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Aquone is located just southeast of the town of Topton within the Nantahala National Forest of western North Carolina. Amid the Great Smoky Mountains and the nearby Nantahala River and Lake Nantahala, visitors find one of the most popular and beautiful outdoor recreational playgrounds in the country. Activities on Lake Nantahala include boating, fishing, swimming and onshore camping. The Nantahala River, which is just south of the lake, is most well known for one thing - its' outstanding whitewater rafting. The mountains here contain some of the highest peaks in the Appalachian Range, and a network of bisecting streams flow down the steep slopes into the Aquone Reservoir. The clear, cold Nantahala River is then released from the bottom of the Aquone Reservoir, and offers Class II and III rafting through a beautiful, scenic river gorge. Rafting trips are eight miles long. Other activities in the Aquone area include canoeing and kayaking, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, gem mining and hiking. It's also just a short drive to Maggie Valley's skiing and snowboarding. Nearby attractions include the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, the town of Franklin's art galleries and antique shops, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Cherokee Indian Reservation casinos, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is approximately an hour away from Aquone.

Surrounding areas: Lake Nantahala, North Carolina (3.0 mi), Topton, North Carolina (5.1 mi), Nantahala, North Carolina (6.0 mi), Nantahala Gorge, North Carolina (11.0 mi), Andrews, North Carolina (11.1 mi), Almond, North Carolina (11.8 mi), Stecoah, North Carolina (11.8 mi)

Aquone Vacation Rentals

Aquone Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Andrews Valley InnBeavercreek RdAndrews, NC11.1 mi.(888) 777-7901
Microtel Inn & Suites Robbinsville107 Rodney Orr By-PassRobbinsville, NC12.9 mi.(828) 479-6772
San-ran MotelRobbinsville, NC12.9 mi.(828) 479-3256
Microtel Inn & Suites81 Allman DrFranklin, NC13.7 mi.(828) 349-9000
Snow Hill Inn531 Snow HL RdFranklin, NC14.0 mi.(828) 369-2100
Days Inn1320 E Main StFranklin, NC15.0 mi.(828) 524-6491
Hampton Inn244 Cunningham RdFranklin, NC15.4 mi.(828) 369-0600
Charleston Inn208 Arlington AveBryson City, NC18.0 mi.(828) 488-4644
Nantahala Village Mountain Resort9400 Hwy 19 WestBryson City, NC18.5 mi.(828) 488-2826
Sleep Inn500 SPG StBryson City, NC18.5 mi.(828) 488-0326
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites300 Big Sky DrHiawassee, GA19.3 mi.(706) 896-8884
Ramada Inn Lake Chatuge Lodge653 Hwy 76Hiawassee, GA19.3 mi.(706) 896-5253
Holiday Inn Express64 White Oak LnDillard, GA20.6 mi.(706) 746-3383
Knights Inn3 Best Inn WayDillard, GA21.3 mi.(706) 746-5321
Ela Motor Court5280 Ela RdBryson City, NC21.6 mi.(828) 488-2284
Lloyd's On The River5370 Ela RdBryson City, NC21.6 mi.(828) 488-3767
Best Western Murphy1522 Andrews RdMurphy, NC22.7 mi.(828) 837-3060
Best Western River Escape Inn And Suites248 Wbi DrDillsboro, NC23.9 mi.(828) 586-6060
Mountain Creek Cottages162 Dicks CRK RdDillsboro, NC23.9 mi.(704) 586-6042
Days Inn754 Hwy 64 WMurphy, NC24.5 mi.(828) 837-8030
Econo Lodge100 Ter StMurphy, NC24.5 mi.(828) 837-8880
Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites130 Holiday DrMurphy, NC24.5 mi.(828) 837-1111
Comfort InnHwy 23/74Sylva, NC25.4 mi.(828) 586-3315
Comfort Suites35 Hwy 441 NorthCherokee, NC25.5 mi.(828) 497-3500
Days Inn Smokey Mountain Inn660 Painttown RdCherokee, NC25.5 mi.(828) 497-2300
Econo LodgeUs Hwy 19Cherokee, NC25.5 mi.(828) 497-4575
Fairfield Inn & Suite - Cherokee568 Painttown RdCherokee, NC25.5 mi.(828) 497-0400
Hampton Inn185 Tsalagi RdCherokee, NC25.5 mi.(828) 497-3115
Holiday Inn CherokeeHwy 19 WCherokee, NC25.5 mi.(828) 497-9181
Holiday Inn Expres Hotel & Suites376 Paint Town RdCherokee, NC25.5 mi.(828) 497-3113
Holiday InnHwy 19 SCherokee, NC25.5 mi.(828) 497-9181
Microtel Inn & Suites674 Casino TrlCherokee, NC25.5 mi.(828) 497-7800
Quality Inn-cherokeeUS 441 N BypCherokee, NC25.5 mi.(828) 497-4702
Ramada Limited196 Painttown RdCherokee, NC25.5 mi.(828) 497-4231
Sleep InnHwy 441 Pob 1956Cherokee, NC25.5 mi.(828) 497-4730
TravelodgeAcquoni RdCherokee, NC25.5 mi.(828) 497-2226
Days InnHwy 441 Box 1176Clayton, GA26.1 mi.(706) 782-4258
Quality Inn & Suites834 Hwy 441 SClayton, GA26.1 mi.(800) 334-2214
Stonebrook InnHwy 441Clayton, GA26.1 mi.(706) 782-2214
Mountain High MotelMain St And Second StHighlands, NC26.3 mi.(828) 526-2790
Bed & Breakfast
Angels Landing Inn94 Campbell StMurphy, NC24.3 mi.(828) 835-8877
Freeze House Bed And Breakfast71 Sylvan HeightsSylva, NC25.4 mi.(828) 586-8161

Aquone 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 48°F 25°F 7.17 in. -
February 52°F 27°F 6.09 in. -
March 60°F 34°F 6.97 in. -
April 68°F 40°F 5.18 in. -
May 76°F 49°F 5.37 in. -
June 82°F 57°F 5.54 in. -
July 85°F 61°F 5.00 in. -
August 85°F 60°F 5.50 in. -
September 80°F 54°F 4.45 in. -
October 70°F 41°F 3.51 in. -
November 60°F 33°F 5.33 in. -
December 51°F 27°F 6.02 in. -

Aquone Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge airport (GKT) located about 45 miles north of Aquone in Sevierville, Tennessee, the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located approximately 46 miles northwest of Aquone in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located roughly 63 miles east of Aquone in Asheville, North Carolina, and finally the Moore Murrell airport (MOR) located around 68 miles north of Aquone in Morristown, Tennessee.

Aquone Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC25.5 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC25.5 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC36.8 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN40.4 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN40.4 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN45.8 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA74.7 mi.
White Water ParkMariettaGA101.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Franklin Golf CourseFranklinNC14.0 mi.
Mill Creek Country ClubFranklinNC14.0 mi.
Chatuge Shores Golf CourseHayesvilleNC15.5 mi.
Mountain Harbour Golf & Yacht ClubHayesvilleNC15.5 mi.
Smoky Mountain Country ClubWhittierNC21.5 mi.
Cherokee Hills Golf & Country ClubMurphyNC24.2 mi.
Highlands CoveHighlandsNC26.2 mi.
Rabun Country Golf ClubClaytonGA26.6 mi.
Butternut Creek Golf CourseBlairsvilleGA29.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC22.2 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC36.8 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC74.2 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC118.6 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC118.6 mi.
State Parks
Chatuge State ParkGA20.0 mi. 
Black Rock Mountain State ParkGA24.5 mi. 
Moccasin Creek State ParkGA25.5 mi. 
Unicoi State ParkGA34.1 mi. 
Vogel State ParkGA36.7 mi. 
Oconee State ParkSC38.3 mi. 
Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonoreTN43.6 mi.(History)
East Tennessee Discovery CenterKnoxvilleTN54.6 mi.(Science)
Ewing Gallery of Art & ArchitectureKnoxvilleTN54.6 mi.(Art)
Knoxville Museum of ArtKnoxvilleTN54.6 mi.(Art)
East Tennessee Historical Society MuseumKnoxvilleTN54.6 mi.(History)
Farragut Folklife MuseumFarragutTN55.4 mi.(History)
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC56.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Zoos and Aquariums
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN54.6 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC66.3 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC74.0 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN95.7 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN95.7 mi.
Zoo AtlantaAtlantaGA109.7 mi.

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