After leaving The Road to Nowhere, I parked in downtown Bryson City and browsed around some of the shops and got some lunch. Part of The Fugitive was filmed in this area of town as well including the caboose I took a selfie with. You can see a great breakdown of filming locations with photos from this blog.
I also ran across this awesome Pizza Hut they labeled as a “Classic.” The photos below are taken in the same gas station parking lot just looking to the right.
From there, I decided to checkout The Mountain Farm Museum. In the 1950’s, some buildings dating from the 1800’s in local counties were relocated to the Smokey Mountain National Park as a way to preserve the past. The buildings sit next to a river and a huge elk viewing area. I didn’t have to look across the field because as I walked to the next building, three elk came walking across to graze in the middle of the farm.
After hanging out with the elk for a few minutes, I decided it was time to head back to Harrah’s and I stopped off at the Welcome Sign for the Reservation and took a couple of photos.
The final highlight of our trip to Cherokee was my first ever white water rafting experience. Thanks to a recommendation by my friend Jake, we booked a trip with Paddle Inn Rafting out of Bryson City.
Our guide was great and the rafting was quite tame in consideration to what I was expecting. The water was a chilly 46 degrees, but it was a damn fine way to spend a couple hours coasting down the river.
Overall, I had a good time on my little vacation. I got some much needed rest and got to do a few fun things along the way.