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the Nantahala Gorge!

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The Cabins at Nantahala
299 Dills Road
Bryson City, NC 28713


Need a few ideas on how to spend your time while you are visiting?  Within minutes from the Cabins you’ll find enough to keep you busy for your entire stay.  With everything from whitewater adventures to scenic and relaxing drives, The Cabins at Nantahala is the perfect jumping off point for all that our area has to offer.  Take a few minutes to look over some suggestions. If you need more ideas just tell us what kind of vacation you are looking for and we can surely point you in the right direction.

Nantahala Outdoor Center

We are proud to offer you the convenience of being able to book your whitewater rafting packages on the Nantahala River for you. By booking your raft trip through us, you will receive a 10% discount off the standard rate. Just give us a call when you're ready.

NOC, located just one mile from our cabins, is the oldest and most experienced outfitter on the Nantahala River so you can be assured of a peak experience. NOC also offers trips on many other Southeastern Rivers such as the Chattooga and the Ocoee. We can help you book a discounted trip on one of these other exciting rivers too. Please be aware that each river has its own restrictions in regards to age. You can learn more about each river at

NOC also offers many other fun and exciting programs which you can reserve using the form below. Some of these include:

  • Discover Whitewater Kayaking, a day-long introductory course for those wanting an adventure and a taste of what the sport has to offer.
  • Discover Lake Kayaking, a family friendly half-day program that teaches fundamentals of lake touring.
  • Mountain Bike Rentals, where you can rent bikes and explore the mountains on your own.

Mountain Biking

There are many wonderful opportunities to go mountain biking near our cabins. The most famous of course is Tsali Recreational Area. Known throughout the world as a mountain bike destination, Tsali (pronounced SAW-LEE) features nearly 50 miles of twisting single track trails with fast banked turns and gorgeous scenery. From the cabins, take Hwy 19/74 East for 3 miles to the Hwy 28 NORTH junction. Turn left onto Hwy 28; the entrance to Tsali is less than 3 miles on your right.

There are many less known mountain biking opportunities just minutes from the cabins. I highly recommend the guidebook, “Off The Beaten Track; Volume 1” written by Jim Parham. This book is available for purchase at Mountain bikes can also be rented from NOC by using the NOC reservation form.

Nantahala River Trail

This two mile paved trail parallels the Nantahala River. An easy grade makes this an ideal trail for strollers, roller blades, bicycles and wheelchairs. Five miles upstream of NOC, turn left onto Winding Stairs Road and park before crossing the single lane bridge over the river. The trailhead is just across the river on the right. Be sure to take your camera to capture wildflowers, rafters and the countless other remarkable scenes you’ll encounter.

Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian trail, or AT, travels from Georgia to Maine and passes less than a mile from our cabins. The best place to “catch” the AT is at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Northbound from NOC features a long steady climb out of the gorge before heading deep into the forest on your way to Maine. Be sure to stop at the rock outcrop above Nantahala Falls in the summer to hear the screams of the rafters running the falls two hundred feet below.

The Southbound AT from NOC quickly climbs to the ridge top and heads towards Wesser Bald. This section of the AT climbs out of the gorge to offer some great views, especially after the leaves have dropped.

Ledbetter Creek

This is creek hiking at its best. Approximately five miles upstream of the NOC, Ledbetter Creek flows into the Nantahala River. You’ll want to park in the hard to find creekside picnic area off the highway, opposite the river. Moms and Dads can take the short trail up and over the railroad tracks while the kids take the creek through the tunnel. The dirt trail parallels the rhododendron-lined creek for only two hundred yards. From that point on, it’s a splashy rock scramble, as the creek becomes the trail. This is the most fun kids (and grown ups too) can have on a hot summer day. Be sure to check out the waterfall and the “mystery” climb.


Nothing beats tubing down a cold mountain stream on a hot July or August afternoon. Deep Creek in Bryson City offers the best tubing in the area. You can rent tubes for $3 -$5 each but I highly recommend spending the extra money for a plastic seat. Not hitting the rocks with your bottom is worth the extra money. Deep Creek is inside Great Smokies National Park and includes a picnic area, a campground and hiking trails with at least three waterfalls to see.  Take Hwy 19/74 East to Bryson City. Take exit 67 and follow the signs to Deep Creek. Click here for more info:

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

If you head over to Robinsville, NC to tour the Cherohala Skyway, you must plan on spending a couple hours touring Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. This is the only stand of virgin forest east of the Mississippi featuring giant poplar and hemlocks. The hiking trails are suitable for all ages and experiencing the lush, primeval forest can be life changing.  The sad part is that many of the oldest trees are beginning to fall as they reach the end of their lives. I’ve hiked this forest countless times and never fail to be amazed. Most people in this country have never seen a true virgin forest and until you do, you will never understand the emotion one can feel in the presence of the old wood. Highly, highly recommended. For more info, go to:

Fontana Dam

Fontana Dam, completed in 1944, stands 480 foot high and is the highest dam in the Eastern United States and the fourth highest in the country. The Appalachian Trail runs right across the top. If you are heading over to the Dragon’s Tail, I highly recommend stopping to tour the dam. If you have some time, take the ride on the incline tram and tour the power plant. This is very interesting for school age children, especially those who want to be engineers when they grow. Very cool.

Road to Nowhere

You may have heard about this through national news coverage. For some background, check out this link:

All political debate aside, the Road to Nowhere is a beautiful drive from Bryson City ending at a small parking lot on the right with a hidden trailhead across the paved road. Take this trail for a beautiful walk through the woods. If you take right turns at every trail junction, you’ll end up making a loop that ends at a tunnel. The tunnel is nearly a quarter mile long and is a favorite “spooky” walk for the kids. My children never seem to tire of testing the acoustic principals of the echo inside. Afterwards, follow the road out of the tunnel back to your parked car. If you are in a hurry, skip the trail and just walk up the paved road a quarter mile past the iron bar to the tunnel entrance.

Wesser Creek Trail

Wesser Creek Trail (once part of the Appalachian Trail) provides a wonderful hiking experience for the entire family. It follows Wesser Creek through large stands of straight trunk Poplars, Hemlocks and Rhododendron tunnels. The trail has a nice level to moderate climb for the first couple miles but becomes steeper as you approach the Appalachian Trail and the final climb up to Wesser Bald. Hiking up to Wesser Bald and back (5 miles each way) is an all day affair requiring a lunch, plenty of water and lots of stamina. Families with small children can hike just the first mile, giving little ones a chance to explore nature and play in the creek without needing to be carried.

Wesser Bald

Wesser Bald is the closest tall peak to the cabins (about 3 miles as the crow flies). A bald is a treeless peak with grasses growing on them. Wesser Bald has a fire tower atop it affording some spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. There are two ways to reach Wesser Bald from the cabins. You can take the Wesser Trail described above or you can drive to the base and hike up. We can give you directions when you get here for either option. While the hiking can be challenging, especially for little ones, the view from the tower is well worth the effort.

Wayah Bald

Wayah Bald is a bit farther than Wesser Bald but the beauty is you can drive almost all of the way up. This is a larger bald with a stone tower at the top. If you go in the late spring or early summer, you will be rewarded by millions of blooming Mountain Laurels and Rhododendron.

Oconaluftee Visitor’s Center

The Oconaluftee Visitor Center is located just inside Great Smokies National Park in Cherokee. Situated in a large meadow on the bank of the Oconaluftee River, the visitor center features a settler’s farmstead. In the summer months, volunteers do interpretative reenactment of settler’s lives including period dress and craft making. Be sure to take your camera. After visiting the farmstead, be sure to head up the road a mile or two to see Mingus Mill. This is an authentic 19th century gristmill that is still in operation today. For more info on these attractions and to learn more about what the park has to offer, click here

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

All Aboard!  The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is truly a spectacular journey.  With 53 miles of track, two tunnels and 25 bridges there is no better way to see the Great Smokey Mountains. Sit back and experience the romance and mystique of an era gone by, while you enjoy a scenic train journey. Choose from a variety of round trip excursions departing from depots in Dillsboro and Bryson City. For more information go to

Blue Ridge Parkway

Known as “America’s Favorite Drive”, The Blue Ridge Parkway is a refreshing, slow paced, and relaxing experience.  With it’s stunning long-range vistas the parkway gives visitors a look at the natural beauty of our southern Appalachian Mountains. Meandering for 469 miles between Shenandoah to the north and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, the parkway provides numerous scenic overlooks,  hiking trails, historic sites and picnic facilities. A short drive from The Cabins up the Parkway will take you to Big Witch Gap, elev. 4160’.  Arrive an hour or so before sunset and stay to watch mother natures incredible light show. For more information go to or

Dragons Tail/Deals Gap

Located  just a few miles from the Cabins at Nantahala, visit The Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap.  Boasting 318 curves in 11 miles, this is America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road.  For more information on The Tail of the Dragon and other great roads in the area go to

Great Smoky National Park

The Great Smoky National Park is the biggest attraction to our area. With over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short leg-stretchers to strenuous treks that may require backcountry camping, it is a hiker's paradise. World renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park. For more information go to

Cherokee, North Carolina

Cherokee, North Carolina has a lot to offer a visitor looking for a cultural experience. When you visit Cherokee, you can almost imagine yourself living the same way the Native Americans did. There, the same mountains where the Cherokees have maintained their traditions for generations surround you. People who proudly preserve a culture far older than the new nation that surrounds them welcome you. Check out the official website at

Head of the Creek Enterprises

Head of the Creek Enterprises offers lodging for horses for guests who want to bring their horses on vacation in the mountains.  Clean stalls, shavings, and turnouts are provided for $20 per night per horse if you provide the feed, and $25 per night per horse if they provide the feed.  Check out the website at

Harrah's Cherokee Casino

If you're planning a North Carolina Vacation, Harrah's Cherokee can open the door to a world of North Carolina entertainment. Harrah's Cherokee Hotel & Casino is one of the premier North Carolina hotels and casinos. For easy North Carolina hotel reservations, Harrah's Cherokee offers convenient online booking. If you're seeking the best in dining, entertainment, and casino gambling for your North Carolina trip, look no further than Harrah's Cherokee. Book your hotel reservation today and experience all that Harrah's Cherokee Hotel & Casino has to offer. Harrah's Cherokee Casino is less than thirty minutes from our cabins. Check them out at

Rippling Water Kennel

Rippling Water Kennel provides kennel services for all sizes and types of dogs. Dave and Peggy also provide shuttle and boarding services for Appalachian Trail dogs while their owners hike through the park. You can check out the location at

Swain County Chamber of Commerce

The Swain County Chamber of Commerce has a great website with plenty of information to help you plan your stay. Most of the links on this page plus countless more can be found at

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