Edneyville, North Carolina: Pose with the Original Carolina Hillbilly

Bearded, shirtless Sam is "The Original Carolina Hillbilly," and his hand-painted sign points to where you will find himif you'd like a friendly photo op.
Address:
5297 Gerton Hwy., Edneyville, NC
Directions:
Hwy 74A near the township of Gerton. Follow signs to "Bat Cave" or Fairview NC from I-40, east side of US Hwy 74A.
Hours:
Sunrise to Midnight
Admission:
Free/donation
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
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Pose with the Original Carolina Hillbilly

The sign to Pose with the Hillbilly is no more, but Sam is still there to take photos with. His wife Ellen has passed, but Sam will gladly show you pictures of him and Ellen from their wedding day. Sam is getting up there in years, but he still very much enjoys talking to visitors. Have a stop if you are passing through!

[Chris, 12/12/2019]

Hillbilly.

Pose with the Original Carolina Hillbilly

This was awesome! Sam and his wife Ellen are super friendly. They live in the house his grandpa built over 130 years ago and give great advice about what you'll get if you visit Chimney Rock...make sure to ask.

If your significant other is bald, you'd better watch out, because Ellen has a thing for bald men after watching Kojack.

[Angela Johnson, 08/04/2014]

Original Carolina Hillbilly.

Original Carolina Hillbilly

Carolina Hillbilly lived here all his life.

[Randy, 12/23/2012]

He seems to be all-season shirtless, for your local color convenience!

Pose with a Carolina Hillbilly.

Original Carolina Hillbilly

On the side of the road there is a sign for "The Original Carolina Hillbilly, pictures OK". If you stop, a guy named Sam will come out and take pictures with you. He is the real deal. He's just a good old country boy who doesn't like to wear shirts. He enjoys dippin' tobacco and he has a long mountain beard.

[Joseph K, 12/14/2012]

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Chimney RockChimney Rock, Chimney Rock, NC - 7 mi.
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In the region:
Wheels Through Time, Maggie Valley, NC - 41 mi.

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