Surrounding the area of the Herren House B&B are exquisite places to stop and take in the beauty of nature. Whatever your personal preference, you are sure to find something that catches your eye.
Driving from CT to CA
Best B and B April 17, 2013
"After being on the road for 5 days with my trusty Irish Terrier staying at B and B's along the way, we pulled into Herren House where Michelle came out to the car to greet us, help with bags, and showed us around her lovely Inn on the way to our room. The room was lovely, bright, spacious with a fabulous bathroom that had a clawfoot tub but also had a shower with amazing water pressure. Everything was clean, fresh and perfect. The nicest place on our trip which included staying in some high end B and B's in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Michelle is a wonderful hostess, gracious, warm and welcoming. This is a girl who really knows her business and loves what she does. She even gave me a piece of divine chocolate cake that she was entering in a cooking contest. My dog was warmly welcomed as well with a darling dog bed for her use. Breakfast was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. Michelle had all the guests eat at one table which made for interesting conversation and a chance to meet fellow travelers. I truly hated to leave this vibrant, cozy
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
With some of the best collections of log buildings in the United States you will have access to almost 80 historic structures, including houses, barns, outbuildings, churches, schools and grist mills, that have been protected. You can see these buildings from Cades Cove, Cataloochie, Oconaluftee (with its Mountain Farm Museum), Mingus Mill, and the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.
The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Visit one of Western North Carolina’s premiere venues for superior culture and the arts. The architecture, technical facilities, and acoustics will attract and keep the attention of both you and the performing arts.
1024 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734
Toll Free: 866-273-4615
Blue Ridge Parkway – 469 Miles of Mountain Vistas and Historic Sites:
Explore the 469 miles through mountain meadows seemingly endless vistas with scenery and recreational opportunities for everyone in your family. Split-rail fences, old farmsteads and historic structures complement the mountains and neighboring valleys.
Cataloochee Valley Tours – Cataloochee Valley Tours
Go with our experienced naturalist for a guided eco-tour of to one of the most remote and beautiful parts of the Smoky Mountains.
Road Bike Routes
Cades Cove Loop Road
This 11-mile one way road is a popular bicycling option. You can take in the views of the 19th century architecture and wildlife. You can rent a bike at the Cades Cove Campground Store in the summer and fall. For information call 865-448-9034.Beginning the second week in May, the road is closed to motor vehicle traffic on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10:00 a.m. to allow you to enjoy the cove. This continues through the second-to-last Saturday in September.
Townsend Bicycle Path
This paved trail is about 3 miles long. It is located in Townsend, TN, also known as the “Peaceful side of the Smokies.” It features a few short easy hills, and is great for cyclists of all levels. It runs parallel to Hwy. US 321 in Townsend, with a portion running along the Little River. While on the trail stop in at one of the restaurants, shops or motels along the way. You can park at either end of the trail.
Hit the hiking trails:
The Appalachian Trail to Charlie’s Bunion, 4 Miles, F2
Trailhead: Newfound Gap parking area. This 4-mile stretch offers spectacular views of the Smokies
Bartram Trail, 37.7 Miles, G7
Trailhead: The trail enters North Carolina just south of Highlands near Rabun Bald.
Big Snowbird Trail, 12.7 Miles, D4
Trailhead: Big Snowbird Road. The first 4 miles are recommended for the day hikes.
The Appalachian Trail to Wesser Bald, 2 Miles, E5
Trailhead: Wesser Gap. This scenic portion of the Appalachian Trail is perfect for day hikes.
Big Indian Horse Trail, 8 Miles, F6
Trailhead: Big Indian Creek. The Standing Indian Reservation Area west of Franklin.
Fire Creek Area Trails, .3 Miles to 5.4 Miles, C6
Trailhead: Fires Cree Recreation Area. Offers a number of excellent trails.
Jackrabbit Mountain Trail, 2.5 Miles, D7
Trailhead: Jackrabbit Recreation Area. Trail offers an excellent view of Lake Chatuge and provides lake fishing access as well.
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Trail, 2 Miles, C4
Trailhead: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest parking lot. Joyce Kilmer Forest, the last remnant of virgin forest in Southern Appalachians, offers a spectacular 2-mile loop trail.
Mallonees Trail, 5 Miles, I5
Trailhead: Balsam Lake Recreation Area. The Mallonee Trail provides barrier free access, with three wheelchair-accessible fishing platforms located along the trail.
Maple Springs Observation Point, 800 Feet, C4
Trailhead: Maple Springs Observation Area. Maple Springs offers an unparalleled view of the Smokies, especially during the fall color season.
Mountains-to-Sea Trail, 8.75 Miles, I4
Trailhead: Old Bald Ridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Highland’s portion of North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail traverses breathtaking stands of old-growth forest and plenty of wildlife.
Choose your favorite attraction:
When you stay at the Herren House B&B you are minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Maggie Valley. You are only 30 minutes to Asheville, NC and the Biltmore Estate.
Self-guided tours are available of the breathtaking Biltmore House & Gardens and the new Antler Hill Village—featuring the Biltmore Winery, The Biltmore Legacy, Village Green, and the Farm. If you would like to get in touch with nature, this area is excellent for hiking, bicycling, whitewater rafting, trout fishing, skiing, and exploring waterfalls. Inquire about the festivals, parades, performances, and community events in downtown throughout the year.
Call now to book your next private event.