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
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.
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.
Rides and Rentals
NANTAHALA LAKE MARINE AND RV
Pontoon boat rentals. Secure storage for boats and motorcycles.
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.
HARRAH'S CASINO IN CHEROKEE - Cherokee, NC
HARRAH'S CASINO IN CHEROKEE VALLEY RIVER - Murphy, NC
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.
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.
Local Wineries and Wine ToursMore information here