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Travel Guide to Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains

Discover what’s great about Bryson City, NC, a peaceful mountain town bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Explore our 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 half of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The 5 weeks of fall color are special here in the mountains. Explore our Fall Events Page to find out when is the best time to see fall color in the Smokies. Where to experience a bull elk’s haunting bugle calls? And, all the different ways to experience Fall in the Smokies!

And we’re close by — just an hour west of Asheville and three hours north of Atlanta.

One of The South’s Best Budget-Friendly Getaways

One of 15 Affordable Summer Cabin Getaways Across America

One of The 20 Best Mountain Towns in America

One of Top 20 Vacation Spots in the US

How Many Ways Can You Have Fun In a Small Town?

Click or tap a photo below to find out

WHitewater rafting
Lodging with your dog
Three Bryson city shoppers
Nantahala Gorge zip line

Bryson City in 30 seconds. Watch our YouTube commercial.

Webcams. Downtown Bryson City and the Nantahala River.

Great Smokies Blog. Interesting, out-of-the-ordinary aspects of life in the North Carolina mountains.

Make your travel dollars go further with deals and discounts offered by Bryson City area businesses.


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Sponsors of Bryson City / Swain County Chamber of Commerce Events

Swain Co TDA
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
town of Bryson City NC logo

Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce

210 Main Street
P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713

Karen Proctor
Executive Director



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