Bryson City Campground near Cherokee North Carolina

5100 Ela Road US-19
Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-2410

828-488-2410
Call to reserve your camping spot or Email Us
Ela Campground & Country Store
Camp in the Great Smoky Mountains by the Tuckasegee River
~Open all Year~

Things to do in Cherokee, NC | Visit Cherokee North Carolina

FISHING

To fish in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you must have either a valid North Carolina or Tennessee fishing license.

You can purchase a basic North Carolina license for a period of one day, three  days or one year. The one-day cost for a resident is $5 (non-resident is $10);
one year is $15 (non-resident is $30). A 3-day non-resident fee is $15. If you  plan to fish for trout outside the National Park, an additional “trout
stamp” is required at a cost of $10 (both resident and non-resident). Some  of the trout streams are strictly catch-and-release.

For more information about North Carolina fishing, go to Online Fishing Regulations

No license is required to fish in Cherokee Reservation waters, however, a tribal  a permit is required. The cost is $10 per day with a creel limit of ten. Cherokee
Reservation waters permits are available at a variety of locations on the  Reservation.

Need a NC Fishing License?

In Bryson City, there’s Clampitt Hardware and Simmonds Bait & Tackle. You may also purchase a North Carolina fishing license, ahead of your visit, online.

 

DILLSBORO

Just 15 minutes east

Small town with plenty of arts and crafts, shopping, and restaurants.

 

FONTANA LAKE & STECOAH 

Just 20 minutes west

Boating, fishing, jet boat ridesFontana DamStecoah Valley Center craft gallery, music & festivals.

 

FRANKLIN

Just 35 minutes south

Gem Mines

Scottish Tartans
Museum

 

NANTAHALA GORGE 

Just 20 minutes west

Whitewater rafting, kayaking, funyaks, trout fishing.

One hour to Asheville – Biltmore EstateAsheville Tourists Baseball

One hour to see the Elk at Cataloochee, and Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley.

One hour to ride Deal’s Gap, world-famous among motorcyclists and sports car drivers.

Take a day trip to Cades Cove, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge.

 

BRYSON CITY 

Just 5 miles west

A quaint mountain town with fresh produce stands, shops, galleries, and restaurants.
Free music every Saturday night June – October at the train depot.


Bryson City highlights:

Deep Creek hiking, tubing &  waterfalls
(pdf)

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Cherokee Indian
Reservation 
attractions, plus a casino and family fun.


Cherokee highlights: 

Just 5 miles east

Blue Ridge Parkway

Great Smoky Mountains

National Park

Mountain Farm Museum

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Oconaluftee Indian Village

Santa’s Land

Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama