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Spend a fabulous day or two in Bryson City and the Great Smokies with waterfalls, hiking, rafting, food and shopping. Since this jewel of Small town America offers so much to do, it's one of our top cool mountain towns in western North Carolina. Located about 70 miles southwest of Asheville via freeway, this is paradise for outdoors and nature lovers since much of the County is part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's whitewater rafting mecca, with the Nantahala River cascading through the Gorge and Nantahala National Forest. Abcs Good Morning Americas Vacationland series name Nantahala River number one place to spend wet and wild vacation in the US. In fact, Smithsonian names Bryson City as one of 20 Best Small Towns to Visit. Throughout the rest of the year, take scenic train rides on the extremely popular Great Smoky Mountains Railroad along rivers and Fontana Lake. For much more info, go to our GSM Railroad Guide. Your first stop should be the stately historic courthouse. Downstairs, get plenty of advice about things to do at the County Visitor Center and buy souvenirs at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Store. Upstairs, browse interesting Swain County Heritage Museum for a quick overview of local mountain life. All free to visit and open every day, 9 AM - 6 PM. Downtown Bryson City is a small town America with a variety of shops with friendly owners. Many shops showcase area artisans who create chocolate, handcraft jewelry, hand - turned wood objects and pottery. For a small town of only 1 500 residents, there is a surprising number of nice restaurants and two breweries. Take selfie in front of caboose! We give only a sampling of things to do. For much more, go to the Bryson City Great Smokies website. Stand Up Paddleboard with dog Lager Tuckasegee River in the middle of town with Bryson City Outdoors. Explore shops, galleries and restaurants along a three - block stretch of Everett Street From Depot to Visitor's Center. Breweries Mountain Layers Brewing Company is a 7 - barrel microbrewery with two bars including a rooftop outdoor deck. Nantahala Brewing Company has been around since 2009 and features many of their brews in their fun Tap Room, open every day. Brewery tours on Friday afternoons include tastings of eight beers. More Bryson City Events From free live music on many nights each week to big festivals, see the complete Bryson City Events Calendar. For much more information, go to the Bryson City Great Smokies website.

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Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking

Nantahala River is one of most popular Whitewater Rafting rivers in the Southeast, luring more than 200 000 paddlers to its waters every year. The perfect combination of exciting whitewater and placid pools, Nantahala is a great introduction to the sport of Whitewater paddling. In the mood for something more sedate? Try Tuckasegee River. With its Class I and II rapids, Tuckasegee Rafting trips provide Great Outdoor entertainment for the entire family. For experienced paddlers, Cheoah River offers a nine - mile stretch of Class IV - V rapids between Santeetlah and Calderwood lakes West of Bryson City. Dropping 150 - feet per mile, Cheoah is three times as steep as Gauley and equally challenging. Unfortunately, Cheoah is a control - release River with a very limited number of release dates. Check with Outfitter for times. Ocoee has been ratted as one of ten best whitewater rivers in the country by Canoe Magazine. A number of local outfitters take trips down Ocoee, about 1 - 1 / 2 hours southwest of Bryson City. It has been chosen as the site of the National Whitewater championships on several occasions as well as home of the 1996 Olympic Whitewater competition. Fully guided due to challenging water.

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1. Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

Consider among the best train rides in the United States, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad provides amazing, scenic excursions through the natural beauty of the mountains, in Western North Carolina. The ride travels across tunnels, rivers, lakes, gorges, and valleys and can be taken in a diesel engine train and in a restored steam engine, as well. They have different tours and excursions and it is recommended to book your tickets in advance, since it is a very popular attraction. You can purchase packages that include other activities, like rafting, or arrange a lunch menu. This is one of the best ways to experience North Carolina's spectacular scenery, as well as its rich history. Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Address: 45 Mitchell Street, Bryson City, NC 28713 Website: Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

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2. Nantahala Outdoor Center

Are you ready for adventure? National Geographic Adventure has rat Nantahala Outdoor Center as One of the Best Outfitters on Earth, and you will surely love it, too. As the largest outdoor recreation company in the United States, they provide more than 120 different river and land - base activities, that can please everyone, from families to adrenaline junkies. You can try whitewater rafting, take world - Class paddling lessons or go Lake kayaking. If you are not into water sports, you can rent a mountain bike or visit their leadership institute, for wilderness medicine and River rescue training. Nantahala Outdoor Center provides guidance and gear, so you can have an unforgettable experience. Nantahala Outdoor Center Address: 13077 Hwy. 19 W., Bryson City, NC 28713 Website: Nantahala Outdoor Center


Dining at the NOC

There are two great riverfront dining options at NOC. We opted for Rivers End Restaurant, open daily from 11am - 7pm. We arrived as the restaurant was opening for lunch and were able to sit outside on a covered porch overlooking river. The weather was perfect! There was a really nice breeze, as the restaurant sat up high overlooking river. Get there early to grab a prime seat on the patio - it fills up quickly on Sunday. With a menu ranging from burgers, salads, pizza, and sandwiches, there is definitely something for everyone. If youre looking for a more casual option, order food for pick up at Big Wesser, directly across from Rivers End Restaurant, where you take your food to table with great views of action on water!

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5. Swain County Heritage Museum

If you are interested in learning about the history of the area, you should head to Swain County Heritage Museum. It is a place where the story of Swain County and its people is told through exhibits, photographs, and videos. The museum is located on the second floor of the 1908 historic courthouse, in downtown Bryson City, and admission is free. Make sure to stop by the Information Center and bookstore, that are in the same building, for directions, maps, and additional information on the area. Swain County Heritage Museum Address: 2 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC 28713 Website: Swain County Heritage Museum

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6. Nantahala Brewing Company

Bryson City is a small town in North Carolina know as the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, surrounded by fields of wildflowers, cool streams, part of the Appalachian Trail and a range of other more or less difficult hiking trails. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers train rides through the Park and visiting Smoky Mountain Trains Museum. Tuckasegee River is popular for white - water rafting. The Fly Fishing Museum of Southern Appalachians has fishing gear and 1800s fly rods. Cooper Creek Trout Farm and Trout Pond spread on 70 acres of pristine North Carolina Mountain beauty and offer trout fishing all year around. Pincu Pottery is a studio and gallery where Artist Elise Willa Pincu Delfield creates and sells her magical pieces inspired by nature and made from local red clay. True to Appalachian tradition, Bryson City has several breweries, including Nantahala Brewing Company and Mountain Layers Brewing Company. Cdc information for travelers. Hours / availability may have change. 1. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad digidreamgrafix / stock. Adobe. Com Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is a Heritage and freight railroad in Western North Carolina, near Bryson City. 53 Miles of Murphy Branch, once Branch of the Southern Railway between Dillsboro and Andrews, is owned by Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Line was completed in 1883 and reached Andrews in 1890. The railroad began operations in 1988 and passes through tunnel, lush valleys and across Deep River gorges in the Great Smoky Mountains. Today, several miles of line near Andrews are out of service. Excursions use a 22 - mile long line between Bryson City and Nantahala and a 16 - mile long line between Bryson City and Dillsboro. The railroad runs almost 1 000 excursions a year. It also operates the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum in Bryson City, located next to the historic Bryson City Depot. The Museum own collection of more than 7 000 Lionel Model engines, cars, accessories, Model Train layout, kidsa activity Center, and a gift shop. 45 Mitchell, Bryson City, NC 28713, Phone: 800 - 872 - 4681 Fun Day Trip ideas close To ME, Things To Do this Weekend, small towns, Best Weekend Getaways: Ohio, From San Francisco, Weekend Getaways From NYC, Texas, Florida 2. Road To Nowhere Martina / stock. Adobe. Com Fontana Dam, built in 1941 above the Little Tennessee River in Western North Carolina, is the tallest Dam in the Eastern United States. The main purpose of the dam was to create electricity for ALCOA, former owner of land on which the dam was build. Alcoa produced aluminum for ships, aircraft and munitions for war effort.S As a consequence, many small towns, villages and homesteads were flooded by the newly created Fontana Lake. To assuage displaced communities, plan was to build Road From Bryson City To Deals Gap Along River, to allow people to travel and to provide access to their ancestral lands and cemeteries. Since then, only a small, seven miles long, section, was build, leading to nowhere.

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8. Deep Creek Recreation Area

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 National Park is just a few minutes outside Bryson City. Deep Creek - know for waterfalls, trails, swimming and tubing, and fly fishing - has more fun things to do than any other area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Wildflowers bloom from late February thru September. However, peak wildflower season is mid - to - late April when spring ephemerals make their appearance. So come to visit and explore 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 Deep Creek CCC Camp from 1933 to 1936.

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10. The Road to Nowhere

From Bryson City, follow Everett Street / Fontana Road North out of town, and stay on Fontana Road until you come to the entrance to Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Once in Park, road became Lakeview Drive East. Follow winding road for about 6 miles until you cross the bridge over Nolands Creek, and there is a parking area next to the barricade. From there it is a short walk to the Tunnel, which is about a quarter - mile longer than it looks from outside. It's dark in there, so bring flashlight. Nowhere is on other side, along with some beautiful trails and views. Abandon site of Proctor is about a 10 - mile hike from here; follow National Park Service Trail maps for all trails and connections inside the park.

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Take a Wildwater adventure

You have three adventure package options for your afternoon: add rafting trip down Nantahala River, a full - length Zipline Canopy Tour, or a backroad Jeep Tour exploring Nantahala Gorge area. Option 4 is to remain on the train, enjoy layover by River for hour and then return on train that afternoon back to Bryson City. All our railroad packages meet at the train depot in Bryson City and include transportation from train to your activity and transport back to the depot after your trip. Also, include use of our changing rooms with hot showers and lunch.

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Bryson City Cabin Rentals

Watershed Cabins are a collection of luxury rental log Cabins in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Conveniently located near Nantahala River, Fontana Lake, Bryson City, Cherokee Indian Reservation & Harrahas casino, Tsali Mountain biking trails and Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, we provide vacation rentals for your next Smoky Mountains vacation. If you are a couple looking to just relax, almost every single cabin has a hot tub. Or perhaps you have a large group seeking excitement of whitewater rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding, or cycling at aDealas gap. Whether you come to play hard or take it easy, roughing it has never been so luxurious.

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