The Nantahala's whitewater rafting, fishing and boating are all just minutes from The Cabins at Long Branch. There's a wide array of more great things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. Some suggestions:
All the activities below are an easy drive from The Cabins at Long Branch. Our on-site manager can help you make the most of your time in the mountains.
A FISHERMAN'S PARADISE
Named one of the top trout streams in the country, and rated as one of the Top 100 Trout Rivers in North America by Trout Unlimited, the Nantahala River is a perfect trout fishing destination. The North Carolina State record brown trout was caught on the lower Nantahala River and weighed 24lbs 10oz!
Did you know? — You can fish for fresh-water Kokanee Salmon on Nantahala Lake? In fact, the state record — a 3 pounder — was caught in Nantahala. The lake also offers Rainbows, Browns, Walleyes, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass.
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Fish with a Fly Fishing Guide
For more information about Nantahala fishing and other activities, visit the Nantahala website
Visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Take the family tubing on Deep Creek
Visit a Gem Mine in Franklin "The Gem Capitol of the World"
Go boating and swimming on Nantahala Lake
Take a scenic excursion or dinner train on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Bike the nearby Dragon – 318 curves in 11 miles
Drive the scenic Cherohala Skyway
Hike in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
Visit the Cherokee Indian Reservation
Try your luck at Harrah's Cherokee Casino - 2 locations: Cherokee and Murphy
Enjoy the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians in Bryson City
Visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville
Take in a show Smoky Mountain Performing Arts Center in Franklin
Take the kids to the Fun Factory in Franklin
Take the family to Santa's Land in Cherokee
Visit the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
Stop by the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown
Closest grocery store, liquor store and movie theater are in Andrews NC.