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Cherokee

The Great Smoky Mountains have been home to the Cherokee People for thousands of years. The Qualla Boundary, which is over 56,000 acres, is home to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian. History, culture, entertainment, and adventure all await you in Cherokee. Unique musuems and the "Unto These Hills" outdoor docu-drama take you back in time. Harrahs Cherokee Casino and Event Center regularly has incredible shows with musicians and comedians. Waterfall hikes, fly fishing, horseback riding, white water rafting on the Tuckaseegee River, and tubing at the Oconaluftee River Island Park are all exciting ways to make memories.

Deep Creek Tubing & Hiking

Deep Creek is home to breathtaking waterfalls, white-water tubing, and hiking trails easy to strenuous and short to long. Brilliant rhododendron blooms in spring and brilliant fall foliage, its well worth a trip to Deep Creek during your stay. This is one of the Bryson City entrances to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Fishing

Western North Carolina is home to incredible fishing. With over 240 miles of shoreline, and 11,700 acres, Fontana Lake offers deep cool waters and a varied fish population including Lake Trout, Walleye, Muskie, Perch, Catfish, Crappie, Bluegill, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, and White Bass. Fly fishing and trout farms are other good ways to relax while fishing. The Oconaluftee River running from Bryson City to Cherokee is the best stocked river in the southeast. Five tagged fishing tournaments throughout the year offer plenty of chances to win. The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail is the first and only trail of its kind in the US and has fishing spots stretching from down near Franklin to up near Cherokee.

Fontana Lake

Fontana Lake stretches 26 miles from Bryson City up towards Fontana Dam. Public access points dot the fingers across the lake with pontoon boats, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and more.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

In the heart of Bryson City, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad depot departs to Dillsboro and the Nantahala River Gorge. Themed rides throughout the year make this one of the top Fun Things to Do in North Carolina for Families.

Harrahs Casino

Harrahs Cherokee is more than just a casino! With gourmet restaurants like Brio Tuscan Grille and Ruths Chris Steak House, Harrahs offers a wide variety of restaurants to accommodate every budget. Frequent concerts and shows feature big names like Celtic Woman, Greg Allman, & The Moody Blues.

Nantahala Outdoor Center

Come see why the Nantahala Outdoor Center was called "One of the Best Outfitters on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure.

Polar Express

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White-water Rafting and Kayaking

The Nantahala River was Home of the 2013 International Canoe Federation World Championships. The Nantahala River features world class white-water rafting with Class II and III rapids. While its a family river, there is an age restriction of 7 years old/60 pounds. To the east, the Tuckaseegee River features Class I & II rapids, and is fun for the entire family including kids as young as four.