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)

Dinosaur Train™ - Fri-Sun, July 31 - Aug 2. Based on the PBS Kids TV series, enjoy an adventure filled train ride with activities area. Meet your favorite T-Rex Buddy.

Junior Ranger Programs – daily at locations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Summer Schedule

Talking Trees Children's Trout Derby - Oconaluftee Islands Park, Cherokee. Register Friday, July 31; fish Saturday, Aug. 1. Free event for children, ages 3-11. More info

Entertainment – Music in the Mountains Free concert at the Bryson City train depot featuring The Rye Holler Boys, Aug. 1, 6:30 - 8 pm. Bryson City Library – 6 pm. The Pressley Girls, July 30. Family Movie Night Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets, July 31, 8:30 pm behind the red caboose on Everett Street. Big Wesser BBQ 6 pm. Brushfire Stankgrass, July 31. Blue & The Barn Cats, Aug. 1. Derailed Bar & Lounge, 8:30 pm. music every Saturday. Smoky Mtn Community Theatre - Marriage Is Murder, July 31 - Aug 3. Nantahala Brewing Co. – 8 pm. Fritz Beer & the Crooked Beat, July 31. The Katts, Aug. 1. Stecoah Valley Center 7:30 pm. Mac Arnold and Plate Full 'O Blues, Aug. 1. Smoky Mountain Center, Franklin Shrek The Broadway Musical, 7:30 pm, July 31, Aug. 1.

Swain County Farmer's Market - Every Friday, May-Oct, 9 am - 1 pm. Island Street, Bryson City. Tuesday nights, 5-8 pm thru Sept 15.

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

A Dozen Ways To Beat The Summer Heat In 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.