Travel Guide

Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains

Things to Do • Places to Go • Restaurants • Driving Directions • Weather

 

Things to Do

BRYSON CITY, NC, USA - SEPT 9: River's End Restaurant and bridge over the Nantahala River, Sept, 9, 2012. A popular tourist area for hiking and water sports in the Smoky Mountains.

 

The Wayehutta ATV Trail System

Go Off-Road

With much of the North Carolina Smokies protected by the National Park Service and the National Forest Service, there are very few opportunities for the off-road vehicle enthusiast to enjoy a true mountain ATV experience.

However the area’s one OHV trail is a good one — the Wayehutta OHV Trail System near Western Carolina University.

For more information contact:

Smoky Mountain ORV Club
828-586-5679

Nantahala National Forest 
Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin NC 28734
828-524-6441

28-mile Loop Trail System

Managed by the Smoky Mountain ORV Club and the US Forest Service, Wayehutta is a 28-mile loop trail system using old logging roads and rail beds. The trails are in the Roy Taylor Forest near Cullowhee, about a half-hour from downtown Bryson City.

Ranging from 2,500 to 4,500 feet in elevation, the forested rails range from easy to most difficult. This is a family-oriented trail system including a trail for beginners and youngsters. The trail twists and turns up trails and past a scenic waterfall to the top of a mountain, crossing rocks, bridges and mounds of dirt. You can make it a leisurely ride or pick up the pace for a total workout. Some sections are very rocky and challenging.

Directions — From Sylva, take US 107 South about three miles. Turn left on SR 1002 (Old Cullowhee Road), continue 3 miles to SR 1731 (Wayehutta Road), turn left. Travel 3.5 miles (pavement ends), continue .5 miles. SR 1731 joins Forest Service Road 4650 and continues approximately 1 mile to the trailhead parking area.

Mountain Biking 

Tsali – Each year, Swain County attracts thousands of mountain bikers to the world-famous Tsali Recreation Area Trail System, 15 miles west of Bryson City. Pronounced “SAH-lee” and named after the 19th century Cherokee Indian martyr, the 42-mile network of multi-use trails is consistently rated one of the top ten riding destinations in the United States. The ‘flowy’ four-loop system offers a variety of landscapes and trail types from single track to old logging roads. Hikers may use the trails any day of the week, but mountain bikers and horseback riders are kept separated by alternating use of the trails. There are signs at the trailheads that clearly list which trails are available. Tsali trails schedule.

There are also color trail map signs at each trail intersection to help with navigation and emergency response. In addition to a “You Are Here” designation, each map has a unique number that can be used by rescue and Forest Service personnel to pinpoint location.

Deep Creek / Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bryson City. Bicycles are allowed on the Deep Creek and Indian Creek trails only. There are no loops to ride; these trails are out and back only – perfect for families as well as more experienced riders. Deep Creek area trail map (pdf). Deep Creek Trail may be ridden from the parking lot to the fourth bridge (at the Loop Trail); this is about 1.7 miles each way (1 mile beyond the junction with Indian Creek Trail). Indian Creek Trail may be ridden from Deep Creek Trail to the intersection with the Deeplow Gap Trail; this is about 2.9 miles each way.

Oconaluftee River Trail / Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee. This flat, wide 1.5 mile (3-mile out and back) trail meanders along the river. It has a gentle terrain excellent for beginners and children. Advanced riders will enjoy it as well. Park at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Visitor Center on in Cherokee at the Transit lot on the left just as you leave the Reservation.

Fire Mountain Trail System, Cherokee. 10.5 miles of smooth, machine-cut trail with sections ranging from beginner to advanced. Solid climbs are rewarded with curvy, flowing descents. Mixed-use trail for walking or riding. Trailhead is at the Oconaluftee Indian Village. More info

Other trails close by include: Flint Ridge, Jackrabbit, Hanging Dog, Stecoah Gap, Fontana Village, Santeetlah Lake Trail, Meeting House Mountain, Cheoah Bald, Upper Shell Stand, Calf Pen Gap, Western Carolina University Trails, Moses Creek and Panthertown.

Road Biking

There are many miles of uncrowded country roads for biking in Bryson City and throughout Swain County, many designated as bike routes.

Lakeview Drive (a.k.a. “Road to Nowhere”)is a lightly traveled road that winds six miles into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, north of Bryson City. It is a moderate to strenuous ride with views of Fontana Lake.

Just west of Bryson City, bike trails include two moderate loops offer a variety of landscapes on lightly traveled roads. The 13-mile Lower Alarka Loop offers views of Lake Fontana and the Tuckasegee River, while the 15-mile Upper Alarka Loop offers a mixture of scenic flat farmland and steep mountain grades.

Bike Shops & Outfitters

Tsali Cycles

35 Slope Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-9010

Nantahala Outdoor Center Biking

13077 Hwy 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713
800-232-7238

Carolina Bound Adventures Biking

35 Slope Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-788-6885

 Public Boat Access Areas

Old 288 – From Bryson City. Take US 19 S to turn at SR 1323 (Slope St.; begins at bridge by Walgreens). Travel Slope St. .2 miles and turn left at the blinking light onto SR 1321 (Bryson Walk). Bryson Walk becomes Old 288. Travel 1.6 miles and turn left to follow the river continuing on Old 288 Travel .8 miles to the area at the end of the road.

There are picnic tables, restroom, covered pavilion, handicapped accessible ramp and fishing pier at this location.

Lemmons Branch – From Bryson City take US 19/74 West to NC 28 N (right turn towards Robbinsville). Follow NC 28 N about 3 miles to the site for the Tsali Recreation area. Turn right and follow signs to Lemmons Branch Boat Ramp. The ramp is handicapped accessible.

Cable Cove – From Bryson City take US/74 West to NC 28 N (right turn towards Robbinsville). Continue on approximately 20 miles (8.2 past the 143 turnoff). Turn right onto SR 1287 (Cable Cove). Go 1.5 miles to the end of the road.

Lewellyn Branch – On Cheoah Lake, just below Fontana Dam. From Bryson City take US 19/74 West to NC 28 N (right turn towards Robbinsville). Follow NC 28N about 25 miles, crossing the Little Tennessee River just below Fontana Dam. Both the ramp and a fishing pier are handicapped accessible.

Marinas & Boat Tours

Alarka Marina

7230 Grassy Branch Rd
Bryson City NC 28713
828-488-3841

Fontana Guide Service – Tours

3336 Balltown Rd.
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-736-2318

Root Hog Fishing Guide Service

PO Box 375
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-862-7958

Prince Boat Dock

237 Prince Boat Dock Rd.
Almond, NC 28702
828-479-3704

Fontana Marina

300 Woods Road
Fontana Dam, NC 28733
828-736-2318

When Dining in Bryson City, the Beer You Enjoy Might Be Locally Produced

Bryson City offers unique ways to enjoy your beer, wine and cocktails. There are two breweries with indoor and outdoor seating, a taproom & patio at an outfitters store and another in a bike rental shop. You can take guided tours of area breweries, or just order a locally-crafted beverage in many of our restaurants. Our family-owned winery handcrafts wine in small batches for unique tastes. Stop by the wine market for flight tastings and find not only wines, but meads. Signatures cocktails are available at local bars and restaurants. We’ve got a lot to offer!

Local Breweries & Winery

Bryson City Outdoors Craft Beer Department

169 Main Street
Bryson City NC 28713
828-342-6444
Enjoy a craft beer or cider from one of our 12 rotating taps or choose from our extensive wine selection and from a selection of 70+ cold bottles and cans. Grab a beer and shop for gear or just enjoy the cozy taproom atmosphere or outdoor covered patio. There are food trucks daily for lunch and dinner or bring your food in from anywhere in town and enjoy it at the bar or on our front patio. And, yes, we still have an awesome selection of over 250 beers,
ciders and wine to go. Pet friendly inside and outside seating.

Tsali Cycles Craft Beer On Tap

35 Slope Street
Bryson City NC 28713
828-488-9010
Stop by Tsali Cycles and you’ll get more than just a bike rental, repair or first-hand trail information. We’ve got six craft beers on tap with a good variety from IPAs to pilsners to stouts — all from our Asheville to Andrews neighborhood. Beer tastes great after a ride or one of our Tsali Yoga and Spin classes. Enjoy food from home or a local restaurant. Open from 10 am – 5 pm, Monday – Saturday.

Mountain Layers Brewing Company

90 Everett St.
Bryson City NC 28713
828-538-0115
Located in the center of downtown Bryson City, the brewery has indoor seating as well as outdoor seating on a covered rooftop terrace with a beautiful view of the Tuckasegee River and the mountains surrounding the town. The brewery currently has a number of beers on tap, a hard cider on tap, and a variety of wines, sodas, tea, and coffee. Several local restaurants offer food delivery to your table, and they often have a food truck.

Bryson City Wine Market

1161 Main St.
Bryson City NC 28713
828-538-0420
Here at Bryson City Wine Market we offer a hand-picked selection of wines, meads, and craft and import beers sure to please any taste, style or budget. In addition to our amazing collection of beverages, we offer locally made cheeses and meats and premium cigars to round out your special evening or event. Stop by on Friday and Saturday from 11am – 8pm to enjoy our Wine Flight tastings and browse our local art collection.

Carolina Bound Adventures Craft Brews Tours

35 Slope Street
Bryson City NC 28713
828-788-6885
Choose from two tour options complete with a designated driver; our Breweries Tour which visits 3 mountain towns & 5 breweries and our Waterfalls and Breweries Tour: 4 waterfalls, and then 5 breweries. We pick you up at your Bryson City stay location and drop you back off after the tour. We drive… you have all the fun! Tour accommodates up to 7 guests. See the beauty of Western Carolina, enjoy our great local breweries, and consider us your “Brew-bur Driver”!

Nantahala Brewing’s Burger + Bar

116 Ramseur Street
Bryson City NC 28713
828-585-5885
Located just down the street from the Nantahala Brewing Company, The Warehouse at Nantahala Brewing offers fresh, local, farm to table dining in a casual, rustic setting. Dine outdoors or in and enjoy the signature Nantahala Brewing Company beers or a cocktail from the bar.

Beer Treks, LLC

210 Main Street
Bryson City NC 28713
828-506-4943
Beer Treks is not your typical beer drinking brewery tour, but an educational experience into the world of Craft beer, the story behind each brewery, and the history of Western North Carolina beer and our mountain towns. Tour great local craft breweries with a certified beer expert, going behind-the-scenes of the beer making process while learning how to critically taste a variety of craft beers brewed by exceptional brewmasters.

Unplugged Pub

25 Everett St. (Rear)
Bryson City NC 28713
828-538-2488
Bryson City’s newest night spot offers a relaxed, upscale atmosphere, large outdoor deck, and live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Enjoy dinner from the food truck on site or take out from one of our local downtown restaurants.

Bring the Whole Family to the Mountains for Plenty of Wholesome Fun

Pack the car, grab the kids and head for the mountains! Not only do we have lots of great outdoor activities, but we have several fun parks, the Indian Village, the Outdoor Drama “Unto These Hills,” the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and train excursions on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Wholesome fun for all ages.

Fun, Family Activities

Swain County Heritage Museum

2 Everett Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

828-488-7857
Swain County Heritage Museum Website

Located in the 1908 historic courthouse in downtown Bryson City, the museum tells the story of Swain County and its people. Through photos, exhibits and video you will learn about the life of early settlers; and how the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Fontana Dam rewrote the landscape and changed lives. You will enjoy seeing the restored log cabin porch, the 1887 church organ and one-room schoolhouse desks, and children’s activity area among other items. The museum is open daily, 9 am – 6 pm. Winter hours may be shortened. Free admission. Parking lot behind the courthouse.

Darnell Farms

2300 Governors Islands Rd.
Bryson City, NC 28713

828-488-2376

Darnell Farms Website
A family-owned and operated farm for more than thirty years, that specializes in sustainably grown appalachian fruits and vegetables. Our farm is located on an oasis surrounded by the Tuckaseegee River, bring your family and let our farm be yours.

Fun Factory in the Smokies

1024 Georgia Rd
Franklin, NC 28734

828-349-8888

Fun Factory in the Smokies Website
A 56,000-square-foot family entertainment center with 100+ arcade games, mini golf, the area’s largest go cart track, bowling, laser tag, pizza buffet, fine dining and more!

Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians

210 Main St.
Bryson City, NC 28713

800-867-9246

Fly Fishing Museum Website
Through exhibits and videos you’ll learn about fly fishing legends, the evolution of rods and reels, basic knots, fly-tying, types of gear, types of gamefish, regional fishing waters, and the history of fly fishing in the Southeast. Admission is Free. Open 9 am – 6 pm, Mon-Sat.

Deep Creek Tube Center Mining Company

1090 West Deep Creek Rd
Bryson City, NC 28713

Deep Creek Tube Center Mining Company Website
Only gem mine in Bryson City. Located at Deep Creek Tube Center & Campground; open April through October. Different size bags of gem dirt for sale at the campground store. Covered flume allows you to mine rain or shine. Who knows what you might find!

Cherokee Historical Association

564 Tsali Blvd (HWY 441)
Cherokee, NC 28719

828-497-2111
866-554-4557

Cherokee Historical Association Website

CHA presents the Oconaluftee Indian Village & the outdoor drama Unto These Hills. Visit the recreated 1750s-era Cherokee Village. Regular tours by Cherokee guides present history, crafts, early homes and demonstrations of beadwork, pottery, blowguns, and much more in a beautiful forest setting. Mid-May through October. Unto These Hills tells the history of the Cherokee people from about 1540 through their forced removal from this area in the late 1830s. June-August; check the website for exact dates. General admission seating.

Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Franklin, NC 28734
828-524-1598
866-273-6425

Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Website

Located in Franklin, NC, this 1,500 seat state-of-the-art facility presents the finest in performing arts to the surrounding towns. Performances will include passion plays, musical productions, professional drama troupes, dance and choral festivals, recitals, and various genres including country, bluegrass, gospel, pop, contemporary Christian and more.

Nantahala River Gem Mine

12121 Hwy 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713
800-468-7238
828-488-6345

Nantahala River Gem Mine Website

Gemstone material comes from both the local area, and from mines all over the world. Some gems you may find include rubies, emeralds, sapphires, garnets, topaz, amethyst, rose quartz and many more!

Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians

22 Frye Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

828-488-5705
828-788-0164

Storytelling Center Website
An organization that is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Southern Appalachians through the art of storytelling and the making of crafts. We bring the history of the Southern Appalachians to life.

Nantahala Outdoor Center

13077 Hwy 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713

828-488-6900
800-232-7238

Nantahala Outdoor Center Website

Rated “One of the Best Outfitter’s on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure, NOC has been the leader in the rafting industry since 1972. NOC offers family friendly adventures rafting and paddling the Nantahala River, as well as riverside dining, lodging, shopping, mountain bike rentals, lake kayaking, wilderness medicine training and our world famous Paddling School. There’s something for everyone so come see for yourself why NOC is a legend in the outdoors!

Smoky Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine

Hwy 441
Cherokee, NC 28719

828-497-6574

Smoky Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine Website
Choose from a wide variety of bags and buckets; all equipment is furnished for free. All gem mining and gold panning troughs are covered and offer seating. Bring your gems to the assay office for identification and then utilize the lapidary and jeweler for polishing and setting. And don’t forget to visit the gem, gift, and rock shop before you go. Open year round.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

226 Everett Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

800-872-4681
828-488-7000

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Website

Scenic rail excursions through a remote corner of North Carolina into river gorges, across valleys and through tunnels carved out of mountains. Excursions include Nantahala Gorge, Dinosaur Train, Polar Express, Mystery Theatre Dinner Train and other themed events. Your excursion includes admission to Smoky Mountains Train Museum, with its collection of 7,000 Lionel engines, cars and accessories, impressive operating layout and children’s activity center.

Smoky Mountain Trains Museum

100 Greenlee Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

(828) 488-5200

Smoky Mountain Trains Museum Website

The museum boasts a collection of 7,000 Lionel engines, cars and accessories, impressive operating layout and children’s activity center. Admission is free with your train ticket; otherwise adults $9; 12 and under $5; under 2 free. Open daily (seasonal hours will change). Not open Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day or New Year’s Eve.

Santa’s Land Fun Park and Zoo

571 Wolftown Rd
Cherokee, NC 28719

828-497-9191

Santa’s Land Fun Park and Zoo Website
Located 3 miles east of Cherokee on US 19. See Santa and his elves, browse through gift shops and exhibits, and visit the domestic and exotic animals in the zoo. Santa’s Land also features rides, picnic facilities, and eating establishments. Open daily 9 am to 5 pm from March 31st through October 31st. $19.99, children under 2 free.

Fishing Licenses and Permits – North Carolina

You can purchase a basic North Carolina resident license – or a non-resident license – for a period of ten days or one year; there is an additional charge if you fish hatchery-supported trout waters.

The ten-day cost for basic fishing for a NC resident is $9 (non-residents pay $23). A NC resident may purchase a one-year comprehensive license for $25, (non-residents pay $45 for a one-year license; no comprehensive license available). The comprehensive license includes fishing in public mountain trout waters, fishing in water waters on game lands and fishing in joint waters. A $2 transaction fee may be added to your total order.

Children under 16 do not need licenses when a licensed adult is present.

Swain County’s Mountain Lake, Rivers & Streams are a Fisherman’s Paradise

Whether you are fly fishing for native brook trout in a cold mountain stream, smallmouth or largemouth bass in beautiful Fontana Lake or rainbow or brown trout in one of the many stocked streams or rivers, Swain County hosts one of the most diverse fishing habitats in the world.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala National Forest offer hundreds of miles of spectacularly clear streams. Just a few minutes from Bryson City, the sparkling waters of Deep Creek are ripe for fly fishing, and many anglers enjoy the Nantahala River just west of town, particularly the section above the powerhouse on Wayah Road.

Delayed Harvest – Wildlife Resources Commission designated 2.2 miles of the Tuckasegee River in downtown Bryson City as Delayed Harvest Trout Waters. DH Map and regulations The DH Waters are from the US 19 bridge (at Darnell Farms) to the Slope Street bridge in town. Learn more

The Little Tennessee River just west of Bryson City off the Needmore Road is a wide, cold, boulder-strewn river – perfect for smallmouth bass, brim, rock bass and muskie.

The Cherokee Indian Reservation also offers a variety of fishing opportunities for the trout fisherman with regularly stocked streams, trophy waters and three trout ponds. Cherokee holds several tagged fish tournaments, a fly-fishing tournament in the trophy waters and a trout derby for children every year. More info

If you prefer flat water fishing, Fontana Lake boasts one of the most diverse fish populations anywhere in the country. With depths of over 400 feet, many northern fish such as walleye, muskie and smallmouth bass are among favorites of local fishermen.

Lake information

For boating information, including public boating access and marinas with boat rentals, as well as the Old 288 handicap accessible fishing pier, visit the Boating page of this web site.

Below Fontana Dam on Highway 28, the Lewellyn Branch handicap accessible bank fishing pier and boat launch ramp facility offer fishermen access to Cheoah Lake on the Little Tennessee River.

HATCHERY-SUPPORTED WATERS – Hatchery-supported waters are closed to fishing one hour after sunset on the last day of February and reopen at 7 am on April 1. These waters are stocked by the State of North Carolina from March through October. Hatchery-supported waters have no size limit; you may harvest a maximum of 7 per day. Hatchery-supported waters in Swain County include: Alarka Creek, Conley’s Creek, Deep Creek (lower section outside the National Park), the Upper Nantahala River and the Lower Nantahala River.

Alarka Creek – ALARKA CREEK is hatchery-supported by the State of North Carolina, and is stocked regularly from spring through fall. Alarka Creek is gentle flowing and begins high in the Big Laurel area on US Forest Service land and rushes past woods and farms as it makes the journey to Fontana Lake. Along the way you will find many good access points which offer ample parking and good fishing. The Alarka community is known for its beauty and high mountain peaks.
PUBLIC/PRIVATE
MEDIUM-SIZE FREESTONE CREEK in the Alarka Community.
LOCATION West of Bryson City; US 74, Exit 64. Easy to moderate access.
SPECIES Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout
LICENSE REQUIREMENTS NC fishing license with a trout stamp
NOTE – FISHING ALARKA CREEK WHILE ON PRIVATE PROPERTY: when fishing Alarka Creek on private property, the property Owner, the owners Guests, and the property owners Family do not need to obtain a permit.

For Cabin rental Guests, the property owner must apply for a special permit, and pay an annual fee. In this situation, Cabin rental Guests are allowed to fish in the Creek without a permit. This applies ONLY WHEN YOU ARE ON THE SPECIFIED PROPERTY!

***The Owner of “Shady Creek” has applied for the permit, and has paid the annual fee. You may enjoy fishing in Alarka Creek, without applying your your own permit/trout stamp, while you are on the property.***

NEED A FISHING LICENSE?

Fishing licenses can be purchased at the following Bryson City area businesses:

Clampitt Hardware

111 Main Street, Bryson City
828-488-2782

Simonds Bait and Tackle

1085 Main Street, Bryson City
828-488-6854

Tuckaseegee Fly Shop

3 Depot Street, Bryson City
828-488-3333

Great Smoky Mountain Bait & Tackle

4470 US 19/74 West, Bryson City
828-488-8920

Almond Boat & RV Park

1165 Almond Boat Park Road, Bryson City
828-488-6423

Endless River Adventures

14157 US 19/74 West, Bryson City
828-488-6199

Fontana Village Resort

40 Fontana Dam Road, Fontana Dam NC
828-498-2211

You may also purchase your Fishing License online at:  https://www.ncwildlife.org

Fishing Guides, Outfitters, Fly Shops, Bait & Tackle, and Trout Ponds

Fly Fishing the Smokies

PO Box 291
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-7665

Discover the majestic streams and mountains while enjoying a day of guided fly fishing with some of the Great Smoky Mountains best fly fishing guides. Since 1999, we have guided anglers of all ages and skill levels to some of the most beautiful trout streams in all of the southeastern United States. We offer wade trips, float trips, our signature beginner classes, backcountry camping and the option of half-day and full-day trips. We have something for everyone and for every budget.

Alarka Marina

7230 Grassy Branch Rd
Bryson City NC 28713
828-488-3841

Great Smoky Mountain Bait & Tackle

4740 Hwy 19W
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-8920
828-488-0545

Prince Boat Dock

237 Prince Boat Dock Rd.
Almond, NC 28702
828-479-3704

Carolina Bound Adventures Fishing

35 Slope Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-569-6699

Rivers Edge Outfitters

61 Big Cove Road
Cherokee, NC 28719
828-546-0406

Carolina Trout Guides

42 Joe Pye Lane
Sylva, NC 28779
828-507-0425

Nantahala On The Fly

12121 Hwy 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-736-0784

Cooper Creek Trout Farm & Catch-out Pond

3365 Cooper Creek Rd
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-2500

Root Hog Fishing Guide Service

PO Box 375
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-862-7958

AB’s Fly Fishing Guide Service

60 Bristol Drive
Sylva, NC 28779
828-226-3833

Tuckaseegee Fly Shop

3 Depot Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-3333

Fontana Marina

300 Woods Road
Fontana Dam, NC 28733
828-736-2318

Endless River Adventures – Fishing

14157 Hwy 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-6199

Smoky Mountain Outdoors Unlimited

1012 E Alarka Rd
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-9711

Mac Brown Fly Fish

779 West Deep Creek Road
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-736-1469

153 Charters

2013 East Fork Rd.
Sylva, NC 28779
828-421-8125

Tumbling Waters Campground & Trout Pond

1612 Panther Creek Rd
Almond, NC 28702
828-479-3814

Fontana Guide Service – Fishing

3336 Balltown Rd.
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-736-2318

Simonds Bait & Tackle Shop

1085 Main St
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-6854

 

Panning for Gems, a Great Family Activity in the North Carolina Mountains

Most mines sell gem dirt in a bucket or bag. You are provided with a screen for washing and there is a flume – a trough of running water. You pour some dirt in the screen, dunk the screen in the water and the water washes the mud away. It is an expensive activity that young children especially will enjoy. See what gems and quartz you can find!

Bryson City Area Gem Mines

Nantahala River Gem Mine

12121 Hwy 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713

800-468-7238

Nantahala River Gem Mine Website

Gemstone material comes from both the local area, and from mines all over the world. Some gems you may find include rubies, emeralds, sapphires, garnets, topaz, amethyst, rose quartz and many more!

Smoky Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine

Hwy 441
Cherokee, NC 28719

828-497-6574

Choose from a wide variety of bags and buckets; all equipment is furnished for free. All gem mining and gold panning troughs are covered and offer seating. Bring your gems to the assay office for identification and then utilize the lapidary and jeweler for polishing and setting. And don’t forget to visit the gem, gift, and rock shop before you go. Open year round.

Deep Creek Tube Center Mining Company

1090 West Deep Creek Rd.
Bryson City, NC 28713

Deep Creek Tube Center Mining Company Website

Only gem mine in Bryson City. Located at Deep Creek Tube Center & Campground; open April through October. Different size bags of gem dirt for sale at the campground store. Covered flume allows you to mine rain or shine. Who knows what you might find!

The History of WNC Gem Mining

Mining for ruby and sapphire began in the Western North Carolina mountains in the late 1800s. Called corundum, the minerals were mined commercially to use as abrasives on everything from sandpaper to large machines used in machining metals, plastics and wood. Corundum and other minerals, mica and kaolin were shipped out of the mountains in large quantities. Mining companies had an interest in the area, hoping to find the source of the rubies found in the corundum mines. Their search ended in the early part of the 20th century leaving the area open to rock hounds and gem enthusiasts.

Elevate Your Golf Game to New Heights at Two 18-hole Mountain Courses

The spectacular landscape of the Great Smoky Mountains has been luring vacationers for generations. And now, its attracting golfers who enjoy the unique challenges that a true mountain golf course can deliver.

Golf Courses

Sequoyah National Golf Club

79 Cahons Rd
Whittier, NC 28789
828-497-3000

Smoky Mountain Country Club

1300 Conleys Creek Rd
Whittier, NC 28789
828-497-762

With More Than 800 Miles of Trails, the Smokies National Park is a Hiker’s Paradise

With 40 percent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Swain County, many National Park trails are easily accessible from Bryson City. You’ll find a number of hiking trails in the Deep Creek area of the Park, just two miles north of town, and also off Lakeview Drive (the “Road to Nowhere”) six miles north of Bryson City. All Park trails map (pdf)

Not all our trails are inside the park. There are many trails along the shores of Fontana Lake, land owned by either the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) or the U.S. Forest Service. The multi-use trail system at Tsali, famous among mountain bikers, is but one example. Tsali is 15 miles west of Bryson City off Highway 28.

Check out our “Think Outside the Gym” 2-day vacation itinerary that includes jogging in Deep Creek.

Trails in the GSMNP

Deep Creek Loop (Trails: Deep Creek to Loop Trail to Indian Creek and Back to Deep Creek) — 4 miles, easy to moderate. The trail is fairly level except for a one-mile section that crosses the 420-foot Sunkota Ridge (Loop Trail section). The trail passes by two nice waterfalls – Toms Branch Falls and Indian Creek Falls. (Download a printable PDF map of the Deep Creek trails and waterfalls.)Martin’s Gap Loop (Trails: Deep Creek to Martin’s Gap to Sunkota Ridge to Loop Trail to Indian Creek and back to Deep Creek) — Approximately 12 miles with 350 elevation gain, easy to moderate.Deep Creek Trail to Newfound Gap Road — 14.2 miles, easy to strenuous. For most this is a one-way hike, requiring a second vehicle at the end of the trail. Many choose to walk this trail “down” from Newfound Gap Road.Noland Divide Trail to Lonesome Pine Overlook — The 6.7 mile hike (in and out) is strenuous but the views are spectacular. The trailhead is just inside the Deep Creek park entrance, in the horse trailer parking area across from the Deep Creek campground. For the first three miles there’s an elevation gain of 2300 feet. At the crest of Beauregard Ridge the trail then narrows to a razorback with views of Bryson City, the Tuckasegee Valley and the Nantahala Mountains beyond.For the more adventurous, the Noland Divide Trail connects Deep Creek with Clingmans Dome Road. 11.2 miles one way. This too is a one-way hike for most.Noland Creek Trail — 6 miles in and out, easy. From a parking lot near the end of the Road to Nowhere, Noland Creek trail is an old service road with a gentle grade. Near the three-mile mark you’ll see the remnants of an old farm.Through the tunnel at the end of the ‘Road to Nowhere’, there’s the 3-mile Goldmine Loop Trail and the 42-mile Lakeshore Trail, which crosses Forney Creek, Hazel Creek and Eagle Creek on its way to Fontana Dam.

‘A Walk in the Woods’ — the book and movie have stirred increased interest in the Appalachian Trail. The Bryson City area has six segments of the AT that are perfect for weekend hikers, plus another 40-mile, 3-4 day backpacking segment. More information.

The Appalachian Trail stretches through Swain County from south of the Nantahala Gorge; across Fontana Dam and then follows the highest ridges of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park past Clingmans Dome and Newfound Gap on its way to Maine. You can access the trail at Wesser in the Nantahala Gorge, Fontana Dam, Newfound Gap, and at Clingmans Dome.A popular section of the AT is from Newfound Gap to Charlie’s Bunion. The 8-mile-round-trip hike passes through a spruce and fir forest with spectacular vistas. The hike as an elevation gain of 1640 feet and is considered strenuous.Clingmans Dome to Andrews Bald is a moderate 3.5 mile hike (in and out) with an elevation gain of 899 feet. Popular for its spectacular views, Andrews Bald is accessed via the Forney Ridge Trail, which is located at the far end of the Clingmans Dome parking lot.Kephart Prong Trail — 4.2 miles in and out, the trailhead is on Newfound Gap Road (US 441) about 7 miles north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. With an elevation gain of 955 feet, the trail is considered moderate. In the first quarter mile, you’ll see remnants of the depression era Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. Most hikers turn around at mile 2.1 at the Kephart camping shelter.Mingus Creek Trail — An in and out hike, 6 miles in length; easy to moderate with an elevation gain of 1515 feet. Trail begins at the Mingus Mill parking lot just north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. The lower two miles include Mingus Mill, remnants of CCC camp #4484, and if you take the right fork at Mile 1.25, an old road to a historic cemetery.Self-Guided Nature Trails — The National Park has several self-guided nature trails in Swain County: The half-mile Spruce-Fir walk begins on Clingmans Dome Road and introduces you to the conifer forests that grow only on the high peaks this far south in the eastern U.S.  Smokemont — the 0.75 mile walk begins at Smokemont Campground and shows examples of human impact on the land, such as logging and farming. Balsam Mountain — the 0.75 mile walk begins at Balsam Mountain Campground and shows how nature has reclaimed a once-logged northern hardwood forest.

Hiking & Backcountry Camping Guides

Carolina Bound Adventures Hiking

35 Slope Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-569-6699

A Walk in the Woods

4413 East Scenic Drive
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-4368283

Horseback Riding in the North Carolina Smokies

A great way to enjoy the rugged beauty of the Smoky Mountains is on horseback. Several stables offer guided horse rides in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Nantahala National Forest. Horseback treks are generally one to four hours, but may also be overnight camping trips.

If you like traveling with your own horseshere’s info.

Printable pdf of Horseback Guides

Riding Stables & Horse Camp

Deep Creek Horse Camp

750 W. Deep Creek Rd. #11
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-6961

Carolina Bound Adventures Horseback Riding

35 Slope Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-569-6699

Smokemont Riding Stable

135 Smokemont Riding Stable Rd
Cherokee, NC 28719
828-497-2373

Nantahala Village Riding Stables

9400 Highway 19/74 West
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-9649

For Horse Owners

If you like traveling with your own horses, the Great Smokies and the Nantahala National Forest offer excellent horseback riding trails.

About 550 miles of the 800 miles of National Park trails are open to horses. Download a trail map, which also has regulations for horse use of the Park.

The Tsali Trails in the Nantahala National Forest near Bryson City are multi-use trails. Check the trail schedule posted at the trailhead. Download map with riding info.

To find out more about the trails in the area you can contact the Nantahala National Forest at 828-524-6441 or the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 865-436-1231.

A Choice of Whitewater Or Flat Water Kayaking

Western North Carolina is home to hundreds of miles of whitewater rivers and mountain lakes making it a favorite destination for kayakers.

For whitewater enthusiasts the variety of rivers– from Class I to Class V, offers great options for kayak instruction for all skill levels. Here you will find individual adventure seekers, families learning to kayak together and Olympic-bound athletes all training and enjoying the rivers of our area.

For outdoor enthusiasts seeking verdant scenery and glimpses of wildlife, the flat water trails through the mountain lakes of western North Carolina offer all that and more. The rivers and lakes and the availability of quality kayak instruction are what has given Swain County the title of “the Whitewater Capital.”

The book “101 Best Outdoor Towns”named Bryson City the nation’s third best whitewater paddling town. “If you can’t find something exciting to do in Bryson City, you’re not breathing,” it says.

Paddler Magazine named Bryson City one of the “best paddling towns” in the US. Along with the multiple spots for great paddling, they focus on Tsali mountain bike trails, area adventure races and canoe camping on Fontana Lake.

Kayaking Outfitters

Endless River Adventures

14157 Hwy 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-6199

Bryson City Outdoors Kayaking

169 Main Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-342-6444

Carolina Bound Adventures Kayaking

35 Slope Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-788-6699

Explore Your Creative Side At One Of Our Area Arts & Crafts Workshops

Here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, we’re known for our creative arts and crafts community. Our artisans are keeping alive many of the traditional heritage crafts such as pottery, weaving, basketmaking and quilting; as well as cooking, canning and preserving to make best use of locally grown foods.

Stores and galleries in the area offer these crafts and more for sale; and we have several festivals featuring locally made crafts as well. If you would like to learn how to create some unique crafts, the artisans on this page would like to teach you. We have a variety of classes — from 2 hours to several days or ongoing.

Nourish your creative spirit – learn something new!

Arts, Crafts & Cooking Classes

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center

121 Schoolhouse Rd
Robbinsville, NC 28771

828-479-3364
828-479-4384

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center Website

Stecoah Valley Center is home to an Artisans Gallery, a Spring Bluegrass Festival, an 11-week Summer Concert Series, a Fall Harvest Festival, the Schoolhouse Cafe (seasonal hours), and a variety of adult classes from cooking to arts and crafts as well as business and technical assistance for artists.

Southwestern Community College

Swain Center, 60 Almond School Rd
Bryson City, NC 28713

828-366-2000

Southwestern Community College Website

SCC’s Nantahala School for the Arts at Swain Center focuses on heritage arts including a Master Potter certificate program, as well as outdoor leadership and business and industry training and consulting. Several classes for children are offered in the summer.

Wild Fern Studios

15 Everett Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

828-736-1605

Wild Fern Studios Website

Gifts of a handcrafted nature. On the Square at the corner of Everett and Main in downtown Bryson City. Featuring works from local, regional, and national artists, including pottery, jewelry, metal work, watercolor paintings and photography of the area, hand carved bowls and spoons, baskets, honey, soaps, and much more. Our studio area is always available for artisan demonstrations and classes.

Four Great Venues for Live Music in Bryson City

Western North Carolina has a rich tradition of creating and showcasing great live music, and Bryson City is home to a number of great venues. You’ll find a variety of genres from old-time country and bluegrass to soul, blues, reggae, rock and roll and more. Want to get in on the action? Join one of the informal community music jams at the library.

Tunes on the Tuck

Tunes on the Tuck info

Riverfront Park
828-488-3681

Every Saturday night from June through October from 7-9 pm, you can enjoy a FREE concert in Bryson City. Local and regional favorites play everything from old-time country to bluegrass, to rock and roll. Join us at Riverfront Park, where you’ll find a large, grassy lawn for music-lovers with a covered pavilion for the entertainers. Enjoy your supper at one of the riverside picnic tables or on the grass. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. The whole family will enjoy this relaxed evening event. Riverfront Park is located at the Swain County Admin. Bldg, across from the train parking. Free parking, restrooms. (Formerly known as Music in the Mountains)

Nantahala Brewing Company

Nantahala Brewing Company Facebook 

61 Depot Street
828-488-2337

More than just a brewery, Nantahala Brewing takes great pride in showcasing local & regional music acts. We feature bands every Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm from March until the end of October. We feature everything from appalachian-folk to bluegrass to rock n’ roll. Throughout the year we shake up the rhythm a bit with the sounds of the Caribbean and even some carnival pirate rock! Starting on June 30th we celebrate The Week of Rock where we host music nightly, ending on July 9th. On July 4th we will have live music all day.

The sound levels within the brewery are perfect. We have a great system and a professional sound engineer. Our space features multiple tables and chairs with additional seating alongside the bar and throughout the taproom. There is a space for dancing and even if you are out on our patio, you can still hear the band.

Nantahala Outdoor Center

13077 Hwy 19 West
828-785-4851

On the banks of the Nantahala River, Big Wesser BBQ & Brew offers hungry adventurers quick, convenient and delicious food and free live music. Focused on bringing old-fashioned BBQ meals to the Nantahala Gorge, Big Wesser is the perfect spot to unwind. Stop by at night for live music every weekend, May through September—we feature bluegrass, rock, soul, reggae and more!

Big Wesser boasts the area’s best live music venue and perhaps the best open-air bar west of Asheville. Stop by during your next Nantahala Gorge visit and enjoy river sounds, a cold brew and Big Wesser’s mouth-watering, classic southern food.

Marianna Black Library

Marianna Black Library Website 

Corner Academy & Rector Sts.
828-488-3030

Community Jam – 1st and 3rd Thursdays, each month, 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer – anything unplugged – is invited to join. Musicians of all ages and levels of ability are welcome to share music they have learned over the years or learn old-time mountain songs. Singers are also welcomed to join in. Or, you can just stop by and listen.

Summer Music Series – 2nd and 4th Thursdays, June – August, 7 pm. Enjoy local and regional favorites playing different genres – traditional mountain music, bluegrass, Celtic, blues, world music and more.

All programs are free and open to public. Lite snacks and refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Marianna Black Library.

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding – A Unique Way to Play on Water In the Smokies

Stand-Up paddleboarding (SUP), similar to canoeing, involves an oversized surf-style board and a long handled paddle, which you use to propel and steer through the water. Different boards types, shapes and sizes are used depending on the body of water you SUP. It is a great way to strengthen your core and improve your balance, while you have an enjoyable time in the outdoors.

Here in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina we paddleboard theTuckasegee River in downtown Bryson City, and the placid water of Fontana Lake. A favorite spot – the finger lake area – is easy to access and there are no boats around to send wakes your way.

What to wear

All rentals include board, paddle and approved life jacket. It’s advisable to be barefoot and to wear a bathing suit or shorts and tee shirt. Watches and loose jewelry should be left behind. And eyeglasses should be secured with a head strap. You should also bring towels and a change of dry clothes.

Paddleboard Rentals

Nantahala Outdoor Center

13077 Hwy 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-6900

Bryson City Outdoors

169 Main Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-342-6444

The Sunny Day Adventure Co. LLC

151 1/2 Sardis Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806
828-772-5890

Carolina Bound Adventures Paddle Boarding

35 Slope Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-569-6699

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

One of USA Today’s “Top 10 American Train Rides” (2016)

Based in Bryson City, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad operates scenic rail excursions through our remote corner of North Carolina, traveling through tunnels, across rivers and lakes, through mountain valleys and into a deep river gorge. Some rides are with the diesel engine and some are with the newly restored steam engine #1702. When the steam is running you will also have the chance to watch the people-powered engine turntable in action.

The steam engine #1702 has returned to the mountains after and 11-year hiatus including a 2-year complete refurbishing. Rides include both the Nantahala and the Tuckasegee River routes. The #1702 will be on display for photo opportunities. Steam Schedule & Tickets

All tickets and schedules…

Visit GSMR.com

Excursions from Bryson City

Nantahala Gorge This 4-1/2 hour excursion makes a 44 mile round trip to the Nantahala Gorge, crossing the historic Fontana Lake trestle. There’s a 1-hour layover at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), and options for packages including rafting, zip-lining and jeep tours. Many trains to the gorge also include an all-adult first class moonshine car – The Carolina Shine – featuring Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon family of spirits. Schedule & Tickets

Tuckasegee River This 4-hour excursion makes a 32 mile round trip to the quaint village of Dillsboro, passing by the famous movie set of The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford and through a tunnel. There is a 1-1/2 hour layover in Dillsboro. Schedule & Tickets

Themed Trains

In 2015, more than 76,000 people rode the Polar Express Christmas excursion making it one of the most popular holiday events in the Smokies.

Other family-oriented excursions include two PEANUTS-themed events — the Easter Beagle Express and the Great Pumpkin Patch Express in October. As well as the July 4 Freedom Train and the summer Wizard of Oz excursions.

Special dining events include BBQ & Brews and :Uncorked” wine experience. And enjoy hand crafted, triple-distilled Midnight Moon moonshine in our Nantahala Gorge all-adult first class moonshine car – The Carolina Shine.

All themed train tickets and schedules…
Visit GSMR.com

Model Train Museum

Rail excursion tickets include admission to Smoky Mountains Museum, with its collection of 7,000 Lionel engines, cars and accessories, impressive operating layout and children’s activity center.

Spas and Massage Therapists

Avanti Mobile Spa

Avanti comes to all NC Mountain Cabin Rentals!
https://avantispa.us

A New Attitude Day Spa and Tanning Salon

147 Main Street, Suite D
Bryson City, NC 28713

828-488-1449

Full service salon for the entire family, with walk–ins welcome. All hair treatments available, as well as manicure and pedicure services. Wolf Tanning Beds onsite, and spa offerings include: facelift massage, body massage, couples massage on Saturdays, and a sauna. Wedding hair and make-up services available onsite or at your venue.

Mountain Therapeutic – Massage and Acupuncture

134 Richmond St
Bryson City, NC 28713

828-488-6242
828-538-1256

Mountain Therapeutic Website

Offering acupuncture and therapeutic massage for health maintenance and recovery from illness and injury; both are proven to effectively treat pain. Two locations: one in Bryson City and one in the Nantahala Gorge. Call for an appointment. Both providers have over 30 years of experience in the field of healthcare.

Lakeview at Fontana Spa

171 Lakeview Lodge Dr
Bryson City, NC 28713

828-488-3727
800-742-6492

From invigorating, naturally inspired facials to deeply exfoliating and detoxifying body treatments, stress-stripping massages and un-fussy, unwinding yoga classes; whatever truly relaxes you is waiting at the Lakeview at Fontana Spa. Come for the night, or simply spend a day in our spa. Featured in Southern Living magazine. Call today to make an appointment.

Sue Magness Therapeutic Massage

50 Academy Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

828-736-0554
828-488-6502

Sue Magness Therapeutic Massage Website

Licensed massage and Bodywork therapist located in downtown Bryson City. Offering Swedish, deep tissue, sports and medical massage. Open Monday through Friday, and Saturdays with advanced notice. Call for an appointment!

Nurture Wellness Studio & Massage

50 Academy Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

828-400-9616

Jackie has extensive experience as a bodywork therapist, yoga practitioner and teacher. With the perfect synthesis of the art and science of massage therapy, Jackie uses an interesting blend of bodywork styles. Her work is skillful, compassionate and intuitive and truly embodies the body, mind, spirit approach to wellness. Nationally certified since 1999.

WNC Structual Bodywork & Massage

835 East Main St
Bryson City, NC 28713

828-506-6900

This independent solo practice has a strong emphasis on connective tissue injury and rehabilitation. Practice models focus particular attention on the physical body to promote relief of pain and discomfort. Models have the premise that clients seek to achieve balance in life so to promote optimal health and wellbeing

Mountain Tubing Can Be an Easy Float or a Wild, Whitewater Ride

Western North Carolina has two great tubing runs and both are near Bryson City. Both Deep Creek and the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee have crystal clear water that originates in springs bubbling up and filtering through the ferns and moss in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tubing companies generally operate from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

DEEP CREEK
Just outside Bryson City
, the Deep Creek ride consists of two sections: 1.) The upper “whitewater” section which flows from Indian Creek through the narrow Deep Creek gorge. This is a wild, bouncy ride that often separates the rider from the tube, especially when the water is swift after a rain. At the end of the rapids section, there’s a wide, deep swimming hole that provides a relaxing break before getting back on the tube. (2) The lower section, which is wider, easier going and more appropriate for smaller kids, ends at the parking lot. Put-in for this section is at the swimming hole just above the first bridge.

Tube rental companies are located on West Deep Creek Road, which then takes you into the National Park. From the parking lot at the Deep Creek trailhead, you carry your inner tube upstream about a mile into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Deep Creek trail. You can choose from different types of tubes – with seats and without – which can be rented for the day.

From the parking lot at the Deep Creek trailhead, you carry your inner tube upstream less than a mile into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Deep Creek trail. The put-in is where Indian Creek flows into Deep Creek.

OCONALUFTEE RIVER
Just 20 minutes from Bryson City, the Oconaluftee River flows through downtown Cherokee. There you’ll find one of the purest rivers in the Mountains where you can enjoy a inner-tube ride that’s part rushing rapids, and part lazy ripples and swimming holes. The water ranges from ankle deep to chest high and flows over soft sand and flat, time-smoothed river rocks shed from the world’s oldest mountains. Tube rental companies in Cherokee transport you and your tube to a put-in spot and pick you up at the end of your ride.

What to wear

It’s advisable to wear a bathing suit or shorts and tee shirt and secure shoes. Watches and loose jewelry should be left behind. And eyeglasses should be secured with a head strap. Finally, because our mountain streams and rivers are cool, you should bring towels and a change of dry clothes.

Click or tap to download a printable PDF map of Deep Creek’s trails and waterfalls.

Tube Rental Locations

Deep Creek Lodge/Creekside Tubing

1881 West Deep Creek Rd
Bryson City, NC 28713

828-488-2587

B.J.’s Deep Creek Rentals/J. J. Tubes

1651 Toot Hollow Road
Bryson City, NC 28173

828-488-3018

Deep Creek Tube Center

1040 West Deep Creek Rd
Bryson City, NC 28713

828-488-6055

Smoky Mountain Tube and Raft

1847 Tsali Blvd
Cherokee, NC 28719

828-497-4545

Deep Creek Store & Tubes

1840 West Deep Creek Rd
Bryson City, NC 28713

828-488-2587

Four Rivers Offer Whitewater Fun for All Ages in the NC Smokies

NANTAHALA
Located about a dozen miles west of Bryson City on US 19/74, 
the scenic Nantahala River ranks among the most popular whitewater rafting rivers in the country. Without a doubt, it is the most popular in the Southeast luring more than 200,000 paddlers to its waters every year. A perfect combination of exciting whitewater and placid pools, the Nantahala is a great introduction to the sport of whitewater paddling.

View Nantahala River Webcam
With Class II and III rapids, it’s considered a “family” river suitable for senior citizens and children — providing the kids are at least 7 years old or weigh at least 60 pounds.

But, don’t get the wrong idea. Just because the river is suitable for families doesn’t mean it’s not exciting. It’s also challenging enough for the US Olympic Kayaking Team, which often trains on the Nantahala.

Nantahala won “Best Paddling River” in the Blue Ridge Outdoors 2016 Best of the Blue Ridge Awards.

TUCKASEGEE
In the mood for something more sedate? Try the Tuckasegee River. With its Class I and II rapids, Tuckasegee rafting trips provide great outdoor entertainment for the entire family. (including kids as young as 4 or weigh at least 40 pounds).

CHEOAH
The Cheoah is a nine-mile stretch
 of a narrow, whitewater river located outside of the mountain community of Robbinsville, west of Bryson City. It begins below Santeetlah Lake Dam, parallels Hwy 129 and finishes at Calderwood Lake. The Cheoah is a controlled-release river with a very limited number of release dates. It has continuous Class IV – V rapids. Dropping 150-feet per mile, the Cheoah is 3x as steep as the Gauley. Check with your outfitter for times.

OCOEE
The Ocoee has been rated one of the ten best whitewater rivers in the country by Canoe Magazine. A number of these outfitters also take trips down the Ocoee, about 1-1/2 hours southwest of Bryson City. It has been chosen as the site of national whitewater championships on several occasions as well as home of the 1996 Olympic Whitewater competition. Fully guided due to the challenging water

What to Wear

All outfitters provide approved life jackets; most outfitters will provide a wet suit and/or paddling jackets during the cooler months.

It’s advisable to wear a bathing suit or shorts and tee shirt, and secure shoes. If it’s cool, you should bring wool socks, a hat and sweater. Watches and loose jewelry should be left behind. And eyeglasses should be secured with a head strap. You should also bring towels and a change of dry clothes.

Rafting Outfitters

Adventurous Fast Rivers Rafting

1965 US HWY 19
Topton, NC 28781
800-438-7238

Rolling Thunder Rafting Center

10160 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713
800-408-7238

Paddle Inn Rafting Company

14611 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-9651

Appalachian Rivers Raft Co., Inc.

1365 Hwy 19 West
Topton, NC 28781
800-330-1999

Tuckaseegee Outfitters

4909 Hwy 441/74
Whittier, NC 28789
828-586-5050

Endless River Adventures

14157 Hwy 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-6199

Carolina Bound Adventures Whitewater Rafting

35 Slope Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-788-6885

Wildwater-Nantahala Gorge Adventure Center

10345 Hwy 19S
Bryson City, NC 28713
800-451-9972

Nantahala Outdoor Center

13077 Hwy 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-6900

Zipline Through – and Above the Trees for a Unique Adventure

Here in Western North Carolina, you may enjoy the scenic beauty through your car window or from the seat of your mountain bike, or from your raft or kayak …or from above on a zip line. Part eco-tourism, part adventure tour, zip lines offer an opportunity to soar through – and above – a forest with a unique perspective of the land below you.

Canopy & Ridge Line Tours

Nantahala Outdoor Center Zip Line Adventure Park

13077 Hwy 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-6900

Carolina Bound Adventures Ziplines

35 Slope Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-569-6699

Nantahala Outdoor Center Mountaintop Zip Line Tour

13077 Hwy 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713
888-905-7238

Wildwater-Kidzip Nantahala

10345 Highway 19 South/74 West
Bryson City, NC 28713
866-699-2402

Wildwater-Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours

70 Falling Waters Drive
Bryson City, NC 28713
800-451-9972

Places to Go

Bryson City – A Real, Small Town

Bordering the southern side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bryson City is a laid-back, non-touristy town of 1,300 with more stop signs than stoplights. It’s an easily stroll-able town with local bookstores, arts and crafts galleries with working artisans, a bike shop, two fly fishing shops, a historical museum, a fly fishing museum, an aquarium, an excursion train, two breweries, and a surprising variety of restaurants. Map of downtown shops, eateries, attractions. Enjoy having your pet with you on vacation? You and your pet will love Island Park. Bryson City is dog friendly.

Recent Media Mentions for Bryson City

“Check out vibrant, little downtown Bryson City for dining spots and shops busy with small town commerce.”

— The Charlotte Observer 

“Vacationers seeking small-town atmosphere blended with the beauty of the wilderness will find refuge in Bryson City, NC, a gorgeous mountain town tucked away in the Smoky Mountains. The town features plenty of dining and shopping opportunities, lovely inns, and outdoor activities to choose from.

— VisitSouth.com

“Explore Bryson City’s fun mix of old and new. Without question, the natural playground of forests, rivers, and trails surrounding Bryson City, and even the Tuckasegee River that cuts through the center of town, maintain a strong pull, but the town holds its own charm — all two square miles of it.” 

— WNC magazine

‘For kids, the small mountain town is a picturesque playground with plenty of places to have fun and burn off some energy.

EverydayLife.com

“Here’s the thing about Bryson City. It’s a true getaway. You don’t have to worry about what to wear, how to fix your hair, putting on makeup, checking boxes on your touristy list or having concrete plans. You just go and do whatever and stare at the mountains and breathe easier.

Dana Miller, Housetweaking

“But, most of all, skip the nearby over-developed region that is Gatlinburgand visit Bryson City on the North Carolina side of the park.  It is a beautiful small American town with great road-side inns, shops and family entertainment that takes you back to the America of the past, something you can not get much of these days.

LivePretty.com

The Smokies Offer The Best of The Appalachian Trail

Of the 2,147 miles that comprise the AT, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park accounts for 71 miles, including the highest peak along the trail (Clingmans Dome 6,643’). Of the National Park’s 848 miles of trails, the AT is by far the most popular. The Trail through the Smokies also has the most rainfall and snowfall on the A.T. in the South, and many hikers are caught off-guard by the snow and cold temperatures at high elevations. The temperatures at 5000 feet can be 10 to 20 degrees cooler than the valleys around Bryson City.

Seven ‘Walks in the Woods’

There are several segments of the AT in the Bryson City, Swain County area offering the opportunity for walks in the woods. Some of the day hikes are ‘out-and-back’. Others are one-way hikes requiring two vehicles or a shuttle. One is a three to four day, 40-mile backpacking trek. The most popular and accessible AT hike is the 4 mile segment from Newfound Gap to Charlies Bunion, a rocky cliff with one of the best views in the Smokies.

DAY HIKES

  • Newfound Gap to Charlies Bunion  8 miles miles round trip, out and back Difficulty: moderate Elevation range: Newfound Gap 5049 Highest point 6222’ Charlies Bunion 5565’ Directions to Newfound Gap — From the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Cherokee, take US 441 (Newfound Gap Road) 16 miles north to the Newfound Gap overlook and parking. Take the trail east.
  • Newfound Gap to Clingmans Dome  7.5 miles one way Difficulty: moderate Elevation range: Newfound Gap 5049’ Low point at Collins Gap 5005’ Clingmans Dome 6625’ At 6625 feet elevation, Clingmans Dome is the highest point on the entire Appalachian Trail and the third highest peak east of the Mississippi. Mt. Mitchell (6,684 feet) and Mt. Craig (6,647), both located in Mt. Mitchell State Park in western North Carolina are higher. The observation tower on the summit of Clingmans Dome offers spectacular 360° views of the Smokies and beyond for visitors willing to climb the steep half-mile walk to the tower at the top. The trail parallels Clingmans Dome road, but on the other side of the ridge well away from the traffic noise. With parking lots at both ends of this hike, you’ll need two vehicles. And keep in mind that the road to Clingmans Dome is closed each winter, December 1 thru March 31. Directions to Clingmans Dome — Turn off Newfound Gap Road 0.1 mile south of Newfound Gap and follow the 7-mile-long Clingmans Dome Road to the large parking area at the end. Take the trail west. Directions to Newfound Gap — From the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Cherokee, take US 441 (Newfound Gap Road) 16 mile north to the Newfound Gap overlook and parking. Take the trail east
  • Fontana Dam to Shuckstack Tower 7 miles round trip, out and back Difficulty: strenuous Elevation range: Fontana Dam: 1837’ Shuckstack 4020’ Directions to Fontana Dam — take US-74 and NC-28 west of Bryson City for 32.5 miles. There’s a parking lot and welcome center at the dam. Cross Fontana Dam and continue 0.6 mile to the trailhead. Hike the steep trail north towards Birch Spring Gap and Doe Knob. The trail climbs more than 2100 feet, with most of that elevation gain coming in the first 2.4 miles.
  • Yellow Creek Gap to Fontana Dam 7.8 miles one way 6-7 hours Difficulty: strenuous Elevation range: Yellow Creek Gap 2,980’ Highest point 3,786 Fontana Dam 1,837’ Directions to Yellow Creek Gap: The Yellow Creek Gap trailhead is about 26.4 miles from Bryson City. Travel west on US73 to NC28 North. Continue on NC28 passing thru the tiny Stecoah community to Upper Tuskeegee Road. Turn left and watch for the AT trail crossing sign. This is an easy ‘drop off’ point, with a small parking area.
  • Stecoah Gap to Yellow Creek Gap 7.6 miles one way 6-7 hours Difficulty: moderate, with several short steep climbs Elevation range: Stecoah Gap 3,165’ Highest point 3,912’ Yellow Creek Gap 2,980’ Directions to Stecoah Gap — From Bryson City, travel west on US73 to NC28 North. Continue on 28 passing thru the tiny Stecoah community to the intersection with NC 143 (almost 21 miles from Bryson City). Turn left and continue to the top of Stecoah Gap. There’s parking for about seven cars.
  • Wesser to Stecoah Gap 13.6 miles one way 10-11 hours Difficulty: strenuous Elevation range: Wesser 1723’ Highest point 5,062’ Stecoah Gap 3,165’ Very steep eight-mile uphill climb from the Nantahala River (1723’) to Cheoah Bald (5,062’) and then long descent to Stecoah Gap Directions: The AT crosses US19 at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Wesser, 14 miles west of Bryson City. Parking is available.

BACKPACKING HIKE

Fontana Dam to Newfound Gap 3-4 days 40.5 miles one way Difficulty: moderate, portions strenuous Elevation range: Fontana Dam 1837’ Clingmans Dome 6625’ Newfound Gap 5049’ Fontana Dam is 32.5 miles west of Bryson City, via US74 and NC28. There’s a parking lot and welcome center at the dam. Cross Fontana Dam and continue 0.6 mile to the trailhead. Hike the steep trail north towards Birch Spring Gap and Doe Knob. The trail climbs more than 2100 feet, with most of that elevation gain coming in the first 2.4 miles. Important: All hikers camping in the backcountry are required to purchase a permit in advance. You will also need reservations at the shelters unless you are thru-hiking (defined by the park as starting your hike more than 50 miles outside the park and ending your hike 50 miles beyond). More information about the special regulations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be found on the National Park Service’s permits page.

You Read The Book, You Saw The Movie. We Have The Real Thing.

In the film A Walk in the Woods,Robert Redford & Nick Nolte star as old friends who — ready or not — decide to hike the AT.  Based on Bill Bryson’s bestseller, the movie co-stars Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman & Kristen Schaal. The movie has put a spotlight on the Smokies’ most popular trail — ‘our’ spectacular 71-mile section of the 2,190-mile AT. While most of the film was shot in Georgia, one scene has the intrepid duo walking across Fontana Dam on their way to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Shuttle Services

Cherokee Cabs (Cherokee) Smoky Mountain Adventures (Bryson City) Brochure (PDF)

Guidebooks & App

Milestone Press – “Hiking the Carolina Mountains” and “Backpacking Overnights” guidebooks; and the app: “Great Hikes of the Southern Appalachians”

Guided Hikes

PaddleFish Basecamp (Bryson City) Smoky Mountain HIking Tours (Bryson City)

The AT Conservancy and ‘A Walk in the Woods’

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) worked in partnership with the Wildwood Enterprises production team from the film’s planning stages, offering input on locations, advising on script authenticity, and providing signage information, maps, and assuring the accuracy of the movie’s presentation of the hiking experience. Early involvement in “A Walk in the Woods” enabled the AT Conservancy to put a number of proactive measures in place to help manage the expected significant increase in trail usage. When the book was released in 1998, estimated northbound thru-hiker starts rose by 60% over the next 2 years. The Trail has seen an approximate 10% increase in thru-hikers every year since 2010. Use by day-hikers, overnight, and section-hikers have all been increasing. An estimated 3 million people now hike some portion of the Trail each year.

Leave No Trace

To protect the trail, The AT Conservancy urges all hikers to follow these Seven Principles 

  1. Plan ahead and prepare
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Appalachian National Scenic Trail is managed by the National Park Service

Attractions within a 45-minute to a 1-hour drive

Biltmore House
Interstate 40, Exit 50
1 Lodge Street
Asheville, NC
800-411-3812

George Vanderbilt’s 250-room mansion (pictured above) is virtually the same as it was at the turn of the 20th century. Sculptures, paintings, furnishing, and household items have been carefully preserved. Tour the gardens and the winery, and enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal or a sandwich in one of several restaurants.

Cataloochee Ski Area
1080 Ski Lodge Rd.
Maggie Valley, NC
828-926-0295 or 800-768-0285

We utilize one the most advanced snow-making systems in the Southeast and offer 100% snow-making on 16 lighted slopes including the Cat Cage Terrain Park. With a variety of terrain for beginners to experts alike and over 4,000 sets of snow sports equipment, the Cataloochee experience offers something for everyone. Snow School lesson programs, night runs, discounts and more.

Fontana Dam
NC Hwy 28 North of Bryson City
828-498-2234, or 828-498-2251

80 feet high, Fontana is the tallest dam in the Eastern United States. Constructed by the Tennessee Valley Authority during the early 1940s to supply electricity to fuel the war effort during World War II. Open for visitors May thru September. Free. History and Guide (pdf)

John C. Campbell Folk School
1 Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC
828-837-2775

A school dedicated to the preservation of time-honored crafts, music and dance since 1925. Pottery, basketry, textile arts, blacksmithing, painting, quilting, storytelling, wood-turning, enameling and much more. Multi-day classes, artisan sales and special events.

North Carolina Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville, NC
828-665-2492

The North Carolina Arboretum is a 434-acre public garden that offers a wealth of activities for families and kids of all ages. The gardens feature one of the most renowned bonsai collections in the country, as well as a diversity of flower and botanical exhibits all year round.

Scottish Tartans Museum
86 East Main Street
Franklin, NC
828-524-7472

A museum dedicated to the history and heritage of the Scottish Tartan. It focuses on the history of Scottish Highland clothing, and covers the emigrant experience into North Carolina. It contains the official registry of all publicly known tartans, and is the American extension of the Scottish Tartans Society in Edinburgh, Scotland.

WNC Nature Center
75 Gashes Creek Road
Asheville, NC
828-298-5600

A living museum of plant and animal wildlife in the Southern Appalachian mountains. The Center is now home to over sixty species of wild and domestic animals and hundreds of species of plants. You’ll find great horned owls, red tailed hawks, screech owls, black bears, bobcats, wolves, foxes, deer, otters and many reptiles like salamanders, snakes and turtles.

Wheels Through Time Museum
62 Vintage Lane
Maggie Valley, NC
828-926-6266

Home to the world’s premier collection of rare American vintage motorcycles, “The Museum That Runs” houses over 300 of America’s rarest and most historic classic motorcycles, including Harley-Davidson, Indian, Excelsior, Crocker, Henderson, and much more. Enjoy dozens of motorcycle-related exhibits, ranging from board track racers, hill climbing, and original paint machines to American Dirt Track racing, choppers and bobbers, and one-of-a-kind motorcycles. Open Thurs-Monday, late March through November. Check the site for hours and prices.

Attractions within a 1- to 2-hour drive

Cades Cove
Cades Cove Loop
GSMNP / Tennessee
865-436-1200

An 11-mile, one-way loop road circles the cove, offering motorists the opportunity to sightsee at a leisurely pace. Scattered along the road are about a dozen restored structures. Pick up the self-guiding tour booklet at the entrance. White-tailed deer, black bears, coyotes, turkey and other wildlife are often spotted in the valley. Allow at least two to four hours to tour Cades Cove, longer if you walk some of the area’s trails. Traffic is heavy during the tourist season in summer and fall and on weekends year-round.

Chimney Rock State Park
US 64/74A
Chimney Rock, NC
800-277-9611

Spectacular 75-mile views, sheer cliffs and unique rock formations. Trails leading to the 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls. Famous as the filming site for the climactic scenes of The Last of the Mohicans.

Cradle of Forestry in America
Off US 276
14 miles NW of Brevard, NC
4 miles South of Blue Ridge Pkwy
828-877-3130

This major visitor attraction was once part of George Vanderbilt’s vast Biltmore Estate. It was here that Dr. Carl Schenck started the first forestry school in the nation and first practiced forest conservation. A visitor center, exhibits, guided tours, historic buildings, and three paved trails lead you back to the era of the first forestry school, established 1898. Open May – October. Near Sliding Rock.

Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge
US 441 on the Tennessee side of the Park

These two towns, just five miles apart, serve as the principal Tennessee gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and host most of the Park’s nine million annual visitors. The busy tourist center offers a many attractions including Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, the Ripley’s Aquarium and Dollywood.

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
5410 Joyce Kilmer Road
Robbinsvile, NC
828-479-6431 (Forest Service)

The forest contains magnificent examples of more than 100 tree species, many over 400-years-old, and some more than 20 feet in circumference and 100 feet tall. A 2-mile trail leads to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial and loops through giant trees. A restroom and picnic tables are located at the trailhead.

Sliding Rock
Off Hwy 276
7.5 miles NW of Brevard, NC
828-225-1333 or 800-BILTMORE

Slide down Mother Nature’s 60-foot smooth rock water slide and plunge into a pool of cool water at the bottom. This is a Forest Service Recreation area with lifeguards and staff on duty from Memorial Day week end through Labor Day. There is a small fee and parking is limited. Near the Cradle of Forestry.

Wayah Bald Tower
Forest Service Road 69
Off Wayah Road (Topton NC)
828-524-6441 (Forest Service)

Wayah Bald has a vantage point of 5,342 ft. in elevation. Situated on both the Appalachian Trail and Bartram Trail. Take a short hike from the summit parking area to climb an old stone fire tower, where on a clear day, you can see north to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and south into the rolling hills of Georgia. Forest Service Road 69, which runs from Wayah Road to the Bald, is closed January-March.

Cherokee Attractions and Events Are Just Minutes From Bryson City

No visit to the Smoky Mountains would be complete without a trip to Cherokee, where traditional arts and crafts and Native American culture are respected and preserved for coming generations. Much of what is called the Qualla Boundary is within Swain County and we are proud to help you learn more about the original inhabitants of these mountains.

Cherokee is a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Mountain Farm Museum and Mingus Mill are located just north of Cherokee on US 441 (Newfound Gap Road). Easy day trips to Clingmans Dome, Gatlinburg, Cades Cove and Pigeon Forge; horseback riding at Smokemont; and great hiking trails are located on US 441.

Cherokee is also the beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The entrance is on US 441 just north of Cherokee. Enjoy a trip to Waterrock Knob for a beautiful sunset, or just take a scenic drive on this beautiful “back road” of America.

Cherokee Indian Reservation Cultural Attractions

Water Falls – Mingo and Soco Falls

Fishing in Tribal Waters – including tournaments

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

A Beautiful Recreation Area Just 5 Minutes North of Bryson City

Those who think the Great Smoky Mountains are in Tennessee are not even half right. North Carolina encompasses more than half of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and most of that is in Swain County.

In fact, one of the most beautiful areas in the National Park is just a few minutes outside Bryson City. Deep Creek – known for waterfalls, trails, swimming and tubing, and fly fishing – has more fun things to do than any other area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Wildflowers bloom from late February thru September. However, the peak wildflower season is mid-to-late April when the spring ephemerals make their appearance. ​So come for a visit and explore the many wonders of Deep Creek!

Deep Creek trail was one of the first trails constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the newly legislated National Park in the early 1930s. The current Deep Creek Campground was also the site of the Deep Creek CCC Camp from 1933 to 1936.

Pet Info

Pets are NOT allowed on hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are allowed in Deep Creek campground, picnic areas, and along roads, but must be kept on a leash (no more than 6 feet long) at all times.

In the National Park, pets are only allowed on one short walking path — the Oconaluftee River Trail, which begins at the Park Visitor Center in Cherokee. Pets are not allowed on any other park trails, including backcountry areas.

Please clean up after your pets, and do not leave them unattended in vehicles or RVs.

There are several places that welcome dogs in the Bryson City area, including Island Park in downtown Bryson City.

Guide to Deep Creek

Tubing and swimming – A full day of fun for about $7

Waterfalls – Walk to three waterfalls

Trails – For hiking, biking and horseback riding

Fishing – Fish for native brook, brown and rainbow trout

Picnicking and camping – in the National Park

 

Fontana Lake Has Been Called the Best-kept Secret in the Mountains

The 29-mile long, 10,230-acre Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) lake has more than 240 miles of shoreline. And its deep, cold waters provide the ideal habitat for a variety of fish. In fact, record size muskie and walleye have been pulled from its depths. And many believe it’s one of the best smallmouth bass fishing lakes in the country, including the Fisherman’s Bass Tournament Circuit, which has held a Hall of Fame Classic at Fontana.

Fontana Dam

Fontana Dam itself is an engineering marvel. In January 1945, when water first came through the dam to produce electricity for WWII industries, the 480-foot-high dam became the highest in the Eastern United States and the fourth highest in the nation. The story of its origin is effectively portrayed at the Fontana Dam Visitor Center (Open mid-April to November, 9 am – 7 pm, daily).

Fontana’s Finger Lakes Area

In the mountains, most river and lake banks are simply too steep and too rocky to serve as a beach. One exception is the Finger Lakes Day Use Area of Fontana Lake where you’ll find a small park with picnic tables, public restrooms and a swimming area. Since there are no life guards, you naturally swim at your own risk.

Finger Lakes is also a popular access area for canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and other non-motorized boats.

Cheoah’s Dam is Famous But Trout and Muskie Are The Main Attractions

Cheoah Lake was formed in 1919 and has the oldest dam on the Little Tennessee River.  At the time it was built, it was the world’s tallest overflow dam at 225 feet and had the largest turbines in the world. Cheoah Dam was made famous in the 1993 movie “The Fugitive” in which Harrison Ford “jumped” from the top of the dam to avoid capture by Tommy Lee Jones. Today the dam is referred to as the “Fugitive Dam”.

Cheoah Lake is 9/5 miles long and largely undeveloped. It is fed largely by the tailrace of Fontana Dam, which provides a constant flow of clear, cold water that remains at consistent temperatures year around. Rainbow, brown, and brook trout call Cheoah home, with some trout reaching several pounds. Rainbows and muskie are stocked by the state of North Carolina. With plenty of trout to feed upon, the muskie are growing at rapid rates.

Bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Forest Service, Cheoah Lake’s shores remain undeveloped and pristine. There is only one boat access ramp – Llewellyn Branch – at the upstream end of the lake, just below Fontana Dam. This ramp and adjacent fishing pier are both handicapped accessible. Because the lake is fairly narrow you won’t see much in the way of pleasure boat or jet ski traffic, only the occasional fisherman in search of trout and muskie.

The upper stretch of the lake fishes much like a tailwater river, and a close eye on generation schedules from Fontana Dam is highly advisable. Both lakes — the 26 mile-long Fontana and the smaller Cheoah — provide exceptional boating for recreation and fishing.

 

For a Quieter, More Relaxed Smoky Mountains Vacation, Discover the North Carolina Smokies

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s half-million acres are equally divided between Tennessee and North Carolina. And with roughly forty percent of the Park in Swain County, Bryson City is the ideal spot for a relaxing Smoky Mountain vacation — away from the more carnival atmosphere of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Even though the Park is large, there are many quiet getaways  – particularly on the North Carolina side. Explore our uncrowded trails, gaze at our waterfalls, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Smokies.

Guide to the National Park

Western North Carolina is Famous for its Scenic Mountain Roads and Spectacular Views

Make Swain County your home base for a mountain vacation, and get ready to enjoy some of the most scenic roads in the country. You’ll love our curvy mountain roads with endless mountain vistas, sparkling rivers and creeks, lush forests and peaceful valleys.

Our most well-known drives take you through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala Gorge, to Fontana Dam, on the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Cherohala Skyway, down The Road to Nowhere, and along the infamous Dragon at Deals Gap. Yet there are plenty of side trips down country roads that take you to that perfect picnic spot or fishing hole – or just a drive for the joy of the journey.

Drive in style. Ever driven a slingshot? It’s a pretty unique experience, that doesn’t require a motorcycle license.  Learn more.

Six Scenic Side Trips from Bryson City

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Road to Nowhere

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Dragon and More

Cherohala Skyway

Nantahala Area

3 Roads in WNC Voted Tops for Motorcycles

USA Today readers have picked 3 WNC roads in the 10 best for a motorcycle trip. The Dragon at Deal’s Gap was picked #4, The Blue Ridge Parkway #5, and the Cherohala Skyway was #6. July, 2014. Read more

American Motorcyclist Association also named these three among the top 15 best in America to ride. AMA members ranked The Blue Ridge Parkway # 2, US 129 The Dragon #3, and The Cherohala Skyway #7. Nearly 100 roads in the US were on the ballot. “When it comes to the best places in the country to ride motorcycles, no group of riders is more knowledgeable than AMA members,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. Read more in AMA magazine – April 2011 issue.

The Sight and Sound of Falling Water is Magical, Even When the Falls Are Only a Few Feet High

A walk or drive beside any mountain stream will lead you by hundreds of tumbling cascades as the waters rush down from the peaks of the Smokies. But the high falls are the most spectacular, and Swain County offers some of the best in the Smokies, including Deep Creek’s trio of waterfalls – Juney Whank, Tom Branch and Indian Creek Falls. Download 2-page regional waterfalls booklet.

Dining

Bryson City’s Area Restaurants Offer Something for Every Taste

Bryson City
For a small town, Bryson City has quite a variety of restaurant choices — from southern home cooking, hickory-smoked barbecue, piled-high deli sandwiches, and juicy hamburgers — to gourmet meals, farm-to-table offerings, and ethnic foods like Italian or Mexican. We’ve even got an old-fashioned family run drive-in.

There are Nantahala Gorge restaurants where you can watch whitewater rafting riverside, or have a quick lunch before spending an afternoon on the water.

Restaurants in Area

La Dolce Vita Bakery

191 Everett St., Bryson City NC 28713
Contact Name: Gianna Carson or Pat Tagliarini
Email: dolcebryson@gmail.com
Phone: 828-488-588
La Dolce Vita Bakery is a farm to table dessert bakery. We specialize in custom order cakes and cupcakes made from the best local ingredients. We will have a variety of desserts and specialty desserts available daily. Now serving fresh Italian gelato daily! Pet friendly outside seating. Inside Dining / Outside Dining / Takeout

CJ’s Grille

47 Depot Street, Bryson City NC 28713
Contact Name: Chris Jennings
Email: shannonjen1972@gmail.com
Phone: 828-488-9880
Family friendly restaurant with full bar, pet friendly outdoor covered deck, and pool tables and games conveniently located just across from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in the heart of downtown Bryson City. Daily food and drink specials, weekend live entertainment, and NFL Ticket for those fall football weekends. Pet friendly outside seating / Inside Dining / Outside Dining /Takeout

Everett Street Diner

126 Everett Street, Bryson City NC 28713
Contact Name: Mike Shakar
Email: everettstreetdiner@gmail.com
Phone: 828-488-0123
A traditional style breakfast and lunch featuring daily specials as well as a variety of sandwiches, homemade soups, salads, and desserts. Hours of operation: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 7am – 2pm. Sunday, 7:30am – 2pm. Closed Tuesday. Inside Dining / Takeout Delivery

Fryemont Inn Restaurant & Bar

245 Fryemont Street, Bryson City NC 28713
Email: fryemont@dnet.net
Phone: 828-488-2159
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Fryemont Inn has been a tradition in mountain hospitality since 1923. Enjoy fireside dining and your favorite wines and cocktails. We serve a full country breakfast from 8-10am; and a delicious four-course dinner from 6-8pm Sunday-Thursday and 6-9pm Friday-Saturday. Prime rib, lamb shanks and pecan crusted trout are just a few of the tasty offerings. Take a virtual tour. Open mid-April through Thanksgiving. Reservations, please. Inside Dining Only

Nantahala Outdoor Center Restaurants

13077 Hwy 19 W, Bryson City NC 28713
Phone: 800-232-6900
When you visit the Nantahala Gorge, be sure to bring your appetite! NOC offers two riverside dining locations, River’s End and Big Wesser – with menus boasting a little bit of something for everyone! Menus and hours change seasonally, visit website for current information. Free Wi-Fi. At River’s End whether you’re craving a juicy cheeseburger, a filling salad, or the staple Sherpa Rice dish, you can enjoy your meal where every seat has a view of the river. Inside Dining Outside Dining Takeout. The menu at Big Wesser draws from NOC’s southern roots, bringing mouthwatering bites like burgers and barbeque to the Nantahala Gorge. Pet friendly outside seating at Big Wesser. (open in season) Inside Dining / Outside Dining / Takeout

Subway/TCBY

15 Highway 19 South, Bryson City NC 29713>
Phone: 828-488-1227 8-1227
Subs, wraps and salads, protein bowls, breakfast sandwiches. Kid mini-meals. Open all year seven days a week. Inside Dining Takeout

Carolina Bound Adventures Craft Brews Tours

35 Slope Street, Bryson City NC 28713
Contact Name: Mark Van Osdal
Email: mark@carolinaboundadventures.com
Phone: 828-788-6885
Choose from two tour options complete with a designated driver; our Breweries Tour which visits 3 mountain towns & 5 breweries and our Waterfalls and Breweries Tour: 4 waterfalls, and then 5 breweries. We pick you up at your Bryson City stay location and drop you back off after the tour. We drive… you have all the fun! Tour accommodates up to 7 guests. See the beauty of Western Carolina, enjoy our great local breweries, and consider us your “Brew-bur Driver”!

Nate and Nick’s

225 Everett Street Suite D, Bryson City NC 28713
Contact Name: Jennifer Allen
Email: nateandnicks@gmail.com
Phone: 828-488-0500
Locally owned and operated pizzeria and grill. We offer only the highest quality ingredients and serve hand crafted beers in a unique setting. We take pride in providing our customers with a memorable experience that keeps them coming back time and time again. Pet friendly outdoor seating. Inside Dining / Outside Dining / Takeout

Pasqualino’s Italian Restaurant

25 Everett St, Bryson City NC 28713
Contact Name: Pascual Izquierdo
Email: pascualsimon@yahoo.com
Phone: 828-488-955
Enjoy classic Italian favorites served in a rustic yet refined atmosphere. Full lunch and dinner menus with daily evening specials. Full bar and extensive wine list. Catering available and larger groups are welcome with reservations required. Inside Dining / Takeout

The Backwoods Bakery

4500 Conleys Creek Road, Whittier NC 28789
Contact Name: Kathy Circa
Email: kathy@backwoodsbakery.com
Phone: 828-554-5721
The Backwoods Bakery is a small batch artisan bakery deep in the backwoods of Western NC which uses only the finest and most natural products available; our flour is sourced from North Carolina mills and all from certified organic grain. You’ll find our “storefront” at your local farmers markets in both Swain and Jackson counties and our products can be found at several local restaurants and retail outlets. Our wood-fired pizza food truck can also be found at regional and local events.

Anthony’s Restaurant and Derailed Bar & Lounge

15 Depot Street, Bryson City NC 28713
Email: dine@anthonysbrysoncity.com
Phone: 828-488-8898
Authentic hand-tossed pizza, burgers, homemade dinners, appetizers, subs, paninis, salads & desserts. Large selection of craft, imported and domestic beers; full bar and wine. Inside and covered outdoor dining; with relaxed lounge seating areas in Derailed Bar. Free wifi. Across from train depot. Pet friendly outside seating. Inside Dining / Outside Dining / Takeout

Mountain Perks Espresso Bar & Cafe

9 Depot St., Bryson City NC 28713
Contact Name: Pamela Pulley
Email: mtnperks@mtnperks.com
Phone: 828-488-9561
Custom roasted coffee and espresso drinks, smoothies, freezes and master blended teas. Great selection of gourmet wraps, salads, quiche, vegetarian and gluten free dishes and soup. Also handmade bagels and tasty cream cheeses, muffins, baked goods and bagel or croissant sandwiches. Free Wi-Fi. Eat in, on the porch, or carry out. Delivery service available. Pet friendly outside seating / Inside Dining / Outside Dining / Takeout / Delivery

Guayabitos Mexican Restaurant

236 Hwy 19 South, Bryson City NC 28713
Phone: 828-488-1336
Authentic Mexican fare, full bar and lively atmosphere. Private rooms available for all your celebrations. Open daily all year for lunch and dinner. 11am-2:30 pm lunch and 5 pm-10 pm for dinner. Inside Dining / Takeout

Beef Jerky Experience

22 Fry Street, Bryson City NC 28713
Contact Name: Eric Hichman
Email: asheville@beefjerkyx.com
Phone: 828-242-0817
The Beef Jerky Experience story is really pretty simple; take the highest quality USDA approved jerky you can find, create over 100 varieties and sizes ranging from mild to wild, and build a store around it. Make it in small batches so it will always be fresh. Offer samples so everyone can find a favorite – or two! Finally, add even more variety by including gourmet popcorn, sauces, seasonings, marinades and more. Come in today or order online.

Boxcar Cafè & Cones

26 Frye Street, Bryson City NC 28713
Contact Name: Jeff Fuller
Email: boxcarcafeandcones@gmail.com
Phone: 828-736-8977
Conveniently located across from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson City, Boxcar Cafè & Cones offers a varied breakfast and lunch menu including burgers, wraps, wings, and more. Order online at website and schedule your delivery or pick up. In the mood for something sweet? We have 16 flavors of hand dipped ice cream available in cones, cups or shakes. Pet friendly outdoor seating / Inside Dining / Outside Dining / Takeout Delivery

Boots Steakhouse

64 Front St., Dillsboro NC 28725
Contact Name: Colleen Sims
Email: bootssteakhouse@gmail.com
Phone: 228-341-4917
Escape for a moment from the busy pace of life on our beautiful patio or carefully designed dining room, as you savor our delicious steaks and other grilled entrees. Whether it’s a casual business meeting, a first date, a romantic evening, or a family celebration, at Boots Steakhouse we’ll welcome you with a big smile, a great meal, and impeccable service. Pet friendly outside seating / Inside Dining Outside Dining / Takeout

Unplugged Pub

25 Everett St. (Rear), Bryson City NC 28713
Contact Name: Mary Wilson
Email: unpluggedpub1@gmail.com
Phone: 828-506-0919
Bryson City’s newest night spot offers a relaxed, upscale atmosphere, large outdoor deck, and live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Enjoy dinner from the food truck on site or take out from one of our local downtown restaurants. Pet friendly outside seating / Inside Dining / Outside Dining

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Dining

226 Everett St. Bryson City NC 28713
Phone: 828-488-7000
All aboard! Join us for one of our evening specialty dinner trains, The Fontana Trestle featuring BBQ & Brews OR Uncorked Wine Train. Both trains follow a scenic evening route and feature a delicious menu paired with the wine/beer, and knowledgeable representatives from the brewery or vineyard showcased. Whether you are a craft beer connoisseur or have a taste for vibrant wines we’ve got you covered with these unique railroading dining experiences.

Iron Wok

33 Rector St., Bryson City NC 28713
Contact Name: Jovy Phuong
Email: jovyphuong6868@gmail.com
Phone: 828-507-1773
Iron Wok is a locally owned and recently renovated restaurant in downtown Bryson City featuring authentic dishes from China, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. All orders are fresh made with no MSG and gluten free options are available. Private room and gift certificates are available. Inside Dining / Takeout

Bojangles Famous Chicken & Biscuits

65 Veterans Blvd, Bryson City NC 28713
Phone: 828-488-0109
Southern-inspired fast-food chain known for Cajun fried chicken, biscuits & signature sides. Serving breakfast all day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Drive Thru Only

Nantahala Brewing’s Burger + Bar

116 Ramseur Street, Bryson City NC 28713
Email: burgerbar@nantahalabrewing.com
Phone: 828-585-5885
Located just down the street from the Nantahala Brewing Company, The Warehouse at Nantahala Brewing offers fresh, local, farm to table dining in a casual, rustic setting. Dine outdoors or in and enjoy the signature Nantahala Brewing Company beers or a cocktail from the bar. Pet friendly outside seating / Inside Dining / Outside Dining / Takeout

The Chocolate Shoppe

134 Everett St, Bryson City NC 28713
Contact Name: Thomas Turek
Email: info@brysoncitychocolates.com
Phone: 828-488-9119
Come inside and smell the chocolate! Hand dipped chocolates and made-in-store fudges, caramel apples, brittles, specialty popcorn, pralines, and a selection of unique candies. Plus 24 flavors of creamy and delicious premium ice cream made especially for the Chocolate Shoppe including flavors for the diabetic and lactose intolerant. Take a virtual tour Takeout Only

The Iron Skillet

165 Everett Street, Bryson City NC 28713
Contact Name: Karin Green
Email: theironskilletrestaurant@gmail.com
Phone: 828-788-2835
Featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner menus with fresh salads, wings, burgers, Phillies, and home-style daily specials. Private room available for groups or meetings. Free Wi-Fi. Inside Dining / Takeout

Na-ber’s Drive In

1245 Main St, Bryson City NC 28713
Phone: 828-488-2877
Old school drive-in located beside the Tuckasegee River in Bryson City. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus offering inside service as well as curb service, under cover. Open all year. Closed Sundays. Curbside Only

High Test Deli & Sweet Shop

145 Everett St, Bryson City NC 28713
Contact Name: Barry and Helene Tetrault
Phone: 828-488-1919
Fresh made to order sandwiches, salads, soups and homemade desserts, and outstanding customer service make High Test Deli & Sweet Shop your first choice for quality dining in Bryson City. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm, closed on Sundays. Takeout Only

Bar-B-Que Wagon

610 Main St, Bryson City NC 28173
Phone: 828-488-9521
Open Tuesday through Saturday 11am-8 pm. April 1 through November 1. Open extra days during July and color season. Hickory smoked pit BBQ made on the premises. Pet friendly outside seating / Inside Dining / Outside Dining / Takeout

Soda Pop’s Ice Cream Parlor

125 Everett St., Bryson City NC 28713
Contact Name: Paul Crawley
Email: sodapops44@gmail.com
Phone: 828-788-0013
Soda Pop’s, established in 2000 as a family business, Bryson City’s only ’40’s and ’50’s old fashioned Soda Fountain located in the heart of downtown. Specializing in Coca-Cola memorabilia. Our setting will take you and your kids back in time! Pet friendly outside seating. Inside Dining / Outside Dining / Takeout

Beer Treks, LLC

210 Main Street, Bryson City NC 28713
Contact Name: David Miner
Email: tours@beertreks.com
Phone: 941-545-9709
Beer Treks is not your typical beer drinking brewery tour, but an educational experience into the world of Craft beer, the story behind each brewery, and the history of Western North Carolina beer and our mountain towns. Tour great local craft breweries with a certified beer expert, going behind-the-scenes of the beer making process while learning how to critically taste a variety of craft beers brewed by exceptional brewmasters.

Heavenly Fudge Depot & Shoppe

225 Everett St., Bryson City NC 28713
Contact Name: Mike Martone
Email: mmartone@martonenc.com
Phone: 828-488-4447
Located in downtown Bryson City, directly across from the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad offering a delicious array of handmade chocolates, award winning fudge, fresh brewed coffee and espresso drinks, along with an assortment of other sweet treats and beverages. Pet friendly outside seating / Inside Dining / Outside Dining / Takeout

Mountain Layers Brewing Company

90 Everett St., Bryson City NC 28713
Contact Name: Mark Pettit
Email: mark@mtnlayersbeer.com
Phone: 651-368-0491
Located in the center of downtown Bryson City, the brewery has indoor seating as well as outdoor seating on a covered rooftop terrace with a beautiful view of the Tuckasegee River and the mountains surrounding the town. The brewery currently has a number of beers on tap, a hard cider on tap, and a variety of wines, sodas, tea, and coffee. Several local restaurants offer food delivery to your table, and they often have a food truck. Pet friendly outside seating in patio area / Inside Dining / Outside Dining

Jimmy Mac’s Restaurant

121 Main St., Bryson City NC 28713
Contact Name: Jimmy McNorrill Jr.
Email: Jimmac5076@yahoo.com
Phone: 828-488-4700
Offering both lunch and dinner in a casual and inviting atmosphere on Main Street, Jimmy Mac’s features a full menu including soups, salads, appetizers, burgers, steaks, seafood and more. Inside Dining / Outside Dining / Takeout

Driving Directions
NC Regional Map
ASHEVILLE, NC – approximately one hour.

Take I-40 west to Exit 27 (the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue West on US 74 past Waynesville, Sylva and Dillsboro to Bryson City. Exit 67 is Veterans Boulevard (Downtown Bryson City).

ATLANTA – approximately three hours.

From West Atlanta, take I-75 north to I-575 north, which becomes Georgia route 5. At Blue Ridge, GA, turn left (west) on to Route 60 and travel 1.5 miles to Mineral Bluff, GA. Turn right on to Route “60 Spur” and travel approximately 12 miles to the junction with US 19/74. Turn right (east) and proceed on US 19/74 through Murphy, NC, Andrews, NC and the Nantahala Gorge to Bryson City. The drive from Murphy to Bryson City is approximately one hour.

From East Atlanta, take I-85 north to I-985, which becomes US 23, which becomes US 23/441.You’ll pass through Clayton, GA, Franklin, NC and Dillsboro, NC. Just past Dillsboro, take US 74 (the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway) west to Bryson City.

CHARLOTTE – approximately three hours.

Take I-85 west to US 74. Continue west on US 74 to I-26. Go north on I-26 to I-40. Take I-40 west to Exit 27 (US 74, the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue West on US 74 past Waynesville, Sylva and Dillsboro to Bryson City. Exit 67 is Veterans Boulevard (Downtown Bryson City).

CHATTANOOGA – approximately 2-1/2 hours.

Take I-75 north to US 64 (near Cleveland, TN). Drive east on US 64 (which becomes US 64/74) through Ducktown, TN and the Ocoee River Gorge into North Carolina. At Murphy, NC take US 19/74 east through Andrews, NC and the Nantahala Gorge to Bryson City.

GREENVILLE & SPARTANBURG – approximately two to 2-1/2 hours.

From Spartanburg, take I-26 north to I-40. Take I-40 west to Exit 27 (US 74, the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue West on US 74 past Waynesville, Sylva and Dillsboro to Bryson City. Exit 67 is Veterans Boulevard (Downtown Bryson City). The drive from Spartanburg to Bryson City is approximately two hours, or 2-1/2 hours from Greenville.

KNOXVILLE

You have a choice of four routes. Driving time depends on route and traffic.

1. Via Interstate 40 – Take I-40 east into North Carolina to exit 27 (US 74, the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue West on US 74 past Waynesville, Sylva and Dillsboro to Bryson City. Exit 67 is Veterans Boulevard (Downtown Bryson City). The drive from Knoxville to Bryson City is approximately two hours.

2. Via US 129 – Take US 129 south through Alcoa and Maryville. After crossing into North Carolina, take US 28 south to US 74 (the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue east on US 74 approximately 10 miles to Bryson City. Note: the section of US 129 known as “Deal’s Gap” and “The Tail of The Dragon” is extremely curvy (318 curves in 11 miles). The drive from Knoxville to Bryson City is approximately 2-1/2 to three hours.

3. Via Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Take I-40 east to exit 407 and proceed south. At Sevierville, TN, take US 441 south through Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Cherokee, NC. At Cherokee, take US 19 south to Bryson City. Depending on traffic, the drive from Knoxville to Bryson City can be from 2-1/2 to four hours.

4. Via Townsend and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Take US 129 south through Alcoa to Maryville. In Maryville, take US 321 east to Townsend, TN. From Townsend, take Little River Road east through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to US 441 (at the Park Visitors Center). Take US 441 south through the park to Cherokee, NC. At Cherokee, take US 19 south to Bryson City. Depending on traffic, the drive from Knoxville to Bryson City is approximately three hours.

Area Beverage Policies

Restaurants

The town of Bryson City permits the sale of alcoholic beverages within the city limits; and a number of Bryson City restaurants offer beer, wine and mixed drinks.

Outside of the city limits, only certain qualifying resort properties are permitted to serve alcohol by the drink as well as beer and wine. Restaurants at the Nantahala Outdoor Center are permitted to serve only beer and wine.

In Cherokee, beer & wine may be served at certain restaurants that are within one mile of the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance (north end of Cherokee). Beer, wine and mixed drinks are served in the Harrah’s Casino & Hotel restaurants and on the Casino floor. The remainder of the Cherokee Indian Reservation is dry.

Because of differing policies, restaurant patrons are advised to check with the restaurant ahead of time.

Bottle Sales

In Bryson City, liquors are sold at the ABC Store at 254 Veterans Boulevard (next to Arby’s) (9 to 9, Monday through Saturday). 828-488-6682.

Beer, wine and mixers are sold only at grocery stores, convenience stores and package stores within the city limits. Hours vary from store to store, but are allowed to be from 6 am to midnight, except on Sunday, when sales are permitted from 10 am – 2 am. The Wesser General Store in the Nantahala Gorge sells beer and wine (open seasonally).

Area Weather

A Great Climate For Outdoor Activities Year ‘Round

Few climates anywhere in the world can match the year-round pleasant nature of Swain County’s climate. The lack of seasonal extremes allows for frequent outdoor activities and comfortable living throughout the year. Among the most valued aspects of Swain County’s climate are the cool summer nights which have lured visitors to the area for generations.

In the Bryson City area, July temperatures reflect an average daily high of 84 degrees and an average low of 62.4 degrees. Winter temperatures, while cool, are not uncomfortable. The average daily high in January is 47.5 degrees, while the average low is 26 degrees.

Annual Climate Averages for Bryson City

High
(F)
Low
(F)
Rain  Snow 
Jan 47.5 26.0 3.48 4.6
Feb 50.6 27.6 3.60 2.8
Mar 58.4 34.4 5.13 1.6
Apr 68.6 42.7 3.84 0.9
May  75.6 51.0 4.19 0.0
Jun 81.4 58.2 4.20 0.0
Jul 84.0 62.4 4.43 0.0
Aug 83.5 61.6 4.79 0.0
Sept 77.9 55.8 3.96 0.0
Oct 68.7 43.3 3.29 0.0
Nov 58.6 34.2 3.29 0.0
Dec 50.3 28.2 3.51 0.0

NC Mountains Realty and Cabin Rental would like to thank the
Bryson City and Swain County Chamber of Commerce for use of their content for this travel guide.