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)
Complete Fall Events Schedule (pdf)

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express – October weekends. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad train rides to the Pumpkin Patch. Meet Peanuts characters, free pumpkin per child, great activities.

1st Annual Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Festival - Oct. 10, 9 am - 5 pm. Bryson City at the Train Depot.

Maple Leaf Fall Festival - October 10, 10 am - 4 pm. Music, crafts. Whittier, NC. Exit 72 on Hwy 74.

Entertainment – Music in the Mountains Free concert at the Bryson City train depot featuring Donna Hughes, Oct. 10, 6:30 - 8 pm. Nantahala Brewing Co. – Stolen Rhodes, Oct. 9, 8 pm. Oconaluftee Visitor Center – Old time music jam, Oct. 17, 1-3 pm. Derailed Bar & Lounge – music every Saturday, 8:30 pm. Harrah's Cherokee Event Center – Masters of Illusion, Oct. 17, 7:30 pm; Tony Bennett, Oct. 23, 9 pm. Smoky Mountain Center, Franklin – 7:30 pm. Jeanne Robertson, Oct. 17; Josh Turner, Oct. 23.

Swain County Farmer's Market - Every Friday, May-Oct, 9 am - 1 pm. Island Street, Bryson City.

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When is peak color in the Smokies?

Fall colors appear first at the highest elevations and work their way down over a 5-6 week season. So you should be able to find beautiful color no matter when you visit in the fall.

Not only do the Smoky Mountains explode with beautiful color in the fall, the small town of Bryson City itself puts on a festive fall show, too! Learn more about events

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been named by Yahoo Travel as one of the Ten Best Spots for Fall Leaf Color in the USA. Southern Living named Bryson City's Road to Nowhere a great spot for leaf peeping.