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Whether you are planning a week's vacation or just a quick getaway with family or friends, we've got some great trip ideas to get you started: Affordable Family Fun, A Week's Worth of Activities, Maintain Your Fitness Level Outside the Gym, and Dog-Friendly Vacation Ideas. Plan Your Visit / Trip Ideas

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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

Old Time Music Jam Join in at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Saturday, February 18, 1-3 pm. February Concerts, at Franklin's SMCPA, 7:30 pm. The Carpenters Remembered, Saturday, February 18. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Friday, March 3. Harrah's Event Center, Purple Reign- Tribute Show, 7:30 pm, Saturday, February 18. Michael Bolton, 9 pm, Friday, February 24. NRC Glacier Breaker Slalom and Downriver Event at NOC, Feb. 25-26.

Other events

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.


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Bryson City — Perfect for a Quiet Winter Getaway!

Winter is a great time for a quiet mountain getaway. You'll see the Smokies in an entirely different light. With the leaves off the trees, you can see much more landscape than in the summer; the waterfalls are spectacular; and with our typically mild winters, it's the perfect time for a quiet walk. You might even be lucky enough to enjoy some snow. And at the end of the day you'll find a variety of lodging possibilities for a "welcome home."

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