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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

World renowned for its beauty, this is America’s most visited national park. Visit the park’s website for more details on exploring the park.

Our Top Picks

  1. Hiking, tubing and fly fishing on Deep Creek.
  2. Watching the elk herds at Cataloochee Valley.
  3. Drive the “Road to Nowhere” and walk through the tunnel at the end of the drive.

White Water Rivers, Creeks and Water Falls

For whitewater rafting, kayaking & other outdoor adventures, visit the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC).  Their world-class staff leads trips on the Nantahala River, French Broad River & Ocoee River.

Our Top Picks

  1. Natahala River for white water rafting and kayaking.
  2. Deep Creek for tubing.
  3. Hiking to Mingus Falls.

Cherokee Indian Reservation

Enjoy Native American culture with a visit to the Oconaluftee Indian Village, “Unto These Hills” Outdoor Drama, Museum of the Cherokee Indians and Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual.  More info at visitcherokeenc.com.

Our Top Picks

  1. “Unto These Hills” Outdoor Drama.
  2. Harrah’s Casino.
  3. Oconaluftee Indian Village.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Go back in time with a passenger train excursion through the Great Smoky Mountains. More info at gsmr.com.

Our Top Picks

  1. We recommend their Nantahala Gorge Excursion.
  2. In the summer, their Thomas the Train themed excursions are great for kids.
  3. Winter brings their Polar Express themed trips.

Hiking

With More Than 800 Miles of Wilderness Trails, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a Hiker’s Paradise.  And with 40 percent of the national park in Swain County, many National Park trails are easily accessible from Bryson City.  Here are just a few highlights.

Our Top Picks

  1. Deep Creek Loop Trail.
  2. The Appalachian Trail to Shuckshack Tower.
  3. Noland Divide Trail to Beauregard Ridge.

Cycling

Bryson City is home to some of the best mountain biking and road cycling in all of the country.  The nearby Tsail Recreational Area contains over 40 miles of well maintained mountain bike trails along the banks of Fontana Lake.  The mountains also provide a challenging terrain for road cyclists looking to explore the area by bike.

Our Top Picks

    1. Mountain Biking the Tsali Recreation Area.
    1. Road cycling the “Road to Nowhere
  1. Casual family ride Deep Creek Campground and the Deep Creek area

Fishing

Whether you are fly fishing for native brook trout in a cold mountain stream, smallmouth or largemouth bass in beautiful Fontana Lake or rainbow or brown trout in one of the many stocked streams or rivers, Swain County hosts one of the most diverse fishing habitats in the world.

Our Top Picks

  1. The Little Tennessee River
  2. The Cherokee Indian Reservation
  3. Below Fontana Dam – Flat Water Fishing

Dining

You’ll find Bryson City restaurants that serve family style, buffet-style, or in an intimate and romantic setting. You can dine indoors by candlelight or at a sidewalk cafe, or just pop into one of our fast food restaurants. We’ve even got an old-fashioned family run drive-in.

Local Favorites

  1. Anthony’s Italian Restaurant located in Bryson City on Depot Street across from the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad depot offers the best in pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, craft beer, cocktails, and wine in town.
  2. The Cork & Bean offers great food prepared with the finest ingredients, including locally grown, and organic produce, cheeses and baked goods. Located at the corner of Everett & Main … Wine Bar, Coffee House & Eatery. Cheers!
  3. Water’s Edge Seafood & Grill on Main Street is a locally owned restaurant specializing in seafood. We bring the coast fresh to you! Also serving steaks, burgers, chicken and southern style cooking.

Other Notable Attractions

Wineries and Breweries

Today wineries are flourishing again all across North Carolina; and Western North Carolina’s climate has the perfect combination of warm days (not too hot) and cool nights to enhance the color, flavor and acidity of a variety of wines.

Horseback Riding

Several stables offer guided horse rides through areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala National Forest, following trails that lead to waterfalls, across streams or along scenic ridges with panoramic vistas of mountains and lakes.

Golf

Two 18-hole Mountain Courses where golfers enjoy the unique challenges that a true mountain golf course can deliver.

Ziplining

Part eco-tourism, part adventure tour, zip lines offer an opportunity to soar through – and above – a forest with a unique perspective of the land below you.

Family Entertainment

There’s Plenty of Fun for the Whole Family In the Mountains of Western North Carolina – jet boats, mini-golf, theaters, museums, fun park, zoo, and more.

Shopping

Whether you are shopping for a small souvenir or a living room set, unique arts and crafts or a pair of flip flops – you can find it all in Bryson City.

Spas and Massage

Full range of massage and spa services in the Bryson City area, from resorts with spa packages to massage therapists with convenient, intown locations.

Scenic Drives

Bryson, NC has some of the most scenic roads in the country. Whether you drive on four-wheels or two, you’ll love our curvy mountain roads with endless mountain vistas, sparkling rivers and creeks, lush forests and peaceful valleys.