Bryson City Outdoor Adventure | Bryson City, North Carolina | My Smoky Mountain Guide

Bryson City Outdoor Adventure

Bryson City outdoor adventure is second to none. There is a reason people come here from all over the world to experience the great outdoors.

God blessed this place with incredible mountains for hiking, clean streams teaming with trout, rivers and creeks perfect for tubing and whitewater rafting, beautiful lakes for boating, and so much more!


Bryson City outdoor adventure is easy to access. Just three minutes from downtown, tubing centers near Deep Creek rent tubes and everything you need to get wet. Float down the creek and head back for another trip down.


If packing your fly rod, flies, and waders for a trip to the water excites you, Bryson City is for you. Some say it is a fisherman’s paradise due to its proximity to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The fishing indeed is great in the park, but there are plenty of opportunities for fishing right here. In addition, nearby Fontana Lake quite possibly is the best smallmouth bass fishing lake in America. NOTE: A North Carolina fishing license is required for fishing.

Train Adventure

Bryson City is the ONLY place in the Smoky Mountains where you can board a train for an exciting adventure through the mountains. Enjoy an old fashioned train ride with breathtaking views.

Whitewater Rafting

Get settled into a raft and prepare for a whitewater rafting experience that you will not soon forget. A number of outfitters in the area make whitewater rafting a fun and exciting time. Whitewater rafting is the number one activity for vacationers looking for thrills.

Zip Lines

Another popular Bryson City outdoor adventure is the zip line experience. The mountains provide a perfect topography for locking onto a zip line and zipping across the tree tops.

Horseback Riding

Saddle up and ride a horse up and down Smoky Mountain trails. Stables in Bryson City offer guided tours and opportunities for experienced riders and first-timers alike.


Bryson City Slingshots, LLC

Bryson City Slingshots, LLC

35 Slope Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

(828) 488-9010

Your only source for slingshot rentals in Bryson City. If you have not experienced the excitement of being glued to the road in the mountain curves, you are missing out!


Carolina Bound Adventures

Carolina Bound Adventures

35 Slope Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

(828) 569-6699

Carolina Bound Adventures is a concierge vacation planning service  in the Bryson City / Western North Carolina / Great Smoky Mountains area. They have both guided and self-guided outdoor adventures. They can arrange it all: mountain biking, fly fishing, hiking, whitewater rafting, zip lining, horseback riding, kayaking, paddle boarding, jeep tours, etc. Unwind. Explore. Repeat!

Cooper Creek Trout Farm and Pond | Bryson City, North Carolina | Bryson City Outdoor Adventure | My Smoky Mountain Guide

Cooper Creek Trout Farm & Pond

3365 Coopers Creek Road
Bryson City, NC 28713

(828) 488-2500

Stay an Hour! Stay the Day! We Have Fun! Cooper Creek Trout Farm raises 750,000 rainbow trout annually. We have a public fishing pond, tours and picnic pavilions. Our property abuts the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. You can hike the 1.4 miles to sixty foot Little Creek Falls or connect to the Great Smoky Mountains’ 850 mile trail system.


Deep Creek Tube Center & Campground

Deep Creek Tube Center

1040 West Deep Creek Road
Bryson City, NC 28713

(828) 488-6055

For years, generations of fun-loving vacationers have been coming back to Deep Creek to experience the thrill of riding an inner tube down the rapids of this mountain stream in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Deep Creek upper section is narrower and offers the most white water with a wild bouncy ride. The lower section is wider and a bit calmer – perfect for younger kids and less-adventurous adults. Between the two sections you’ll find one of the best natural swimming holes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


Endless River Adventures

Endless River Adventures

14157 Hwy 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713

(828) 488-6199, (800) 224-7238

Whitewater Rafting: We raft three of the best rivers in the southeast: the Nantahala, Ocoee and Cheoah Rivers. Based just outside of Bryson City, near the Smoky Mountain National Park.  we offer family rafting for kids seven years old and up, as well as advanced rivers up to Class IV+ for the more adventurous.

Kayak Instruction: Our renowned paddling program offers custom kayak instruction from beginner fundamentals to advanced technique.

Fly Fishing: For guided float trips, wade trips or introductory fly fishing instruction, our location offers some of the most diverse fishing opportunities .


Fly Fishing The Smokies

Fly Fishing the Smokies (Private Trips)

17 Ela Heights Road
Bryson City, NC 28713

(828) 488-7665

Learn to fly fish with the best guides in the Smoky Mountains. We offer private all inclusive wade trips, drift boat trips, beginner classes and instruction. Your choice of a 2 hour fun trip, half day, and full day trips. We also offer the most guided expeditions in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Fly Fishing the Smokies has something for everyone and every budget guaranteeing a great day of guided fishing and instruction, along with all necessary gear and equipment. We have fly fishing and spin fishing trips for kids and families to many of our destinations! Our private all inclusive guided fishing trips are offered daily out of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Cherokee NC, and Bryson City. All of our trips are strictly catch and release!

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Fontana Guides

3336 Balltown Road
Bryson City, NC 28713

(828) 736-2318

Western Carolina’s Premiere Fly Fishing & Light Tackle Guide Service. Look no further for the ultimate Great Smoky Mountain Fishing Experience! We offer guided fishing trips year-round in beautiful Western North Carolina. Fly fishing or conventional tackle, river or lake fishing, wade or float trips. Choose to fish Fontana lake, Tuckasegee River, Little Tennesee River, Oconaluftee River, inside the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and more! For the non fisherman we offer scenic daytime and sunset cruises on Fontana Lake.  There is no prior experience required for any of our trips. Our trips are catch and release. Book your trip today!


Great Smoky Mountain Railroad | Bryson City, North Carolina | Bryson City Outdoor Adventure | My Smoky Mountain Guide

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

45 Mitchell Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

(828) 586-8811 or (800) 872-4681

With 53 miles of track, two tunnels and 25 bridges, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will take you on a memorable journey through a remote and beautiful corner of North Carolina. Ride with us into river gorges, across valleys and through tunnels carved out of majestic mountains. The Railroad offers a variety of scenic, round-trip excursions departing from Bryson City. Trips range from 3 ½ hours to a full day of fun and adventure.

The Nantahala Gorge Excursion carries you 44 miles to the Nantahala Gorge and back again. The Tuckasegee River Excursion travels 32-mile round-trip along the Tuckasegee River through old railroad towns and scenic meadows. Specialty excursions include our Special Event Dinner Trains – PEANUTS™ The Easter Beagle Express, PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express, and POLAR EXPRESS™. Book your reservations NOW!


JJ's Tubes | Bryson City, North Carolina | Bryson City Outdoor Adventure | My Smoky Mountain Guide

JJ’s Tube Rentals

1651 Toot Hollow Road
Bryson City, NC 28713

(828) 736-3640, (828) 488-3018

Rent a tube and it’s yours for the day! We are within a half-mile of the best whitewater tubing in the Smokies. You can ride Deep Creek as many times as you like. Enjoy a fast-moving shoot down the cascades, as well as a lazy, slow-moving ride as the creek widens. Some swimming holes and sunning rocks are there to enjoy along the way. Smoky mountains tubing is great fun for the entire family!


Nantahala Outdoor Center | Bryson City, North Carolina | Bryson City Outdoor Adventure | My Smoky Mountain Guide

Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC)

13077 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713

(828) 785-5082, (800) 232-7238

Classic Family Adventure in Western North Carolina. This location offers river rafting through family-friendly rapids that are mild but exciting. NOC’s 500-acre adventure center offers whitewater rafting, four aerial and zipline activities, mountain biking on nine miles of private trails, and stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Fontana.

Nantahala Rafting

Nantahala Rafting with Adventurous Fast Rivers

14690 Hwy 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713

(800) 438-7238

Adventurous Fast Rivers – Where The Most Important Trip On The River Is Yours! Adventurous Fast Rivers Rafting welcome you to miles of fun and exciting Class II and III rapids on one of the country’s most popular rivers – the Nantahala. Whether you’re a whitewater veteran or a beginner enthusiast who has never rafted before – we have a spot for you. Your river experience can range from a family outing to a high-performance adventure; we offer group discounts, privately guided, guide-assisted or unguided rafting trips, funyaks “duckies”, sit-on-top kayaks, inflatable canoes, lake canoes, river photos, a great T-shirt souvenir shop and much more!

Nantahala Village Riding Stable | Bryson City, North Carolina | Bryson City Outdoor Adventure | My Smoky Mountain Guide

Nantahala Village Riding Stables

9400 Highway 19/74 West
Bryson City, NC 28713

(828) 488-9649

Located nine miles west of Bryson City, Nantahala Village Riding Stables offers a fun family friendly horseback riding experience. If you have never ridden before, or have limited experience, we will show you the basic tips and instructions on riding before hitting the trail. Our trails are located in the Nantahala National Forest. We offer one hour to four hour trips, and all day and over night trips.


Paddle Inn Rafting Company | Bryson City, North Carolina | Outdoor Adventure | My Smoky Mountain Guide

Paddle Inn Rafting Company

14611 Hwy 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713

(828) 488-9651, (800) 232-7238

Paddle Inn Rafting Company offers fully guided, guide assisted and “Be Your Own Boss” self-guided white water rafting rental trips. We are the only white water outfitter in the USA to specifically design and manufacture its own line of white water rafts for the Nantahala River.

PaddleFish Base Camp | Bryson City, North Carolina | Bryson City Outdoor Adventure | My Smoky Mountain Guide

PaddleFish Base Camp

59 Depot Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

(828) 488-8797

PaddleFish Basecamp provides sea kayaking tours, hiking excursions, and multi-day expeditions in the Great Smoky Mountains. Two hour, half-day, full-day and multi-day trips are available. No experience is necessary. All ages welcome.


Raging Rivers Rafting Company

Raging Rivers Rafting Company

10811 US Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713

(828) 488-7872

Whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River.

Rolling Thunder River Company | Bryson City, North Carolina | Bryson City Outdoor Adventure | My Smoky Mountain Guide

Rolling Thunder River Company

10160 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713

(828) 488-2030, (800) 408-7238

The Nantahala River Experience – Family Rafting in NC – Eight Miles of Fun! Our Nantahala River rafting trips on the Nantahala River run the full length of the river – 8 miles through western North Carolina’s most scenic rainforest. The river runs through the Nantahala National Forest – the largest of the four national forests in North Carolina. On a Nantahala rafting trip you will encounter an array of lively rapids such as Root Canal, the Isle of Dumping and Tumble Dry. Your Nantahala rafting trip will end with a big, bouncy splash at Nantahala Falls- the only class III rapid on the river.


Smoky Mountain Outdoors Unlimited | Bryson City, North Carolina | Bryson City Outdoor Adventure | My Smoky Mountain Guide

Smoky Mountains Outdoors Unlimited

1012 East Alarka Road
Bryson City, NC 28713

(828) 488-9711

Our guides are local fishermen with years of experience to guarantee a great time in our Smoky Mountain streams and lakes. We offer lake, creek and river fishing. Both full and half day trips are offered with the most competitive rates available. All tackle and supplies needed on your trip are covered by the listed price. We also offer overnight camping trips to local national park streams of your choice. Come and join us in the outdoors of the Great Smoky Mountains for the memories that will last a lifetime.


Tuckaseegee Fly Fishing Guide Service | Bryson City, North Carolina | Bryson City Outdoor Adventure | My Smoky Mountain Guide

Tuckaseegee Fly Shop, Fly Fishing Outfitter, & Guide Service

3 Depot Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

(828) 488-3333

Tuckaseegee Fly Shop offers fly fishing lessons and classes, guided full day and half day fly fishing trips, and guided fly fishing float trips. They provide rods, waders, boots, tackle, and flies. Be sure to have your NC fishing license!


Wildwater Nantahala Rafting & Canopy Tours

Wildwater Rafting LTD

10345 Highway 19 South/74 West
Bryson City, NC 28713

Local Rafting: (828) 488-2384
Local Canopy: (828) 488-8899

Rafting Trips: The Nantahala’s eight miles of pristine clear water and bouncy waves have made this one of America’s favorite rivers for generations. Come learn to raft with us on one of our fully-guided trips, or if you have some experience, take on the river at your own pace.

Ziplining Tours: The first and longest zipline course in the area, our Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours will fly you out to heights with incredible views of Clingman’s Dome, Fontana Lake, and gorge waterfalls. With 11 zip lines and 7 sky bridges, this Canopy Tour gives you unsurpassed zipping fun through one of the premier natural areas in Western North Carolina. Our KidZip is an excellent introduction to zipping for youngsters aged 4-12.

Jeep Tours in the Smokies: Wildwater offers guided 2-hour Jeep Adventures at both the Nantahala and the Pigeon River Adventure Centers. Each trip introduces you to the cultural and natural history of the area. The Nantahala tour features some of the spectacular waterfalls in the Smoky Mountain region, while the Pigeon River tour features historic settlements and buildings on the outskirts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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