Linville Falls Village, NC

The Village of Linville Falls is located on Highway 221 atop the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with an elevation of 3400 feet and an average summer temperature of 67 degrees. Unique in location, it is situated in three counties: Avery, Burke and McDowell.

Linville Falls is a great weekend retreat. The village (which is really more of a single intersection) contains many cabin and camping opportunities. It is also home of Linville Gorge (The Grand Canyon of North Carolina) and Linville Caverns.

While in the area make sure to try a meal or two at Famous Louise's Restaurant, where you can dine in one of three counties.

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Distance from downtown Greenville: 115 miles
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The Devil's Courthouse

This is a 330 degree view from the Devil's Courthouse just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 422. From this point, four states can be seen on a clear day, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Click image for larger view.

It's also makes a nice side trip when hiking this section of the Mountains to Sea trail.

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Distance from downtown Greenville: 66 miles

The Cozy Cabin

The Cozy Cabin, located near Cashiers, NC, is great little place to run away to on a weekend. It's minutes from great hiking, fishing and golfing and the outdoor hot tub is a great way to both start and end the day.

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Distance from downtown Greenville: 72 miles

Pleasant Ridge County Park

Pleasant Ridge County Park is a great little park in northern Greenville County that appears to be practically unknown. Every time I've been there, there has never been more than a handful of people in the park.

The park contains both car camping sites and primitive camping sites, hiking trails, a small lake which is good for both swimming and fishing and four cabins for rent. It also the future home of Camp Spearhead. To the right of the picture above were a flock of Canadian Geese and Great Blue Heron. Unfortunately they were all a bit skittish and I was not able to get a photo.

Distance from downtown Greenville: 21 miles

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Mount LeConte, TN

Mt. LeConte is located in America's most popular national park (Great Smoky Mountains National Park).  At an elevation of 6642' it is only 291' lower in elevation than Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak in the east. There are five trails that lead to the summit (seen above).

The shortest trail is the Alum Cave Trail, named after the cave above.

At the top of Mt. LeConte is a lodge with several small heated cabins. The lodge is accessible only by trail (5 miles being the shortest).  

A bear apparently tried to get into one of the buildings the night before we were there.

Distance from Downtown Greenville: 126 miles

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11 Center Street Wine and Gourmet

11 Center Street is a great wine bar and tapas restaurant located in Folly Beach, SC. It's relatively new and offers indoor and outdoor seating. The bottom part of the establishment is a wine and craft beer shop.

The back area contains outdoor seating complete with firepace.

Upstairs has a small performance area and overlooks Folly's "downtown".

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Asheville Film Festival

The great little mountain town of Asheville, NC hosts a great little film festival which starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday. All the venues are in the downtown area and all are within walking distance of one another, as well as being close to great restaurants and pubs.

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Distance from downtown Greenville: 63 miles
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