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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Other Great Outdoors
“Restaurant overlooks the river and a bar on the other side of the river accessible via a walking bridge with a treetop playground for the kids (good entertainment watching even if you don’t have children along) & a great outfitters store!”
  • 82 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“For the best White Water Rafting, Zipline and Mountain Biking you can't go wrong with the NOC.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Fontana Lake pubic beach area is a short drive from GO Tiny Guesthouse. Take your paddle board, canoe, kayak, float or other non-motorized craft to this recreation area. If you want to venture out on the greater lake area, head over to Almond Boat Dock and rent a pontoon boat for a 1/2 day or full day! It's a wonderful lake full of fisherman, boaters and even a couple of house boat communities!”
  • 13 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
American Restaurant
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“Great place for a lunch or dinner right on the river. I love their Pizza and my husband, Stuart loves the Sherpa. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Check out local Appalachian art and the Cherokee outdoor walk. Great place to get meaningful souvenirs. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“The staff at Endless Rivers makes it one of our favorites. Through them, you can go rafting, learn how to kayak, or learn how to, (or get better at) fly fishing. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Lodging
“outdoor center for white water rafting and kayaking. Swimming along river bank with restaurant, bar and shop for equipment/gifts.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Establishment
“The Nantahala River offers 2's/3's in Whitewater rafting and there are several places along Hwy 19 offering guides, raft and kayak rentals. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Food
“Yellow Branch Farmstead Cheese and Pottery Visit and try their Award winning handcrafted cheeses made from their own herd. Tour the working pottery studio and shop the beautiful pottery.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Store
“Great place for white water rafting. While it isn't the best white water in the area (Check out the Green River for that), it is a great ride. Plan to spend some time in Bryson city afterwards. Check out Nantahala Brewing.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
  • 4 locals recommend
Postal Code
“Motorcycle enthusiasts from all walks of life come to the Smoky Mountains to test their riding skills on this winding 11 mile stretch of 318 treacherous curves. Travel at your own risk!”
  • 1 local recommends
Campground
“Tsali Recreation Area is a mountain biking and hiking spot on one of the fingerlakes of Lake Fontana that has a campground within it. Bike trails are well-marked and mapped from easy to difficult and wind around the lake. Rent Bikes from Tsali Cycles in Bryson or put in boats on the lake from the access point. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Home Goods Store
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Clothes Shop
“Hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, zip-lining. Outfitters on site.”
  • 2 locals recommend