We discovered this fun little place when we were looking for one of the squares on the Swain County Quilt Trail. The quilt square is right inside the park after you walk over the bridge. It was so neat to find an “island” in the middle of Bryson City! The park is called Island Park because it is surrounded on all sides by the Tuckasegee River. Depending on which path you walk down, depends on what park of the Tuck you will see. If you walk straight ahead to the picnic tables from off the bridge, you will see the small rapids and the place for kayak jumps.
If you walk to the left of the bridge down the trail, you will see the more calm side of the river. A lot of places in the river you can see the bottom and there are a lot of rocky areas, but there are a few spots that are deep. It is a fun little park that is mostly quiet. There are some days when it is really hot that kids come to enjoy swimming and picnics, but if you go mostly in the evenings, it is a very quiet place to relax and enjoy a nice walk with your pet or your significant other, or alone if you prefer. And the water is a nice temperature. You can also fish within the park, provided you have a NC fishing license. If you’re into finding or hiding painted rocks, this is also a fun place to do that as well. This nice little gem of a park is a wonderful place for the whole family to hang out. Who knew you could be on an island in middle of downtown?!