Local Area Guide: Things to do / Activities / Attractions

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Planning a visit to North Carolina? The Great Smoky Mountains have much to offer those who are looking for a quiet escape into nature. With plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors, from hiking to zip lining, and with charming towns full of flavor - you are sure to find activities that suit your vacation needs.

Fishing in the Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains offer some of the best fishing in Western North Carolina. Bring your friends and family to fish the many lakes, rivers, and streams, or hire a guide to teach you how to fly fish!

Hiking, Biking, Waterfalls, & Ziplining

The Great Smoky Mountains offer a lot of great options for hiking, biking, waterfalls, and ziplines. Bring your family and friends to enjoy the great outdoors of Western North Carolina and all of the fun activities that you can do here.

History in the Great Smoky Mountains

Want to learn about the history of the Great Smoky Mountains? Check out all of these great places in the area that offer a variety of educational and historical information for you and your family and friends to enjoy.

Local Dining

From good coffee to fine dining, you`ll enjoy a wide variety of food and drink around the Great Smoky Mountains. Here is a list of some of our favorite picks in the area!

Pet Friendly Trails and Restaurants

There are many pet friendly trails and restaurants in the Great Smoky Mountains and around Western North Carolina. Here is a list of all of the places that we know and recommend for a pet friendly experience!

Upcoming Events

Here is a list of upcoming events around the Great Smoky Mountains and Western North Carolina. Bring your family and friends to enjoy festivals, community events, and more!

Harrah`s Cherokee Upcoming Events

Here are some of our favorite upcoming events and concerts at Harrah`s 3500 seat theatre. You and your family can enjoy everything from music to comedy, a good time to be had by all!

Harrahs Cherokee Casino

Harrahs Cherokee Casino

- 24-hour gaming, restaurants and entertainment venue. 150,000 square feet of gaming, delicious restaurants, and amazing concerts and shows.
Location: Cherokee, NC
Phone: 828-794-7777
The Tail of the Dragon

The Tail of the Dragon

- 118 curves in 11 miles. Perfect for sports cars and motorcycles.
Phone: 828-479-8400
Toll Free: 800-768-7129
Nantahala Village Riding Stables

Nantahala Village Riding Stables

- Horseback riding in the Nantahala National Forest. Reservations suggested.
Location: Bryson City, NC
Phone: 828-488-9649
Sequoyah National Golf Club

Sequoyah National Golf Club

Robert Trent Jones II designed 18-hole, par 72 course.
Location: Cherokee, NC
Phone: 828-497-3000
Smoky Mountain Country Club

Smoky Mountain Country Club

Thomas Walker designed 18-hole, par 70 course.
Location: Whittier, NC
Phone: 828-497-7622
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Local Tourist train with themed rides into the Nantahala River Gorge and Dillsboro
Location: Bryson City, NC
Toll Free: 800-872-4681
Cataloochee Ski Area

Cataloochee Ski Area

- Fourteen slopes and trails that are 25% beginner, 50% intermediate, and 25% advanced to expert.
Location: http://cataloochee.com/
Phone: 828-926-0285
Toll Free: 800-768-0285
ULTRASTAR MULTI-TAINMENT CENTER

ULTRASTAR MULTI-TAINMENT CENTER

Twenty-four lanes, including eight VIP lanes available for group events and parties. The center provides a family-friendly bowling experience with on-lane dining and multiple bowling themes for all ages and levels of bowlers. A NEW 3 MEAL RESTAURANT Our restaurant offers delicious gourmet food at great prices, served in a casual atmosphere. This full service, sit-down restaurant provides a variety of performances from local acts to great tribute bands as well as headliners, there’s something for everyone!
Location: Harrah's Cherokee Casino

828 Escape Room

What is an Escape Room, you ask? Only the best immersive experience in Western North Carolina. 828 Escape Rooms are interactive scenario based games, where small groups of players use puzzles and elements of the room to escape within the 60-minute time limit. To successfully break out you need to solve all the puzzles, overcome the challenges and work as a team and work fast! Every second counts. Players must communicate efficiently while working together to find new clues and solve puzzles. Uncovering clues will move you one step closer to achieving the ultimate goal of unlocking the door to freedom. 828 Escape will test your intelligence and problem solving skills whilst strengthening the friendship, family, and workmate relationships through team building.
Phone: 828.586.1828

Play On Adventures

Welcome to Play On Adventures, your gateway to the most amazing outdoor experiences in the North Carolina and Georgia Mountains including guided hiking, guided fly fishing trips, whitewater rafting and kayaking, mountain biking, zipline and canopy tours, and much more! We specialize in providing couples, families and groups, with unforgettable experiences in the North Carolina and Georgia mountain towns of Sylva, Dillsboro, Bryson City, Cashiers, Highlands, Franklin, Asheville, Waynesville, Hayesville, Cherokee, Clayton, Dillard, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Depending on your budget, style or taste, you will have the chance to choose from one of our expertly designed itineraries or build a package of your own. Ask us about Continuing Education Credit possibilities. We are continually adding adventure packages, so if you don`t see it here, please ask! Let us plan your vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains. Enjoy it and travel without worries!
Location: Sylva, North Carolina
Phone: Alex Bell: 828-226-3833
The Fun Factory

The Fun Factory

Games, mini golf, bowling, go-carts, laser tag, restaurants and more.
Location: Franklin, NC
Phone: (828) 349-8888
Toll Free: (866) 482-2386
The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

- Nationally known musicians and entertainers.
Location: Franklin
Phone: 828-524-1598
Toll Free: 866-273-4615
Tube World

Tube World

Snow Tubing
Location: Maggie Valley