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

25 Ways to Enjoy Fall in the Smokies

Enjoy fall color, outdoor festivals, hayrides, a pumpkin patch and a corn maze, ghost stories and legends, live music, and scenic roads and train rides to view the leaves. 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 23, coinciding with the Museum's inaugural Hall of Fame Induction weekend. More information.

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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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Wings Over the Smokies Gold Wing Rally September 22-24 in Cherokee.Guest Appreciation Festival September 23-25. Gear sale, bike trials, live music, family activities at Nantahala Outdoor Center. Grand Re-Opening Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians September 23, 2 pm, Bryson City. Mountain Heritage Day 10 am-5 pm, September 24 at Western Carolina University. Friends of the Smokies Classic Hike September 27, Deep Creek Creek Loop. Half Marathon & 5K October 1 in Cherokee.Button to click for deals and discounts

Free concert at the Bryson City Depot 6:30-8 pm, September 24, The Kelley Family Band. Heinzelmannchen Brewery 6-8 pm, September 22, Henry Wong, acoustic. Big Wesser BBQ & Brew Times vary: September 23 - Andalyn; The Whiskey Sticks. September 24 - Bayou Diesel Band, Freeway Revival Band, Pioneer Chicken Stand Band. Smoky Mtn. Center, Franklin 7:30 pm, September 24, Bill Anderson's Country Family Reunion. Nantahala Brewing Company 8-11 pm, September 23, Ol' Dirty Bathtub. Harrah's Event Center 7:30 pm, September 30, Government Mule with Blackberry Smoke.

Swain County Farmers Market - Fridays, 9 am - 1 pm. Island Street.

View the total solar eclipse in Bryson City, Monday, August 21, 2017. Partial eclipse begins at 2:06 pm; total eclipse is from 2:35 to 2:37 pm; and it's all over by 3:00 pm. Come early for weekend activities on Saturday and Sunday.

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When and where will you find the best leaf color in the Smokies this fall?

When is fall color at its peak? It's the most often-asked question from people planning an autumn trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. With its wide range of elevations, the Smokies typically delivers one of the longest leaf seasons in the country. Fall colors appear first at the highest elevations in late September and work their way down over a 5-week season. So you should be able to find beautiful color no matter when you visit in the fall.

25 Ways to Celebrate Fall in the Smokies! Not only do the Smoky Mountains explode with beautiful color in the fall, the small town of Bryson City itself puts on a festive fall show, too!

Colorful fall flowers and scarecrows decorate the streets mixing with the beautiful fall foliage changes. There are hayrides, a pumpkin patch and a corn maze, ghost stories and legends, harvest festivals, live music, and scenic roads and train rides to view the leaves. Learn more