TRAVEL GUIDE TO BRYSON CITY AND THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS
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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. (photo of Caboose taken in mid-April).

Take a look at our Wildflower Blooming Calendar and plan a trip to see the Smokies in spring!

Download a printable PDF map of the Deep Creek trails and waterfalls.

THE PARK'S QUARTERLY NEWS

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.

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.

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

Printable Event Schedule (pdf)

Harrah's Shows: The Band Perry, 4/25. Alice in Chains, 5/2. More info

The Easter Beagle Express. April 18-19. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad event with train ride, egg hunt, crafts, costumed characters. More info

Dillsboro Easter Hat Parade. April 19, 2 pm. Great prizes and fun parade with antique cars & Easter Bunny. Registration starts at 11 am. More info

Performing Arts Center, Franklin, NC: Kevin Costner & Modern West, 4/24. Southern Fried Chicks, 4/26. More info

National Junior Ranger Day, April 26. 10 am - 2 pm. Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee. Families enjoy free hands-on activities and children earn a free Junior Ranger patch.

Bryson City in Books,
Music & film

Bryson City — Better Known Than You Might Have Thought

Bryson City and the North Carolina Smokies have been connected with numerous books, films and songs. One of our best-known authors was Horace Kephart, whose "Our Southern Highlanders" focused national attention on the Great Smoky Mountains. And much of the "The Fugitive" starring Harrison Ford was filmed in and around Bryson City. More about Bryson City in Books, Film and Music.

Events Calendar
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Bryson City, NC 28713

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