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Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in Bryson, NC.  Bryson City

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

Bryson City is 81 miles, 1.5 hours west of Hendersonville.  At Bryson City there are many activities from fishing, water sports, or motor cycling on the mountain roads which are curvy and scenic.

Bryson City is located near the Native American Cherokee Indian Reservation where you can explore the museum, Indian Village, culture and crafts.

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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.

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

300 Woods Road
Fontana Dam, NC 28733
(828) 498-2211

(800) 849-2258

Website: http://www.fontanavillage.com/
Reviews: Yelp    TripAdvisor

Fontana Village Resort is 111 miles, 2 hours, west of Hendersonville. It 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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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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