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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

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.


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.


Enjoy golf with a backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains surrounding you at two 18-hole courses. The Smoky Mountain Country Club in Whittier, NC, features a Thomas Walker designed course. The course is a par 71 and plays over 6000 yards with an elevation change of 400 feet. The Sequoyah National Golf Club in Cherokee was designed by Robert Trent Jones II and measures 6,600 yards. This course is par 72.

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.

Horseback Riding

Make an incredible memory riding horseback through the Nantahala National Forest. Local guides from the Nantahala Village Riding Stables or the Smokemont Riding Stable are within 25 minutes from each of our cabins.

Nantahala Outdoor Center

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


With an oversized surf-style board and a very long paddle, propel yourself across the water. With trips along the finger lake area of Bryson City, this is a wonderful way to enjoy the Smokys.

Polar Express

Polar Express Cabins


Enjoy rapids along Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or on the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee.


North Carolina Waterfalls are a sight to behold year round. Just North of Bryson City there are 3 waterfalls at Deep Creek -- Juneywhank, Tom Branch, and Indian Creek Falls. Tom Branch and Indian Creek Falls are accessible on an easy trail. Juneywhank Falls trail is a more difficult hike. In Cherokee there are 2 gorgeous waterfalls to enjoy -- Mingo Falls and Soco Falls. At 120 feet, Mingo Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the Southern Appalachians.

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.

Zip Lining

Soar through the Nantahala National Forest and have a view of the Smokies unlike any other.