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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

West Swain Fire Department Bass Tournament & BBQ Dinner - May 2, 7 am - 6 pm. Almond Boat Park. Cash prizes. Entry fee includes meal, big fish pool and launch fee. To register call 828-488-6423.

Swain County Farmer's Market - Friday, May 1, 9 am - 1 pm. Island Street, Bryson City. Every Friday, May-October.

12 Hours of Tsali - May 1-2. Annual mountain bike race; solo and team relay format for men & women. New this year - 3-hour race. More info

Derby Fest - May 2. 5:30 pm. Watch the Derby, bid on silent auction items, win the hat contest. Cash bar, food, live jazz. Swain County Community Foundation fundraiser. $25 ea. Buy tickets

Entertainment – Harrah's Caleb Johnson, May 2. Nantahala Brewing Co. Ben Sutton & The Ends, May 1. PMA, May 9. Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee. Backporch Music Jam, May 2, 1-3 pm.

The Swain County Heritage Museum is open every day in the Visitor Center in Bryson City.

It's Wildflower Season in 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.

From March thru September, each month presents new opportunities to view wildflowers in the Smokies. Looking for a particular variety? Our Smoky Mountain Wildflowers Blooming Calendar (pdf) can help you plan your hike.