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WILSON CREEK GORGE, a nationally-designated "Wild and Scenic River" wilderness area, is a moving natural attractions.  One of the nation’s most challenging whitewater runs,  rapids range from Class III to V. Families and outdoor enthusiasts alike will enjoy waterfalls, canoeing, fishing, camping, hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, tubing, fly fishing, and picnicking in Wilson Creek Gorge.  The Blue Ridge Horseman Association also meets and rides in the area.

COFFEY’S GENERAL STORE has long been a centerpiece of the Edgemont community in the center of the Pisgah National Forest. The store once served as a post office, tax listing station, and Army recruitment point. It had the area’s only telephone until the 1970s. The store contains a collection of antiques, original store fixtures, and photographs of Mortimer and Edgemont from the early 1900s. Since before 1895, Coffey’s General Store survived several floods and economic downturns, but remains a reminder of simpler times.

HANG DOWN YOUR HEAD TOM DOOLEY – Happy Valley where the Laura Foster gravesite is located. The story dates to the Civil War and a love triangle between Tom Dula (pronounced Dooley), Laura Foster and Ann Melton, and was the basis for the Kinston Trio hit “Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley”. Located on the north side of Highway 268, between Lenoir and Wilkesboro, the gravesite is surrounded by a white fence in the middle of a field.