Recreation Links

Bracken Preserve is a 395 acre property owned by the City of Brevard. The City has owned the property for over a century, but it wasn't opened to the public until July of 2012. The property is located due west of downtown Brevard. In fact, if you stand on Main Street in downtown Brevard and look westward, you will see the distinct mountain range framed by the buildings along Main Street.  Bracken is adjacent to Pisgah National Forest and its trails connect to Forest Service Road 475-C which provides access to the Fish Hatchery and the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.

Cheers! Trail

The Cheers! Trail is the only trail in North Carolina showcasing four different types of craft beverages. Another plus is its

location, the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in and around Hendersonville.

 

Choose from a selection of 23 different tasting experiences along the trail. This includes 11 breweries, 6 wineries, 3 hard cideries, one meader, and 2 wineries second tasting room off-site.

French Broad River State Trail

The French Broad River State Trail was established in 1978 on the third oldest river in the world. The 117-mile blueway offers gently flowing water with occasional class I and II rapids. However, only experienced paddlers should attempt the stretch between Barnard and Hot Springs, which has Class III and IV rapids. This section is popular with rafters.

Mountains to Sea Trail

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is a simple footpath stretching almost 1,200 miles across North Carolina from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks.  More than just a walk in the woods, the trail traces the diversity that is North Carolina. Experience ancient mountains and small Piedmont farms, coastal swamps and colonial towns, changing textile villages and barrier islands. Almost 700 miles of footpath are now completed. With temporary routes on backroads and bicycle paths, hikers can now follow the trail on an adventure across North Carolina.

NC Birding Trail

The North Carolina Birding Trail serves as a driving trail to link birders and nature-based tourists with great birding sites across the state and the local communities in which they are found.

Each of our locations are their own entities. From state parks, to greenways, to arboretums, to game lands, our sites are each their own prime spots for engaging with nature.

NC Scenic Byway

North Carolina's 61 scenic byways allow motorists to experience a bit of the state's history, geography and breathtaking scenery while raising awareness for the protection and preservation of these treasures.  Travelers can get to know North Carolina's people and communities and see the diverse beauty the Tar Heel state has to offer – from the high peaks of the Appalachian Mountains to the fertile hills of the Piedmont to the marshes, sounds and beaches of the coast.

Pearson's Falls & Glenn

Pearson’s Falls and Glen is a top natural attraction in Polk County, NC, hosting over 20,000 visitors each year.  We are located in the foothills of Western North Carolina off Hwy. 176, between the towns of Tryon and Saluda.  This unique botanical preserve is comprised of 275 acres of rich cove forest, granite, spring-fed streams, and a moderate 1/4-mile trail to a 90 ft. waterfall.  We boast having over 310 species of wildflowers and plants, a few that are rare.   Mosses, lichens, shrubs, and a variety of trees reside in this Glen, which is classified as a deciduous climax forest.  Pearson’s Falls is a perfect stop when visiting the area.  We have picnic facilities and can accommodate all types of groups and cyclists.

The Purple Martin Greenway is Rutherfordton's first natural trail system. Along this trail you can explore wildlife, creeks, waterfalls and local plant life. The trail is bike, kid, and pet friendly as well as handicap accessible. Located just off US Hwy 221, south of downtown Rutherfordton, the greenway is a hidden gem that feels like a true wilderness escape yet has the convenience of being close to shopping and restaurants.

Rutherford Outdoor Coalition (ROC) brings together those who love to hike, paddle, run, and bike and provides access and outings to enjoy. ROC provides locations, directions, and descriptions for outdoor recreational activities throughout Rutherford County. ROC offers downloadable maps, photos, and videos to help make the most of your outdoor fun.

Thermal Belt Rail Trail

The 13.58 mile, 12-foot-wide, Thermal Belt Rail Trail corridor weaves through the heart of Rutherford County, with little elevation change and plenty of space to clear your mind.  

Find your balance and serenity along the paved path of society.

Tree-lined stretches, main street breakaways and miles to share...

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