Hikers and adventurers are already familiar with towns like Asheville, Gatlinburg and Damascus, but the Southern Appalachians are full of lesser-known small towns that boast vibrant scenes and access to incredible adventure. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine has compiled a list of 11 candidates that are poised to become the South’s Next Great Mountain Town.
A couple of the towns I had never heard of, and only one on this list have I ever stepped foot in: Bryson City. In case you want to start checking out some these towns for yourself, author Graham Averill provides some important information for each town - where to play, eat, mingle, and what some of the top nearby events are for each town.
You can check out the list by clicking here.