Bryson City in 30 Seconds

Discover what’s great about Bryson City, a peaceful mountain town bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with unique shops, galleries, lodging and restaurants.

Surrounding our small town, there’s a rich vacation paradise — rafting and kayaking on the Nantahala River, boating and fishing on Fontana Lake, scenic railroad excursions, world class trout streams and mountain biking on the famous Tsali trails. We have creeks for tubing, trails for hiking and horseback riding, and beautiful waterfalls. We’re home to the Cherokee Indian Reservation and the North Carolina half of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

And we’re close by — just an hour west of Asheville and three hours north of Atlanta.

Upcoming Events in the North Carolina Smokies

Printable Current Event Schedule (pdf)

BBQ & Brews Dinner Train – Aug. 29, 7 - 9 pm.. Enjoy a family-friendly ride with great BBQ meal and beer from Heinzelmannchen Brewery, and souvenirs.

Entertainment – Music in the Mountains Free concert at the Bryson City train depot featuring Lois Hornbostel & Ehukai Teves, Aug. 29, 6:30 - 8 pm. Nantahala Brewing Co. – 8 pm. Shane Meade & The Sound, Aug. 28. Plank Eye Peggy, Aug. 29, 8 pm. Derailed Bar & Lounge – music every Saturday, 8:30 pm. Big Wesser BBQ 6 pm. Natti Love Joys, Aug. 28. The Whiskey Sticks, Aug. 29. Harrah's Cherokee Event Center – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Aug. 21. Stecoah Valley Center The Kruger Brothers, Aug. 22, 7:30 pm. Smoky Mountain Center, Franklin Marty Stuart & Connie Smith, Aug. 29, 7:30 pm.

Swain County Farmer's Market - Every Friday, May-Oct, 9 am - 1 pm. Island Street, Bryson City. Tuesday nights, 5-8 pm thru Sept 15.


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A Dozen Ways To Beat The Summer Heat In Our Cool, Mountain Waters

Nowhere else in the Smokies can you find as many ways to enjoy water as the Bryson City area offers.

From mountain cascades and waterfalls to scenic rivers to the mighty Lake Fontana, you can fish, swim, ski, go boating, tubing, rafting and kayaking. Or if you're more laid back, take an easy walk to three sparkling waterfalls just outside of town.

We've got four exciting rivers, a deep mountain lake, and more crystal clear creeks than you can count.

Want some ideas? Click here for a sampling of cool summer fun on the water.