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)

XTERRA Tsali - May 30 & 31. 1/2-mile swim, 5-mile run, and 10 mile ride . Registration info

Cherokee Gourd Artist Gathering - May 28-31, Fairgrounds. Free admission; classes for small fee. Gourds for sale, raffles, auctions. More info

Entertainment – Big Wesser BBQ. 6 pm. Heidi Holton, May 29. The Whiskey Sticks, May 30. Nantahala Brewing Co. 8 pm. The Kevin Prater Band, May 29. Mangas Colorado, May 30. Harrah's Cherokee. 7:30 pm. Jay Leno, May 30. Family Movie Night - Toy Story, May 29, 8:30 pm behind the red caboose on Everett Street. Smoky Mountain Community Theatre. Carol Burnett Show Skits. May 29-31.

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.