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Top 10 Things to Do in Bryson City NC

Outdoor Adventure Family Fun

Family vacation planning in the Great Smoky Mountains, including a stay in Bryson City, NC, will surely include the Google Search: Things to do in Bryson City NC.  Even if this is an annual trip, or your first time, outdoor adventure activities are sure to be on the list. There’s one thing you can count on too – there’s  always new ‘things to do’. At Carolina Bound Adventures, our vacation planning concierge division is designed to save you time in the effort.  So in this blog, we wanted to share some of our favorites when you’re searching things to do around Bryson City, NC.   No list is ever complete and as you can see on our site, there’s more outdoor adventure here than you can pack into a week. And seasonality plays a factor… in the Winter, our Guided Hikes are still popular because the views become so long range, but in the Summer, whitewater rafting is a huge adventure.  Year round, visitors always want to take a Great Smoky Mountain Train Ride and our Appalachian Trail Shuttle is super busy in most months of the year.  So, in no particular order, here’s a Carolina Bound Adventures 10 things to do near Bryson City, NC:

1.  Paddle Boarding on Fontana Lake.  Watersports are a popular summertime favorite here in the Nantahala National Forest, including a Fontana Lake Paddle Board adventure. When you book a Smoky Mountain Vacation through us, this will be one of our top recommendations, because who doesn’t like the cool splash of crystal clear lake water on a warm afternoon? At Carolina Bound Adventures, we’ve got Paddle Board Rentals or, if you prefer, offer a Guided Paddle Board experience!

2.  Fontana Lake Kayaking.  So we’re big fans of Fontana Lake as you can see! We offer Fontana Lake Kayak Rentals, or Guided trips for those that want to get out there, but prefer the guided experience. The beautiful water flowing out of the Nantahala Gorge into Fontana Lake arrives via the cool waters of the Nantahala River. But never fear… Fontana Lake Kayaking is warmer than her cousin, Whitewater Rafting on the Nanatahala River.

3.  Pontoon Boat Rental on Fontana Lake.  Have you noticed a pattern here? We love the Lake! Most of the time, Fontana Lake boat rentals are of the Pontoon Boat variety. Pack a cooler, lunch, a tube or two, the family and friends, head out to the Lake on a Pontoon Boat and you’ve got a geniune vacation day to remember. Don’t forget the camera! Advance reservations recommended.

4.  Whitewater Rafting with Rail Ride.  A popular booking at Carolina Bound Adventures is the Raft and Rail, which puts you on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for a trip into the Nantahala River Gorge, and then an exhilerating whitewater raft trip down the Nantahala River. After the train crosses Fontana Lake in the Smoky Mountains, it travels a bit longer up into the gorge, stops, and then you are shuttled off to a rafting adventure. The Bryson City Raft and Rail is a big day, with big fun!

5.  Zipline in the Nantahala Gorge. If you’ve never ziplined, this is the place to start! If you’re a Zipline aficionado, then this is your mecca! On Ziplines in the Nantahala National Forest, you have beautiful views of the Great Smoky Mountains and Fontana Lake. If you want a Bryson City Zipline combined with a Smoky Mountain Train Ride, we offer a product package where you can ride our Bryson City Railroad on a Nantahala Gorge excursion, and then get off to go Ziplining. Folks here call it the “Tarzan Train”. We call that a big day!

6.  Breweries Tour. If you like Craft Beer, than you’ll probably want to seek out a Bryson City Brewery… and maybe more! Bryson City boasts 2 fabulous breweries and one of the premier taprooms in Western North Carolina. A Bryson City NC Brewery stop or two is fun, but you want the big fun adventure on your vacation, right? Carolina Bound Adventures offers a Waterfalls and Breweries Tour where our “Brew-bur” Driver takes you to 4 beautiful Waterfalls, and then 5 Breweries around Western North Carolina. All the fun… none of the risk!

7. Explore Waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains.  There is a good selection of beautiful Waterfalls near Bryson City NC. Carolina Bound Adventures offers a Guided Bryson City NC waterfalls tour, or stop in the Swain County Visitor Information Center and pick up a self guiding map for local waterfalls.

8.  Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains. No gear or experience necessary! The Fly Fishing excursions we offer include the guide, plus gear, and you have options to take a wading trip or float trip. Our local Bryson City Tuckaseegee River is stocked with Trout and boasts around 35,000 Trout per mile! Fun for the whole family!

9.  Horseback Riding. A family favorite booked at Carolina Bound Adventures is a Nantahala Horseback Riding selection. This family fun adventure requires no riding experience and is open to children 5 years of age and older. Guided horseback trips will allow you to enjoy beautiful wooded scenery in the Nantahala Gorge, an overlook of Fontana Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains in the Nantahala National Forest.

10.  Mountain Biking – Get off the pavement! There are family friendly trails here in the Great Smoky Mountains in addition to moderate to aggressive riding. If you want to try mountain biking and prefer a Guided Adventure, Carolina Bound Adventures has your solution. You don’t need to have a bike as we partner with a local bike shop that will rent you a bike, or we meet groups at the trailhead and outfit everyone.

As you can see, North Carolina Adventures abound – particularly here at Carolina Bound Adventures, your Smoky Mountain Vacation Planners! You don’t need a Bryson City phone book:  Go online, email, or call and say “Plan my vacation for me!”  

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Why Use a Vacation Concierge?

Save Time Vacation Planning!

Vacation planning… researching, reading reviews, sending emails, waiting for messages left for information.  Vacation planning takes a lot of time. Especially when there’s too much information and not enough expertise. Wouldn’t it be great to have a local expert plan your trip to the Bryson City / Western North Carolina area?

You’ve done it… You’re traveling on business or on vacation. You check into the hotel, get unpacked and then have some free time to explore. You head down to the lobby and spot the Concierge desk. It’s a beautiful thing meeting the Concierge as they have all of the knowledge for the area and save you a ton of wasted time.

That’s where we come in when you’re looking for things-to-do. Since we’ve “lived here and done that,” think of us as your go-to Adventure Vacation Guides! We know Western North Carolina’s most famous destinations and its most hidden treasures. Here’s what our guests say about our Vacation Concierge Services:

Naida C.: “Thanks so much to Carolina Bound Adventures. We had a great time with them. They really know all about the nature and history that surrounds North Carolina which made our trip even more enjoyable. I can’t wait to go back to go River Rafting in the summer! I can truly say that once you book with them you will feel like you have made new friends that have all the knowledge you need to visit North Carolina. Can’t wait for my next trip! Thank you Carolina Bound Adventures!!!”

Paula V.: “Truly enjoyed everything that Carolina Bound Adventures did to make our vacation unforgettable! Great personalized experience, from the website offerings, the quick response to any questions before our trip, to the fuss free amazing adventures, all taken care of that fit our group to a T. Plus, hanging with their Guide on our waterfall, brewery tour was a blast. Great folks! Beautiful vacation spot!”

Thinking about your 2019 vacation and not sure where to go yet? Come take a Smoky Mountain Vacation where there are plenty of things to do… whitewater rafting, mountain biking, kayaking or paddle boarding on a beautiful lake, zip line, rock climb or just rent a pontoon boat and cruise around Lake Fontana. New to the outdoors and prefer the guided adventure? Carolina Bound Adventures offers guided day hikes, waterfall hikes, mountain biking, backpacking and their super popular, Waterfalls and Breweries Tour. Call us and just say, “Plan my vacation for me!” Come play in the mountains – but first save time vacation planning with Carolina Bound Adventures… your Smoky Mountain Vacation Planners!