Smithsonian Names Bryson City One of 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, the Smithsonian has named Bryson City as one of the "20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016." Read more
The Restored #1702 Steam Train is Running Again
It's been 11 years since the 1940's era #1702 steam engine graced the rails of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Now it has returned after a 2-year complete refurbishing at the steam shop. Learn more
Fly Fishing Museum Moving to Bryson City
The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians is moving from Cherokee to Bryson City. The new location is 210 Main Street, across from the Swain County Visitor Center. Grand opening is September 24, coinciding with the Museum's inaugural Hall of Fame Induction. More information.
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
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Labor Day Weekend - Lodging Availability
Railroad Reserve #1702 Steam Engine Dinner Train September 3, 6:30 pm. Seven Clans Rodeo September 2-3, Cherokee. Youth Arts Festival 9 am - 3 pm, September 17 at the Green Energy Park. Tsali Adventure Triathlon 7 am, September 17. Paddle, bike and run!
Free concert at the Bryson City Depot 6:30 - 8 pm, September 3, The Caribbean Cowboys. September 10, Lois Hornbostel & Ehukai Teves.Nantahala Brewing Company 8-11 pm, September 2, Mike Rhodes Fellowship. September 3, Colby Deitz Band. Big Wesser BBQ & Brew 6 pm. September 2, Heidi Holton. September 4, Somebody's Child. Back Porch Old Time Music Jam 1-3 pm. September 3 & 17, GSMNP Visitor Center, Cherokee. SMCPA, Franklin September 3, John Denver Tribute by Jim Curry. Harrah's Cherokee 8 pm, September 3, Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Swain County Farmers Market - Fridays, 9 am - 1 pm. Island Street.
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A Dozen Ways To Beat The Summer Heat With Our Cool, Mountain Waters
Nowhere else in the Smokies can you find as many ways to enjoy water as the Bryson City area offers.
From mountain cascades and waterfalls to scenic rivers to the mighty Lake Fontana, you can fish, swim, ski, go boating, tubing, rafting and kayaking. Or if you're more laid back, take an easy walk to three sparkling waterfalls just outside of town.
We've got four exciting rivers, a deep mountain lake, and more crystal clear creeks than you can count.
Want some ideas? Click here for a sampling of cool summer fun on the water.