Western North Carolina Travel Guide

Western North Carolina

By Olivia Williams

Situated in a landscape where nature and history seamlessly merge, Western North Carolina holds nature’s offer and cultural abundance. It is as if the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains are making tales to the east and the west and the air sapid with pine and the resonance of falling water. There are accessible treasures here, including headlands that offer an inspiring tableau for sunrise and sunset and void valleys that are filled with flowers every spring. 

There are calls for adventure at every angle – hike through lush forests, explore mysterious caves, or challenge yourself on the white waters of its untamed rivers. Yet it’s not just the wild that calls – the mountains thrive with the soul of Appalachian culture. From lively music and paintings to casual dining to local artisans whose hands breathe soul into every piece, you are truly experiencing a culture.

The surrounding farms and natural areas tell a story with each meal. Find your quiet place or your community, but most importantly, find yourself in Western North Carolina. Thus, you are not a visitor. Instead, you are part of an ancient drama that is still unfolding, a sensitive artist finding a chunk of clay and placing his inscription on the tapestry of what WNC is.

Map of Western North Carolina

This is a map of Western North Carolina that shows which counties are in the Western North Carolina region.
This is a map of Western North Carolina that shows which counties are in the Western North Carolina region.

List of Western North Carolina Counties 

There are a total of 28 counties in Western North Carolina, as mentioned below:

  • Cherokee
  • Graham
  • Clay
  • Macon
  • Swain
  • Jackson
  • Haywood
  • Transylvania
  • Henderson
  • Buncombe
  • Madison
  • Yancey
  • Mcdowell
  • Rutherford
  • Polk
  • Cleveland
  • Burke
  • Mitchell
  • Avery
  • Watauga
  • Caldwell
  • Catawba
  • Lincoln
  • Gaston
  • Ashe
  • Alleghany
  • Wilkes
  • Alexander

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