Few People Know There’s A North Carolina Island You Can Walk To
Not many people realize that just a few city blocks from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in downtown Bryson City, lies an unspoiled island in the middle of the Tuckasegee River – and the
only way you can there is on foot.
At the convergence of Bryson and Ramseur Streets, there is a small parking area. Drop the car and head toward the park entrance for a unique way to reconnect with nature in the heart of this charming small town.
Up until a decade or so ago, there was a swinging bridge to navigate in crossing over to the park, known as Bryson City Island Park. A newer, more solid bridge replaced the old and now the trek across the Tuckasegee is much less dicey than in the past.
The picturesque Tuckasegee River flows through the heart of downtown Bryson City as it makes its way to Fontana Lake.
Once over the bridge and onto the island, locals and visitors alike relish in the calm and peaceful landscape. Regardless of season, this island park is always a beautiful escape.
Recreational activities abound, including walking trails totaling just over a mile, picnicking, birdwatching, and more.
Trails follow both the perimeter of the island along the water, as well as cutting through the forested areas in the middle of the island. Oftentimes, anglers are spotted here giving the fish in the Tuckasegee River a run for their money.
Did you know about this beautiful and secluded island you can walk to in North Carolina? And have you already spent some time here? We'd love to know.
Bryson City Island Park is located at
213 Bryson St., Bryson City, NC 28713. Admission and parking are free. It is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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