Travel Guide to Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains
Discover what’s great about Bryson City, NC, a peaceful mountain town bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Explore our 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 half of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
We Celebrate Holidays in a Big Way! The streets are decorated with holiday lights and garlands and our shops offer plenty of gifts and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, as well as tasty foods and wines. Throughout the holiday season, families thrill to the Polar Express, a round trip train excursion that takes riders to the North Pole to pick up Santa. And new this year, enjoy the Christmas Light Drive-Thru Spectacular! Drive through giant LED light displays while listening to holiday music in your car.
And we’re close by — just an hour west of Asheville and three hours north of Atlanta.
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