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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.

Plan now for a wonderful spring break or summer vacation in the mountains! We got some great trip ideas to get you started.

7 Days Of Fun: A week's worth of adventure.

Family Friendly Activities: Top 10 For the Budget-Minded.

Think Outside The Gym: Two-day itinerary to maintain your fitness level on vacation.

Dogs Are Family Too: Dog-friendly vacation activities.


Take a virtual tour of Bryson City with interior 360 visits to twelve of our small businesses.


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Winter Reveals More of the Smokies Than You'll Ever See in the Other Seasons

Winter is a great time for a quiet mountain getaway. In the winter, you'll see the Smokies in an entirely different light. With the leaves off the trees, you can see much more landscape than in the summer; the waterfalls are spectacular; and with our typically mild winters, it's the perfect time for a quiet walk in the Smokies. You might even be lucky enough to enjoy some snow.

Whether you just want to get away for total relaxation; or to enjoy some fishing, hiking or mountain biking; or take in our scenic mountains by car or train ride ...you'll find Bryson City has a wide variety of lodging possibilities for a welcome "home" at the end of the day.

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

Have a big vacation in a small town!