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. Take a virtual tour of Bryson City and the surrounding outdoor playground we call home.

Our small town embraces the Christmas spirit with beautiful decorations including 200,000 Christmas lights that enhance stores, bridges and lamp poles, and the town’s 50-foot Christmas tree. Browse our galleries and shops for one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts, ride The Polar Express, and enjoy our crisp mountain air and holiday joy!

Check out our special Holidays page.

A Bryson City Christmas

One of The South’s Best Budget-Friendly Getaways

One of 15 Affordable Summer Cabin Getaways Across America

One of The 20 Best Mountain Towns in America

One of Top 20 Vacation Spots in the US

How Many Ways Can You Have Fun In a Small Town?

Click or tap a photo below to find out

WHitewater rafting
Lodging with your dog
Three Bryson city shoppers
Nantahala Gorge zip line

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Make your travel dollars go further with deals and discounts offered by Bryson City area businesses.

Webcams. Downtown Bryson City and the Nantahala River.

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Sponsors of Bryson City Chamber of Commerce Events

Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce

210 Main Street
P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713

Karen Proctor
Executive Director

828-488-3681

877-472-1681

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