Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor Adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains NC

Who wants to come to Bryson City and stay indoors? Below you will find many of our favorite outdoor adventures.
bright yellow sunset over the mountains on Fontana Lake

Fontana Lake

The lake offers clean, clear water, and incredible scenery. A day on the boat here is a day well spent. An evening sunset cruise from Fontana Guides would be a magical experience for you and your family! Fontana Lake makes our Top 10 List of things to do in Bryson City NC.

child playing in the cool mountain waters at the Nantahala Outdoor Center

Nantahala Outdoor Center

NOC offers a fun experience for all ages. Watch kayakers practice their skills, enjoy a good meal at the multiple onsite restaurants, or shop in the NOC store.

View of Fontana Lake through the trees along Tsali Mountain Bike Trails

Tsali Recreation

Tsali Recreation area offers lake access and camping. But they are known for the world famous Mountain Biking trails with Spectacular views of Fontana Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. More Info

two four wheelers along trails in the winter

Wayehutta Trails

Wayehutta is a 28-mile loop trail system using old logging roads and rail beds. The trails are in the Roy Taylor Forest near Cullowhee, about a half-hour from downtown Bryson City. More Info

several people on inner tubes floating down Deep Creek


One of the more popular things to do in the Summer is tubing. Kids and adults alike can be seen floating down the cool mountain waters in Deep Creek or the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee. There are several places to rent tubes at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park entrance to Deep Creek as well as Smoky Mountain Tube and Raft in Cherokee.

family in a whitewater raft with paddles in hand and rapids


ropes and adventure course high in the trees at the Nantahala Outdoor Center

NOC's Tree Top Adventure

A nice ropes and adventure course at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. You can get more info at NOC.com or take a drive into the Nantahala Gorge it's beautiful!

large cable for zipline with Smoky Mountains in the background

Zip line

Or some great adventure be sure to take a drive into the Nantahala Gorge for Zip Lining Adventure. There are multiple Outfitters for Zip-lining including Wildwater and Nantahala Outdoor Center which boasts a half-mile Zip-line high above the river below.

large jetboat on Fontana Lake with a group of people smiling

Jetboat Rides

snow boarding coming down the slopes of snow at Cataloochee Ski

Cataloochee Ski