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

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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.

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 - Memorial Day Weekend

Bluegrass Festival - Music, food and crafts. Stecoah Valley Center, May 21, 11 am - 5 pm. Swain County Farmers Market - Fridays, 9 am - 1 pm. Island Street. Memorial Day Fun including Heritage Festival, BBQ & Brews Dinner Train, Family Whitewater Events & Adventure Dash.

Nantahala Outdoor Center music - Trees Leave, May 19; Colby Dietz Band, May 20; Somebody's Child, May 21. Nantahala Brewing Company music, 8 pm - Ogya World Music Band, May 20; The Stump Mutts, May 21. SMCPA, (Franklin) - Chonda Pierce, May 21, 7:30 pm. Harrah's Cherokee 7:30 pm - Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, May 21; Rascal Flatts, May 27. Back Porch Old Time Music Jam, 1-3 pm. GSMNP Visitor Center, Cherokee, May 21.

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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.