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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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'Tunes on the Tuck' free concert series, Saturdays, June-October, 7-9 pm at Riverfront Park. Guest Appreciation Festival, September 22-24, Nantahala Outdoor Center, gear sale, film festival, family activities. Swain County Farmers Market - Fridays, May-October, 9 am - 1 pm. Island Street. Area music venues.

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When and Where Will You Find the Best Leaf Color in the Smokies this Fall?

It's the most often-asked question from people planning an autumn trip to the Great Smoky Mountains — "When will the color peak?" The truth is, with the wide variety of trees, elevations and microclimates in the Smokies, our leaf season can last for up to six weeks.

Depending upon the timing of the first frost, the peak of fall color should arrive during the second week of October in the higher elevations, and during the third week of October in the mid-elevations. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been named by Yahoo Travel as one of the Ten Best Spots for Fall Leaf Color in the USA, and by USA Today as an Incredible Fall Foliage Hike.

Just be comforted with the knowledge that no matter when you visit the Smokies in the fall, you should be able to find beautiful leaf color. Learn more about all Fall Events.

Because of the beauty of fall in the mountains, our lodging does tend to fill up early, so make your plans now to enjoy crisp mountain air and colorful views in the Smokies.