The Watershed Resort – Mountain Luxury in the Heart of the Smokies

On the quieter side of the Smokies, near Bryson City and the Nantahala River, lies 50 acres of heaven known as the Watershed Resort. Hosting a range of luxury accommodations from 1 bedroom urban lofts, to 5 bedroom hand-crafted log homes, this mountain resort has everything for your family’s next Smoky Mountains vacation. Whether you take is easy in our hot tubs, luxury bedding, and stylish décor, or head out to play hard in the surrounding attractions, the Watershed Resort is the perfect base camp for roughing it, Watershed style, in Western North Carolina.

Luxury Vacation Rentals

Watershed Resort is home to a wide variety of accommodations from the cozy and intimate to the large and spacious. Treehouse units, our most economical stay for just an adult couple, are a 4-plex of king-bedroom villas each with a private deck and hot tub. City-slickers looking for a bit more urban style should check out our cluster of three Woodland Lofts. And of course there are traditional log homes of all sizes, each hand crafted of western red cedar and appointed with a stylish mountain-elegant décor. Select a 1 to 4 bedroom cabin just right for your family vacation, or combine cabins together to accommodate large family reunions, corporate events, or church groups. Every unit is independent and private, yet walkable to every other unit. Each unit is equipped better than most vacation rentals you’ll find. Weber grills for the grill master, washers & dryers in every unit, and a selection of features ranging from pool tables, home theater systems, outdoor fireplaces, expansive decks with long-rage vistas are just to name a few. And every single unit has a hot tub.

On-site Amenities

You don’t need to leave the Watershed Resort property to find plenty of things to do. Our central common area is called “The Yard” and features a bocce ball court, yard games like corn hole, a shared fire pit, and a sunset bed swing for a perfect western view. All this is open to one of the best views in the area. Originating at The Yard and winding down to a playground and our own authentic Indian teepee is our on-site hiking trail. Continue on this trail and end at our Eco-Park, which is home to a picnic area, lovely creek, and our very own waterfall and trout pond. Seasonally, enjoy our onsite activities like S’mores night around the fire with a kid’s storyteller eager to entertain, or how about Theater Under the Stars at our open air movie amphitheatre (planned summer 2014). Arrange tours for hiking, fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, or zip-lines, with our booking kiosk, and even rent SUP boards right on site for a day on the lake.

Area Attractions

Endless possibilities await you in the Great Smoky Mountains, but seclusion in a log cabin shouldn't come at the expense of close proximity to some great attractions. The Watershed Resort property is just 8 miles via 4 lane highway to Bryson City, NC where you’ll find the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Deep Creek entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and great dining options, and don’t miss our local, award-winning craft brews at the Nantahala Brewing Company. A few more miles east and you are in Cherokee, NC, home to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian Tribe. Cherokee offers numerous historical opportunities as well as great dining and of course, full table gaming at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Just 4 miles west of the Resort is the Nantahala Outdoor Center, host to whitewater rafting, zip-lining, and riverfront restaurants. Motorcyclist and car clubs alike will love our proximity to the Tail of the Dragon (aka Deal’s Gap) or the non-motorized bikers will love our proximity to the Tsali mountain biking trails. Fontana Dam, the Appalachian Trail, Fontana Lake, and Asheville are just a few more of the tourist attractions just off your doorstep.



“The professionalism and attention to detail in addressing our needs was above and beyond- even the needs we did not realize we were going to have! We can’t wait for our next trip.”

- W.N.

“Everything about our trip was absolutely fabulous. From start to finish it was nothing short of perfection.”


“We had a perfect weekend getaway, so peaceful and private and all the right accommodations to make us comfortable. Easy online reservation process with accurate photos and descriptions of our cabin. Email and phone check in plus great directions and instructions made us feel secure to find our way and answer any questions. Thanks for a memorable time. .. we'll be back soon.”

– P.H.