Adventurous Fast Rivers is a outfitter for rafting or kayaking on the beautiful Nantahala River. And in my opinion, they're the best bet for whitewater adventure. Their rafting and funyak (inflatable kayak) trips are less expensive than Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) and being a smaller, family-owned company, you'll get better, more individualized...more
The Nantahala Outdoor Center hosts a variety of things to do in the Bryson City area, and is pretty much considered the hub of activities for the Nantahala Gorge.Website: www.noc.comActivites include:guided raft tripsraft and duckie rentalsbike rentalskayak instructionoutfitters storeAppalachian trail goes through herethere is also a Hostel there...more
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Bryson City, North Carolina, 28713, United States
Good for: Families
500 Veterans Blvd, Bryson City, NC 28713
Good for: Families
spent 20 minutes looking for someone to check us in. The maid didnt knock walked in on people. went...more
We stopped at Guayabito's for lunch after paddling on the Tuckaseegee River. With a big appetite worked up from a morning of kayaking, we were hungry for a good meal and headed to Guayabito's, about the only option for Mexican in Bryson City. We were seated immediately, but despite there being almost no one else in the restaurant, it took a while...more
There may not be much in the way of ambience, but the food and service more than make up for that. The waitresses are always prompt, happy, and keep that ice tea glass FULL! The food is not just pizza, but all sorts of Italian food, and all made from fresh ingredients, not prepacked or premade. They don't complain when all I want is a glassof hot...more
When people say "y'ouns" (pronounced yuns) to you, such as "y'ouns might want to catch the music happenin' t'night", understand that they mean "you", or "you-all", and keep the blank look from your face. That way they'll know you are a 'visitor', not a 'tourist'.
Alarka Falls is a long cascading waterfall in Nantahala National Forest. It's not well known, so if you visit, you're likely to have the falls to yourself. To get here, take Alarka Road from the intersection of US-74 and US-19 in Bryson City (exit 64 off US-74). Continue on Alarka Road until it ends at a small turnaround and parking area. From the parking area, its a short hike, maybe a quarter mile or so, upstream along Alarka Creek to the falls. The total height of the falls is probably around 200 feet, but its not possible to see the whole thing at once. But you can go to different places in the creek to get different shots of the falls. Just use extreme caution on wet rocks. We visited in the summer and dense foliage made seeing the falls more difficult. I'd like to come back again in the winter or early spring and see it when the leaves are down.
Find a teenager there and talk to them....YES, they can do more than skateboard and listen to their music on headphones! The younger set in Bryson are interested in what goes on around them, and how things affect their town and their lives. They research and develop ways to help combat teen pregnancy and obesity, are interested in maintaining the ecological feaetures that make their area unique, while keeping Bryson what it is, a great place to live! All this and doing the things regular teens do, dance, work, hang with friends. You may find them training for the next Olympic tryouts in kayaking while maintaining a high grade average. Or playing team sports, going all the way to state champs, AND keeping their eye on college. They are the most unprejudiced and open young folks I have ever met in all my travels, and are the jewels of Bryson City.
Fondest memory: Hearing the train and owls hoot at night whenever I am somewhere else. Missing the fresh donuts from Aunt B's Donut shop, and the coffee club talk there in the mornings.
The streams and rivers everywhere. How the clouds change constantly. Anthony's PIZZA!