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 with 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 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.

Most of Our Attractions Are Perfectly Natural
If you value the rugged beauty and history of the Southern Appalachians, you be richly rewarded with a visit to the North Carolina Smokies. Bryson City is a quiet country town surrounded by scenic mountains, rushing creeks and rivers, a placid lake — and none of the carnival atmosphere associated with our Tennessee neighbors.

Bryson City is centrally located in the middle of Western North Carolina’s vast outdoor playground, a great spot for dozens of fabulous day trips. 


Great Reasons To Visit The North Carolina Smokies
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park info

Unique shops and galleries 

Lots of special events 

Spectacular mountain views

Whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River 

Mountain biking at Tsali 

Boating and fishing on Lake Fontana 

Legendary trout streams 

Cherokee Indian Reservation 

The Blue Ridge Parkway 

Curvy roads at the Deal’s Gap “Dragon” 

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad 

Crystal waterfalls 

Hiking trails 

Great restaurants 

Wineries & breweries 

Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce 
210 Main Street
P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713
Karen Proctor Wilmot
Executive Director

800-867-9246 toll-free

828-488-3681 local

828-488-6858 fax

Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains


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