Scenic Drives

Scenic Drives in the Great Smoky Mountains NC

A great reason to adventure to the mountains is taking a scenic drive! We have listed a few of our favorites below.
old blue train depot with white trim in Bryson City NC

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

If you want a true experience of the Smokies this is the way to do it! Great Smoky Mountain RR offers many trip options. Our favorite time to take the trip is in the Fall. There is a great guid book that will point out many of the historical and land markers along the way of your into a pre-trip reading. You can find the book here. Booking info click here.

bright yellow, orange, and blues in this Clingman

Clingman’s Dome

We love going to the tower at Clingman's Dome! Beautiful 1 hour drive from the cabins and Bryson City area to the highest point on the East Coast. This one makes our Top 10 List of things to do in Bryson City and our Perfect Selfie Locations List! More Info

top of the world views from the Cherohala Skyway

Cherohola Skyway

This is a beautiful drive any season of the year. In Spring we love to stop and enjoy the wildflowers and butterflies. This drive will also provide spectacular leaf views in the Fall.

long dark abandoned tunnel in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Road to Nowhere

Awesome sight to explore with the Tunnel and multiple hiking trails. The movie "Alien Abduction" was filmed here. A scenic 8 mile drive from Bryson City and a must see. More Info

cascading waterfalls of the Upper Nantahala River

Nantahala Cascades

Beautiful drive just a few miles past The Nantahala Outdoor Center. It will feature fly fisherman galore and many cascades along the road. Drive to the Raft input area on the Nantahala River(Wayah Rd.). You only need to drive the couple of miles and turn around. For details take our Self-Guided Waterfall Tour for waterfalls in this location. Yes it is worth it!

black and white rendering of The Dragon curvy road with sharp cliffs

The Dragon

Simply known as "the Dragon" to motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts across the nation, this 11 mile stretch is the curviest in the country. Located just below Fontana Dam, it takes about 1.5 hours to get there from the cabin. More Info