How To Get a Casino Experience in Blue Ridge Mountains

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13 December, 2021 By Luke Hartley

Visitors to the Blue Ridge Mountains will find no shortage of things to do. The region hosts two national parks – the Shenandoah National Park in the north and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the south – as well as a total of eight national forests. The Blue Ridge Mountain Region has some of the most scenic drives in the US, including the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs 469 miles between the two parks.

For visitors who are looking for a bit of gaming fun, there are a few options in the area. Despite the pandemic, casinos across the US have grown and developed over the past two years, seeing a nearly 10% increase in revenue since 2019, according to Forbes. With a growing number of states allowing in-person gambling, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia – all of which are at least partially in the Blue Ridge Mountain region – there is more opportunity to take in the scenic views and vibrant history of the area by day and hit the casinos by night.

If you don’t happen to find yourself in a state that offers an in-person option, there are more and more providers of online poker and other casino games. In fact, as the internet has made online gaming so much more accessible, there have also been plenty of new online casino games to play. For example, the range of casino games on Foxy Bingo includes Blackjack Single Hand and Premier Roulette. There are also live gameshows on their site for a deeper gaming experience that mirrors a physical casino’s offering. This has caused some friction with physical casinos in the past but as the industry grows it is clear there is space for both.

So, if you’re looking for in-person poker options in the area, there are only two in the Blue Ridge Mountain region. The first is Harrah’s Cherokee Valley Casino in Murphy, North Carolina. This 60,000 square foot gaming space has just about every conceivable game you could want from a casino. From blackjack to roulette to poker, there is more than enough at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley to justify the trip out there. Plus, you can catch a show at the multiple entertainment venues on site or, if video games are more your thing, you can spend some time at the arcade. Finally, you can grab a bite to eat at one of their award-winning restaurants.

Your other option for in-person gaming in the region is Two Kings Casino in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Unfortunately, this one is still under construction, so players will need to wait a bit longer to take part, but it does boast one of the largest slot machine collections in the country. Once the facilities are done this will definitely be one worth checking out.

Whether you want to partake in online or in-person gaming, the Blue Ridge Mountains region has plenty of opportunities to get involved. There are several states in the region that have legal gambling and allow online gaming as well, but it is worth checking where you are staying for the local laws if you do plan on taking part.

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Luke Hartley

Luke Hartley is a 59-year-old traveler, currently based in Idaho. Visiting locations around our great nation is his true passion, but he's never found in the places you'd expect; he loves a hidden gem with his wife of 30 years, Sandy.


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