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Bryson City Bicycles - Bike shop with both road and mountain bike rentals.

Mountain & road biking - Area trail and bike rental information.

Tsali Recreation Area - Complete trail information.


Harrah's Cherokee Casino - 24-hour gaming, restaurants and entertainment venue

Museum of the Cherokee Indian - An educational and interactive experience that retraces the 11,000 year history of the Cherokees.

Oconaluftee Indian Village - You’re transported back to witness the challenges of Cherokee life in the 1760s.

Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual - The oldest Native American Arts cooperative in the US. Pottery, basket weaving, carving, and tool-making on display and for sale.

"Unto These Hills" Outdoor Drama - Traces the Cherokee people through the eons, through the zenith of their power, through the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears, ending in the present day.


Appalachian Trail - 88 miles of trails in NC. Explore the Nantahala, Cheoah Bald and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Blue Ridge Parkway - "America's Favorite Drive" starts in Cherokee. Beautiful mountain vistas, wildflowers, hiking, picnicking.

Cades Cove - Lush valley surrounded by mountains. Wildlife sitings, historic buildings.

Cataloochee Valley - Elk can be seen regularly in the fields, especially in the early morning and evening hours. Other wildlife commonly spotted include bear, deer, and turkeys.

Cherohala Skyway - Scenic 50 mile drive from Robbinsville NC to Tellico Plains TN. Leisurely drive with overlooks; highest elevation 5,400 ft.

Deals Gap - Tail of the Dragon - 118 curves in 11 miles. Perfect for sports cars and motorcycles.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) - Hiking, beautiful vistas including Clingman's Dome observation tower.

Guided walks and hikes in the Smokies - Tours 

for all ages and activity levels.

Hiking - Easily accessible area hiking trails.

Horseback riding - Stables for guided rides, or bring your own horse.

Nantahala Village Riding Stables -- Horseback
riding in the Nantahala National Forest.
Reservations suggested.

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest - One and two-mile loop trails through virgin timber forest.

Slickrock Creek Wilderness Area - Trails pass through forests, by waterfalls and cascades.

Snowbird Wilderness Area - Great creek fishing 

for native trout.


N.C. Interactive Fishing Map - Created by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Comission, this interactive map will help you find fishing holes and includes information on the type of fish, directions and more.

Boat Rental On Fontana Lake - Pontoon and 20 hp boat rentals at closest marina to Bryson City.

Fishing Lakes & Streams - Fly fishing in mountain streams, lake fishing, fishing guides.

Fontana Lake & Dam - 29 mile long lake with 238 miles of shoreline. Fishing, boating, water-skiing.

Lake Santeetlah - Fishing, boating, swimming beach, picnicking.

Up Close Outfitters - The Carolina's Premier Fishing and Hunting Guide Service

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The Fun Factory- Games, mini golf, bowling, go-carts, laser tag, restaurants and more.

Santa's Land Fun Park and Zoo - Amusement park rides, petting zoo, Santa's Workshop.

Cherokee Fun Park - Go Karts, Mini Golf, Specialty Rides and More!.


Sequoyah National Golf Club - Robert Trent Jones II designed 18-hole, par 72 course.

Smoky Mountain Country Club - Thomas Walker designed 18-hole, par 70 course.


Biltmore House and Gardens - Vanderbilt home, gardens and winery.

Mountain Farm Museum - 100-plus-year-old log house and farm buildings.


Music in the Mountains on Saturday Nights - Bryson City Train Depot, 6:30 - 8 pm, June - October. Free.

Smoky Mtn Center for Performing Arts - Nationally known musicians and entertainers.

Stecoah Valley Center Gallery & Music - Summer music series in renovated schoolhouse. Artisans gallery open all year.

Nantahala Brewing Company - People have enjoyed and socialized over beer for over 10,000 years. That tradition continues at Bryson City’s own craft brewery. The Nantahala Brewing Company hosts a family and pet friendly taproom & open air deck. With over a dozen original ales & beers on tap at any time, including seasonal and one-off special brews, there is sure to be one to tempt your thirst. You can even take home a growler of your favorite Nantahala Brew. Most weekends feature live “music on tap” and there are always sports on the big screens. For current news and new brews, check out their website Phone: (828) 488-BEER (2337)


Jet boat rides on Fontana Lake - 30-40 minute boat rides and hike/ride/picnic packages.

Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours - 11 zip line sections, 5 sky bridges soar over 20 scenic acres.

Wildwater Jeep Tours - 2 hour waterfalls tour in the Nantahala Gorge area.


Endless River Adventures - White water rafting, fly fishing, kayaking and more

Nantahala Outdoor Center - Rafting and kayaking, restaurants, shops, bike rentals.

Wild Water Rafting - Class I - III rapids over 8 miles of fun.

Raft with kids on the Tuckaseigee - Family rafting - fun & adventure for children as young as 4.

Tubing - Deep Creek & Oconaluftee - Mountain tubing - an easy float or a wild whitewater ride.


Great Smoky Mountains Railroad - Excursions for any age, theme events, dinner trains.

Smoky Mountain Train Museum - 7,000 Lionel™ engines, cars and accessories, impressive operating layout, children’s activity center.


Cataloochee Ski Area - Fourteen slopes and trails that are 25% beginner, 50% intermediate, and 25% advanced to expert.


Avanti a Mobile Spa - Swedish or hot stone massage packages. We come to you!

Fusions Healing Center & Spa Fusions Spa & Healing Center - 10% Off All Services for GSCR guests. Yoga, massages, facials and more!




NC Smokies Waterfalls - Easily accessible WNC waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, & Highlands NC areas.





Did You Know? The First and Only Fly Fishing Trail in the USA is right here in Western North Carolina! With 15 spots, this is Fly Fishing Heaven. Click Here for a complete map of the Trail

We're also home to some of the best fishing -- The Oconaluftee River running through Whittier, NC, and Cherokee, NC, is the best stocked river in the Southeastern United States. Click Here for a Map of Cherokee Fly Fishing

Show your prowess and take a chance to win Thousands of Dollars at one of the upcoming tournaments.

If tournament fishing isn't your speed, one of the local trout farms is a great way to go -- especially for little ones.

Fly Fishing Tournaments:

- The Shiver in the River
Held the first weekend in February, this tournament has $10,000.00 in tagged fish.
- Cast Into Spring Tournament
Held the last weekend in March, this tournament has $20,000.00 in tagged fish.
- Cherokee's Summer Kickoff Trout Fishing Tournament
April 26th - 28th 2013
$11 entry fee and $10,000.00 prizes in tagged fish.
- Cherokee's Memorial Holiday Trout Fishing Tournament
May 31st - June 2nd 2013
$11 entry fee and $10,000.00 prizes in tagged fish.
- Cherokee's End of Summer Trout Fishing Tournament
September 6th - 8th 2013
$11 entry fee and $10,000.00 prizes in tagged fish.
- The Rumble in the Rhododendron November 1st - 3rd 2013
Two Person fly-fishing team competition with 3 prizes: 1st Place Team ($5,000.00), 2nd Place Team ($3,000.00), and 3rd Place Team ($2,000.00). Competition uses a modified fips mouche format with a tag out system with 3 hour fishing sessions.

Harrahs Cherokee Casino and Event Center

With 150,000 Feet of gaming, Harrahs Cherokee also has superb restaurants and great concerts and shows.

Harrahs Casino features:

- Live Table Games (Blackjack, Craps, Roulette)
- Video Poker
- Video Gaming
- "Le Fu Men" Table Games (Baccarat and Blackjack with an Asian Flair)
- Casino Poker

Upcoming Events for Harrahs include:

Looking for some great entertainment during your stay in the Smokies! Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Event Center has everything from comedy to country to rock & roll.

  •  Merle Haggard -- February 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM.
    Between writing hits the creative and successful Merle Haggard has paid respectful tribute to his influences with his albums. His influences include Jimme Rodgers, Lefty Fizeell, and Bob Wills. Merle stays true to his country roots, while blending aspects of jazz, rock, blues and folk music.
    Ticket prices range through $34.99, $44.99, and $54.99. (Plus Tax & Fees)
    Click Here for More Information.

  •  REO Speedwagon -- February 14, 2014 at 8 PM.
    Known for beloved radio hits like, “Ridin’ The Storm Out”, REO Speedwagon has 22 million albums sold in the US and 40 million sold worldwide collecting gold and platinum records since their beginning in the 1970s. This year will be their 47th year of thrilling audiences with the Midwest Rock N’Roll Express tour.
    Ticket prices range through $40, $50, and $65 (Plus Tax & Fees) Click Here for More Information.

  •  Robin Thicke-- February 25, 2014 at 8 PM.
    Robin Thicke, the accomplished R&B singer, songwriter, actor and musician, has six successful albums in including his debut “A Beautiful World” (2003) and his most recent collection of songs, “Blurred Lines” (2013).
    Ticket prices range through $39.50, $40, and $49.50 (Plus Tax And Fees) Click Here for More Information.

  •  Zac Brown Band -- March 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM.
    With 9 hit singles, 2 platinum records and countless fans, the Zac Brown Band seems capable of anything. With something for everyone from traditional country songs like “The Wind” to Carribean beats like “Jump Right In” this formidable group even has some R&B tunes like “Overnight”.
    Ticket prices are $54.50 and $74.50 (Plus Tax And Fees)
    Click Here for More Information.
  •   The Band Perry -- April 25, 2014 at 9:00 PM.
    The Band Perry has risen rapidly to stardom since their debut in 2010. With sold out tours and a plethora of awards, this trio has been cemented as one of the hottest country music we’ve seen recently.
    Ticket prices range through $40, $44.50, and $54.50 (Plus Tax & Fees)
    Click Here for More Information

Harrahs Restaurants Include:

     - Brio Tuscan Grille
With authentic Italian dishes, Brio offers causal dining with the motto of "to eat well is to live well".
Average Entrée Price is $25 - $40
Click Here for Brio Dinner Menu       Click Here for the Brio Wine List

     - Ruth's Chris Steak House
The classic steakhouse with USDA prime steaks and a world-class wine list with 225+ choices.
Average Entrée Price is $40+
Click Here for the Dinner Menu

     - Noodle Bar
With dim sum, noodle soups, and house specialties, the Noodle Bar offers cuisine with Far East flavors.
Average Entrée Price is $15 - $25
Noodle Bar Menu

     - Selu Garden Cafe
Your favorite dishes plus an all you can eat buffet a short walk from the casino floor.

Entrée Price is $15 - $55
Click Here for Selu Garden's Breakfast Menu       Click Here for Selu Garden's All Day Menu

     - Chef's Stage Buffet
With tastes from around the world - Italian, Mexican, Asian, comfort food and more!
Average Entrée Price is $15 - $25

     - Pizzeria Uno
Located in the newest food court, Pizzeria Uno features Italian favorites: thin crust pizzas, calzones, and fresh pasta entrees.
Average Entrée Price is $10