While you’re in Western North Carolina, play our self-guided scavenger hunt to locate and experience these treasures that can only be found in the state’s Mountain Region. Take photos at all 10 of these destinations and share on social media by tagging us on Facebook (@SmokyMountainsRealEstate) or Instagram (@smokymtnhomes). You will be entered to win one of four WNC gift bags valued at $100 each. It’s never too early to get started! The drawing will be held on December 15, 2022. 


  1. The region is home to over 200 incredible waterfalls, but one of the only you can walk behind is Dry Falls Waterfall. {Video}
  2. Voted one of America’s Favorite Drives, the Blue Ridge Parkway is stunning year-round. Enjoy the ride and plan a few stops along the way! {Video}
  3. Mine for gems at the Nantahala River Gem Mine. WNC is well known as a gem capital and is famous for its natural deposits of rubies and sapphires. {Video}
  4. Ready, set, action! Visit the remains of the iconic train crash from the movie The Fugitive, which can be found rusting along the Great Smoky Railroad. {Making of Video | Movie Clip}
  5. Step into the past on Sylva’s Heritage Walk. Learn the story behind this mountain town’s deep-rooted history and heritage. {Video}
  6. Explore the 535-million-year-old monolith, Chimney Rock. The views at the top make it worth climbing all 499-steps…or you can ride the elevator! {Video}
  7. Have the time of your life taking a narrated cruise around Lake Lure, most famous for being used as a setting in the 80’s cult classic Dirty Dancing. {Video}
  8. Take in the exceptionally beautiful panoramic views from the top of Wesser Bald Fire Tower, a historic lookout tower near Tellico Gap. {Video}
  9. Head to the Connestee Falls Overlook for stunning views of the 85-foot waterfall near Brevard. {Video}
  10. Wildcard! Experience a First that Lasts in WNC and share it with us. Click here to explore ideas. {Video}