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About Mystic Lands Community

Reconnect with what matters most

Guarded by the sanctity of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies a place imbued with grandeur and possibility. It's called Mystic Lands: a well-preserved retreat where nature has taken special care to ensure everything was done just right. Where the true spirit of life, and living, infuses the air and scenery at every turn. The Cherokee called this "the enchanted land." The river and gorge whisper their own beautiful language. The ridge and forest present themselves in a mosaic of untainted splendor. At the center of it all is a deep sense of wholeness and vitality that allows one to reconnect with family, friends, nature, and oneself.

The Nantahala Region:
Mother Nature's Masterpiece

Mystic Lands is far from the urban jungle. It is surrounded by national forest, intersected by ancient river systems, and adorned with old-growth forests and towering ridgelines. This is the antidote for the anxiety and stress that plague modern life. In every direction lies the opportunity to immerse oneself in adventure and discovery.


200 area waterfalls  •  Lakes Nantahala, Fontana, and Santeetlah  •  Nantahala Outdoor Center  •  Great Smoky Mountains National Park  •  The Bartram and Appalachian Trails  •  The Blue Ridge Parkway  •  Joyce Kilmer Memorial Park  •  Quaint towns of Bryson City, Waynesville, Cashiers, and Highlands  •  Cultural center of Asheville  •  Motorcycling on mountain roads

Bryson City

Just a short drive from Mystic Lands is the dynamic mountain town of Bryson City—a gateway to a wealth of outdoor activities: whitewater rafting, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, tubing, ziplining, paddle boarding, mountain biking, scenic train rides, and more.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Just a short drive from Mystic Lands, this is the most visited national park in the U.S., offering an abundance of landmarks and activities.

Appalachian Trail

The famous Appalachian Trail, meandering through fourteen sates from Georgia to Maine, cuts right through the Nantahala, intersecting the river by the Nantahala Outdoor Center.

Bartram Trail

Designated a National Recreation Trail in Georgia, it follows the approximate route of 18th-century naturalist William Bartram, through Georgia and North Carolina. The trail links up with the Appalachian Trail right by Mystic Lands.

Nantahala Outdoor Center

A 500-acre playground for outdoor lovers, and the site of international whitewater competition, just down the road, offering rafting and kayaking on the whitewater river, ziplining, paddle boarding on Fontana Lake, biking, hiking, and more.

Nantahala National Forest

The storied Nantahala National Forest is the largest of the four national forests in North Carolina and surrounds and protects Mystic Lands on all sides.