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Spring Brings A Colorful Procession
Of Wildflowers To the Smokies

The highly varied vegetation of the Smoky Mountains includes approximately 1,500 species of native flowering herbs, shrubs and trees. And the spring ephemerals are poking their heads up looking for sun before the trees completely leaf out.

The Smokies' wildflower season begins in late March with the arrival of columbine, hepatica, jack-in-the-pulpit , bloodroot, violets, spring beauty and trout lily. Followed by dutchman's breeches, crested dwarf iris, trillium (seen above, top), phacelia, silverbell and mayapple in April. In May we see bleeding heart, flame azalea, indian paintbrush and wild orchids.

From March thru September, each month presents new opportunities to view wildflowers in the Smokies. Looking for a particular variety? Our Smoky Mountain Wildflowers Blooming Calendar (pdf) can help you plan your hike.


Swain County Has
Gone Fishin'

Fishing is big in Swain County year 'round. In fact, it's 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.

NC Wildlife Resources Commission has approved the designation of the requested 2.2 miles of the Tuckasegee River in Swain County as Delayed Harvest Waters beginning Fall 2015. The DH Waters are from the US 19 bridge (at Darnell Farms) to the Slope Street bridge in town.

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 rewarding quest for wild mountain trout. The two-minute segment aired on June 12. View the video.

96-page BOOKLET

Vacation Guides Available

To order your copy of the 88-page Great Smokies Vacation Planner, click here.

This year, the Guide includes the publication "All Aboard for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad".

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. Or download the PDF and print out any pages you like.

It's a great reference guide to events, places to stay and dine, and things to do... right here in the Smokies.

Things To Do in the Smokies

Upcoming Events in the North Carolina Smokies

Printable Event Schedule (pdf)

Easter Weekend events: Peanuts the Easter Beagle Express Train Event, April 3-4. Easter Egg Hunt & Contests, Stecoah Arts Center April 4. Easter Hat Parade Dillsboro, April 4.

Entertainment: Nantahala Brewing Co., Rye Baby, March 28. Productive Paranoia, April 3. Steph Steward, April 4. SMCPA in Franklin, Jeff & Sheri Easter, April 3.

Cherokee's Cast Into Spring Trout Tournament - March 27-29. More info

Whitewater US Open - March 28-29. Nantahala Outdoor Center. More info

Nantahala Hilly Half Marathon & 5K - April 4. Nantahala Outdoor Center. More info

The Swain County Heritage Museum is open every day in the Visitor Center in Bryson City.

Blue Ridge Outdoors AWARD

Bryson City Named Top Town

Blue Ridge Outdoors (BRO) magazine named Bryson City the Top Outdoor Town for 2014. (November 2014 issue of BRO; cover photo by Aaron Morgan.) More than 85,000 votes from BRO readers and fans poured in over a four week period to determine the winner. According to Will Harlan, BRO editor-in-chief, "With Great Smoky Mountains National Park and world-class whitewater at its doorstep, Bryson City is the perfect base camp for big adventure. The Tuck flows right through town, and the Appalachian Trail, Nantahala River, Fontana Lake and Tsali singletrack are just a stone's throw away." Read more

Family Friendly, Fun & Free
Top ten things to do in Bryson City & the Smokies. (pdf)

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.

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