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Area Attractions


Agri-tourism and Farms


Stoney Hollow Farms
944 Ollies Creek Rd.
Robbinsville, NC 28771

Description: Open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8 AM-6 PM, Closed on Wednesday & Saturday. A “U Pick” farm with seasonal crops, educational classes, and cooking classes is offered. Check the website for the current “menu” of crops and schedules and times.

Wehrloom Honey
257 Willie Colvin Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771

General Description: Wehrloom honey is a family business raising honey bees and selling honey, honey-infused beauty products, and natural home goods. Call for tours.

Yellow Branch Pottery and Cheese
136 Yellow Branch Cir
Robbinsville, NC 28771
(828) 479-6710

General Description: Locally owned pottery studio and craft cheeses.

Darnell Farms
2300 Governors Island Road
Bryson City, NC 28789

General Description: Darnell Farms is a working farm in Bryson City where you can pick up wonderful fresh produce. Throughout the year they sponsor many agri-tourism events such as a strawberry music festival, pumpkin patch, and fall corn maze.

Arts and Crafts

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
121 School House Rd
Robbinsville, NC 28771

General Description: The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit corporation formed by a group of local citizens after the closing of Stecoah School in 1994. The Center is housed in the restored 1926 Stecoah Schoolhouse. The beautiful Artisan’s Gallery is stocked with the works of more than 125 local artisans and craftsmen, including artisan foods produced on-site in the commercial Stecoah Kitchen from locally grown sources. Other offerings include a Cherokee history display, beautiful grounds and walking trail, culinary workshops, and arts and crafts classes.

Bee Global Studio and Gallery
1633 Lower Stecoah Rd.
Robbinsville, NC 28771

General Description: Local candles, ornaments, and other handcrafted beeswax products.

Dogwood Crafters
90 Webster Street
Dillsboro, NC 28725

General Description: The shop inventory is a constantly changing variety of beautiful and fascinating items limited only by the imagination and skill of the 100 artisans who make Dogwood Crafters what it is – a showcase of mountain crafts. Dogwood Crafters is a non-profit craft cooperative with an interesting mix of artisans. Both traditional and contemporary works can be found within the shop’s log walls.

The Cottage Craftsman
44 Fry St
Bryson City, NC 28713
(828) 488-6207

General Description: The Cottage Craftsman celebrates regional wines, traditional and contemporary fine art, craft, specialty foods, and music with a focus on those winemakers, artists, and craftsmen who live, work and play in the mountains of Western North Carolina and the surrounding region.

Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc.
645 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, NC 28719
Office Phone: 828-497-3103

General Description: Founded in 1946 and showcasing the works of over 250 members, Qualla Arts and Crafts preserves and promotes the traditional arts and crafts of the Eastern Band of Cherokee.

Breweries and Wineries

Nantahala Brewing Company
103 Depot Street Bryson City, NC 28713

Mountain Layers Brewing Company
90 Everett St. Bryson City, NC 28713

Heinzelmannchen Brewery
545 Mill Street Sylva, NC

Hoppy Trout Brewing Company and Pizza
911 Main St. Andrews, NC 28901

FernCrest Winery and Tasting Room
1060 Main St. Andrews, NC 28901

Calaboose Cellars Winery and Brewery
565 Acquone Rd Andrews, NC


Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel
777 Casino Drive
Cherokee, NC 28719
Toll-Free Phone: 877-811-0777
Office Phone: 828-497-7777

General Description: 102,000sq ft of gaming space. 3,000 seat Entertainment Center. Find your favorite Las Vegas games, including video blackjack with real dealers and real chips.


Tumbling Waters Trout Pond
1612 Panther Creek Rd
Almond, NC 28702
(828) 479-3814

General Description: Trout pond is stocked with Rainbow Trout grown on the property. Bait and tackle provided, fishing license is not required.

Fly Fishing The Smokies
Cherokee/Bryson City, NC
Email Address:

General Description: Wade Trips, float Trips, Fly Fishing Classes, Backcountry Camps, Hiking Trips Guided Fly Fishing for the whole family!

Steve Claxton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures
Post Office Box 995
Bryson City, NC 28713

General Description: Guided fishing and day trips in the Smokies.


Sequoyah National Golf Club
79 Cahons Road
Whittier, NC 28786
Office Phone: 828-497-3000

Smoky Mountain Country Club
1112 Conleys Creek Rd
Whittier, NC 28789
(828) 497-2772

Horseback Riding

Nantahala Village Riding Stables
9400 US 19
Bryson City, NC 28713

Smokemont Stables Inc
135 Smokemont Riding Stable Road (off US 441)
Cherokee, NC 28719

General Description: Authorized NPS Concessioner offering guided horseback riding within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Historic Attractions

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
225 Everett Street, Suites G & H
Bryson City, NC 28713
Toll-Free Phone: 800-872-4681
Office Phone: 828-586-8811

General Description: All aboard for a historic and scenic journey. That’s an invitation to a delightful journey through the majestic mountains and colorful countryside of Western North Carolina, over a sprawling lake, past rushing rivers, through a deep mountain gorge, and into dark mountain tunnels. The railroad operates year-round, with schedules varying seasonally. All trains depart from Bryson City.

Mason’s Ruby and Sapphire Mine
6961 Upper Burningtown Road
Franklin, NC 28734
Office Phone: 828-369-9742

General Description: The Mason Ruby and Sapphire Mine are Macon County’s Only True “Dig Your Own” Mine (as well as enriched buckets) where customers enjoy a Real Mining Experience for native North Carolina Corundum. All Tools are provided and we’ll teach you how much Fun mining can Be.

Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine
971 Tsali Blvd
Cherokee, NC 28719
(828) 497-6574

Mountain Biking

Bryson City Bicycles
157 Everett St.
Bryson City, NC 28713

General Description: Bicycle rental, repair, and gear.

Museums and Educational

Oconaluftee Indian Village
564 Tsali Blvd
Cherokee, NC 28719
Toll-Free Phone: 866-554-4557
Office Phone: 828-497-2111

General Description: The Oconaluftee Indian Village is a re-created village of the 1700s. Visitors experience the everyday life of the Cherokee through artisans who perform tasks done by their forefathers. Witness war council meetings, war re-enactments, traditional dances, and more.

Museum of the Cherokee Indian
589 Tsali Blvd
Cherokee, NC 28719
Toll-Free Phone:
Office Phone: 828-497-3481

General Description: The Museum of the Cherokee Indian takes visitors all the way back to the beginnings of human existence here in these glorious, storied mountains of western North Carolina. The museum provides an educational and interactive experience where concise, chronological stories retrace the 11,000 years documented history of the Cherokees.

John C. Campbell Folk School
One Folk School Rd
Brasstown, NC 28902
Toll-Free Phone: 800-365-5724
Office Phone: 828-837-2775

General Description: Nation’s oldest folk school was founded in 1925. Crafts, music, dance, other Appalachian traditions are taught one-week or weekend classes year-round. National Historic District. Craft Shop. History Center.

Wheels Through Time Museum Inc
62 Vintage Lane
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
Office Phone: 828-926-6266
Office Fax: 828-926-9158

General Description: A consummate collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles. Equally astounding is the memorabilia collection that unites the “art of the motorcycle” with the generation of Americans that enjoyed a lifestyle peculiar to the “American Mainstream.” The thrust of the museum is to educate future generations on a fascinating spectrum of Americana.

Smoky Mountain Trains Lionel Train Museum
100 Greenlee Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
Toll-Free Phone: 866-872-4681
Office Phone: 828-488-5200

General Description: Catch the spirit of model railroading. Museum ranked in top ten in U.S. Owned and operated by the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Mountain Farm Museum
1194 Newfound Gap Rd
Cherokee, NC 28719
(828) 497-1904

Music and Theater

Unto These Hills…a retelling
564 Tsali Blvd
Cherokee, NC 28719
Toll-Free Phone: 866-554-4557
Office Phone: 828-497-2111

General Description: This powerful outdoor drama, re-enacts Cherokee history from the first contact with Europeans through the tragic “Trail of Tears”. The story, told from a Cherokee perspective by descendants of those who avoided removal is presented nightly except Sundays from June through mid-August.

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
121 School House Rd
Robbinsville, NC 28771

General Description: The Center is highly acclaimed for its summer concert and dinner series, An Appalachian Evening, which features mountain roots music in the historic 300-seat air-conditioned auditorium. Visitors are amazed to discover prominent and highly regarded musicians playing for small audiences in the quiet valley.

Parks and Forests

Nantahala National Forest – Cheoah Ranger District
District Ranger, Angela Gee
1070 Massey Branch Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771
(828) 479-6431

Areas of Interest Include:

  • Tsali Recreation Area – Biking, Horseback Riding, Lake Access, Hiking
  • Cable Cove Recreation Area – Fishing, Lake Access
  • Cheoah Pointe Beach Access – Swimming, Picnicking
  • Snowbird Backcountry Area – Hiking, Backpacking

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and Slickrock Wilderness Area
5410 Joyce Kilmer Rd
Robbinsville, NC 28771
(828) 479-6431

General Description: Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, created in 1975, covers 17,394 acres in the Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina and the Cherokee National Forest in eastern Tennessee.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

General Description: Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World-renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park.
Areas of Interest Include:

  • Twenty Mile Creek and Ranger Station
  • Cades Cove
  • Oconoluftee Visitor Center
  • Clingman’s Dome
  • Deep Creek

Santa’s Land Theme Park and Zoo
571 Wolfetown Rd
Whittier, NC 28789
(828) 497-9191

General Description: Year-round Santa Claus-themed park with rides, a gift shop, a zoo & paddle boating in a lake.

Scenic Drives

Cherohala Skyway
General Description: The Cherohala Skyway is a national scenic byway often compared to the Blue Ridge Parkway because of its scenic attractions and natural topography. The skyway serves as a connector between the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee and the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina, thus the name Cherohala.

Blue Ridge Parkway
2551 Mountain View Rd
Vinton, VA 24179
General Description: The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway and All-American Road in the United States, noted for its scenic beauty. Length: 469 miles (754.8 km)

Tail of the Dragon
17555 Tapoco Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771
(800) 768-7129

Indian Lakes Scenic Byway
General Description: The Indian Lakes Scenic Byway takes its name from the many lakes along the route with Indian names. Begin traveling from the byway’s northern end at the intersection of U.S. 19/74 and N.C. 28 near Almond in Swain County.

Spa and Massage

Lakeview at Fontana
171 Lakeview Lodge Dr
Bryson City, NC 28779
(800) 742-6492

General Description: Amenities include spa services, yoga, a seasonal outdoor pool, and a nature trail.

Whitewater Rafting/Zip-lining


Wildwater Nantahala Gorge Adventure Center
10345 Hwy. 19 W.
Bryson City, NC 28713
Toll-Free Phone: 800-451-9972
Office Phone: 800-488-2384

General Description: Fully guided, guide assisted, and rental trips on the Nantahala, Ocoee, Big Pigeon, and Chattooga Rivers. Enjoy ziplining for the whole family.