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Old 08-23-2009, 04:05 PM
 
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My husband and I want hiking at our doorstep, a river/creek to paddle on extremely close, and a quaint, small town vibe.

We have narrowed it down to the following: Blowing Rock, Hot Springs, Black Mountain, Maggie Valley, Sylva, Bryson City, Franklin, and Brevard.

Do you think these fit our criteria? Which would you recommend and why? Thanks in advance!!
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Old 08-23-2009, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains
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Try Todd, Right outside of Boone which is near Blowing Rock. You have the New River that you can fish or tube down. Todd General Store, and it is right near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Beautiful area and I saw some cabins on VRBO Todd. Good Luck and let us know what you decided to do.
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Old 08-23-2009, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Miami North (Orlando)
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Brevard, Blowing Rock
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Asheville
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Black Mountain. There was a lengthy post here in the past year or so, where everybody wrote in what they thought was the best small town around, and that town got a big rating. You could do a "Search This Forum" and see can you find it. I live in Asheville and have been there numerous times, cute small town, and yet if you need to get in to the "big city," it's just a 20-30 minute drive.
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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I've visited Sylva, Bryson City, Franklin and Brevard. Each would fit what you're looking for. I'm not quite as enthusiastic about Maggie Valley because there's not much to the town other than the heavily developed main highway, although there are many beautiful homes nearby.
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Boone, NC
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Try Todd, Right outside of Boone which is near Blowing Rock. You have the New River that you can fish or tube down. Todd General Store, and it is right near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Beautiful area and I saw some cabins on VRBO Todd. Good Luck and let us know what you decided to do.
Although I don't live IN Todd, my address is Todd...and it definitely is small. I think the Todd General Store is all there is...no restaurants, no other businesses...none. But an abundance of nature. No stop lights. Just a micro-speck on the map. "I thought we were going through Todd", a friend asked. "We did", I said.

Boone is about 20 minutes from there, another 10 minutes to Blowing Rock.

Haven't really been to any of the others, so can't compare.
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:36 PM
 
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Default Great suggestions!

Thanks!
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:32 AM
 
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Hello,
I don't log on to City-Data often so I know I'm a little late to put my two cents in, but just in case you have not made the move here it is ............. From the towns you list my vote would be for Sylva. I've lived in Franklin for over 10 years and it is a very nice small town. However, if we were not so heavily invested here my wife and I would prefer Sylva or Waynesville. The pluses for Sylva is that in addition to its convenience to hiking and rivers it is also a college town with immediate access to plays, concerts, etc. And, when you want or need to do major shopping you are much closer to Waynesville and Asheville.
Good luck and enjoy wherever you end up. Anywhere in these mountains is better than just about anywhere else!
Larry
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Old 01-01-2010, 05:09 PM
 
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Well, them all sound like just about good town areas. I haven't been in the area a whole lot. I stay at a place over near Maggie Valley kinda, it's the Jonathan Creek area. It's nice. I like it. Of course I think Maggie Valley is basically right next to that Cataloochee state park or whatever.

I have driven through Hot Spring area due to the road closures right now. It looks nice to. It's got the French Broad River or whatever right there it looks like. It just seemed like a nice old little town.

I actually probably have a similar mind set to you all when I'm thinking about a place I would want to live. I drove down towards Brevard I think it was one time. It seemed like a nice area, but I didn't experience a whole lot of it. You're probably all over the right track with those towns, would be my guess, with what little I know of the area.
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:56 AM
 
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It's all a very personal choice. Good luck wherever you choose... but PLEASE remember this piece of advice, respect the land and respect the locals.
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