Nantahala Gorge

22 Needmore Road 

Bryson City NC 28713



Phone: (828) 488-5394


Tuesday– Friday  7am – 3pm

Saturday and Sunday 8am – 4pm

Monday Closed

Our founder 
Lauren Smither 

An Atlanta native turned Nantahala Gorgian, Lauren first opened Cardinal Coffee's doors on August 7th, 2018. She has studied the art of espresso extensively and takes pride in delivering a perfectly crafted coffee beverage. When not behind the bar slinging coffee drinks, you can find her out on the river or enjoying the many beautiful areas the Nantahala Gorge has to offer with her wolf dog Kumada.

No job is too big for construction and kayaking expert Joseph Barkley. His attention to detail and woodworking expertise helped give the shop a very personal touch after 7 months of intense renovation.

Featured here is Joseph and friends working on rebuilding the floor for the shop! 

Beautiful wood ceilings create a warm and cozy atmosphere that our customers love! 

Our kitchen was designed and built to serve our customers quickly and effectively. The long and open kitchen helps us to build personal relationships with customers sitting at the counter. 

Local Artist of Atlanta, Georgia, Jennifer Smither completed the one of a kind hand painted Cardinal Coffee Road Sign. 

Check out our beautiful floor that catches the eyes of each of our guests!

Cardinal Coffee officially opened in August of 2018! 

22 Needmore Road, Bryson City 

NC 28713