whitewater rafting down the nantahala river with NOC.With so much to see and do in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains, booking a guided tour is one of the best ways to experience the region’s natural and cultural history.

Join experienced guides on adventure tours to see breathtaking waterfalls, wild elk, resident songbirds or legendary firefly displays. These knowledgeable local experts offer a fresh perspective on Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Nantahala Gorge and beyond—and they’re often a great resource for local recommendations, too!

Custom tour companies can even curate an experience for your particular interests, whether you prefer a wildflower hiking tour, a romantic river paddle for two or even a private art workshop.

The area’s self-guided cultural trails offer a closer look at the N.C. mountains’ deep artistic roots. From the toe-tapping sounds of Southern Appalachians music heritage to the brilliant colors of mural paintings in towns big and small, there’s so much to learn about this region through its art and culture. Find maps and interactive resources online, then plan your own route to customize your adventure!

Whatever you’re hoping to see and do on your next mountain getaway, a tour is a sure way to experience the Smoky Mountains like never before.

Appalachian Mural Trail
Travel the Appalachian Mural Trail and view historical outdoor murals; great art telling the stories and showcasing the beauty of Appalachia. Create your personal trail map for a mural adventure!
P. O. Box 339 Tuckasegee, NC 28783 (828) 293-2239 www.muraltrail.com Get Directions
Blue Ridge Music Trails
Your guide to traditional music of the NC mountains, trip tools, calendar, maps, videos and more!
195 Hemphill Knob Road Asheville, NC 28803 (828) 298-5330 blueridgemusicnc.com Get Directions
Wildwater Nantahala Gorge Adventure Center
Ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad along Fontana Lake and up the Nantahala Gorge, lunch on the train included. At the top of the gorge, hop into one of our custom-outfitted Jeeps and take a 2-hour tour of the lakes and waterfalls up above. Our Jeeps have been specially modified to provide a comfortable open-air ride, and each trip is led by knowledgeable guides who will introduce you to the cultural and natural history of the area. The Nantahala tour features some of the spectacular waterfalls in the Smoky Mountain region. We have seen wildlife including deer, wild turkeys, birds of prey and sometimes even bears! A delicious deli lunch is included.
10345 Hwy. 19 W. Bryson City, NC 28713 (866) 319-8870 wildwaterrafting.com Get Directions