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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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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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Take a Road Trip to Absolutely Nowhere! by Sarah Whitener

The Road to Nowhere is a great stopping point for visitors to the Bryson City area.  It is an interesting reminder of the area’s history and a topic of local scandal.  People of all ages will enjoy taking a short walk up this road and through the massive tunnel ending in the Great Smoky Mountain National Forrest. After you explore this curios spot you can honestly say you’ve been to the end of the line, reached the end of the road, gone off the beaten path, seen the light at the end of the tunnel, and found yourself in the middle of nowhere. Happy Exploring!

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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.