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Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in Bryson, NC.  Bryson City

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

Bryson City is 90.5 miles, 1.4 hours west of Brevard.  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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Kayaking in white water at Natahala Outdoor Ctr. Nantahala Outdoor Center

13077 Hwy. 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713
(828) 366-7502

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

Natahala Outdoor Center is 92 miles, 1.5 hours west of Brevard. Natahalla 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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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 103 miles, 2.1 hours, west of Brevard. 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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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.