Area Attractions

Endless possibilities await you in the Great Smoky Mountains, but seclusion in a log cabin shouldn't come at the expense of close proximity to some great attractions. All of Watershed Cabins' vacation rentals are in the Bryson City, NC area, and most are only minutes from some of the most popular Smoky Mountains attractions. Whether you want to whitewater raft the Nantahala River, mountain bike the trails at Tsali, or relax on a Great Smoky Mountains Railroad trip, you are just a few minutes away from your cabin. We have no affiliation with these vendors, but offer their contact information to facilitate your search for fun and exciting activities to fill your time while you stay with us.
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Almond Boat Park
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828.488.6423
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water sports, outdoor activities
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Boat rentals located 10 miles west of Bryson City on beautiful Fontana Lake. This is literally less than a mile from the Watershed Resort Property but no more than 10-15 minutes from most of our cabins.
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American Hikes
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828.488.6688
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hiking trails, outdoor activities
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Guided hiking trips in the National Park.
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Biltmore Estates
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800.411.3812
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hiking trails, historical sites, other points of interest, shopping
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Plan your getaway to George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre estate. Mr. Vanderbilt created Biltmore as an escape from everyday life. Now, his descendants invite you to enjoy his legacy of hospitality. Your admission includes self-guided tours of the breathtaking Biltmore House & Gardens and the new Antler Hill Village—featuring the Winery, The Biltmore Legacy, Village Green, and Farm.

Play in our 8,000-acre backyard with an array of outdoor activities, indulge in one-of-a-kind shopping, and savor our restaurants' exceptional fare. Visit Biltmore in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC and let our gracious hospitality inspire you.
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Bryson City Bicycles
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828-488-1988
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mountain biking, shopping, outdoor activities
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If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room; rent a mountain bike to thrillsville. Or take it easy, strap on a basket and pedal to a picnic in the park.

We are a complete bike shop (skateboards, too!) offering full service repairs, accessories, and the top brands you will love. Bike rentals available ranging from comfort bikes to full-suspension mountain bikes. All experience levels, or none at all, we offer complete packages and training.
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Bryson City Cork & Bean
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828-488-1934
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restaurants
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The Cork & Bean offers great food prepared with the finest ingredients, including locally grown, and organic produce, cheeses and baked goods. With their personal commitment to the environment and community, Ron, Scott and the Cork & Bean team strive to engage in sustainable business practices. Their mission is to strive to provide only the freshest, high quality ingredients. Whenever possible, they buy local and provide organic produce. All to-go containers and paper products are fully compostable and recyclable.
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Cataloochee Ski Area
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800.768.3588
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skiing, outdoor activities
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Ski and snowboard area in the Maggie Valley, which is about one hour away from Bryson City.
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Cherokee Indian Reservation
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800.438.1601
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casino's, entertainment, equestrian trails, golfing, hiking trails, historical sites, restaurants, shopping
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Cherokee North Carolina is a Smoky Mountain vacation destination with plenty of fun activities - museums, amusement parks, casino, hiking trails, scenic drives, great shopping, and of course the Harrah's Cherokee Casino. Cherokee is only 15 minutes from Bryson City and most of our cabins.
Another good Cherokee resource is Cherokeesmokies.com at 877-433-6700
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Deal's Gap (aka "the Dragon")
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800-889-5550
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other points of interest
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U.S. Highway 129, connecting Western North Carolina with East Tennessee, is world-famous among motorcyclists and sports car drivers, for its eleven-mile section with 318 continuous curves. Riding the The Dragon at Deals Gap you closely follow an old Indian trail from Graham County NC to Fort Loudon TN. Take a spin through “Gravity Cavity”, “Pig Pens Bend”, and “Rebels Revenge” with beautiful views of the river along the way to Chilhowee Lake.

All of our cabins are convenient to this attraction, but many mountain cabins do not have motorcycle friendly access. We have specifically addressed this and indicate on each cabin detail page whether or not it is a motorcycle-friendly cabin.
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Deep Creek Tubing
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water sports, outdoor activities
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Enjoy tubing in Deep Creek.
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Endless River Adventures
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800.224.7238
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water sports, outdoor activities
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Watershed has teamed up with Endless River Adventures for packages including their guided trout fishing services.  See our packages here, or click the photo to the right to get details about some of the best fishing anywhere.
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Fontana Realty
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888-777-1090
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real estate
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If you're looking for Western North Carolina real estate, you need a knowledgeable guide — one of the experienced agents* at Fontana Realty, a full-service agency specializing in Bryson City real estate listings. Fontana Realty represents virtually every property that's listed for sale in the North Carolina Smokies. In addition to their quality listings of special homes and homesites, they offer the Multiple Listing Service's vast inventory of land and homes for sale in the Western North Carolina mountains.

Fontana Realty is also the exclusive sales agent for four gated communities: Nantahala River Club, Fontana Trace and Fontana Lake Estates on North Carolina's most beautiful lake. Each development is unique and provides opportunities for different lifestyles in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

*Tim Goodwin, owner of Watershed Cabins, is a broker at Fontana Realty specializing in the sale and purchase of homes in the vacation rental market. If you are looking for a mountain cabin investment, call Tim directly at 404-626-3456.
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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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800.588.1817
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entertainment, other points of interest, restaurants, shopping
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Gatlinburg is approximately a 1.25 hour drive from Bryson City, NC.
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Great Smokey Mountain Railway
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800.872.4681
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entertainment, hiking trails, other points of interest, shopping
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With 53 miles of track, 2 tunnels and 25 bridges, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers a variety of excursions that explore the amazing landscape of Western North Carolina. With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on-board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy scenic train journeys across fertile valleys and through river gorges in a spectacular region near The Great Smoky Mountains. This section of Western North Carolina offers a wide array of ever changing vegetation and fantastic landscapes. Dating back to the 1800's and located on the southside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Murphy Branch allowed access to one of the most remote and beautiful places in the world.
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Harrah's
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828.497.7777
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casino's, entertainment, restaurants, shopping
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Set in the beautiful homeland of the Cherokee Indians, Harrah's Cherokee Hotel and Casino offers luxury and beauty both inside and out. This North Carolina hotel has a 15,000 square foot conference center, an indoor pool, and a workout room. Action-packed gaming includes slots, video poker, the PokerPro poker room, and interactive video technology table games. With live dealers and real chips, our modern style table games offer a unique format of traditional table games but with the latest interactive video technology. Whether you're an experienced player or new to table games, every hand is a new opportunity to win!
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Horseback Riding
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equestrian trails, outdoor activities
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A great way to enjoy the rugged beauty of the Smoky Mountains is on horseback.  Several stables offer guided horse rides through areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala National Forest, following trails that lead to waterfalls, across streams or along scenic ridges with panoramic vistas of mountains and lakes.

Horseback treks are generally available from one to four hours. Or you can experience the adventure of overnight camping trips lasting two to four days. You should check with individual stables to learn what horseback riding trips each offers.
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ICF Canoe Freestyle World Champioinships 2013
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828-488-7285
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other points of interest, water sports, outdoor activities
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The ultimate whitewater competition is coming to the Nantahala River on September 2–8, 2013 — the International Canoe Federation’s (ICF) Canoe Freestyle World Championships. This premier freestyle kayak event is slated to draw over 300 top freestyle paddlers from around the world, as well as thousands of spectators here, to the Nantahala Gorge, in the heart of the North Carolina Smokies. Tentative 2013 Event Schedule.

But you don’t have to wait two years to see top-level freestyle on the Nantahala. Catch the action this September 7-9, when athletes come to compete in the final event of the 2012 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Cup. More info & Schedule.

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Lakeview at Fontana Day Spa
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800.742.6492
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spas and salons
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Specializing in spa packages, this intimate & unpretentious boutique Resort and Spa is secluded, affordable, and decidedly low-key. Refreshingly less structured and fitness oriented than most Spas, Lakeview at Fontana offers guilt-free getaways. Praised for the ultra-friendly staff who can make everyone feel as if they belong, it’s a true sock-feet-on-the-sofa kind of cozy.
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Mexico Condo
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reservation info
404-626-3456
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other points of interest
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It's not in North Carolina, but many Watershed guests from over the years have asked about Tim's beach Condo in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  It is under an hour from Cancun, which is an easy flight from the US.  Take a $10 bus from the airport and you don't need a car, as Playa is an amazing pedestrian city with beautiful beaches, excellent food, upscale shopping, and exciting nightlife.  Other highlights include fishing, diving, snorkeling, Tulum (Mayan ruins), zip lines, and much more.

The condo has 3 bedrooms and sleeps up to 8. The best feature is that it is on the ground floor and directly on the beach. You step out the sliding doors and enjoy breakfast on your private patio right on the sand. Call Tim directly if you are interested in visiting or learning more.
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Mountain Bike Western North Carolina
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mountain biking, outdoor activities
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An online resource for mountain biking in Western North Carolina.
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Nantahala Brewing Company
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1-828-488-BEER (2337)
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entertainment
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Something exciting is brewing deep in the Great Smoky Mountains. The Nantahala Brewing Company was founded in 2009, so Bryson City is now home to its own microbrewery. Try a pint of their "App Trail X Pale Ale", or maybe a growler of the "Noon Day IPA". Their tasting room is now open on Depot Street. Also inquire about keg service in your cabin!
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Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours
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1-866-319-8870
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outdoor activities
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Enjoy a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual elevation change at Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours (NGCT). It takes limited energy to participate and is not designed to scare with big drops as much as excite with smooth gliding.Great trip for families. Fully Guided. Owned and operated by Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours Inc. Opens seasonally March through November (check website for exact dates)
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Nantahala Outdoor Center
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888.905.7238
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hiking trails, mountain biking, restaurants, shopping, water sports, outdoor activities
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Since 1972, NOC has shared the outdoors with millions of guests on white water river rafting trips, with all varieties of kayak and canoe instruction, on mountain bikes and around the world with our adventure travel trips.

All of our cabins are conviently located to the NOC, with many being only 10 minutes from this popular attraction.

BOOK YOUR ZIP LINE ADVENTURE PARK, MOUNTAIN BIKE RENTAL, WHITEWATER RAFTING NOW AT THIS LINK.
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Nantahala River Club
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404-626-3456
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real estate
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If you want to live in a lush mountain setting where you can enjoy spectacular views, a wild river and a placid mountain lake, you’ll be delighted with Nantahala River Club. This is prime Western North Carolina lakefront property — a new 200-acre gated community rising above the banks of Fontana Lake at the mouth of the Nantahala River just west of Bryson City — in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Tim, the owner of Watershed Cabins, is a lot owner in here and has written a personal testimony here, if you'd like to read more.
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Paddlefish Kayaking
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888.730.1835
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water sports, outdoor activities
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Since 2004 PaddleFish has focused on connecting families to nature through first-class sea kayaking tours, powerboat excursions, and multi-day expeditions from unique destinations throughout the southeastern United States.
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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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800.251.9100
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entertainment, other points of interest, restaurants, shopping, spas and salons
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Pigeon Forge is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Bryson City, NC.
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Rolling Thunder River Rafting
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800-408-7238
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water sports, outdoor activities
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Since 1977, Rolling Thunder has entertained almost half a million guests on the most popular and scenic rivers in the country: the Ocoee River, the Nantahala River and the Toccoa River.
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Sequoyah National Golf Club
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828.497.3000
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golfing, outdoor activities
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Nestled among the oak, fir and flowered valleys in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains resides Sequoyah National Golf Club. Owned by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee, this Robert Trent Jones II design offers golfers an idyllic 18 hole journey, filled with scenic vistas, beautiful landscapes and challenging golf - featuring a proshop, snack bar, rental clubs (Callaway), lessons, driving range.
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Smokey Mountain Mountain Country Club
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828.497.7622
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golfing, restaurants, shopping, outdoor activities
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If golf is your sport, get ready to have fun playing our 18-hole mountain course. From valley floors to mountaintops, Smoky Mountain Country Club provides a truly unique golf experience — one we’re pretty sure no flatlander has ever experienced.

Designed by Thomas Walker, our course features bent grass greens and Bermuda tees and fairways. The course is a par 70 and plays slightly over 6,000 yards with 400 feet of elevation changes.

In addition to the golf course, practice facilities include a putting green as well as a driving range and chipping facility.
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Smoky Mountain Jetboats
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888.900.9091
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water sports, outdoor activities
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Jet Boat Rides in the Great Smoky Mountains on Lake Fontana. We offer thrilling 35-40 minute rides on scenic Lake Fontana as well as combination trips, such as hike and jet boat ride trips that encompass everything that’s great about Western North Carolina-hiking, picnicking, swimming, and a thrilling jet boat ride.
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Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
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828-479-3364
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entertainment, other points of interest, shopping
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The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is a vital contributor to the preservation of the Appalachian mountain heritage of Western North Carolina. Throughout the year we celebrate mountain traditions through our music programs, old-time festivals, workshops and other events that appeal to all age groups.

The Center is about 17 miles north on hwy 28 from Bryson City (15 minutes from most of our cabins).
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Tsali Recreation Area
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equestrian trails, hiking trails, mountain biking, water sports, outdoor activities
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Challenging, that's the best word to describe the 39 miles of Tsali Trails, rated as "more difficult." Suited for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders, the 4-loop system offers a variety of landscapes. You can climb 1-foot wide rugged paths or travel flat, well-beaten roads. The four trails (Right Loop Trail, Left Loop Trail, Mouse Branch Loop Trail, and Thompson Loop Trail) meander through mixed pine and hardwoods on a peninsula stretching into Fontana Lake.

Hikers may travel the trails on any day, but mountain bikers and equestrians, the primary users, are kept separated by alternating use of the trails. A schedule is posted at all trailhead and displayed on this page.
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Unto These Hills
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866-554-4557
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entertainment, historical sites
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Unto These Hills is the tragic story of the Cherokee tribe presented outdoors.
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Wildwater Jeep® Tours
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800.451.9972
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outdoor activities
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Jeep® Tours
Join our skilled and knowledgeable local guides by following in the steps of the early explorers, visiting the back roads of the region and learning more about this beautiful region directly from North Carolina locals. Excursions include options like "Rails & Trails" which is partnered with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad; or "Waterfall Tours" which is a 2 hour exploration of some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Nantahala area.