500 Veterans Blvd.
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone: (828) 488-0326
Fax: (828) 488-4114
This railroad operates four diesel-electric locomotives and one Baldwin Steam locomotive on a scenic line that runs from Dillsboro to Andrews. Enjoy a short ride over the Tuskagee River or by the Nantahala River Gorge or opt for a full-day Photo Tour. The Railroad also offers unique trips like the Gourmet Dinner Train, Mystery Dinner Train and Train & Raft Combos. Groups can even choose a private caboose party. Admission: from $28-$74 Adults; Children 3-12 generally 40-50 percent off adult price. Disabled access is limited; call for more information
Surrounded by lush green environs, Deep Creek is reputed for its flowing streams and high waterfalls. An ideal place for hikers, several hiking trails lead to the popular Indian Creek Falls that has attracted a lot of interest amongst tourists. And in case you want to camp around here, this place offers many back-country campsites along the trails and also offers restrooms for a comfortable stay. Apart from hiking and camping, Deep Creek boasts of certain trails that allows mountain biking.
Situated in Deep Creek campground, Juney Whank Falls is about 90 feet in height and is nothing but a marvel in itself. Named after Mr Junaluska Whank, these falls offer a magnificent site and boasts several hiking trails around it. Easily accessible, this waterfall is divided into upper and lower sections. The trail surrounding the waterfall poses a challenge for the amateur and stretches for about a mile. A real delight to the senses.
Located within the Deep Creek area, Indian Creek, also known as Toms Branch Falls are simply a delight to watch. About 25 feet in height, these waterfalls are simply magnificent and are a center of attraction for the visitors here. For all those, who come for hiking in Deep Creek area, these waterfalls are a must visit and can be reached easily by hiking trails surrounding the falls.
You can enjoy live theatre, watch the baby bears being fed, ride the Famous Rudicoaster, pet the reindeer in the petting zoo, see exotic animals and birds, visit Santa and the Christmas shop, and ride a paddle boat to Monkey Island and see some of the largest golf fish in the country while visiting this very unique park and zoo.
To find out about all that the Cherokee Indian Reservation has to offer, be sure to check out the Cherokee Indian Visitors Center. If you are an outdoor person at heart, this place has all you need including a campground, cabins, gaming, fishing, mountain biking, tubing/rafting, and several trails for those who like to hike. For the little ones, Santa's Land Park and Zoo and the Cherokee Bear Zoo and Plaza are nearby and sure to entertain. Discover the Cherokee Indians and learn about their history and culture here.
Oconaluftee Visitor Center is one of the three visitors centers located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This place gives information on the Cherokee area of the mountain and is a welcome respite to the weary trekkers with its small refreshment coffee machine. You can get information on the local life and culture of the area as well. The center has several public restrooms. There are also public telephones from where you can reconnect with the world outside. The center organizes special cultural programs and local events regularly. The center is equipped with a bookstore and a shop where you can load up before heading ahead. After you are done here, step into the museum nearby to check out a astounding collection of farmhouse equipments. To know more about the place, check the website.
Built in the late 1800s, this well preserved mill at Great Smoky Mountains National Park allows visitors to study a slice of life lived centuries ago. The mill worked on a water turbine that powered its machinery. The old mill and the breathtaking greens that surround it make it a must see. For more information and timings, do check their website.
One place from where you can have an overview of the entire Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the Clingmans Dome. This dome is the highest point in the National Park standing at 6600 feet and is the peak of Appalachian mountains, one of the three mountain ranges in the Park. Covering a plateau like surface, Clingmans Dome has been categorized as a park and though difficult to access, is actually a frequently visited place. Also, this natural wonder when geographically divided, equally covers Tennessee and North Carolina states, making it all the more a special place.
This mining facility offers a native mine for true rock hounds, as well as an enriched mine for children. Star Rubies and Star Sapphires can be found here and the site also offers picnic tables, snacks, and refreshments. Wire Wrap Classes are offered for teens and adults as well as GeoCraft Classes for kids.
Enjoy the experience of finding your own gemstone at this mine that offers a great selection of gems and minerals. A complete gem and gift shop is on site.
A haven for hikers, Mingo Falls situated near Big Cove road offers about half a mile of hiking trail around the waterfall that soars nearly 120 feet in height. Not very far from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this fall is a great tourist attraction and is nestled within the lush green surroundings. Considered to be one of the longest waterfalls in Southern Appalachians, this falls is a must see for those visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.