Fishing & Area Attractions

The following is a compiled list of a few of the wonderful attractions of the area.

Nantahala Area Fishing Guides

The Nantahala River is an outstanding trout stream, attracting fishermen from afar. Dale Raxter is a great guide and he'll put you on fish in both the river & at the lake.

NANTAHALA GUIDES - Dale Raxter (lake and stream) - (828) 321-5630

NANTAHALA ON THE FLY - Dakota Rogers (flyfishing) - (800) 468-7238

Sightseeing/Hiking

CULLASAJA GORGE

BARTAM AND APPALACHIAN TRAILS

WAYAH BALD - There is no good signage on Wayah Rd for the entrance. Count by mileage from the cabin (7.4 mi to left on Wayah). Look for the little Appalachian Trail sign and a very small sign that says "Franklin 13". At those signs, take sharp left up gravel road. Continue up road several miles, passing other stops and signage, until you reach Wayah Bald, which is marked at entrance. It is where the Bartram and the Appalachian Trails cross. Fantastic unobstructed views of the entire area. Beautiful azaleas every May and June.

RUFUS MORGAN WATERFALL

HIDDEN WATERFALL

Rafting/Kayaking/Canoeing/Ziplining

NANTAHALA OUTDOOR CENTER - To go to the Outdoor Center, turn right from Rhododendron Dr. and take Wayah Rd. to the north 11.2 miles. At this intersection with Highway 74/19, turn right and go 7.9 miles to the NOC. You likely will see rafters and kayakers on the river.


Golf

MILL CREEK RESORT AND COUNTRY CLUB

CHEROKEE HILLS GOLF COURSE

Cultural Activities

JOHN CAMPBELL FOLKSCHOOL

Gem Mining

SHEFFIELD MINE

Rides and Rentals

NANTAHALA LAKE MARINE AND RV
Pontoon boat rentals. Secure storage for boats and motorcycles.

FONTANA LAKE JET BOAT RIDE

PONTOON BOAT RENTALS AT LAKE'S END GRILL ON LAKE NANTAHALA - (828) 321-3001 - Includes pontoon boats, deck boats, fishing boats and canoes. Please contact Steve at 828-321-3001 for more information.

SMOKY MOUNTAIN BALLOON ADVENTURES865-484-0330

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN RAILWAY - Boards in either Dillsboro or Bryson City, depending upon the individual trip you're taking.To board in Bryson City, turn right from Rhododendron Dr. and take Wayah Rd. to the north 11.2 miles. At this intersection with Highway 74/19, turn right and go 7.9 miles to the NOC and continue 12.8 miles to the GSM Railway headquarters in Bryson City.To board in Dillsboro, you can either go via the Nantahala Gorge (passing the N.O.C. en route), or go thru Franklin and then head toward Sylva on Hwy. 23. Via the N.O.C., it's about 47 miles; via Franklin, it's 43 miles.

PONTOON TOUR OF LAKE NANTAHALA
Guided pontoon boat tour of Lake Nantahala by life-long resident Pete Miller petemiller@frontier.com - (828) 321-3726

NANTAHALA GORGE CANOPY TOURS (Zipline)

Casinos

HARRAH'S CASINO IN CHEROKEE - Cherokee, NC

HARRAH'S CASINO IN CHEROKEE VALLEY RIVER - Murphy, NC

Museums

CHEROKEE MUSEUM

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

Skiing

CATALOOCHEE SKI AREA

Festivals

Festivals and Events in the Western North Carolina Mountains

Weddings

Nantahala Weddings
You will feel like you are floating above the clouds when you take your vows on Wayah Bald at 5,382 feet elevation with a 360-degree views of the Nantahala National Forest.

Trout Ponds

OTTER CREEK TROUT FARM - (828) 321-9810
Right on Wayah from cabin, go about 7mi, right on Otter Creek, look for signs. Call ahead. Super nice and they provide everything needed and will clean the fish.

Motorcycling

TAIL OF THE DRAGON

Cherokee County Cycles

Local Tours

PONTOON TOUR OF LAKE NANTAHALA
Guided pontoon boat tour of Lake Nantahala by life-long resident Pete Miller petemiller@frontier.com - (828) 321-3726

Nantahala Jeep Tours

Local Wineries and Wine Tours

Valley River Vineyards

Nottely Wine

Tiger Mountain Vineyards

Stonewall Creek Vineyards

12 Spies Vineyards & Farm

Crane Creek Vineyards

Calaboose Cellars

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