"We've lived here, done that..."

Carolina Bound Adventures is a vacation planning concierge and guide service in the Bryson City, Western North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains area.

Mark Van Osdal started Carolina Bound Adventures after vacationing and living here and seeing a clear need for a specialized vacation planning concierge and guide business in this region.  He decided to support this need for other vacationers who would one day grace the Great Smoky Mountains and set foot in Bryson City. Carolina Bound Adventures was born, designed to help guests create memorable family vacations and adventures, through vacation planning and guided tours.

Now in the fourth year, Mark has had the privilege of planning and creating amazing adventures for countless families and guests and is enthusiastic to help you and your family create priceless memories on your next family vacation.

Come experience Bryson City, Western North Carolina and the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains area with Carolina Bound Adventures!

Your ADVENTURE starts NOW!

Meet Your Hosts

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Mark Van Osdal Owner & Lead Adventure Guide

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 19 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 Rafting, Swiftwater Rescue & is a volunteer search and rescue technician (SRT4) for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. For the Carolina Bound Adventures Fontana Lake tours, Mark is also a United States Coast Guard certified Captain. 

Brittany Burton

Brittany Burton Fun Counselor

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!