Plan now for a wonderful holiday season in the mountains! Polar Express train rides, the 'Biggest Little Christmas Parade in the Smokies', visits with Santa, Arts & Crafts Drive-About Tour, Spirit of Christmas caroling and hot cocoa, great gift shopping, beautiful lights and small town charm are all a part of life in Bryson City over the holidays. Learn more

October 21 Chili Cook Off & Car Show cancelled due to lack of participation and rising costs for all participants. We've got lots of other great fall activities – 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.

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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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Fall Events in the NC Smokies

Button to click for deals and discounts Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Train events - Fri-Sat, October. Darnell Farms Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch & Hayrides, daily in October. Stecoah Harvest Festival, October 21. SE Downriver Championship - October 22, Nantahala Outdoor Center. Back Porch Music Jam - October 21, 1-3 pm, Oconaluftee Visitor Center/Cherokee. Swain County Farmers Market - Fridays, May-October, 9 am - 1 pm. Island Street. 'Tunes on the Tuck' free concert series, Saturdays, June-October, 7-9 pm at Riverfront Park. Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling, Fri-Sat, October. Area music venues.

October 21 Chili Cook Off & Car Show cancelled due to lack of participation and rising costs for all participants. We've got lots of other great fall activities – learn more.

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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.