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)

Memorial Day Weekend Lodging Availability

Heritage Festival - May 22-23 at Riverfront Park in Bryson City. Friday night gospel acts (6-9 pm). Saturday (10 am - 6 pm) country, bluegrass, clogging, local arts & crafts, log-sawing contest, sack races, and food. Event Schedule

BBQ & Brews Dinner Train - May 23, 7-9 pm. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad featuring Nantahala Brewing Company beers and great BBQ. More info

Entertainment – Big Wesser BBQ. 6 pm. Trees Leave, May 22. The Freight Hoppers, May 23. Somebody's Child, May 24. Nantahala Brewing Co. 8 pm. Soldier's Heart, May 22. Harrah's Cherokee. 9 pm. Boston, May 22. Family Movie Night - May 22, 8:30 pm behind the red caboose on Everett Street.

Cherokee Memorial Day Trout Tournament - May 22-24. $11 entry fee and $10,000 in tagged fish in the public fishing waters. More info

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

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

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.