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Asheville, N.C., may not yet be Hollywood East, but it is no stranger to films, either. Portions of "Forrest Gump," "Richie Rich," "Nell" and "Heavyweights" - all 1994 releases - were filmed in the area.

The genteel community is no stranger to literature, either. John Ehle, who wrote "August King," was born there, and literary powerhouses F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe lived in Asheville.In addition to authors and moviemakers, you'll find:

- The Biltmore estate, a 250-room mansion that George Vanderbilt stocked with his international collection of art, furniture and artifacts.

- Trails once used by escaping slaves that are now traversed by mountain bikers and hikers.

- Beyond Asheville proper, access to more than 400 miles of hiking and biking trails in Pigash National Forest; the splendid sights from Blue Ridge Parkway.

So if you go, bring a camcorder - and make a movie of your own.