Collett Creek Cabins


Hawkesdene is a private mountain estate nestled in a secluded cove on 33 acres and backs up to the Nantahala National Forrest. The entire estate is available for your perfect destination wedding, reunion or special group retreat.

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Calaboose Cellars is the smallest free-standing, complete winery in America--located just up the river from the Smoky Mountain Expressway in far Western North Carolina, and not far from Collett Creek Cabins.

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George Vanderbilt created Biltmore Estate in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains more than a century ago as a retreat for family and friends; a place to rediscover gracious hospitality and revel in nature’s beauty. Biltmore Estate is open 8:30 A.M.–5:00 P.M. seven days a week (opens at 9:00 A.M. January–March). The only days the estate is closed are Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. The Biltmore Estate is located in Asheville, NC. Land of Living Water is a short drive from Asheville, NC.

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With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy year-round scenic train journeys across fertile valleys, through tunnels and across river gorges in a spectacular region of eastern America called the Great Smoky Mountains. This section of western North Carolina offers a wide array of ever-changing vegetation and fantastic landscapes.

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North Carolina's newest scenic highway is only 40 minutes from Andrews.

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Information on many of the local roads including Deals Gap, the Cherohala Skyway, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap, with 318 curves in 11 miles, is America ’s number one motorcycle and sports car road. The nearby Cherohala Skyway is quickly becoming number two with its remote 60 miles of scenic mountain highway. The area also has other roads less traveled, but just as exciting. Come and discover them all.

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Experience America’s favorite drive! Outstanding scenery and educational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most popular units of the National Park System.

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Fontana Lake provides a number of recreational diversions including fishing, boating and water skiing.


Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak in the Blue Ridge mountain range and a globally recognized nature preserve. The Mile High Swinging Bridge was built to give visitors easy access to the breath- taking view from Grandfather Mountain’s Linville Peak.
Hiking Along The Top Of The Blue Ridge Grandfather Mountain's 13-mile trail system offers amazing diversity, at times threading through blueberry patches, around house-sized boulders, up one of eleven ladders used to traverse steep sections, or down a stone staircase fashioned from a dried-up stream bed. Considered the best alpine hiking in the South, a hiking party can cross through a dozen or more ecological communities and pass through a variety of forest types and climate zones on a single outing.

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Spend the day enjoying a whitewater rafting trip, canoe or kayak excursion on one of seven rivers located in North Carolina.
The Nantahala River is located in the Nantahala National Forest at the base of the Nantahala Gorge. Just south of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park the river is the most popular whitewater rafting river in the United States. Its relatively mild yet fast running waters make the Nantahala River an ideal family adventure. A vacation in Nantahala features the peaceful mountain atmosphere and the adventure of outdoor sports. Over thousands of years, the swift currents of the Nantahala River have slowly carved an incredible gorge in the mountains of western North Carolina. Here you’ll find a diverse range of activities and services for families as well as avid adventure seekers. Whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River is a popular option from March to October. Choose from guided trips, rental rafts and ducks, or combine whitewater rafting with a scenic train ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. The half-day Nantahala rafting trip features refreshing, fun Class II and Class III rapids, culminating at Nantahala Falls, where photographers take your photo.

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More than ten million people visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park yearly. The Great Smoky Mountains offer more than 800 miles of hiking trails, but most only see the park superficially. The best part of the Smoky Mountains area is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park itself, yet most people's views and experiences of the Park are limited to the main roads, a handful of the most frequented trails, and the Cades Cove loop road. While the individuals who experience these things are richer for the experience, they are missing so much.


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This North Carolina casino features 50,000 square feet of gaming space with more than 1,000 slots and 70 traditional table games, there is something for everyone.

Wheel of Fortune, Monopoly, Quick Hits and Blazing Sevens are some of the 1,000 slots that make Harrah's Cherokee Valley River a favorite place to visit. Live table games include favorites like mini baccarat, blackjack, craps, roulette, Mississippi Stud, three-card poker and more.

Beyond the lively gambling offerings, The River Tower offers plush comfort on seven stories, with 300 well-appointed non-smoking rooms. The Food Market, conveniently located right off the casino floor, offers great tasting selections from Nathans Famous®, Panda Express®, Earl of Sandwich®, Papa John’s®, and Starbucks®.

For a cocktail or refreshing beverage, our casino bar offers a full assortment to suit your thirst. It’s the ideal place to meet up with friends before heading out for a night of good times.

The entire Harrah’s experience is enhanced for members of the Total Rewards® program, with exclusive access to the casino floor’s upscale Diamond Lounge for guests who attain Diamond status. Total Rewards is free to enroll in, and allows guests to earn Reward Credits® for hotel, dining and more at any Caesars-owned location.

An enterprise of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel is located near Murphy, North Carolina. Come out and play at this exciting casino located just two hours from Chattanooga, Knoxville and Atlanta.

Nantahala Weddings

We are a destination wedding venue with a focus on nature. The lake, mountains, river, and waterfalls provide a wide variety of activities for your guests – boating, swimming, whitewater rafting, hiking, and fishing – as well as spectacular wedding photo opportunities. Our goal is to make your experience as stress-free as possible so you can relax and enjoy the beauty of Nantahala with your family and friends. While we have many options available – ceremony only (elopements, up to 20 people), ceremony + reception only (microweddings up to 30 people, 1-day weddings up to 125 people), and 3- or 4-day packages with lodging (destination weddings up to 125 people), we love it when couples book multi-day packages to wind back wedding stress.

Andrews Valley Rail Tours

The Details of Our Scenic Rail Tours

When you reach the beautiful little mountain town of Andrews, NC proceed to the Historic Andrews Depot at 345 Locust Street. To start on your scenic rail tour, head around to the track side of the building to the ticket office. There you can book a tour on the spot, or check in for a reservation you've already made. Before boarding you will sign a waiver for each member of your group. Please be sure to be at the Depot 30 minutes before your reservation time. It's important to remember that your tour will last approximately 2 1/2 hours.

What to expect

  • Riders must be at least 4 years of age, and able to climb up two steps.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather.* Remember you will be in an open air cart.
  • Bring something to drink, and a snack.
  • When you arrive, go to the Ticket Window and sign in – this is when you will sign your waiver.
  • Climb the steps and take a seat in the cart.

Once you have settled into your seat, be sure to pay close attention to the attendant for ride instructions - the safety of our riders is our number one priority.

Now it's time to relax and enjoy the ride aboard a one-of-a-kind authentic Speeder Cart Tour, and don't forget to have your camera ready for the 5-mile trip to the Historic Valley River Tunnel. Take in the views from our beautiful valley that offers you the opportunity to experience beautiful mountains, forests, and abundant wildlife. You'll see crystal clear mountain rivers and streams as you cross Historic open deck railroad bridges on your trip to the tunnel. Once there you'll have about 1/2 hour to check out the tunnel (which was hand carved by workers from Southern Railway in 1894) and the surrounding area. Please take care on your stroll as the terrain can get steep and rocky.

After your break, you will re-embark for the 5-mile trip back to Andrews, and we're sure you'll see things you missed on the trip out, so don't forget that camera!