Bryson City, NC
We first discovered the Bryson City, NC area back in 1999 when my wife and I had just moved to Myrtle Beach. We were on the hunt for a weekend camping and mountain biking getaway. Several years and camping trips later, we are still heading up that way from the beach as often as possible, because we absolutely love all that the area has to offer. One of the many reasons we have really enjoyed living where we do in Myrtle Beach, has been the option to jump in a vehicle and be in the mountains in half a day. That is pretty awesome while getting to live and enjoy coastal living at the beach. The Carolinas definitely offer the best of both worlds.
I am going to highlight some of our favorites spots and adventures in the Bryson City area in the hopes that it helps anyone looking for a great weekend adventure spot.
For tent camping, we think Turkey Creek is the best location, property, and people. It is a beautiful and peaceful setting and the people that run the place are great.
On our last Bryson City trip, we wanted to get on the Appalachian Trail for a section hike with the kids, and knew we needed to keep it at a reasonable distance and around half a day. After a lot of research we decided on the Charles Bunion hike via the Newfound Gap parking area. It was about an hour drive to get up to the Newfound Gap area which is north of Cherokee, NC (another great little mountain town). It is about an 8 mile hike out and back, and the views did not disappoint.
Rafting on the Nantahala:
We are not experienced whitewater people, but have had a blast the couple times we have taken advantage of the opportunity to jump on the Nantahala River. It is not intense rapids by any means, but the river provides just enough excitement and views to make it a very enjoyable outdoor experience. We used Wildwater Rafting Company this last time and they were awesome. And true to form, I was the only one that ended up out of the raft and in the water… again!
It has become tradition for us to get fresh trout at least once from Tumbling Waters. Since I am the world’s least patient and competent fisherman, we opt for the trout farm on the Tumbling Waters campground. You catch some trout in their well stocked pond, and they clean it for you before you leave. My boys absolutely loved doing this when they were little, and still have a blast with it as teenagers. And just like everywhere else in the area, the people that run this campground/trout farm are some of the best people you will meet anywhere.
Heading into downtown Bryson City is a must at some point, it has a lot to offer and is worth taking a few hours to walk and check out all it has to offer. And of course, there are a couple breweries in town you might want to check out as well. Nantahala Brewing Company and Mountain Layers Both are 2 great options.
Those are some of our favorite places and things to do in this great little adventure hub in the southeast. Also, if you are coming from the midwest and looking for an epic “moto-adventure” on the way, you can ride the “Tail of the Dragon” (https://tailofthedragon.com) as you make your way over to Bryson City.
And as always, hit us up and let us see some pics if you head that way!
Ramble on friends!