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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 Event Schedule (pdf)

Spring Fling - April 24-25. Nantahala Outdoor Center. Family-friendly activities, music, gear demos, vendors, freestyle throwdown. Scheduled releases on the Cascades. More info

Wave Sport Nantahala Open - April 25. Nantahala River. Endless River Adventures whitewater competition open to all ages and every skill level. Lots of prizes, after-party. Benefit for Team River Runner. More info

Park Hosts Free Junior Ranger Day - April 25. 10 am - 2 pm. Free, hands-on activities for families. Kids may earn their Jr Ranger Badge by completing 3 activities.

Entertainment – Derailed Bar & Lounge. Frank Lee, April 18. Nantahala Brewing Co. OGYA World Music Band, April 17. Shane Mead & the Sound, April 18; Raven Hill, April 24. Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee. Backporch Music Jam, April 18, 1-3 pm.

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

It's Wildflower Season in 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.