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When and Where Will You Find the
Best Leaf Color in the Smokies This Fall?

"When will the color peak?" The truth is, with the wide variety of trees, elevations and microclimates in the Smokies, our leaf season can last for up to six weeks. Learn about Fall Events near Bryson City.

Depending upon the timing of the first frost, the peak of fall color should arrive during the second week of October in the higher elevations, and during the third week of October in the mid-elevations.

Just be comforted with the knowledge that no matter when you visit the Smokies in the fall, you should be able to find beautiful leaf color.

Look for the earliest color changeto take place on the sourwoods and dogwoods, which both turn red, as well as the tulip poplars, which become yellow.

Colorful maples, with hues of red, orange and yellow, and birches, which turn yellow, bring us into the peak period. Finally, oaks turn orange and red to round out the later color change in the season.

The Great Smoky Mountains have been named by Yahoo Travel as one of the Ten Best Spots for Fall Leaf Color in the USA, and by USA Today as an Incredible Fall Foliage Hike.

National Park Weekly Leaf Report

New Website

Swain County Has
Gone Fishin'

Fishing is big in Swain County. 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 rewardng 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)

Fall Event Schedule & Lodging Availability for Thanksgiving

Music: At Bryson City Train Depot. Free concerts Saturdays at 6:30 pm, June thru October. Blue Eyed Girl, October 25. Schedule. 24th Annual Chili

The Smoky Mountain Community Theater Presents "Dracula" - October 24-27. 134 Main St. More info

Darnell Farms Corn Maze, Hayrides & Pumpkin Patch. All month. More info

NOCtoberfest - Saturday, October 25. A full day of events: Flint Ridge 5-Miler, Great Pumpkin Pursuit on the Nantahala River, pumpkin decorating & costume contests, live music in the evening, & great food. Nantahala Outdoor Center

Peanut's Pumpkin Patch Express is here - first 4 weekends in October beginning October 4. Train ride, photo opps, hayrides, take home a pumpkin, games and more. Great Smoky Mtns Railroad

Spooky Storytelling - October Fridays & Saturdays. 8 pm in the Storytelling Center across the parking lot from the Bryson City Train Depot.

Swain County's Farmers Market - Fridays, 9 am - 1 pm, May-October. Island Street at the big barn (first street North of the Everett Street Bridge) Map (pdf).

88-page BOOKLET

Vacation Guides Available

To order your copy of the 88-page Great Smokies Vacation Planner, click here.

But there's no need to wait for your copy to arrive by mail. You can view the digital version online right now! Simply flip through the pages in your web browser.

It's a great reference guide to events, places to stay and dine, and things to do... right here in the Smokies.

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.

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