There is something for EVERY interest within a short drive of our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals. Use Bryson Village as your base as you explore your interests! After a day of exploring, walk to our restaurants, shops and breweries in downtown Bryson City. Then, go home and jump in your hot tub.
Bryson City and Swain County
Bryson City is a small town in North Carolina. It’s a gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with wildflowers, streams and part of the Appalachian Trail. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers train rides through the park, plus the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum. The Tuckasegee River is popular for white-water rafting. The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians has fishing gear and 1800s fly rods.
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad – .3 Miles
The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad has themed rides for people of all ages. Scenic rail excursions take you from a historic depot in Bryson City, through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina. The variety of train options and special event trains makes it perfect for making memories. Dine in their First Class Cars with a private attendant and breathtaking views or take it all in while riding in an Open Air Gondola.
Downtown – .3 Miles
- Great local restaurants
- Local Breweries
- Mountain Layers Craft Brewery
This brewery and taproom in Bryson City feature two bars: one on the main level built around the brew house and another upstairs where you can drink on the outdoor deck overlooking downtown.
- Nantahala Brewing Company
Located in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nantahala Brewing artfully brews award-winning, craft beer made from fresh hops, whole grains and clean, crisp Smoky Mountain water from one of the purest, protected watersheds on the planet.
- Mountain Layers Craft Brewery
- Great shops
- Artist Galleries
- Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians
Deep Creek Park – 9 Miles
Deep Creek Park has tubing, trails and waterfalls. The Deep Creek area is celebrated for its streams and waterfalls. Hikers can choose from several loop hikes leading to the waterfalls. Mountain bikers can take advantage of one of the few park trails where bicycles are permitted.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park – 14.6 Miles
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America’s most visited national park. Visited by more than 11 million people annually! The ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture.
- Sightseeing / Hiking
- Fly Fishing
- Clingmans Dome At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 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.
Cherokee Indian Reservation – 11 miles
Unlike some reservations in the western United States, Cherokee Indian Reservation is entirely open to visitors. In fact, the tourism industry has been very profitable. Restaurants, amusement parks, a casino, and shops flourish in and around the town of Cherokee. Museums help preserve and interpret Cherokee history and culture.
- Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama Since its debut on July 1, 1950, “Unto These Hills” has entertained over six million people, telling the Cherokees’ rich story from 1780 to the twenty-first century.
- Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort houses a new 3,000-seat events center where acts from Hank Williams, Jr. to Lady Antebellum have performed. This unique venue option features amphitheater seating on three levels for a variety of events and programs. They also have great restaurants.
- Oconaluftee Islands Park
- Santa Land Fun Park and Petting Zoo
- Mingo Falls Mingo Falls is on the Cherokee Indian Reservation (Qualla Boundary), just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. No special permits are required for access to the reservation. At 120 feet tall, the waterfall is one of the tallest and most spectacular in the southern Appalachians. The hike to the waterfall is only 0.4 miles in length, but is considered moderate in difficulty.
- Smokemount Riding Stables
- Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine
- Museum of the Cherokee Indian
- Cherokee Phoenix Theatre
- UltraStar Multi-tainment Center
Nantahala River and Gorge – 13.9 Miles
North Carolina’s shimmering Nantahala River and Gorge, located just outside Bryson City, NC, on 19 West. This location offers river rafting through family-friendly rapids that are mild but exciting. There is also a 500-acre adventure center offers whitewater rafting, four aerial and zip line activities, mountain biking on nine miles of private trails, and stand-up paddle boarding on Lake Fontana.
Lake Fontana – 27.4 miles
Fontana Lake is a reservoir impounded by Fontana Dam on the Little Tennessee River located in Graham and Swain counties in North Carolina. The lake forms part of the southern border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the northern border of part of the Nantahala National Forest.
- Boating and Marina
- Fishing, and fishing guides
- Fontana Dam
- Lake Kayaking
- Fontana Village
With 42 miles of shoreline, Nantahala Lake offers recreational opportunities at Nantahala that include swimming, boating, skiing, and many other activities. Fishing is another popular activity; aficionados will find largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout, salmon, catfish, and many different species of pan fish.
Fishing & Fly Fishing
See opportunities above
Tsali Recreation Area – 5 miles
- Flows through the middle of Bryson City
- Rafting near Whittier and Dillsboro
Darnell Farms – 6 Miles
Darnell Farms is a beautiful, 80-acre, community-oriented family farm that offers fresh produce and products, live music and entertainment, riverside camping and a kids play area.
- Whittier Smoky Mountain Country Club – 8.8 miles
- Cherokee Sequoyah National Golf Club – 9.5 Miles Located in Cherokee nestled among the oak, fir and flowered valleys in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. Owned by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee, this Robert Trent Jones II design is open to the public and offers golfers an idyllic 18 hole journey, filled with panoramic vistas on every hole, beautiful landscapes and a fun mountain golf experience.
Road to Nowhere
For a scenic drive and a unique hike through a long tunnel, head to the Lake View Drive, known more commonly as the “Road to Nowhere“, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At the end of the six-mile winding road through the forest, find a network of hiking trails. A 3.2-mile loop option starts with a walk through a 1,200-foot tunnel built for a scenic drive that was never completed.
Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway and All-American Road in the United States, noted for its scenic beauty. The parkway, which is America’s longest linear park, runs for 469 miles (755 km) through 29 Virginia and North Carolina counties, linking Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
- Tail of the Dragon – 30 miles The area is popular with motorcycle enthusiasts, who cross Deals Gap into Tennessee to drive along “The Tail of the Dragon”; famous for its 318 curves in 11 miles (18 km).
- Appalachian Trial The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the Eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine.
- Stecoah Valley Cultural Center
- Cherohala Skyway Along with multiple vistas and overlooks, the skyway provides easy vehicular access to various protected and recreational areas of the Unicoi Mountains, including the Citico Creek Wilderness, the Bald River Gorge Wilderness, and the remote interior of the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.
- Joyce Kilmer Memorial Park This forest is one of the Nation’s most impressive remnants of old-growth forest. 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. This 3,800-acre forest was set aside in 1936 as a memorial to the author of the poem “Trees,” Joyce Kilmer, who was killed in action in France during World War I. This forest, part of the Joyce Kilmer-Slick Rock Wilderness, is maintained in its primitive state. The only way to see this forest is on foot. A 2-mile trail leads to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial and loops through giant trees.
Maggie Valley – 28 Miles
Franklin – 34 Miles
Cullowhee – 24 Miles
- Mountain Heritage Center
Waynesville – 35 Miles
- Hart Theatre
Gatlinburg – 45 Miles
Gatlinburg is a mountain city in Tennessee. It rests on the border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park along U.S. Route 441, which connects to Cherokee, North Carolina, on the southeast side of the national park.
Pigeon Forge – 54 Miles
- Dollywood & Splash Country
Asheville – 68 Miles
- Biltmore Estate is a large private estate and tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore House, the main residence, is a Châteauesque-style mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1842 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet of floor space.