Trout fishing on the Tuckasegee, Nantahala and Oconaluftee rivers
Shops and galleries in Bryson City and Cherokee
Scenic excursions on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Tubing on Deep Creek in the GSMNP
The Dragon – 318 curves in 11 miles
Bryson City and Cherokee – the Heart of the North Carolina Smokies
Whispering Winds cabins are within walking distance to the Tuckaseigee River where you can fish and kayak. And a few minutes from the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The crystal clear waters of Deep Creek are well known as excellent trout fishing waters. There are 3 waterfalls within an easy 3 mile walk. And you can't beat tubing down the fast waters of Deep Creek on a hot day.
Just a short 20-minute drive away you can be slowly navigating the sprawling Fontana Lake on your own pontoon rental.
On-site Management: Since we live on the property, we are available to answer questions or help you with recommendations to make the most of your vacation in the Smokies.
Easy Day Trips
Asheville, NC is just one hour away. Why not visit the Biltmore Estate, take in an Asheville Tourists game and enjoy some of the fine cuisine and eclectic atmosphere that Asheville is known for.
Gatlinburg, TN is an hour's drive through the National Park. See the sights in town and then venture out to Cade's Cove for a step back in time. You can also stop at the highest point in the Park - Clingman's Dome - on the way over or back. What a view!
Cataloochee, NCis a great spot for viewing the majestic Elk that have been re-introduced into the National Park. They graze in the open fields that were once home to a small community. You are welcome to picnic, hike and visit the old buildings as well.
Swain County's heralded fishing scene includes streams in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cherokee Indian Reservation, numerous creeks and rivers, and the placid Fontana Lake. But nowhere is fishing any better than in the Tuckasegee River just a few feet from Whispering Winds. Our wide river frontage is ideal for riverbank fishing, wading and there's a small put-in.
Dozens of species inhabit our waters, but trout is still king of the mountains attracting fly fishermen from all over the southeast. For those unfamiliar with our waters, we recommend Eugene Shuler's Fly Fishing The Smokies.
To learn all about Swain County fishing, including descriptions of 26 fishing destinations, regulations and a detailed fishing map, visit GreatSmokiesFishing.com.