Lakes & Rivers

Explore our Best Kept Secrets

Rushing rivers, quaint creeks and a calm, pristine lake can be found throughout Bryson City, North Carolina. The unspoiled, underdeveloped, 29-mile long Fontana Lake has been called the best-kept secret in the North Carolina Mountains. The Nantahala and Tuckasegee Rivers provide adrenaline-pumping excitement for fishers, whitewater rafters, kayakers and more. Our many creeks are havens for fly fishing enthusiasts. Splash into the excitement of our many wandering waterways here in Bryson City.

Fontana Lake

From miles-long pristine shoreline to world-renowned fishing to boating and swimming fun, the crystal blue waters of Fontana Lake beckon with stunning scenery and remote solitude.

Fontana Dam

Fontana Dam is a towering structure that was impounded and created Fontana Lake in World War II, and is the tallest dam east of the Rocky Mountains.

Nantahala River Gorge

There are exciting activities for all ages and experience levels here in Nantahala Gorge. Active to easygoing adventures include: whitewater rafting, kayaking & canoeing, zip lining...

Cheoah Lake

Cheoah Lake is fed by the tail race of Fontana Dam, which provides a constant flow of clear water and excellent fishing opportunities.

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