Enjoy An Affordable Vacation in the Smokies

Trip Advisor named Bryson City to its list of 15 Affordable Summer Cabin Getaways Across America. TA says, "There’s no denying the allure of Bryson City when it comes to great outdoorsy destinations. There’s rafting and kayaking on the Nantahala River, boating and fishing on Fontana Lake, and mountain biking on the popular Tsali trails. All of this and more just steps from your Bryson City summer cabin home." Check out our cabins

Commemorative T-shirts Available Online

Let your friends and neighbors know that Bryson City is the best place in the Smokies to celebrate the August 21 eclipse. How? By wearing a ‘Total Solar Eclipse Bryson City’ T-shirt all summer long. These quality shirts are dry blend, pre-shrunk, tagless, unisex, 50% cotton, 50% polyester; black with custom design screen printing on the front (blank back). Recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.

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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.

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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

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Wizard of Oz Themed Train Ride, Fridays - Sundays in July. Whitewater Junior Olympics, July 28-30 at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Swain County Farmers Market - Fridays, May-October, 9 am - 1 pm. Island Street. 'Tunes on the Tuck' free concert series, Saturdays, June-October, 7-9 pm at Riverfront Park. Area music venues. Free family movies, Friday nights in June & July. Daily Ranger Programs - Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee. Live music at the Library featuring Bill Mize, Thursday, July 27, 7 pm. Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling, Fridays & Saturdays, 7-9 pm.

Eclipse FAQ for Visitors

View the total solar eclipse in Bryson City, Monday, August 21, 2017. Partial eclipse begins at 2:06 pm; total eclipse is from 2:35 to 2:37 pm; and it's all over by 3:00 pm. Come early for weekend activities on Saturday and Sunday. Learn more

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A Dozen Ways To Beat The Summer Heat With 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.