|TRAVEL GUIDE TO BRYSON CITY AND THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS|
Winter Fishing in the Smokies –
It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This
Mention fishing this time of year, especially with the recent weather we have had, and folks think you are nuts! Then again, a thin line separates passion from insanity. Truth is, fishing during the winter months is incredible! No other time of year can you head to a popular stream or lake and find you are the only one fishing that day. Which brings us to the question, isn't getting away from it all one of the reasons we go fishing in the first place?
One of the best kept winter fishing secrets is big fish love cold weather, especially trout! The biggest trout of the year will undoubtedly be caught during the winter months.
But there's more to winter fishing than trout. On Fontana Lake, anglers are catching good size smallmouth bass and walleye.
Our special Fishing section has more more about fishing in the Smokies, including the current fishing report and a list of local fishing guides.
THE PARK'S QUARTERLY NEWS
Smokies Guide Available Online
Most visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have picked up a copy of the 16-page quarterly Smokies Guide at a visitors center. And now you can read it online before your visit to the Smokies.
Rainy Day? There's still plenty to do in the Smokies. For some suggestions, click here (pdf)
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.
WALKING in the woods
See More of the Smokies in the Winter
Winter is a great time for a quiet mountain getaway. In the winter, you'll see the Smokies in an entirely different light. With the leaves off the trees, you can see much more landscape than in the summer; the waterfalls are spectacular; and with our typically mild winters, it's the perfect time for a quiet walk in the Smokies. You might even be lucky enough to enjoy some snow.
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.
Download a printable PDF map of the Deep Creek trails and waterfalls.
Things To Do in the Smokies
Upcoming Events in the North Carolina Smokies
Printable Event Schedule (pdf)
Harrah's Shows: Robin Thicke, 3/14 (date change). Gabriel Iglesias, 3/22. Zac Brown Band, 3/29. More info
Performing Arts Center Entertainment, Franklin, NC: Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, 3/8. Don Williams, 3/15. More info
Nantahala Racing Club's Glacier Breaker. March 8-9. The season opener for slalom and kayak wildwater racing in the US. On the Nantahala River. More info
Bryson City in Books,
Music & film
Bryson City — Better Known Than You Might Have Thought
Bryson City and the North Carolina Smokies have been connected with numerous books, films and songs. One of our best-known authors was Horace Kephart, whose "Our Southern Highlanders" focused national attention on the Great Smoky Mountains. And much of the "The Fugitive" starring Harrison Ford was filmed in and around Bryson City. More about Bryson City in Books, Film and Music.
bryson city & Swain County
Read All About Us!
Readers of Blue Ridge Country magazine (July/August 2013) have weighed in on "The Best of the Mountains" for 2013. Bryson City won a Platinum Award for "Friendliest Town", and a Gold Award for "Best Fourth of July Destination." The Nantahala River won a Platinum Award for "Best Whitewater River" and the Oconaluftee Visitor Center shared a Platinum Award with Sugarlands for "Best Visitor Center." Read
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Bryson City, NC 28713
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"Postcards From The Smokies" chronicles the landmarks and activities that make the Smokies a great place to live and visit.
88 page BOOKLET
Vacation Guides Available
It's a great reference guide to events, places to stay and dine, and things to do... right here in the Smokies.