|TRAVEL GUIDE TO BRYSON CITY AND THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS|
Spring Brings A Colorful Procession
Of Wildflowers To the Smokies
The highly varied vegetation of the Smoky Mountains includes approximately 1,500 species of native flowering herbs, shrubs and trees. And the spring ephemerals are poking their heads up looking for sun before the trees completely leaf out.
The Smokies' wildflower season begins in late March with the arrival of columbine, hepatica, jack-in-the-pulpit , bloodroot, violets, spring beauty and trout lily. Followed by dutchman's breeches, crested dwarf iris, trillium (seen above, top), phacelia, silverbell and mayapple in April. In May we see bleeding heart, flame azalea, indian paintbrush and wild orchids.
Whether you just want to get away for total relaxation; or to enjoy some fishing, hiking or mountain biking; or take in our scenic mountains by car or train ride ...you'll find Bryson City has a wide variety of lodging possibilities for a welcome "home" at the end of the day.
Swain County Has
Fishing is big in Swain County year 'round. In fact, it's so big that it now has its own website: GreatSmokiesFishing.com. The comprehensive guide to fishing in the NC Smokies features a map of twenty-six fishing destinations — mountain trout streams, creeks, rivers and two large lakes.
Fishing in the Winter Months - NC Sportsman magazine says, "Don't forget winter trout fishing in the mountains, where cold means hot." Read more
Bryson City Webcam – Main and Everett Streets
Fishing in the smokies
Steve Claxton and Hazel Creek Featured on The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel came to Swain County for a travel segment on fishing in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. They followed local fishing guide Steve Claxton up Hazel Creek on a rewarding quest for wild mountain trout. The two-minute segment aired on June 12. View the video.
Downtown Bryson City
Where’s the Post Office? Where’s the Library?
Finding your way around Bryson City is becoming a lot easier thanks to a new wayfinder sign program funded by the Chamber of Commerce and TDA. More than two dozen new signs point the way to the town’s most popular landmarks from Deep Creek to the Road to Nowhere.
Things To Do in the Smokies
Upcoming Events in the North Carolina Smokies
Printable Event Schedule (pdf)
Bass Tournament on Fontana Lake - March 14-15 at Fontana Village. More info
Cherokee's Cast Into Spring Trout Tournament - March 27-29. More info
Whitewater US Open - March 28-29. Nantahala Outdoor Center. More info
The Swain County Heritage Museum is open every day in the Visitor Center in Bryson City.
Blue Ridge Outdoors AWARD
Bryson City Named Top Town
Blue Ridge Outdoors (BRO) magazine named Bryson City the Top Outdoor Town for 2014. (November 2014 issue of BRO; cover photo by Aaron Morgan.) More than 85,000 votes from BRO readers and fans poured in over a four week period to determine the winner. According to Will Harlan, BRO editor-in-chief, "With Great Smoky Mountains National Park and world-class whitewater at its doorstep, Bryson City is the perfect base camp for big adventure. The Tuck flows right through town, and the Appalachian Trail, Nantahala River, Fontana Lake and Tsali singletrack are just a stone's throw away." Read more
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Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce
210 Main Street
P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713
Karen Proctor Wilmot
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