A new alpine coaster at Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center will add to the number of irresistible attractions to be found at Scaly Mountain, Sky Valley, and High Holly.
The pastoral communities of Scaly Mountain, Sky Valley and High Holly are pooling resources to spread word about the enormous recreational possibilities offered to locals and visitors, a prospect made even more urgent with the introduction of an alpine coaster at Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center.
Wiegand Sports USA has begun construction on the coaster, which will utilize gravity and a precisely engineered braking system to ensure that riders enjoy a fast, safe ride. It’ll also make use of the mountain’s natural contours to incorporate curves and drops into its course.
This new attraction fits in with an advertising strategy taking shape as this portion of the Southern Appalachians copes with an unprecedented wave of visitors finally freed Covid quarantines.
“We have decided on a brand for all the recreation opportunities in the Scaly Mountain, Sky Valley, High Holly area that will add to the Highlands experience,” says George Powell of Highlands Aerial Park. “It will involve collaborative advertising including free and paid social media as well as local print.”
This new initiative will focus on the unique experiences offered by those who visit the trio of mountain communities.
“There are exclusive attractions of significant importance to visitors like Sky Valley Country Club, one of the best courses in the mountains; Highlands Aerial Park, rated by TripAdvisor in the Top 10 percent of Outdoor Recreation Attractions in the World; year-round tubing at Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center; a stocked trout pond, and other supporting adventures. There’s hiking on the famed Bartram Trail and the complementary trails of Highlands Aerial Park, Sky Valley, and the adjoining Nantahala National Forest. Waterfalls of Sky Valley and Middle Creek provide native trout fishing at both locations. Falconry exhibits, wedding venues, lodging options, Wine Vineyard, local cafes, and equestrian overnight lodging for riders and mounts add to the impressive list.”