Nearly half of the National Park lies in North Carolina and it’s just a short drive away via several different access routes. Beauty and adventure abound when you take for the North Carolina areas of the National Park. Ask our staff for our Adventure Map when you visit to pick up your Jeep!
Balsam Mountain Campground
At 5,310 feet, this is the highest developed campground in the Smokies. Nearby, a self-guiding nature trail wanders three quarters of a mile through the majestic alpine forest.
At nearly a mile high in the sky, this overlook is a wonderful spot to spread out a blanket for an unforgettable picnic. Balsam Mountain Road, leading to the overlook and the campground, is closed from November through May.
Deep Creek may well have been the site of the first Cherokee village. Set among blossoming dogwoods beside the creek near Bryson City, the site contains a campground and picnic area. Indian Creek Falls, Tom’s Branch Falls and Juneywhank Falls, which means “place where the bear passes,” are all close by.