Plan Your Next Visit With Our Trip Ideas Pages

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

Second Brewery Now Open in Bryson City. Mountain Layers Brewing Company on Everett Street with beautiful rooftop terrace. Spring hours are Wed - Sunday. Learn More

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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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Wave Sport Nantahala Open, Nantahala River fun for all ages, April 29. Spring Fling, Nantahala Outdoor Center events & family activities, April 29-30. Smoky Mountain Roller Girls bout, April 29, 4-8 pm. Book Launch Party "Draigon Weather," April 29, 4-7 at Cottage Craftsman/Wild Fern.Swain County Farmers Market - Fridays, 9 am - 1 pm. Island Street. Back Porch Old Time Music Jam at Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Cherokee, May 6, 1-3 pm. 2017 Calendar of 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. Learn more


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Spring Brings A Colorful Procession Of Wildflowers To the Smokies

The highly varied vegetation of the Smoky Mountains includes approximately 1,600 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 with the arrival of columbine, hepatica, jack-in-the-pulpit , bloodroot, violets, spring beauty and trout lily.

Take a look at our Wildflower Blooming Calendar and plan a trip to see the Smokies in spring

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