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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.

Whether you just want to get away for total relaxation; or to enjoy some fishing, hiking or mountain biking; or take in our scenic mountains by car or train ride'll find Bryson City has a wide variety of lodging possibilities for a welcome "home" at the end of the day.

New Website

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.

Fishing in the Winter Months - NC Sportsman magazine says, "Don't forget winter trout fishing in the mountains, where cold means hot." Read more

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.

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.

Things To Do in the Smokies

Upcoming Events in the North Carolina Smokies

Printable Event Schedule (pdf)

Entertainment SMCPA in Franklin, Mark Lowry & the Martins, March 6. Wade Hayes, March 7. Nantahala Brewing Co., The DuPont Brothers, March 14. Harrah's Cherokee Casino, Styx, March 13.

Bass Tournament on Fontana Lake - March 14-15 at Fontana Village. More info

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

Whitewater US Open - March 28-29. 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)

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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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All about Bryson City in 30 seconds

Escape to majestic mountains,
rushing rivers, sparkling waterfalls,
and the placid waters of Fontana Lake.
Have a big vacation in a small town.

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