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Enjoy the south side of the Smokies in Bryson City North Carolina

Carolina side of

natural wonders; hiking and backcountry camping; bucket list hikes for hardcore backpackers — the hike of their lives

boat-in only campsites near Bryson City on Fontana Lake

hub, headquarters, command center stocking center or basecamp

Cherokee is just east; sister city in Swaim County with some in Jackson County, elk viewing, fishing and tubing on the Oconaluftee River, Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Mountain Farm Museum

south side of the Smoky Mountains;

Nantahala National Forest border; Great Smoky Mountains National Park border; How far to highest peaks, western terminus of the Blue Ridge Parkway; How far to Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks

scenic train ride - Great Smoky Mountain Railway; "The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad takes you on a scenic rail excursion along the Nantahala River and through the Nantahala Gorge.  This is a 4 1/2 hour excursion totaling 44 miles, making its way through mountain valleys, tunnels and across the Nantahala and Tennessee rivers and over Fontana Lake into the deep river gorge. Along the way you’ll enjoy a one hour layover from the Railroad ride at the world famous Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC)"

train museum

whitewater rafting; tubing; Deep Creek 

Tuckasegee River

Everett Street streetscapes

Shopping like McClanahan’s (; Loose Moose and Uncle Bunky’s

The Yard:

How far to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino; Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation attractions

Vacation Concierge: Carolina Bound Adventures

How far to Cades Cove

How far to Fontana Lake; lake kayaking, charter boating; fishing,

Bucket list trout fishing: ("Rainbow trout, brown trout, and the native brook trout are the fish that are primarily targeted by fisherman inside the park.") fly-fishing; ("The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has about 2,900 miles of streams within its boundaries. Approximately 600 miles of stream contains fish, providing for an abundance of angling opportunities from high elevation trout streams to cool water low elevation streams.")

enjoy trout fishing without going deep into the wilderness at Cooper Creek Trout Farm ...

Deep Creek maybe

Smallmouth bass can be found in the first 0.5 -1.0 mile of a few streams flowing into Fontana Lake near the park boundary (i.e., Eagle Creek, Hazel Creek, Noland Creek). Noland Creek Trail can take you near Clingmans Dome;

Noland Divide Trail stretches from Deep Creek entrance to national park to Clingman’s Dome Road; three other ridges also can be hiked to near that high place (what trails are on parallel Fortney Ridge, Sunkota Ridge and Thomas Ridge. Thomas Divide Trail (13.7 miles) goes from near Bryson City to a spot on Newfound Gap Road near Charles A. Webb Overlook about 3.3 miles from Clingman’s Dome Road.

Deep Creek Trail (14 miles to a spot on Newfound Gap Road) and Deep Creek Horse Trail, Juney Whank Falls Trail; Thomas Divide Trail is near; Indian Creek Trail via Deep Creek Trail; Sunkota Ridge Trail from Deep Creek area

big picnic area

three waterfalls on pretty short hike: Tom Branch Falls, Indian Creek Falls and Juney Whank Falls. On option to see them all is only 2.4 miles.

Fontana maybe

Fontana Lake Overlook and Road to Nowhere

Fontana Dam is tallest dam east of the Mississippi

Fontana: Lakeview Drive is suitable for road bicycling

Backcountry camping near lake and along trails Reservations and permits are required for all overnight stays in the backcountry. 

People who like to visit filming locations: "many of The Fugitive’s early scenes were filmed in and around Bryson City, including the spectacular train wreck in Dillsboro and scenes of Harrison Ford driving a borrowed getaway vehicle through downtown Bryson City. The iconic dam sequence was filmed at the historic Cheoah dam on the Little Tennessee River about 40 miles west of Bryson City. It’s a must-see attraction for visitors." lots to do at lake other than see dam where scene was filmed ...

How far to Clingman’s Dome

How far to Appalachian Trail (NOC and others)

How far to NOC

How far to Blue Ridge Parkway

Horseback riding in the Great Smoky Mountains ; Jeep tour, zip line

The number one activity in the national park is auto touring

two or three places in Bryson City to rent ATVs/UTVs; Polaris Slingshots (3-wheel, open-air roadster 49 states consider it to be an autocycle) can be rented at one - pavement only road tires, a steering wheel, seat belts and a brake pedal

Breweries; wineries

National Register of Historic Places entries downtown:

Guided hikes to scenic overlook/vistas such as Wesser Bald or Andrews Bald, or waterfalls such as the trio of falls at Deep Creek; history hike; mountain biking (mountain biking in Tsali Recreation Area); shuttle services that will take you to the trailheads

Camping options

nice lodging options: The Everett ( in c. 1908 building that was originally Bryson City Bank. Stonebrook Lodge. Historic Fryemont

Cabin rental

Appalachian Rivers Aquarium

c. 1908 Swain County Courthouse; Swain County Heritage Museum & Visitors Center

Swain County Tourism Development Authority

Swain County NC Chamber of Commerce; Fly Fishing Capital of the South