There's plenty to see and do!


Whitewater Rafting

Located in Western North Carolina on the southern edge of the Smoky Mountains, the Nantahala River is a dam-controlled water flow river which means consistent water levels from March through October.











8 miles of Class I and Class III rapids, beginner to intermediate whitewater, paddlers must weight 60 lbs. or greater.

Guided Nantahala River Rafting $49.95 per person
Raft Rental Nantahala River $24.95 per person
Double Duckie $24.95 per person
Single Duckie $29.95 per person


Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours

Minimum age 10 and minimum weight 70 lbs.

Enjoy a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual elevation. It takes limited energy to participate and is not designed to scare with big drops as much as excite with smooth gliding. Great trip for families. Fully Guided.

$85.95 per person


Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours – Kid Zip Line $47.00 per person

  • Minimum Age: 4 years old, Adult escort required for children 6
    years old and under
  • Weight Requirements: 225 lbs. maximum
  • Intensity Level: Mild. No previous experience needed.
  • Trip Length: 2 hour time block on course
  • Equipment Furnished: helmet, harness, gloves
  • Season: Late March – Late November
  • Clothing: Closed Toe Shoes Required

Jeep Tour

Jeep Tour in an extended custom Jeep® Wrangler with plexi glass roof. The jeep will pick you up from your cabins at Nantahala Cabins in the Nantahala Gorge. A back-country ride awaits you on the roads less traveled in one of our specialty Jeeps. Experience colorful history and natural beauty while sitting back and leaving the driving to us. Allow two and a half hours for your experience. Children must weigh 40 pounds.

$49.95 per person

XScape Room Bryson City

Are you clever? Do you like to solve problems? Are you ready for an exhilarating challenge? Then you’ll love our escape room experiences!

Your group will be transported to a different world when you step inside the escape room. The fully themed experience will immerse you in the storyline as you get briefed on your objective. Explore the room to find clues, crack codes, and solve puzzles in order to complete the objective and “escape” from the room.

Be sure to watch the clock because your time is limited! The better you can communicate and work together, the faster you can complete your objective.

We have two rooms, Pharaoh’s Revenge an Egyptian Tomb theme, and Mayday a submarine themed room.  Our rooms were designed by Disney Imagineers and are totally immersive.


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Phone is 828-488-5333


Fontana Dam

828-498-2234 (in season) or 828-498-2251 (out of season)
Tallest dam in the Eastern United States, 480 feet high.

Mountain Biking

Type of Mountain Bike Rate per day
26” wheel/ Front Suspension $40
29” wheel/ Front Suspension $50
26” wheel/ Full Suspension $60
Comfort Bike $25

Tsali Recreation Area

  • Most of the activity is centered on the Tsali (pronounced SAH-lee) Trail System about 15 miles west of Bryson City, an area that has gained a national reputation as one of the finest mountain biking trail systems in the country. Biking magazines constantly rate Tsali among the best biking areas in the country. Tsali Recreation Area in the Nantahala National Forest – opened April – October
  • While Swain County attracts some of the world’s best mountain bikers, you don’t have to be a near professional to enjoy the sport. There are places, Bryson City Bicycles, where mountain bikes can be rented and almost anyone can enjoy this novel way of seeing the mountains.
  • There are many miles of uncrowded country roads, many designated as bike routes, to be explored and enjoyed. So, if you have a bike, bring it, if not you can rent one when you get here. It could be the best part of your mountain vacation.

Mountain Fire Tail in Cherokee, NC

The Fire Mountain Trails are Cherokee’s newest source for big adventure—a multiuse trail system that’s made to mountain bike, hike, or run. The network of trails is more than 10.5 miles total, so there’s plenty of room for everyone to recreate safely, responsibly…and flowy?

That’s right—if you like your trails with a nice flow of features, with fun berms and quick hits of elevation that are manageable and fun, Fire Mountain is made for you. You’ll find tables, rock gardens, and blinds for those who know, along with single-track and wider sections, spots that are smooth and fast, and trails that invite the more technically accomplished with options for those less so. The trailhead is located about 100 yards from the Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee and shares a parking lot. The trails interlace through the nearby Great Smoky Mountains, so you already know the views and terrain will take your breath away, even if your recreation of choice doesn’t!

Is it the flowiest trail in the east? Better than Ridgeline? Trails are free of charge, and open every day, all day.

Horseback Riding

Call Nantahala Cabins to schedule your horseback ride.

Nantahala Village Riding Stable – 9400 Hwy 19/74 West, Bryson City, NC 28713

This trip is especially good if you have small children. Nantahala Village Riding Stables offers a fun, family friendly, horseback riding experience. Trail riding for the experienced or just a beginner. Ride scenic mountain trails in the Nantahala National Forest overlooking Lake Fontana and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

  • Open April – October
  • $25 per person per hour

Lonesome Dove Riding Stables – 7940 Tallulah Rd, Topton, NC 28781

They offer guided trips for individuals and groups through the absolutely breathtaking scenery of the Nantahala National Forest

  • Open year round by appointment and weather permitting
  • $25 per person per hour

Pontoon Rentals

Want to explore beautiful Fontana Lake on your own; or just enjoy a day out on the lake with the Family? Enjoy the serenity of this uncrowded 30 mile lake in the comforts spacious pontoon boat. Our pontoons boats and are very easy to operate.

  • Half a Day – $160
  • Whole Day – $230

Fly Fishing

All fly fishing trips includes equipment (rod, reel, waiters, wadding boots, flys) and guide.












Whole Day Fly Fishing 9am-5pm includes lunch

  • 1 Angler $400
  • 2 Anglers $450
  • 3 Anglers $525

Tubing in Deep Creek, Bryson City

One of the most beautiful areas in the Great Smoky Mountain 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. 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.

There are several places that rents tubs for $2-$3 per day in Bryson City at Deep Creek. You can enjoy a day tubing Deep Creek. There are grills and picnic tables in Deep Creek.


Great Smoky Mnt. Railway

Nantahala Gorge – 4 ½ hours

Bryson City departure to the Nantahala Gorge and return. Depart from the historic depot (built in the
mid-1800’s). The 44-mile round trip provides views of the Smoky Mountains from a 791-foot trestle
on piers 179-feet high over Fontana Lake. At the Gorge, the Nantahala River is a whitewater mecca
for rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. One-hour layover for viewing scenery and whitewater activity.

Adult $51 (October $55)
Child (2-12) $29 (October $31)

Appalachian Evening Concert

Artists perform on stage in our 300 seat air-conditioned auditorium every Saturday evening late June through Labor Day weekend. All performances start at 7:30 pm

Don’t miss ‘An Appalachian Evening’, our summer concert series offering
an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists.

Ten Saturday evenings late June – late August.

Prices for Concert
  • Adults – $15-30
  • Student – $10

Gem Mining

Gem Mining

There are several gem mining locations near us.

Ruby Mine

14260 Highway 19/74 West, Bryson City, NC
(828) 488-3854
Season: Mid-May through Mid-October

Smoky Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine

Highway 441 North, Cherokee, NC
(828) 497-6574
Season: March – November


Hot Air Balloon Rides

Each Pleasure Flight lasts approximately one hour and the cost is $300.00 per person.
Reservations are not refundable within two weeks of the flight date. If the weather is inclement on the day of your flight you will receive a full refund.














Nantahala Gorge and the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina