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Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in Bryson, NC.  Bryson City

Website: http://www.brysoncitync.gov/

Bryson City has many activities from fishing, water sports, or motor cycling on the mountain roads which are curvy and scenic.

You can take an old fashion train ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad through the beautiful Nantahala Gorge. The excursion departs from Bryson City and travels 44 miles to the scenic Nantahala Rive Gorge. The round trip ride takes 4.5 hours. The train crosses Fontana Lake on a 100 foot high Trestle Bridge that spans almost 800 feet across the lake and enters the scenic Nantahala Gorge. There is a 1 hour stop at the Nantahala River Center where you can have lunch and watch the exciting whitewater rafting activities on the Nantahala River. For more information visit Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

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Kayaking in white water at Natahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City NC.  Nantahala Outdoor Center

Website:  http://noc.com/
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Nantahala Outdoor Center is 48 miles, 50 minutes west of Hendersonville. Nantahalla Outdoor Center offers many activities from whitewater rafting, kayak and canoe trips, as well mountain biking, hiking, and fishing and other activies.

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Fontana Village and Resort in Fontana, NC.  Fontana Village Resort

50 Fontana Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771

(800) 849-2258
Website: http://www.fontanavillage.com/
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Fontana Village Resort is a year-round vacation village nestled in the Nantahala National Forest not far from The Tail of the Dragon in Deals Gap.

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Fontana Dam in Fontana, NC. Fontana Dam 

Website: Fontana Dam
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Fontana Dam is about 3 miles from Fontana Village.  It is a hydroelectric dam on the Little Tennessee River in Western North Carolina. The dam was built in the 1940s. Fontana is the tallest dam at 480 feet high in the Eastern United States. The dam impounds the 10,230-acre Fontana Lake. The Appalachian Trail crosses the top of the dam.