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Bryson City, North Carolina
A Small Town With Big Holiday Spirit!

Tis the season to visit the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. We're small towns, big smiles, friendly people and plenty of crisp, clean air. We've got great hiking trails, sparkling waterfalls and fishing streams ... and cozy B&Bs, cabins, motels and resorts for relaxing at the end of the day.

Bryson City may be a small town, but we celebrate holidays in a big way! The streets are decorated with holiday lights and garlands; and our shops offer plenty of gifts and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, as well as tasty foods and wines. There are concerts, a Christmas play, a parade and much more.

Learn more about our Holiday Season which begins Thanksgiving Weekend on our Holiday Traditions page.

Have a big vacation in a small town!


The Polar Express Is Waiting For You!

Take a magical ride to the North Pole on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad's Polar Express Train Ride. The 1-1/2 hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Polar Express runs through December 29. Information and ticketing.

New Website

Swain County Has
Gone Fishin'

Fishing is big in Swain County year 'round. In fact, it's so big that it now has its own website: 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.

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.

Family Friendly, Fun & Free
Top ten things to do in Bryson City & the Smokies. (pdf)

Things To Do in the Smokies

Upcoming Events in the North Carolina Smokies

Printable Event Schedule (pdf)

Holiday Season Schedule (pdf) featuring events: Cherokee Lights & Legends with rides, iceless skating, storytelling and more.

Saturday music and hot chocolate, 6-7 at the Visitor Center / Heritage Museum. 12/10 music features Team Guatamala from The Grove Church.

Holiday Homecoming, an old-fashioned Christmas in the National Park. Saturday, December 20. Info

Mountain Farm Museum, open every day 9 am - 5 pm in the National Park.

The Polar Express is Here! - Through December; schedule varies by day. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. More info.

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

Events Calendar
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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
Executive Director

800-867-9246 toll-free
828-488-3681 local
828-488-6858 fax


Current Postcard"Postcards From The Smokies" chronicles the landmarks and activities that make the Smokies a great place to live and visit.

Birder Friendly

All about Bryson City in 30 seconds

Escape to majestic mountains,
rushing rivers, sparkling waterfalls,
and the placid waters of Fontana Lake.
Have a big vacation in a small town.

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