LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is equally divided between Tennessee and North Carolina. With roughly forty percent of the Park in Swain County, Bryson City is the ideal spot for a relaxing Smoky Mountain vacation.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad The Nantahala Gorge Excursion from Bryson City is a 4 1/2 hours, 44 miles round trip ride.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino 24-hour casino fun
Tsali Recreation Area Mountain Biking Trail, click to download a Tsali Map/brochure.
Deep Creek Less than two miles from downtown Bryson City, the Deep Creek recreational area offers activities for the entire family to include whitewater tubing and three waterfalls
Fontana Lake Boating and Fishing. The 29-mile long, 11,700-acre Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) lake has more than 240 miles of shoreline.
Clingmans Dome At 6642 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest peak in the Smokies
Blue Ridge Parkway The Blue Ridge Parkway begins in Swain County and provides spectacular views of the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains.
Fontana Dam 480 feet high, Fontana is the tallest dam in the Eastern United States.
Whitewater Rafting The Nantahala, Oconaluftee, and Little Tennessee Rivers provide whitewater fun for all ages.

 

ATTRACTIONS WITHIN A ONE-HOUR DRIVE

Biltmore House and Gardens George Vanderbilt’s 250-room mansion is virtually the same as it was at the turn of the 20th century.
Cataloochee Ski Area On a mountain overlooking Maggie Valley, Cataloochee was the first ski area in the Southeast.
Deals Gap (The Tail of the Dragon) world-famous among motorcyclists and sports car drivers, for its eleven-mile section with 318 continuous curves.
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest This magnificent 3800-acre forest is a remnant of an old growth cove hardwood forest.
Nantahala River Gorge One of the first, and now one of the most popular whitewater rafting and kayaking venues in the nation.
For more details on local and area attractions, please visit the Smokey Mountain Vacation Guide to Bryson City
 

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