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

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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

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Train Ride event - meet characters, pick out a pumpkin, enjoy kids activities. National Park Programs every day. Friends of the Smokies Classic Hike September 27, Deep Creek Creek Loop. Half Marathon & 5K October 1 in Cherokee. Fall Festival October 1 at John C. Campbell Folk School. Colorfest October 1 in Dillsboro.Button to click for deals and discounts

Free concert at the Bryson City Depot 6:30-8 pm, October 1, Sleepy Andy Tracy. Smoky Mtn. Center, Franklin 7:30 pm, October 1, Charlie Pride. Nantahala Brewing Company 8-11 pm, September 30, Redleg Husky. 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