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 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.

Park Remains Accessible During Partial Government Shutdown

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park promises to remain “as accessible as possible” while still following all applicable laws and procedures during the shutdown. GSMA will be operating its Bryson City Visitor Center, located at the Swain County Heritage Museum, during regular hours for the duration of the shutdown. Otherwise:

All roads and trails within the park that are seasonally open will remain accessible to visitors. This of course includes Deep Creek & Road to Nowhere. 441 is open (unless closed due to weather). Emergency and rescue services will be limited. Some restrooms are closed. Trash is being picked up by volunteers and a private contractor.

“During this time period when there are no visitor services, it is imperative that people practice Leave No Trace principles to help us protect park resources over the duration of the shutdown,” said Superintendent Cassius Cash.

Two Groups Are Helping

Two private organizations have helped alleviate disruptions caused by the government shutdown. The Great Smoky Mountains Association provided funding to keep visitor centers open throughout the holidays, and the Friends of the Smokies is currently funding restroom maintenance at Newfound Gap. However, neither of these groups has the resources to provide even minimal support throughout an extended shutdown. Please consider supporting these organizations with a donation or membership. Or come into the GSMA Bookstore at the Bryson City Visitor Center and make a purchase. 

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Bryson City, NC 28713

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