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    Rainbow Springs

    Why I live in Rainbow Springs, and why you should visit!

    Reason #1 The Nantahala River

    Rainbow Springs is a private community in western North Carolina
    bordering the pristine upper Nantahala River. The upper Nantahala River
    begins in the Standing Indian section of the Nantahala National Forest,
    which happens to be the largest national forest in North Carolina. Not
    many know about this part of the Nantahala, as it is remote and the miles of
    river here are totally private waters, offering some of the best trout fishing in
    the south! The Nantahala is home to one of the healthiest populations of
    wild Brook, Rainbow and Brown Trout in the state. The river is also known
    for its rafting, canoeing and kayaking with class 2 and 3 rapids, great for
    beginners or experienced boaters.
    The lower Nantahala is below Nantahala Lake and is home to the
    Nantahala Outdoor Center, a popular area for whitewater kayaking and raft
    trips. It hosted the whitewater kayaking portion of the Summer Olympics
    several years ago. Other activities here include camping, hiking, ziplining,
    and even a scenic train ride in an open air gondola on the Great Smoky
    Mountains Railroad.

    Reason #2 Nantahala Lake

    The upper Nantahala River flows through the Rainbow Springs area into
    Nantahala Lake, considered one of the purest, most pristine lakes in the
    southeast. Built in 1942, Nantahala Lake has over 30 miles of shoreline
    and an average depth of 100 ft. The elevation of the lake and Rainbow
    Springs is above 3000 ft., providing cool summers and lake temperatures
    perfect for trout, bass, walleye, crappie, bass, and even freshwater salmon.
    Nantahala is the only lake in North Carolina to have Kokanee Salmon. The
    lake is so secluded, that even on the 4th of July, there are no crowds and
    much of the lake is bordered by national forest. Our favorite activities
    include fishing, swimming, skiing, tubing and kayaking. On a summer day,
    there is no better place to be!

    Reason #3 Nantahala National Forest

    With over 530,000 acres, and the largest in the state, the Nantahala
    National Forest has some of the best hiking in the country. The
    Appalachian Trail and Balsam Trails are here, and 360 degree views can
    be seen from the top of the bald mountains, such as Wayah Bald (wayah is
    a Cherokee word meaning “wolf”) and Siler Bald. Waterfalls are abundant
    in the area and there are many options for primitive and group camping.
    The area is also popular for its horse trails and mountain biking. The
    remoteness of the forest provides opportunities to see grouse, turkey,
    eales, hawks, deer and bear. Just outside our door, we can hike, fish,
    boat, and explore thousands of acres of untouched beauty.

    Reason #4 Real Estate (I specialize in Rainbow Springs Properties)

    Nantahala is rich with high altitude properties that have spectacular
    mountain, lake and river views. (Some even have all 3!) Purchase land
    and build your own dream home, or buy an existing cabin or home and get
    ready to start having the adventure of a lifetime. Escape the city and enjoy
    the best of what Mother Nature has to offer. I live, play, and work here, so
    please call or email me to plan your visit.

    Wrtitten by Cindy Sullivan
    (828) 200-4036

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