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)

Holiday Lodging Availability

Railfest – Sept 4 - 6 at the Depot. Celebrate railroad history with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Enjoy music, dance, memorabilia, storytelling, special excursions and mountain craft show. Saturday is also Fire & Rescue Day featuring a fire truck parade, 5K and kids fun zone. Rail Line Wine Experience, Saturday 10:30 am - 3 pm. Train ride plus wine sampling with meal.

Qualla Trout Tournament – Sept 4-6 in Cherokee. $11 entry fee and $20,000 in tagged fish. Open to all ages.

7 Clans Pro Rodeo - Sept. 4-5 in Cherokee.

LakeAlooza Party – Fontana Village Resort, Sept 4. Music, games, and cookout at the Marina.

Entertainment – Music in the Mountains Free concert at the Bryson City train depot featuring The Caribbean Cowboys, Sept. 5, 6:30 - 8 pm. Big Wesser BBQ 6 pm. Grits & Soul, Sept. 4. Shannon Wurst, Sept 5. Nantahala Brewing Co. – 8 pm. OGYA, Sept. 4. The Dirty Soul Revival, Sept. 5. Shannon Wurst, Sept. 6. Oconaluftee Visitor Center – Old time music jam, Sept. 5, 1-3 pm. Derailed Bar & Lounge – music every Saturday, 8:30 pm. Harrah's Cherokee Event Center – Steve Miller Band, Sept. 3. The Doobie Brothers, Sept. 11. Smoky Mountain Center, Franklin Steven Curtis Chapman, Sept 5. 7:30 pm.

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

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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.