46th Annual Bryson City Christmas Parade December 4, 2 pm This year, the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade departs from its tradition of honoring a single Swain County citizen as grand marshall. Instead, the parade will acknowledge and celebrate the actions of the...
By 2010, ten years after Elk had been reintroduced to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, park officials were concerned that the herd population might never grow in size. Calves were being born but two out of three were not surviving the first year, mostly the...
Ever since the first furrow was plowed in 1980, Jeff Darnell’s 100-acre wholesale farm has supplied regional grocers with such in-season fruits and vegetables as strawberries, tomatoes, onions, sweet corn, beans, peppers and blackberries. Early on, the most visible...
In pioneer times, mountain families often subsisted by carrying their garden vegetables and hand-crafted items to town to sell. Today, those traditional cottage industries are very much alive, at the Smoky Mountain Farmers & Artisans Market in downtown Bryson...
If you want to see the Smokies’ annual synchronous firefly show June 1–8, you’ll have to win the lottery! Since 2006, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has limited access to the Tremont campground during the eight days of peak viewing in order to...
A visit to Bryson City’s Appalachian Rivers Aquarium my be your only opportunity to see a reclusive hellbender. They’ve been around for 6 million years, yet there are people who have spent their entire life in these mountains and have never seen one. The aquarium has...
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