Plan an Afternoon Picnic near Bryson City, NC

smoky mountain lodgingSpring is finally in the air here in the beautiful Smoky Mountains near Bryson City, NC, and there's no better time of the year for an afternoon picnic in the fresh, warm mountain air. Watershed Cabins has the largest collection of luxurious Smoky Mountain lodging within 100 miles, so you're bound to find a vacation home that perfectly suits your group's size, style, and budget. Each of these lavish yet affordable Smoky Mountain cabins is within minutes from the area's best attractions, hiking trails, and picnic spots. And we've hand-selected four of our favorite places for an afternoon picnic for your convenience!

Cooper Creek Trout Farm

Cooper Creek Trout Farm is within 20 minutes of Bryson City, Cherokee, and Whittier, making it a popular pit stop for outdoor enthusiasts. The farm is home to a thriving trout population inside the on-site pond as well as cascading waterfalls on Cooper Creek and several walking trails. After a short stroll through the lush 70 acres of wilderness, sit near one of the soothing cascades for a light picnic!

smoky mountain lodgingDeep Creek Trailhead

The Deep Creek Trailhead is an ever-popular place for a light afternoon hike because of the many waterfalls along the trail, including Tom Branch, Indian Creek, and Juney Whank. Bring along a picnic and find a quiet, dry spot along Deep Creek. The waterfalls can become overcrowded on particularly beautiful spring days, so we recommend finding a peaceful slice of seclusion. Deep Creek Trailhead is only three miles from downtown Bryson City and minutes away from our luxurious Smoky Mountain lodging.

Newfound Gap

There are countless jaw-dropping overlooks of the glorious Smoky Mountains near Bryson City, NC, but very few can be accessed as quickly as the Newfound Gap Comfort Station. There are several areas to enjoy a picnic near the extra large parking lot. Some couples even choose to eat on the hood of their car! The Appalachian Trail cuts straight across the parking lot, so many hikers use this space for pre or post-hike picnic.

Luxurious Smoky Mountain Lodging

Everyone has their own tastebuds and preferences, but a picnic can include club turkey sandwiches, Italian pasta salad, crisp baby carrots, and refreshing ice tea. After each full day of exploration, retreat to one of our lavish Bryson City cabin rentals for a home-cooked meal, a glass of wine at dusk, and a late-night bonfire. Most of our vacation homes are conveniently located near the area's best attractions, such as the Nantahala Outdoor Center, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, and downtown Bryson City. Give us a call today at 1-888-604-3075, or visit us online at to book a well-deserved springtime escape to the Smoky Mountains!

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