Bryson City in 30 Seconds

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.

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

Lodging Availability for Valentine's Weekend

Wine & Dine Train Experience – Saturday, February 13, 11 am - 3 pm. Full service, all-adult, first class car on the Tuckasegee River Excursion (includes 1.5 hour layover in the historic town of Dillsboro). Narrator presents six wines along with appetizers, entree and dessert.

Coming Events – SMCPA in Franklin: Little Anthony & The Imperials, February 13. Harrah's Cherokee Event Center: Jenniver Nettles with Brandy Clark, February 6; Tracy Morgan, February 13. Breaking Benjamin, February 26. Back Porch Music Jam, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Saturday, February 6, 1-3 pm.

Nantahala Rafting Club Glacier Breaker – February 27-28. Family-friendly slalom and downriver event on the Nantahala River.

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How About A Quiet Mountain Getaway in the Smokies?

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'll find Bryson City has a wide variety of lodging possibilities for a welcome "home" at the end of the day.

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.