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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. Explore our 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 half of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

We Celebrate Holidays in a Big Way! The streets are decorated with holiday lights and garlands and our shops offer plenty of gifts and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, as well as tasty foods and wines. Throughout the holiday season, families thrill to the Polar Express, a round trip train excursion that takes riders to the North Pole to pick up Santa. And new this year, enjoy the Christmas Light Drive-Thru Spectacular! Drive through giant LED light displays while listening to holiday music in your car.

And we’re close by — just an hour west of Asheville and three hours north of Atlanta.

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One of The South’s Best Budget-Friendly Getaways

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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
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Nantahala Gorge zip line

Bryson City in 30 seconds. Watch our YouTube commercial.

Webcams. Downtown Bryson City and the Nantahala River.

Great Smokies Blog. Interesting, out-of-the-ordinary aspects of life in the North Carolina mountains.

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

Sponsors of Bryson City / Swain County Chamber of Commerce Events

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Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce

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

Karen Proctor
Executive Director


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