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Alarka is a tiny community located in Swain County, just south of Bryson City. It lies within the Nantahala National Forest and is just a short drive to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This mountainous, western part of South Carolina contains some of the highest peaks in the state, in what is known as, "The Quiet Side of the Smokies." Unlimited recreational activities are available. Swain County alone offers 43 hiking trails, 7 horseback riding trails, 7 bike trails and 10 beautiful waterfalls. You're just minutes to the Nantahala River, which is one of the country's most popular white water rafting rivers, and beautiful Fontana Lake, with the highest dam east of the Rockies. Other recreational pursuits include trout fishing, canoeing, kayaking, golf, skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. The Nantahala National Forest has over 600 miles of trails for hiking and backpacking, including part of the Appalachian Trail and a 35-mile section of the Bartram Trail. Nearby points of interest include Clingmans Dome, the Great Smoky Mountain Railway, the Cherokee Indian Reservation Casinos, the city of Asheville, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. In addition, the back roads and small towns throughout the region offer endless opportunities for exploration, antiquing and lots of great scenery photography buffs.

Surrounding areas: Bryson City, North Carolina (5.4 mi), Nantahala Gorge, North Carolina (6.6 mi), Almond, North Carolina (6.8 mi), Whittier, North Carolina (7.4 mi), Dillsboro, North Carolina (10.9 mi), Cherokee, North Carolina (11.1 mi), Franklin, North Carolina (12.4 mi)

Alarka Vacation Rentals

Alarka Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Charleston Inn208 Arlington AveBryson City, NC4.8 mi.(828) 488-4644
Nantahala Village Mountain Resort9400 Hwy 19 WestBryson City, NC5.4 mi.(828) 488-2826
Sleep Inn500 SPG StBryson City, NC5.4 mi.(828) 488-0326
Ela Motor Court5280 Ela RdBryson City, NC7.4 mi.(828) 488-2284
Lloyd's On The River5370 Ela RdBryson City, NC7.5 mi.(828) 488-3767
Best Western River Escape Inn And Suites248 Wbi DrDillsboro, NC10.9 mi.(828) 586-6060
Mountain Creek Cottages162 Dicks CRK RdDillsboro, NC10.9 mi.(704) 586-6042
Comfort Suites35 Hwy 441 NorthCherokee, NC11.1 mi.(828) 497-3500
Days Inn Smokey Mountain Inn660 Painttown RdCherokee, NC11.1 mi.(828) 497-2300
Econo LodgeUs Hwy 19Cherokee, NC11.1 mi.(828) 497-4575
Fairfield Inn & Suite - Cherokee568 Painttown RdCherokee, NC11.1 mi.(828) 497-0400
Hampton Inn185 Tsalagi RdCherokee, NC11.1 mi.(828) 497-3115
Holiday Inn CherokeeHwy 19 WCherokee, NC11.1 mi.(828) 497-9181
Holiday Inn Expres Hotel & Suites376 Paint Town RdCherokee, NC11.1 mi.(828) 497-3113
Holiday InnHwy 19 SCherokee, NC11.1 mi.(828) 497-9181
Microtel Inn & Suites674 Casino TrlCherokee, NC11.1 mi.(828) 497-7800
Quality Inn-cherokeeUS 441 N BypCherokee, NC11.1 mi.(828) 497-4702
Ramada Limited196 Painttown RdCherokee, NC11.1 mi.(828) 497-4231
Sleep InnHwy 441 Pob 1956Cherokee, NC11.1 mi.(828) 497-4730
TravelodgeAcquoni RdCherokee, NC11.1 mi.(828) 497-2226
Days Inn1320 E Main StFranklin, NC12.0 mi.(828) 524-6491
Snow Hill Inn531 Snow HL RdFranklin, NC12.3 mi.(828) 369-2100
Comfort InnHwy 23/74Sylva, NC12.4 mi.(828) 586-3315
Baymont Inn-Cherokee/Smoky MTNS1455 Acquoni RdCherokee, NC12.5 mi.(828) 497-2102
Best Western Great Smokies Inn1636 Acquoni RdCherokee, NC12.5 mi.(828) 497-2020
Hampton Inn244 Cunningham RdFranklin, NC12.7 mi.(828) 369-0600
Microtel Inn & Suites81 Allman DrFranklin, NC13.6 mi.(828) 349-9000
University Inn563 N Country CLB DrCullowhee, NC15.4 mi.(828) 293-5442
Microtel Inn & Suites Robbinsville107 Rodney Orr By-PassRobbinsville, NC20.5 mi.(828) 479-6772
San-ran MotelRobbinsville, NC20.5 mi.(828) 479-3256
Balsam Mountain InnBalsam MTN Inn RdBalsam, NC20.9 mi.(704) 456-9498
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn1021 Soco Rd Hwy 19Maggie Valley, NC22.7 mi.(828) 926-3962
Maggie Valley Holiday Motel Inc851 Seco RdMaggie Valley, NC22.7 mi.(828) 926-1186
Andrews Valley InnBeavercreek RdAndrews, NC23.8 mi.(888) 777-7901
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn3811 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC24.7 mi.(828) 926-3962
Meadowlark Motel2878 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC24.7 mi.(828) 926-1717
Microtel Inn & Suites3777 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC24.7 mi.(888) 771-7171
Ramada LTD4048 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC24.7 mi.(828) 926-7800
Gazebo Inn417 Airport RdGatlinburg, TN24.7 mi.(865) 436-2222
Jack Huff's Motor Lodge204 Cherokee Orchard RdGatlinburg, TN24.7 mi.(865) 436-5171
Bed & Breakfast
Freeze House Bed And Breakfast71 Sylvan HeightsSylva, NC12.4 mi.(828) 586-8161

Alarka Weather & Climate

The Mountains of North Carolina range from 800 feet to over 6,600 feet and topography affects the local weather. Expect temperatures to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops. Spring is unpredictable, particularly at the higher elevations. Snow may fall in March, but by May, things warm up with daytime highs in the 80s. Summer is warm and humid, but more pleasant at the higher elevations. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms are common in the summertime. Winter is generally moderate, but extreme conditions can occur in the mountains. It's not unusual to have warm temperatures in the valleys and snow in the higher areas. In the lowlands, snows of one inch or more occur just 1-5 times per year. More frequent and deeper snows fall at the higher elevations.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 24°F 5.39 in. -
February 52°F 25°F 4.89 in. -
March 60°F 32°F 5.76 in. -
April 68°F 38°F 4.09 in. -
May 75°F 49°F 4.90 in. -
June 81°F 57°F 4.49 in. -
July 84°F 61°F 4.09 in. -
August 83°F 61°F 4.48 in. -
September 77°F 55°F 3.94 in. -
October 69°F 41°F 3.29 in. -
November 59°F 32°F 4.58 in. -
December 50°F 26°F 4.57 in. -

Alarka Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located about 44 miles northwest of Alarka in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located approximately 51 miles east of Alarka in Asheville, North Carolina, the Greeneville Greene County Municipal airport (GCY) located roughly 67 miles northeast of Alarka in Greeneville, Tennessee, and finally the Donaldson Center airport (GYH) located around 73 miles southeast of Alarka in Greenville, South Carolina.

Alarka Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC11.1 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC11.1 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC22.7 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN30.7 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN30.7 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN36.2 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA87.7 mi.
White Water ParkMariettaGA115.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Smoky Mountain Country ClubWhittierNC7.2 mi.
Franklin Golf CourseFranklinNC12.4 mi.
Mill Creek Country ClubFranklinNC12.4 mi.
Highlands CoveHighlandsNC24.8 mi.
Trillium Links & Lake ClubCashiersNC25.7 mi.
Lake Junaluska Golf CourseWaynesvilleNC27.6 mi.
Laurel Ridge Country ClubWaynesvilleNC27.6 mi.
Laurel Valley Country ClubTownsendTN28.3 mi.
Chatuge Shores Golf CourseHayesvilleNC29.8 mi.
Mountain Harbour Golf & Yacht ClubHayesvilleNC29.8 mi.
Ski Areas
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC22.7 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC24.7 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC60.0 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC104.5 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC104.5 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC106.0 mi.
State Parks
Black Rock Mountain State ParkGA31.4 mi. 
Chatuge State ParkGA34.1 mi. 
Moccasin Creek State ParkGA36.3 mi. 
Oconee State ParkSC39.3 mi. 
Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonoreTN47.7 mi.(History)
East Tennessee Discovery CenterKnoxvilleTN49.7 mi.(Science)
Ewing Gallery of Art & ArchitectureKnoxvilleTN49.7 mi.(Art)
Knoxville Museum of ArtKnoxvilleTN49.7 mi.(Art)
East Tennessee Historical Society MuseumKnoxvilleTN49.7 mi.(History)
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC52.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Farragut Folklife MuseumFarragutTN54.1 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN49.7 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC53.0 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC68.8 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN107.4 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN107.4 mi.

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