The Tuckasegee River Blue Trail meanders from the headwaters in Panthertown Valley through Cullowhee, Dillsboro, and Bryson City ultimately joining the Little Tennessee River.

The Tuckasegee River, often called “the Tuck,” offers serene flatwater and exciting whitewater sections, and multiple well-maintained boat launches make access easy.

Riverside picnic areas at some access areas offer places where families and other groups can gather. The Tuck is a destination for fishing and home to the native Southern Appalachian brook trout, as well as other wildlife.

The Tuck and its tributaries provide drinking water for the town of Sylva, Bryson City, and Western Carolina University. This river supports life for people and nature and is a priority for conservation so its outstanding values can be enjoyed for generations to come.

View our online Blue Trail map to explore access points, hiking trails, picnic spots and activities along the Tuck. Learn how you can explore and protect the Tuck:


A Blue Trail is a dedicated stretch of river that enjoys special clean water safeguards and is a destination for fishing, boating, and other recreation. Just as hiking trails are designed to help people explore the land, Blue Trails help people discover rivers. Blue Trails provide a fun, exciting way to get kids outdoors, connect communities to treasured landscapes, benefit local businesses and contribute to a high quality of life.