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How to Have a Great Smoky Mountain Vacation
When you have a whitewater rafting vacation in the NC Smokies, you’ll want to spend a lot of time on the Nantahala river. But what will you do with the rest of your time? Here are a few suggestions —

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

This magnificent 3800-acre forest is a remnant of an old growth cove hardwood forest. Twelve miles northwest of Robbinsville, NC, off Hwy 143.


  Old Growth Forest

Deep Creek Recreation Area

Just north of Bryson City, this part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers hiking trails, waterfalls, tubing and streams for trout fishing.

PDF map of Deep Creek Trails and Waterfalls  

  Deep Creek

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center

An Appalachiian Evening summer concert series presents live mountain music; the Stecoah Artisans Gallery features handmade arts and crafts; crafts and cooking classes.


  Model Railroad

Smoky Mountain Trains

A collection of 7,000 Lionel engines, cars and accessories, impressive operating layout, children's activity center, and gift/toy shop.


  Model Railroad

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

With more than a half-million acres divided equally between North Carolina and Tennessee, the Smokies' beauty attracts more vistors than any other national park.


  Park Sign

Cherokee Indian Reservation

The Oconaluftee Indian Village, "Unto These Hill" outdoor pageant, amusment parks, and shops.



Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

Scenic excursions along the old "Murphy Line", from Dillsboro and Bryson City to the Nantahala Gorge. Dinner Train.



  Scenic Railroad


A web site providing detailed hiking information for Great Smoky Mountains trails.


  Scenic Railroad