Bryson City Campground near Cherokee North Carolina

5100 Ela Road US-19
Bryson City, NC 28713

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Camp in the Great Smoky Mountains
by the Tuckasegee River
~Open all Year~

Things to do


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.



Just 15 minutes east

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



Just 20 minutes west

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



Just 35 minutes south

Gem Mines

Scottish Tartans



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.



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

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Cherokee Indian
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