The Nantahala National Forest

There’s something amazing about spending time in the beautiful Valley River RV Resort near the Nantahala National Forest. There is an indescribable beauty that artists try to capture in their works, but at best create dim shadows of the true reality. We touched on one part of the area that is a must see while discussing the Tsali Trail in the last blog.

A Forest of True Majesty

Nantahala National Forest is in North Carolina and is the Cherokee name for the area. Nantahala means “Land of the Noonday Sun” and is the largest of the four national forests in North Carolina and just a short way north of the Valley River RV Resort.

The area was made a national forest in 1920 administered by the U.S. Forest Service. The national park area is 531,270 acres. Elevation ranges from 5,800 ft. to 1,200 ft.


Waterfalls in Nantahala Forest

In this park you’ll find many of the state’s waterfalls. You can also find the end of the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway so that even if you’re not interested in camping, fishing, biking, or hiking you can still experience the beauty of the forest.

You can travel along the Byway and see two river gorges, the amazing hardwood forest and some of the countryside. You’ll be able to observe Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, Quarry Falls, and Cullasaja Falls. 30,000 acres of the forest have been deemed old-growth forest. This type of forest is one that has reached a great age without any significant disturbances and are truly a sight to see.

Dry Falls Nantahala Forest North Carolina

About Valley River RV Resort

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