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Waynesville, North Carolina:
Median Home Price: $247,000
Number of Stoplights: 14
The Scene: Asheville's sibling Waynesville sits in the Nantahala National Forest. Unless you're an expert fiddler, jobs are scarce; but the Tsali Trails and Smoky Mountains couldn't be closer.
OPTIONS: Cold Mountain, the inspiration for Charles Frazier's National Book Award winner is in Waynesville's backyard, so is the backpacking trail to Hazel Creek, an abandoned log village inaccessible by roads. The Cataloochie Valley is surrounded by the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway and is lined by rivers and creeks for kayaking and fishing.
OUTFITTER: Drift boat down the Tuckasegee River or slip on your gators and catch Specks, prize trout of Appalachia with Lowe Fly Shop and Outfitters (+1 828 452 0039).
GOOD EATS: Coffee at Panacea (+1 828 452 6200) is roasted on site. Come fall-time don't miss apple bread at Barber's Orchards Fruit Stand (+1 828 456 3598).
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