"We've lived here, done that..."
Carolina Bound Adventures is a concierge vacation planning service in the Bryson City / Western North Carolina / Great Smoky Mountains area.
Mark Van Osdal and his wife, Bernadette (a.k.a. Bernie), started Carolina Bound Adventures after vacationing here. "We had no clue as to what to do or what companies to book adventures with," stated Mark.
As a result of the amazing trip they had and the clear need for specialized concierge vacation planning in this region, they decided to afford that same opportunity to other vacationers who would one day grace the Great Smoky Mountains and set foot in Bryson City. They knew how difficult vacation planning could be and how it simply just takes too much time. Thus, Carolina Bound Adventures was born, designed to help guests create memorable family vacations and adventures, through concierge planning and guided tours.
Now in their second year, Mark and Bernie have had the privilege of planning and creating amazing adventures for countless families and guests. They are excited to get the chance to help you and your family create priceless memories on your next family vacation.
Come experience Bryson City / Western North Carolina and the surrounding areas with Carolina Bound Adventures!
Your ADVENTURE starts NOW!
Meet Your Hosts
Mark Van Osdal Head Adventure Guide
On the "Guide" side of Carolina Bound Adventures, Mark has sought out the best Bryson City / Western North Carolina / Smoky Mountain area day hikes, waterfall hikes, overnight hikes and mountain biking and will provide you the opportunity to really get close to nature.
Mark has been exploring the outdoors of Western North Carolina for over 16 years hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking and rafting. He is a 3 time Ironman Triathlon finisher and holds certifications in CPR/AED, Wilderness First Aid, Whitewater Raft Guiding, Swiftwater Rescue & is a volunteer search and rescue technician (SRT4) for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Bernadette "Bernie" Van Osdal Chief Fun Counselor
On the "Concierge" side of Carolina Bound Adventures, Bernie, will work with you to take your vacation plans and turn them into the ultimate dream vacation. She has a long standing career in the advertising industry, is a Mom to 2 amazing boys, avid outdoorsperson, and consummate hostess. Bernie's expertise living and playing in the Bryson City / Western North Carolina area will create an unforgettable experience for your family or group.
Brittany Burton Outdoor Enthusiast
Brittany grew up at the beach in San Diego but fell in love with the mountains after moving to Virginia. Now she lives in Bryson City where she enjoys hiking with her dog Bandit, getting out on any body of water, slack lining, climbing up anything she can, yoga and becoming best friends with every dog she meets! She enjoys the never ending things-to-do here in the Smokies. As one of our Guides, she is also Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED Certified.
Angie Rogers Outdoor Enthusiast
Angie Rogers is an avid outdoor enthusiast. She currently works as a SOLO Wilderness Medicine instructor and trail guide after an extensive career in nursing. Her hobbies include: hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, traveling and spending time in the sun at the lake or beach. Our Guests absolutely love hiking and hanging with Angie!
Kim “KK” Kramer Avid Outdoor Guide
KK is from PA, has spent her life in the woods and has an outdoor spirit! She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Outdoor Recreation, Certificate in Wilderness Therapy and is a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters through AmeriCorps. An avid Rafting Guide, KK also enjoys hiking, running and mountain biking. Our Guests love her very positive spirit and high energy. As you can probably tell, she’s not very good at staying inside!