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Dare to take a Beautiful Hike one step above and away from the touristy Deep Creek near Bryson City NC by Brian Whitener

One of the best hiking loops in the Bryson City NC area is found just past the tunnel on the Lakeview Drive! This hidden gem is very quiet and depending on the time of year, you may not see anyone else on the trail past the touristy section of the 1/4 mile “Road to Nowhere” Tunnel. This 8 mile loop is a great step up from hiking in the very popular Deep Creek area. It’s not only a step up in length and challenge; but a step away from tourists for a serene and peaceful encounter with nature. I think it may be the perfect hike for those craving a little more than a hike in Deep Creek.

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Hike along the Appalacian Trail to the Jumpoff by Sarah Whitener

Looking for a ridge top Hike along the Appalacian Trail? We have the perfect one for you! The hike to the "Jump Off" is relatively easy for an intermediate hiker while adding a challenging for the novice. No matter what it's well worth the trek and very rewarding!  Once you reach the peak you will experience one of the best views in the Smoky Mountains.  With the panoramic views of the mountains, beautiful woodland paths, and impressive rock features this hike certainly qualifies as one of the most scenic places in the Smoky Mountains.

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The World Famous Nantahala Outdoor Center and Nantahala Gorge by Sarah Whitener

Traveling to the Smokies? If you are looking for things to do in Bryson City, NC the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) offers fun for adventurers of all ages.  It is conveniently located only a scenic 20 mile drive from town.  Guests can also make their way to NOC by train on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad(link). Founded in 1972 the NOC headquarters are positioned at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Nantahala River.  The 500 acre adventure center provides a variety of outdoor activities, shopping, and dining.

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Life on the Front Porch - Smoky Mountain Life! by Sarah Whitener

In the Smoky Mountain culture the front porch holds quite a special place of honor.  It is where we go to escape for a moment and find peace, where we reconnect with friends and family, where we marvel at the amazing creation that surrounds us.  It is a place that connects us to the past and prepares us for our future.

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A Unique Exploration the Lakebed of Fontana Lake in Bryson City NC by Sarah Whitener

Visitors to Bryson City during the months of December through March have the unique opportunity to take a stroll on the bottom of the lake.  Adventurers can glimpse remnants of the towns flooded with the creation of the lake, hunt for shells and drift wood, and witness nature’s quick work reclaiming the fertile soil.

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front view of the deck and mountain laurel railing on Spectacular Valley Views large cabin rental

Spectacular Valley Views

Sleeps 8

4 Bed

2 Bath

Our unique 4 bedroom log cabin near Bryson City NC and Cherokee NC with spectacular views!

sunny Spring sunrise at the Hive Lodge large group cabin rental

The Hive Lodge

Sleeps 19

6 Room

5 Bath

Our large group and family lodge capable of sleeping multiple families with breathtaking views of Waterrock Knob and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

wood planks tongue and groove interior of the Historic Ol Gun Range Cabin

The Historic Ol Gun Range

Sleeps 8

4 Bed

2 Bath

Our most quaint and relaxing lodging experience; this historic and secluded cabin in the woods also has a very unique history to it! See the difference at our NC mountain cabin.