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Spectacular Day Trip

A “self guided driving tour” with a Fire Mountain Gourmet Box Lunch can make for a heaven of a day in the Southern Highlands.

Leave Fire Mountain mid morning, with Fire Mountain Gourmet Box Lunches in tow, and spend the day exploring one of the three “self guided driving tour” options below. Return mid to late afternoon for rest prior to your evening activities.

Staff will go over each “self guided driving tour” option with you so that you will make the best choice for your needs and desires. That same staff member will map you for the entire “self guided driving tour” and give you the map.

Each of the three “self guided driving tour” options following is truly spectacular. Each was developed and culled by our staff from years of exploring and guiding our guests into the spectacular nature of western North Carolina.

This Fire Mountain package makes for a very exciting day!

Mountain Waters Scenic Byway

Take the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway for one of the most unbelievable drives of your life. Beyond description. Along the way you will go to the tower on top of Wayah Bald where the Appalachian Trail and the Bartram Trail cross for a magnificent mountaintop view gourmet lunch. You will travel along man-made Nantahala Lake which is the largest and “highest in elevation” in the Eastern United States. Then you will drive through the Nantahala Gorge, one of the most breathtaking gorges in the mountains of western North Carolina, where you will glide for miles immediately adjacent to the Nantahala River that runs through it and by numerous spectacular waterfalls.

“Secret Road” in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

This tour will take you through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on a one way 24 mile long “secret road” known by very few people. This road is only open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day May through October of each year. You will drive the very last portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway that was built, and have a spectacular mountaintop view gourmet lunch at Waterrock Knob on the Parkway. You will also tour a “not known to the public” portion of the Cherokee Indian Reservation and will visit the Oconaluftee Village at the southern entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Quite an unbelievable day! The “secret road” in early Spring (May – June) with wild flowers in bloom is most spectacular and beautiful.

Standing Indian Area

The Standing Indian Mountain peak, at 5,499 feet in elevation, is along the Appalachian Trail and the name came from the peaks resemblance to the Standing Indian. This tour takes you through the Standing Indian Area along the headwaters of the Nantahala River in these very high elevations. You will have your gourmet lunch at Big Laurel Falls on your way past Pickens Nose to the fire tower on Albert Mountain that you can see from the top of Fire Mountain. From Albert Mountain fire tower, which is also on the Appalachian Trail, you will be offered panoramic views of North Carolina and Georgia. You will return thought the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory which is an experimental forest in cooperation with scientists throughout the nation that help determine the effects of human use on forest growth and ecology. This tour puts you in the heavens all day long.

First select and order your Gourmet Box Lunches or Romantic Picnic Lunch
Second check the "self guided tour" option at the time you place your order

 

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