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Things to Do in the Great Smoky Mountains

Bryson City, North Carolina and the Great Smoky mountains is your outdoor playground.  Renowned for it's gorgeous location, this national park community boasts countless options for nature-lovers.   Perfect for the more experienced athlete or those new to outdoor adventures- there's something for everyone.    Try mountain biking on the Tsali trails, kayaking or whitewater rafting on the Nantahala river, SUP boarding on Fontana Lake, or explore hundreds of miles of scenic waterfall hikes.    With lush vegetation, rivers, and streams the Great Smoky mountains often remind visitors of more exotic places such Costa Rica or Ecuador-  but much easier to get to!

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Day hike.

Waterfall hike.  Brewery tour.  Mountain biking.

There’s nothing quite like the outdoors in the Great Smoky Mountains and the Bryson City area. We recommend Carolina Bound Adventures - a concierge and guide service to arrange all your outdoor adventures! 

Our Dining Recommendations

Though best known for the great outdoors, Bryson City also offers unique dining experiences including our favorite-  the Everett Bistro.  The Nantahala Outdoor Center also offers one-of-a-kind river side dining experiences, often with live music.  Sit & relax by the river and enjoy a pizza and local beer.   In fact, our local beer from Nantahala Brewing Company is winning national awards!

Explore more activities and dining options by downloading our PDF. 

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