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Come discover why Bryson City was named one of Southern Living’s 19 Favorite Small Towns in North Carolina.


Located in the natural beauty and spectacular mountain backdrop of The Smokies, Bryson City is a peaceful mountain town filled with family attractions, outdoor adventure, unique shops, galleries, museums, restaurants and so much more!


We hope you’ll plan to stay awhile so you can enjoy all that Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer. Here’s just a taste…


Vacation in Western North Carolina and your options of adventure and entertainment are endless. Located just an hour west of Asheville and three hours north of Atlanta, Bryson City is the perfect location for your Smoky Mountain vacation. You’ll love our area attractions, they make fabulous days trips…

  • Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

  • Darnell Farms

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • Cherokee Indian Reservation

  • "Unto These Hills" Outdoor Drama

  • Oconaluftee Indian Village

  • Nantahala Outdoor Center

  • Cataloochee Ski Area

  • Biltmore Estate

  • WNC Nature Center

  • North Carolina Arboretum

  • Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge


Looking to spend your summer afternoon in the water…whether you’re looking for a calm and relaxing experience or a thrilling one, we have the chilling mountain stream, creek, river or lake you’re looking for. Outdoor water adventure awaits…

  • Whitewater Rafting

  • Paddleboarding

  • Tubing

  • Kayaking 

  • Cliff Jumping on Lake Fontana

  • Boating on Lake Fontana

  • Fishing

  • Oconaluftee Island Park


Ready to play, have fun, a explore the great outdoors!?? Bryson City is centrally located in the middle of Western North Carolina’s vast paradise of outdoor adventures. Come discover the many mountain outings our area offers…

  • Ziplining

  • Mountain Biking

  • Golfing

  • Hiking

  • Gem Mining

  • Horseback Riding

  • Skiing, Snowboarding, Snow Tubing


Western North Carolina is famous for its spectacular views, scenic mountain roads and parkways. Come enjoy a ride along our winding mountain roads, you’ll love the beautiful journey of endless adventure!   

  • Road to Nowhere

  • Nantahala Gorge

  • Elk Watching

  • Smokemont

  • Mingus Mills

  • Cades Cove

  • Mountain Farm Museum

  • Deals Gap [aka The Tail of the Dragon]

  • Fontana Dam

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

  • Joyce Kilmer National Forest

  • Cherohala Skyway