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