|Camping around the Nantahala River Gorge is an interesting
thing. Over the years, things change as usual, and not always for the
better. But, we know the system, and we can give you the short and skinny
saving you time and headaches in getting where you want to be. When you
come here, you will be either Tenting, staying in an RV, or relaxing in
a nearby Cabin rental. Hotels are also available, one nearby, and the
rest within a 20 minute drive. We'll give you our recomendations, and
other resources if you care to investigate even further.
Nantahala Wesser Campground
The Nantahala Wesser Campground is just down river from the Paddle Inn,
and its a very nice camground with the "best bath house in the gorge".
Very nice for Tent Camping. Works well for groups.
Mrs. Pauline Dillard is a very good friend of ours, and she gives Paddle
Inn Rafting customers the royal treatment, and a discount to our rafters.
She can be reached at (828) 488-8708.
Lost Mine Campground
Lost Mine Campground Just a few minutes from the Paddle Inn Rafting
Company. They have some sites for Popups and RV's shorter than 21foot.
They are mainly private tent sites. They do have some group tent sites.
You can reach the Kings at (828) 488-6445.
Big Nantahala Campground is located on the river, and they will
take RV's. The RV's get smaller and smaller as the season gets busier.
During the peak of the season, it is mostly limited to tent camping
and popups. You can reach JR at 828-488-6504. No Web Site.
Nelsons Hideaway Campground is just up from the top of the river. They
are about 10 miles west of the Paddle Inn. They have cabins and tent
camping and can accomodate large RV's. It is a large campground, and
the owners are very accomodating.
Mrs. Elsie and her crew can be reached at 1-828-321-4407.
A Little further away - (Within 20 minutes)
Ela Campground Has Tent, RV camping and Cabins. Tent camping is for
groups of 16 or more. RV camping is accepted. They also have room for
permanant residents. There are several Cabins for rent. They sleep 6
and are new and very reasonable. Groups are very welcome for cabins
and tenting. There are several additional ammenities for groups. Please
call the great folks at Ela Campground for more details. And tell them
that the Paddle Inn sent you.. Ela Campground, 5100 Ela Road (US 19
North), Bryson City, North Carolina 28713, 828-488-2410
Tumbling Waters Campground
Tumbling Waters has RV, Tent and Cabins. They have a couple of cabins,
and a puma camper for rent. If Trout is what you have been craving,
a trout pond is right on the property. The folks there are super nice,
and will make you feel like part of the family.
For more details, 828-479-3814
Smoky Mountain Meadows
Smokey Mtn Meadows Has Tent, RV camping and Cabins. It is a large open
camground. You might want to call for more details, but they are very
reasonable, and wonderful people to deal with. They have some really
good rates on their cabins. They can be reached at
Turkey Creek Campground
Turkey Creek Campground is located within 10 minutes of the White Water
Action. They have tent sites, and will take smaller popups and RV's.
You can reach Michael and Ramelle Smith at (828)488-8966
Deep Creek Camping and Tubing
Deep Creek Camping and Tubing Center is right on the Deep Creek in Bryson
City. They have camping, RV's, and a selection of older antique Cabins.
They have a general store, and you can rent tubes from them and tube
the Deep Creek. Very friendly and great owners. You can reach Jay Stearns
& Kathy Hayfield at 828-488-6055.
Cherokee KOA Campground
If you like a more Interstate type of campground, the KOA in Cherokee
is close to the Casino's, and loads of shopping. It is one of the better
KOA's you have been to. You'll be about 30-40 minutes from the Nahtahala
River White Water Rafting action. They have online reservations, and
can be reached at (828) 497-9711. They have tenting, RV's and Cabins.
If you want to hit the Casino after rafting, this is your place!
A Little further away - (Within 40 minutes)
Peace Valley Campground
The Peace Valley Campground has Cabins, Trailers, RV and Tent camping.
Also has a swimming pool, and group meeting facilities. Has a creek
running along the campground and tubing there. A very nice campground
and wonderful staff. Nothing but great reviews about the find folks
that run the place. Has great group rates for our paddling groups. For
more information: 828-837-6223
Hotels and Motels
Riverbend Lodging (Single
470 Hwy 19 S, Bryson City, NC 28713
828-488-9476 Scenic riverfront location, fishing dock, just outside
downtown Bryson City, convenient to all area attractions. New rooms
range from small queen-bedded rooms to large doubles, and kings, all
with refrigerators, microwaves, and in-room coffee. They also have one
cottage and one wood cabin. This is our personal recomendation if you
want an easy stay with great views, great owners, and with the added
convenience of being close to the many town attractions.
Inn Hotel (Established Chain)
500 Veterans Blvd., Bryson City, NC, US, 28713
Phone: (828) 488-0326. Large Hotel, two Stories, typical of a Sleep
Inn Hotel. Nice Rooms, good Managment, clean and updated rooms.
The only Chain type Hotel in Bryson City. Good Customer Reviews. 20
Minutes from the Gorge, and in the Heart of Bryson City.
CABINS and LODGES (Individuals / Families and Groups)
Hidden Creek Cabins
http://www.brysoncity.net/ has 19 different cabins for you to enjoy.
Anything from 2 to 4 people to about 30 people, plus cabins with tenting
areas, etc.. Just call Kevin or his Mom, and they'll get you fixed up.
Note: If you really like it up here, they can fix you up with anything
from a fixer upper to a brand new cabin, and design and construct it
for you. . Most Cabins are 20 minutes away.
828-488-5626 or 1-888-333-5881
A Little further away - (Within 30 minutes)
River Mountain Lodge (Individuals and Group lodging)
1475 Smokey Cove Rd., Whittier, NC 28789. (828) 631-2531
A luxurious Lodge with Rooms from 2 persons to Suites for the Family.
Beautiful Views, Excellent Owners and Staff.
Exceptional rooms, Beautifully decorated and furnished for your Comfort.
A Restaurant that will knock your socks off, and a Gift shop that is
on the sure stop list. Luxurious Lodging at Reasonable Rates. These
are exceptional folks to stay with. Tell John and Nancy that,,,, Paddle
Inn sent ya...!
The Choga Mountain Creek Cabin
Located near Topton, about 30 minutes away. 3 Bedroom/3Bath, sleeps
8 to 10 people. Nice Views, and comfortable. Please check their website
for details. Contact 810-814-1585
Dormatory style GROUP ACCOMODATIONS
Icthus Ministries, Inc.
Has dormitory accommodations for up to 50 people. They have a large
kitchen equipped with 2 stoves, two refrigerators, big pots, pans, skillets,
utensils and an ice machine. Meetings are held in a spacious den which
has a stone fireplace. Adjoining is a 20’ x 30’ screened dining area.
There is an outdoor BBQ pit and a 20’ x 100’ deck. Basically, they rent
a facility and you provide the cooks, food, paper products, etc. This
is a very nice facility, and the proprietors are great people. Please
tell them that you are calling the because of the Paddle Inn Rafting
For more information call (828) 488-6664 or complete the online form.
above has cabin accomodations also with additional RV and Tent camping
if your group requires it.
If you are still looking,,, try the next two links:
Swain County Chamber of Commerce
The Swain County Chamber of Commerce has an extensive list of Campgrounds,
Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, Cabins etc.. Just go to the home page, and
click on the Lodging tab. All of the accomodations listed are in Swain
And if that doesn't do it, here's even more. Here is a site that has
a good listing of campgrounds within two hours or so drive from the
Paddle Inn.There are lots of things to do in this area, so an hour or
two drive is not very far. RV
Resources. Some of the areas mentione on their site, In order of
closest to furthest are: Almond 10 mins, Bryson City 15 mins, Fontana
20 mins, Cherokee 30 mins, and Franklin 45 mins.
If you have any problems, comments or suggestions with any of the above
vendors, please let us know so we can get things corrected.
A Little Further Away
Between Hiawassee GA and Hayesville NC.
About an Hour +/- 10 Minutes, but worth the drive.
Lakefront cabin rental on Lake Chatuge
Right on the lake, this comfortable cabin rental offers the best of Lake
Chatuge has to offer: Easy access, on a tranquil tree lined street, 200’
of private lake frontage, cool shade, and phenomenal mountain views. Bring
your boat and keep it in the large covered dock with swim and sun deck.
Cottage has a full kitchen, two fireplaces, a game room, high-speed wireless
internet, large screen porch, a covered front porch with swing, outdoor
grill area, plenty of parking on site, and most important plenty of room
in which to relax.
It books up pretty fast, so,
Give Stewart Senger a call at: 828-835-8240
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