Smithsonian Names Bryson City One of 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, the Smithsonian has named Bryson City as one of the "20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016." Read more

Wizard Of Oz Train Ride Event, Thursdays - Sundays Thru August 7

New in 2016! The Wizard of Oz Train with Thursday - Sunday departures. - Travel with Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion by train to the Emerald City. Help them defeat the Wicked Witch of the West and meet The Great and Powerful Oz himself. 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.

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 Train Ride Event, Thursdays-Sundays ending August 7. Steam Train Rides The Historic #1702 has returned to Bryson City. Whitewater Junior Olympics July 29-31, Nantahala Outdoor Center. Moonlight 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk 7:45 pm, Saturday, July 30. Fundraiser for Swain High Girls Track Team.

Outdoor Family Movie "The Blindside" July 29 at dusk, Bryson City. Free concert at the Bryson City Depot 6:30 - 8 pm, July 30, Liz & AJ Nance. Nantahala Brewing Company 8-11 pm, July 29, Colby Deitz Band. Big Wesser BBQ & Brew 6 pm. July 29, Corn Bread Ted & The Butterbeans; July 30, Rollin' In The Hay. Music at the library 7 pm, July 28. Larry Barnett & Blue Smith. SMCPA, Franklin 7:30 pm, July 30, Kellie Pickler. Rocky Horror Show 8 pm. July 24, 29, 30, 31, Aug 1, Smoky Mtn. Community Theatre.

Swain County Farmers Market - Tuesdays, 5 - 8 pm & Fridays, 9 am - 1 pm. Island Street.

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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.