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...
Thanks to the work of our talented art community, Bryson City now has a walkable murals and street art trail. As you stroll around town, take a few moments to enjoy: Six colorful 4-foot quilt squares adorning a number of shops and businesses, a sampling from the...
At the end of many steam excursions on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, riders have the opportunity to participate in a unique railroad turntable experience. Volunteers are called upon to assist the crew in manually turning the 353,540 pound engine and tender while...
A lot of people who visit Mingus Mill in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have no idea that there is a slave cemetery adjacent to the parking lot. Off the trails of Mingus Mill and up a hill, lies a small cemetery beneath the trees. It is not known exactly...
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