Grenville posted about our photo excursion ride on the GSMRR from Bryson City to Andrews, NC.
Fontana Lake is a reservoir impounded by Fontana Dam on the Little Tennessee River in Graham and Swain counties in NC. The lake forms part of the southern border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the northern border of part of the Nantahala National Forest. Depending on water levels, the lake is about 17 miles long.
This lake is a favorite with house boaters and has many inlets into coves and many islands formed from former mountain peaks, especially near the eastern end. As with most dam-impounded lakes, the steep banks are visible when water levels are low.
The Nantahala River is considered western NC’s ,most scenic river for whitewater rafting. We saw rafters, kayakers and canoeists and most waved back, luckily without capsizing.The train ride provided beautiful vistas of the Great Smoky Mountains, often called the Smoky Mountains, shortened to the Smokies. These mountains are best known as the home of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited U.S. national park