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

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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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Mountain Trails Festival August 27, 4 - 9 pm. Dinner, lawn games, live music, silent auction - to benefit area trail maintenance efforts by back country horsemen and mountain biker groups. Qualla Indian Arts Market August 27, 9 am - 4 pm. at Qualla Arts Mutual, Cherokee. Railroad Reserve #1702 Steam Engine Dinner Train September 3, 6:30 pm. Seven Clans Rodeo September 2-3, Cherokee. Button to click for deals and discounts

Free concert at the Bryson City Depot 6:30 - 8 pm, August 27, Christopher Lovoy. September 3, The Caribbean Cowboys. Nantahala Brewing Company 8-11 pm, August 26, Wyatt Espalin. August 27, Shane Meade & The Sound. September 2, Mike Rhodes Fellowship. September 3, Colby Deitz Band. Big Wesser BBQ & Brew 6 pm. August 26, Brushfire Stankgrass. September 2, Heidi Holton. September 4, Somebody's Child. Stecoah Valley Center 7:30 pm, August 27, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. Back Porch Old Time Music Jam 1-3 pm. September 3 & 17, GSMNP Visitor Center, Cherokee. SMCPA, Franklin 7:30 pm. August 27, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out with The Church Sisters. September 3, John Denver Tribute by Jim Curry. Heinzelmannchen Brewery (Sylva) 6-8 pm, August 25. Live music with Henry Wong. Harrah's Cherokee 8 pm, August 27, Jamey Johnson.

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.