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About Us | Plan your trip to western North Carolina Mountains

Welcome and thank you for your interest in us!  We are, "Stay And Play In The Smokies."  Our desire is to help couples, families, church and outdoor enthusiast groups - just about anyone within a days drive of the Western North Carolina Smokies - plan a visit to our area of Macon, Jackson and Swain Counties of the Western North Carolina Smokies. It's an area we like to call the "quieter side of the Smokies." And our goal is to make trip planning easy, connecting you with the best of what our region has to offer, making the tourism experience as great as it can be. We have designed our website to be convenient for you to explore and use before your visit, as well as after you are already here, to better equip you with quality information that you can count on.

Our inspiration came from many failed attempts at actually planning a trip to the "Quieter Side".  Other trip planning and tourism resources in the area tend to be much too broad and confusing in their trip planning efforts.  We wanted to simplify this experience by basing it on the core reason for traveling, your activity(s) of interest. What made our idea evolve to the next level was the fact that already on our staff was a local with expert knowledge on the area.  He is also the originator of the "Stay And Play " concept and after numerous brainstorming sessions and researching the competition we knew we had to capitalize on his local knowledge of the things to do on the quieter side.  So we asked ourselves, "Why not base our recommendations and suggestions on what our on-the-ground local expert has already experienced?"  And then provide our visitors with the most detailed, relevant information possible.

Meet Your Guides

Our trip planning guide and regional expert is Matt.  Matt, born and raised in Franklin, NC, has grown up around the outdoors, spending Summer days wading in crystal clear trout waters and nights camping under the stars.  From hiking and waterfall exploration to local cuisine and shopping, Matt has the "pulse" on what to enjoy. Matt enjoys all there is to do in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Camping, Hiking, Fishing, Golfing, Mountain Biking, Rafting, Waterfall Exploration, Swimming (see below), Horseback Riding, Snowboarding, Exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway and more. All of these activities have  been his playground for most of his life.  Now he wants to help visitors not only find these activities, but recommend and suggest which ones are most suitable for their needs.