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A Dozen Ways To Beat The Summer Heat
With 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.

New Website

Swain County Has
Gone Fishin'

Fishing is big in Swain County. 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

Labor Day weekend lodging availability

Music: At Bryson City Train Depot. Free concerts Saturdays at 6:30 pm, June thru October. September 6, Ian Moore & the Second Hand String Band. Schedule. At Stecoah Valley Center - Summer Concert Series features Balsam Range, September 6. Schedule.

At Harrah's Cherokee - Tim McGraw, August 31. More info. At Smoky Mtn Center in Frankin Jo Dee Messina, September 6. More info

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.

Birder Friendly


Smokies Guide Available Online

Most visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have picked up a copy of the 16-page quarterly Smokies Guide at a visitors center. And now you can read it online before your visit to the Smokies.

Escape to majestic mountains,
rushing rivers, sparkling waterfalls,
and the placid waters of Fontana Lake.
Have a big vacation in a small town.

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