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

Heritage Arts Summer Festival - July 11, 10 am - 5 pm. Arts and crafts on the lawn at SWCC Swain County Campus, US Hwy 74 W. Featuring the work of the best pottery students in the region. More info

BBQ & Brews Dinner Train Ride - July 11. 7:30 pm. Train ride to the Fontana Lake trestle, BBQ meal and samples of brews from Nantahala Brewing Company. 800-872-4681.

Junior Ranger Programs – daily at locations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. More info   Summer Schedule

Entertainment – Bryson City Library – 7 pm. Phoenix Dusk, July 9. Family Movie Night Honey I Shrunk The Kids, July 10, 8:30 pm behind the red caboose on Everett Street. Music in the Mountains Free concert at the Bryson City train depot featuring Somebody's Child, July 11, 6:30 - 8 pm. Derailed Bar & Lounge, 8:30 pm. music every Saturday. Big Wesser BBQ 6 pm. Frank Lee, July 10. The Secret B-Sides, July 11. Nantahala Brewing Co. 8 pm. Matt Foster, July 5. The Moon & You, July 6. Wyatt Espalin, July 7. The Freeway Revival, July 8. Us, July 9. Liz Nance Trio, July 10. Deer Run Drifters, July 11. Stecoah Valley Center 7:30 pm. Town Mountain, July 11. Smoky Mountain Center, Franklin Mountain Voices, 7 pm, July 9. Toby Mac, 7:30 pm, July 17. Harrah's Cherokee7:30 pm. Ultimate Elvis Contest Final Event, July 11.

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.