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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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Picture of the crowd of people at the Apple Festival in Hendersonville NC. Apple Festival

Website: ncapplefestival.org
Reviews: Yelp

The Apple Festival is held annually on Labor Day Weekend (the weekend preceding the first Monday in Sept.).

The Apple Festival is a 9 block street fair on Main Street in Hendersonville. Come enjoy the food, fun, crafts, apples and live entertainment. The King Apple Parade is held on Labor Day.

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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/
Reviews: Yelp    TripAdvisor

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
Reviews: TripAdvisor

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.