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)

July 4th: Lodging availability

Freedom Fest - July 4. Daylong festival with 5K, crafts, food, fun contests and music. Followed by the best fireworks show in the Smokies! Event schedule

Freedom Train Dinner Ride - July 4. 7:30 pm. BBQ meal on ride to Fontana Lake and return in time for the fireworks show. 800-872-4681.

4th of July Powwow – July 3-5. Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. Traditional dances, song, majestic regalia. More info

Entertainment – Inspiration Park – Singing in ithe Smokies gospel festival, July 2 - 4. Family Movie Night Jurassic Park, June 26, 8:30 pm behind the red caboose on Everett Street. Bryson City Library – 6 pm. Community music jam, July 2. Stecoah Valley Center 7:30 pm. Bumcombe Turnpike, July 4. Nantahala Brewing Co. 8 pm. "Week of Rock." (music every night). Big Wesser BBQ 6 pm. Grits and Soul, June 26. Playing on the Planet, July 4. Smoky Mountain Center, Franklin 7:30 pm. Ricky Skaggs, July 3. Harrah's Cherokee7:30 pm. Alabama, July 2. Bryson City Library – 6 pm. Community music jam, July 2.

Swain County Farmer's Market - Every Friday, May-Oct, 9 am - 1 pm. Island Street, Bryson City. Tuesday nights, 5-8 pm thru Sept 15.

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.