Swain County Chamber of Commerce

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Bryson City North Carolina

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.

Lodging

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Bed & Breakfasts & Inns

Unique Smoky Mountain Bed & Breakfasts and Inns

Country Inns and B&Bs are known for their comfortable accommodations, exceptional amenities and unique ambiance, reflecting the taste and personality of the owner-innkeepers. Find a Bryson City B&B or Inn for your next outdoor adventure or romantic getaway.

Hospitality

Each of the Bryson City area bed and breakfasts and inns is unique. Yet some things are generally consistent — comfortable lodging, good food and friendly innkeepers eager to help you get the most enjoyment out of your visit to the North Carolina Smokies.

Your innkeeper is your host, your cook and your concierge.

Several inns have restaurants open for evening meals; some have spaces for weddings, receptions, and meetings; and others offer settings for smaller gatherings.

And if you want to bring along the family pet, there’s a Bryson City pet-friendly bed and breakfast or inn you both will love.

West Oak Bed & Breakfast & Cabins

Contact Name: Mercedith Bacon

101 Fryemont Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@WestOakLodging.com

Call: 828-488-2438

Phone Two: Mobile: 828-736-0701

Can Accommodate: 30

5 modern, elegant rooms with private baths. Large screened-in porch and a deck with lovely views of Bryson City. Cabins, the Granite House, and the Victorian House are also available. Open year round.

Historic Calhoun Hotel

Contact Name: Luke Hyde

135 Everett Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: innkeepernc@gmail.com

Call: 828-488-1234

Historic hotel within walking distance of Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. Fifteen rooms, most with private bath. Spacious front porch with rocking chairs, antiques, period furniture, and handmade quilts. Family style meals arranged in advance featuring authentic Appalachian foods such as teas, homemade jams, jellies, cobblers, sourwood honey and hot biscuits. V/MC/DS.

Fryemont Inn

245 Fryemont Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: fryemont@dnet.net

Call: 800-845-4879

Phone Two: Local: 828-488-2159

On the National Register of Historic Places, the Fryemont Inn has been a tradition in mountain hospitality since 1923. There are 32 rooms and suites in the lodge and 8 luxury fireplace suites. A two bedroom cabin is adjacent to the swimming pool and is a pet-friendly accommodation. The Historic Lodge & Restaurant are open mid-April through Thanksgiving weekend. Rates during that time include a full breakfast and a 4 course dinner. The cabin and fireplace suites are open all year. Free Wi-Fi in lobby. Take a virtual tour

Folkestone Inn B&B

Contact Name: Scott & Toni Rowe

101 Folkestone Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: innkeeper@folkestone.com

Call: 828-488-2730

Phone Two: TF: 888-812-3385

A quiet and comfortable bed and breakfast located near the Deep Creek entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just two miles north of Bryson City. Originally a 1920s mountain farmhouse, the Folkestone offers ten guest rooms, all with private baths. Upstairs rooms feature private balconies and mountain vistas, while the downstairs rooms offer an old world charm, with flagstone floors and pressed-tin ceilings. Three-course breakfast with specialties that include lemon souffle pancakes with blueberry compote, and sweet potato hash with poached egg. Wireless Internet access.

McKinley Edwards Inn

208 Arlington Avenue

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: innkeeper@Mckinleyedwardsinn.com

Call: 828-488-9626

McKinley Edwards Inn is a beautiful property on 1.5 acres of lushly landscaped grounds located only minutes from downtown Bryson City. The Inn offers all the amenities expected of an upscale Boutique Hotel including heavenly mattresses and 950 count sheets. Choose from the 12 “Shabby Chic” decorated rooms or a 2 BR/1BA cabin that sleeps 8.

Calhoun House Inn & Suites

Contact Name: Ed and Shirley Ciociola

110 Bryson Avenue

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: ed@CalhounHouse.com

Call: 828-788-0505

Historic Inn features spacious 4-room suites with private entrances, private baths with Jacuzzi tubs, fully equipped kitchens, pillow top mattresses, long range mountain views, two blocks from downtown Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad depot. Two miles from the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Continental breakfast provided in room. Free Wi-Fi. Modern amenities like central air & heat, natural gas fireplaces and everything you need for a comfortable stay, this place feels 'just like home'. Take a virtual tour

The Chalet Inn Bed and Breakfast

Contact Name: George Ware

285 Lone Oak Dr.

Whittier, NC 28789

Email: paradisefound@chaletinn.com

Call: 828-586-0251

Escape to romance & gracious lodging at the closest B&B to Great Smoky Mountains National Park main entrance and Blue Ridge Parkway. Large & economy rooms, a fireplace suite and jacuzzi suite. All with private baths & balconies/patios, A/C, robes, CD Players, free high speed WiFi. Enjoy s'mores at our campfire or cozying up to the fireplace in the Great Room; rates include full breakfast in the dining room, on the patio by the brook or in your suite. 22 private forested mountain acres with hiking trails.

Hemlock Inn

Contact Name: Mort White

911 Galbraith Creek Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@hemlockinn.com

Call: 828-488-2885

Twenty-six guest rooms with authentic country furniture and honest-to-goodness home cooking for breakfast and dinner included in rental rates. Cottages are available. Open mid April through December. Peace and quiet guaranteed with 57 wooded acres and incredible mountain views.

Cabins, Lofts & Condos

Lodging Choices from Romantic

Cabins to Group Lodges

Vacation cabins, lofts and condos can be your home away from home – ideal lodging for families and small groups. And if you want to bring Fido, many are pet-friendly. Trip Advisor named Bryson City one of “15 Affordable Summer Cabin Getaways Across America.” (May 2017)

This page lists individual vacation rentals by owner. In addition, many other rentals are available through the area’s vacation rental agencies. If your group is larger than one cabin can accommodate, keep in mind that some owners have several cabins at the same location. Group capacity is stated in each cabin listing.

Find a Bryson City cabin for your next getaway. Search by name and by amenities.

Lots of Options

Bryson City has plenty of vacation rentals — from one-bedroom romantic hideaways to group lodges and even yurts.

You might stay in a lodge, a log cabin, an in-town loft, or a golf course condo. Some rentals are remote, some are at campgrounds, some at resorts.

You might be beside a babbling creek, in a peaceful mountain valley, on a mountain top, or in the quiet woods. You might be next door to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or near Fontana Lake or the Nantahala River Gorge.

Some rentals are open year-round, some seasonally. Some are handicap accessible.

Smoky Mountain Cabins

Contact Name: Tim Goodwin

162 Everett St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: office@watershedcabins.com

Call: 828-477-4038

Other Address: Mailing: P.O. Box 980, Bryson City, Nc, 28713

Can Accommodate: 8

Smoky Mountain cabins offers fully equipped Western North Carolina Cabin Rentals just outside of the cool and pristine Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With your choice of Hot Tubs, Pet-Friendly, Secluded, Riverside, Lakeview, and Motorcycle-Accessible Cabins, you will find many Mountain Vacation Deals on our website.

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Almond Boat Park-Lakeside Cabins

1165 Almond Boat Park Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: jjmabp@frontier.com

Call: 828-488-6423

Can Accommodate: 8

On Fontana Lake, one and two bedroom housekeeping cottages. Completely furnished, A/C, no pets. Full service marina, boat and motor and pontoon rentals, tackle shop, live bait, licenses. 62 site RV park. Open April through October.

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Mountain Memories Lodge

Contact Name: Jim & Shirley McGukin

1811 W. Lexington Ave.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mcgukin@aol.com

Call: 336-802-7807

Phone Two: Phone: 336-885-2518

Can Accommodate: 10

Four bedroom home located on East Deep Creek. Enjoy a peaceful evening on the creek minutes away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park entrance. Minutes away from downtown Bryson City, enjoy strolling through the historic downtown or stopping in the eclectic shops for some retail therapy. Located near many of the area attractions such as rafting, zip lining, hiking, and much more. WiFi available.

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Mountain Vista Log Cabins

Contact Name: Ray Ruais

11 Highway 19 South

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@mountainvistalogcabins.com

Call: 888-508-4838

Phone Two: Local: 828-508-4391

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-4444

Can Accommodate: 20

Enjoy your next vacation in one of our fully equipped cabins. Explore the Great Smoky Mountains and then come home to your vista cabin and relax in the hot tub. Whether you are looking for relaxation or an adventure, you will find it here in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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West Oak Bed & Breakfast & Cabins

Contact Name: Mercedith Bacon

101 Fryemont Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@WestOakLodging.com

Call: 828-488-2438

Phone Two: Mobile: 828-736-0701

Can Accommodate: 30

5 modern, elegant rooms with private baths. Large screened-in porch and a deck with lovely views of Bryson City. Cabins, the Granite House, and the Victorian House are also available. Open year round.

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B.J.’s Deep Creek Rentals

Contact Name: Bob Marr

1651 W. Deep Creek Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: bjsdeepcreekrentals@yahoo.com

Call: 828-488-3018

Can Accommodate: 4

4 two bedroom cabins completely furnished and remodeled. Quiet surroundings, washer/dryer, wrap-around porch, cable TV, great views. 1 mile from the Deep Creek entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tube rentals available. No smoking or pets. Open May thru November. Weekly or monthly rentals available, 3 night minimum.

Cabins at Nantahala, The

Contact Name: Joe Holt

299 Dills Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: manager@cabinsatnantahala.com

Call: 888-447-4436

Phone Two: Phone: 828-488-4668

Can Accommodate: 50

We are located one mile from the Appalachian Trail and the Nantahala River. Our cabins range from a three-bedroom house with complete kitchen, satellite TV and wood burning stove to our economical one-room cabins. All are air-conditioned, WiFi connected and have private picnic areas with barbecue grills and fire rings. Visit our website to learn more.

Sun Eagle Lodge

Contact Name: Great Smokys Cabin Rentals

PO Box 2731

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rentals@4greatsmokys.com

Call: 800-655-9771

Phone Two: Phone: 828-488-4630

Can Accommodate: 6

Not only a beautiful view, but a beautiful life. Come live it with us at Sun Eagle Lodge. This 3 bedroom, 3 bath real log cabin was designed for comfort and style with 2 gas fireplaces, Wi-Fi, 2 hot tubs, and a Nintendo Wii. Sun Eagle Lodge will set your spirit soaring.

Carolina Vacation Lodging

12121 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: raft@carolinaoutfitters.com

Call: 828-488-6345

Phone Two: Phone: 800-468-7238

Can Accommodate: 36

Fully furnished vacation lodging rentals in the scenic Nantahala George area. 12 lodging units range from simple cabins to large vacation homes. 1-5 Bedroom units. Fully equipped kitchens, Charcoal grills, AC, Satellite TV, Washer/Dryer. Fireplaces available. Convenient to all area attractions.

High Haven Cabin

Contact Name: Great Smokys Cabin Rentals

PO Box 2731

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rentals@gscrnc.com

Call: 800-655-9771

Phone Two: Local: 828-488-4630

Phone Three: Fax: 877-755-4408

Can Accommodate: 10

Remarkable, unlimited view of the Great Smoky Mountains! 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths. Gorgeous all wood interior cabin with panoramic views. Enjoy a private hot tub, pool table, WIFI, Satellite TV, fully equipped kitchen, screened in porch and gas log fireplace. Double high/low driveways provide direct stair less access to all levels.

Sleeping Dog Cabin Rentals

Contact Name: Jim Clayton

634 Mountainside Dr

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: sleepingdogcabin@aol.com

Call: 828-837-1881

Phone Two: Mobile: 828-736-4549

Other Address: Address: 139 Forest Hills Rd., Bryson City, NC, 28713

Can Accommodate: 6

Nestled in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, Fontana Lake and local trout streams, sits a rustic two bedroom, fully furnished Log Cabin with wood burning fireplace, scenic views and abundant wildlife. Paved access, less than 15 minutes from Cherokee Casino, whitewater rafting, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, gem mining, horseback riding, hiking, tubing, and Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. 4 wheelers, canoes & pontoon boat rentals on site. Minutes from downtown Bryson City. SE HABLE ESPANOL

Gina’s Great Getaways

Contact Name: Gina Donofrio

PO Box 1186

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: ginasgreatgetaways@gmail.com

Call: 828-736-4019

Can Accommodate: 10

All of our unique rentals are one of a kind with thoughtful touches throughout. We have a modern tiny home on wheels, 1965 restored vintage camper, Mountain View Shabby Shack, an extremely adorable vintage Caboose Camper coming soon and rustic cottage rentals, all offered at great prices and with exceptional service. We also offer a large family cabin that was featured on HGTV's show log cabin living, and all rentals come equipped with an outdoor fire pit.

Appalachian Log Cabin on Tuckaseegee

Contact Name: Jillian Amburgey

P.O. Box 400

Whittier, NC 28789

Email: logcabin@aol.com

Call: 877-803-4724

Can Accommodate: 8

Tuckasegee River/handcrafted log home, relax on your own private river bank. Enjoy swimming, fly fishing, sunset views. Cozy lodge furnishings, 2-wood burning Fireplaces, Chefs kitchen, 2 baths/indoor spa tub, 3 private bedrooms. All amenities & full caretaking staff provided. An ideal destination for an elegant romantic getaway or an outrageous family retreat.

Bryson City Deep Creek Hideaway

Contact Name: Rob Loafman

1033 Toot Hollow Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rloafman@aol.com

Call: 828-735-1207

Can Accommodate: 2

The BCDC Hideaway is a new clean studio with private entrance, queen bed, leather couch, kitchen and bath with shower. Great location in safe/friendly neighborhood, one mile to Bryson City, 1.5 miles to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Enjoy a large back patio with grille and a fire pit.

Woodland Cabins

Contact Name: Dennis White

P.O. Box 2326

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: 371dew@gmail.com

Call: 828-736-0903

Can Accommodate: 4

Woodland Cabins provides seclusion, comfort, and all the amenities you're looking for during your stay. A five-minute drive gets you to Bryson City, a small town brimming with restaurants, shopping, breweries, premier fly fishing, and scenic Deep Creek. A short drive will take you to the Nantahala Gorge, home to kayaking, whitewater rafting, and zip lining, and fifteen minutes in the opposite direction will treat you to all that the Cherokee Indian Reservation has to offer.

Lands Creek Log Cabins

Contact Name: Robin Fronrath

3336 Balltown Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: robin@landscreek.com

Call: 888-346-9793

Phone Two: Local: 828-488-9793

Can Accommodate: 99

A genuinely unique mountain experience featuring 19 cabins in a variety of creek-side and ridge top settings. Individual cabins accommodate 2-14 people, entire property accommodates 125. Relax and enjoy the serenity of 80 private acres bordering the Great Smoky Mountain National Park with on-site fishing and hiking trails. Family owned and operated. Free WiFi. Ranked #1 on Trip Advisor.

Above the Trees

Contact Name: Great Smokys Cabin Rentals

PO Box 2731

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rentals@gscrnc.com

Call: 800-655-9771

Phone Two: Local: 828-488-4630

Can Accommodate: 8

A 2 bedroom, 3 bathroom brand new luxury cabin high on a forested mountain top with a fantastic long-range view of the Smoky Mountains. Enjoy 2 fireplaces, private hot tub with view, pool table, HDTV, jet tub in master, fully equipped stainless/granite kitchen. 2 nights minimum stay.

Smoky Mountain Country Club Vacation Rentals

1112 Conleys Creek Road

Whittier, NC 28789

Email: cornblum@dnet.net

Call: 800-474-0070

Can Accommodate: 8

Our spacious, magnificently appointed condominiums are the finest accommodations you will find at any resort or country club in western North Carolina. As a guest at our resort, you will stay in one of our luxurious two-bedroom condominiums. Each condominium, which can sleep up to six people, contains the following for your comfort and enjoyment: Two bedrooms, two bath, full kitchen, dining area, living room with gas fireplace, washer & dryer, large view deck with barbecue.

Sky Ridge Yurts

Contact Name: Melissa Little

200 Sky Ridge Dr.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: melissa@skyridgeyurts.com

Call: 704-701-5696

Can Accommodate: 3

Tired of boring hotel rooms and rundown log cabins? Then come and spend a night with us in your very own yurt! Five available in different sizes, all have private in-yurt bathrooms, central heat/air, private decks, gas grills, and fire pits. No minimum night stay and pets welcome.

Two Rivers Lodge & Cabins

Contact Name: Kathy Shobe

5280 Ela Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: tworiverslodgenc@gmail.com

Call: 828-488-2284

Phone Two: Phone: 828-538-1431

Can Accommodate: 6

Enjoy a beautiful and quiet country setting with the unique attraction of the merging of the Oconaluftee and Tuckaseigee Rivers on our grounds. Central to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the many other local attractions and activities in the region. Cabins have full access to all Lodge amenities, including the swimming pool and river-side park.

Country Breeze & Rivers Edge

66 Ela Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-497-5766

Can Accommodate: 8

One, two and four bedroom cabins next to beautiful Oconaluftee River, full porches with rockers, linens not furnished. Five minutes from downtown Cherokee.

Bearadise Lodge & Bearadise Inn

Contact Name: Jennifer Armstrong

44 Riverside Drive

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: bearadisemanager@gmail.com

Call: 864-350-0014

Can Accommodate: 12

4 bedroom 3 bath luxury vacation rental homes in a private development with a stocked lake and beautiful woods views. Located 5 minutes from Cherokee and the main entrance for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and 10 minutes from Bryson City. Our homes are beautifully decorated and ready for you to enjoy a relaxing getaway. Our well equipped kitchens will allow you to dine with ease at your leisure or you can enjoy grilling outside and relaxing by the fire pit or perhaps just take a relaxing soak in the hot tub. Additional charge over 10 people.

TearDrop Rentals in the Smokies

Contact Name: Duke Ellington

336 Hidden Hollow Road

Bryson City, NC28713

Email: Info@sundropsolartrailers.com

Call: 828-399-1628

Phone Two: Fax: 828-488-1995

Can Accommodate: 2

Rent one of our hand crafted Tear Drop Solar Trailers to place on a site of your choosing. The newest craze in camping is a greener choice, Solar Powered Tear Drop Campers.Green and healthy using mold resistant, sustainable materials, and enhanced with all of your comfort needs, including a memory foam mattress, full kitchenette and much more. When you rent one of our designer Tear Drops, we will set it up at the campground you have selected and it will be ready for your stay to the beautiful mountains of Western NC.

Bryson Patch Cabins on Deep Creek

Contact Name: Gregg Livingston

50 Bryson Patch

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@smokeymountain.net

Call: 828-488-1005

Can Accommodate: 10

Located near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bryson City, and Deep Creek, there are many activities that can be done. Tubing, fishing, hiking, and shopping are just few that are very close to the cabins. These cabins are fully eqquipped for family to come and just enjoy what Bryson City has to offer.

Wesser Heights Cabin

Wesser Heights Drive

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@smokymtngetaways.net

Call: 828-586-8058

Can Accommodate: 10

Three-story cabin fifteen minutes from Bryson City and five minutes from the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Beautiful mountain views. With three bedrooms plus sleeping loft, three bathrooms, a living room on the main floor and a large game room downstairs, this cabin is perfect for large families or for couples to share.

Stone’s Throw Log Cabin

Contact Name: Carolina Mountain Vacations

P.O. Box 2505

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@carolinamounatinvacations.com

Call: 877-488-8500

Phone Two: TF: 877-488-7501

Phone Three: Local: 828-488-7500

Can Accommodate: 6

Secluded - but not remote: motorcycle accessible luxury 1800 sf log home on 2.5 acres, less than 5 minutes from both the Great Smoky Mountain's Deep Creek activities and Bryson City's shops and restaurants. Inside: huge vaulted ceilings in the great room that includes leather sectional couch and stone corner gas fireplace, gourmet kitchen, 6+ person dining area, Master Suite with king size bed, walk-in closet, private bath w/corner Jacuzzi & shower, 2 bedrooms with queen size beds separated by full hall bath, and laundry room. Outside, enjoy the porch rockers or swing, or take a relaxing soak in the hot tub. Enjoy the outdoors with the fire pit, gas grill, outdoor dining and acres of peace and solitude. Non-Smoking.

Fontana Village Cabins

300 Woods Rd

Fontana Dam, NC 28733

Email: fontana@fontanavillage.com

Call: 800-849-2737

Phone Two: Phone: 828-498-2211

Phone Three: Fax: 828-498-2209

Can Accommodate: 20

Fontana Village Cabins offers more than a hundred one to three bedroom cabins in the forest for the perfect mountain getaway. Cabins come with fully equipped kitchens, central heat and air, cable television and linens. All cabins include access to all the amenities in Fontana Village Resort.

Whistle Stop Lodge

26 Eagle Nest Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: whistlestoplodge@watchtv.net

Call: 866-646-0303

Can Accommodate: 24

Stay at our picturesque lodge situated on Lake Fontana. The Whistle Stop is open all year and sleeps up to 24 people in 7 bedrooms. Immerse yourselves in the scenic beauty, hot tub, gas fireplace, full kitchen, washer/dryer, AC, 32" TV, and secluded location. Minimum stay is 3 nights. Enjoy.

Eagle’s View Cabin

P.O. Box 2505

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@carolinamountainvacations.com

Call: 828-488-7500

Phone Two: Phone: 877-488-8500

Phone Three: Phone: 828-488-7533

Can Accommodate: 6

Eagle's View is a cozy cedar cabin overlooking Lake Fontana with 2 bedrooms w/queen beds, 3 baths, sleeper sofa, large 6 person hot tub on deck, full kitchen, gas grill, gas log fireplace, satellite TV, central heat and air, telephone, foozball table, 2 porches, and a fenced yard with fire pit. All linens provided. Minimum 2 night stay,open year round.

The Cottage

Contact Name: Tammy Iadonisi

48, Monteith Road, Lackey Hill

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: thecottage@zitomedia.net

Call: 828-736-1215

Phone Two: Phone: 828-488-4388

Can Accommodate: 4

Enjoy the mountain air even while you sleep on line dried sheets. Located within 1/2 mile of downtown Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, the Cottage offers such amenities as full kitchen with W/D, cable TV, video library, gas grill, outdoor campfire and is one of the few cabins to offer a private swimming pool! Perfect for motorcycles with secure parking and easy access. One night stays welcome when available.

Smoky Ridge Cabin Rentals, LLC

Contact Name: Tommy and Ona Huskey

116 Smoky Ridge Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: smokyridge@frontier.com

Call: 828-488-0100

Can Accommodate: 4

We offer two brand new cabins with amazing views of the Smoky Mountains. Each has 2 bedrooms with king-sized beds and TVs, and 2 baths with showers. Each includes fully-stocked kitchen, Wi-Fi, gas log fireplace, covered porch and a fire pit. Located just three miles out of Bryson City. Enjoy beautiful Western North Carolina mountain views from the porches of our mountain getaway cabins - Connie's Cottage (VRBO 1030325) and Tom's Trail (VRBO 1031162).

Bryson Village LLC

Contact Name: Patrick McConnell

311 Slope Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: pdmcconnel@aol.com

Call: 941-779-6230

Other Address: PO Box 2372, Bryson City, NC 28713

Brand new 1, 2, and 3 bedroom luxury creekside cabins in town with all the amenities you're looking for; hot tubs, gas fireplaces, large decks with outdoor seating, gas grills, and high speed WIFI.

Sixty-One Park

Contact Name: Brett Hackshaw

61, Park Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-342-6444

Other Address: P.O. Box 910

Can Accommodate: 8

Sixty-One Park is a historic farmhouse located in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. Beautifully restored, while keeping its 100-year-old character, the farmhouse is full of historical details from the surrounding area.

Yellow Rose Realty and Vacation Rentals

Contact Name: Johnny and Dena Ensley

203 Slope St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rentals@yellowroserealty.com

Call: 828-488-2797

Phone Two: TF: 800-528-0760

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-9855

Other Address: Mailing: PO Box 326, Bryson City, NC, 28713

Can Accommodate: 12

Your vacation is a simple click away with our 24-7 online reservation system. Make your vacation planning quick, easy, and hassle free by using our new guest services program – from stocked pantries to discount attraction tickets. Internet access available in some cabins and at our office. Locally owned and operated-serving our area since 1995.

Absolute Heaven Retreat

956 Fontana Ridge

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: absoluteheaven@hotmail.com

Call: 770-480-2820

Can Accommodate: 12

Absolute Heaven Retreat is a very private rental cabin nestled among the trees on a quiet mountainside in Bryson City, North Carolina. You'll enjoy getting away from it all while the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains unfolds before your eyes. Following a day full of activities, you can relax and unwind while enjoying the breathtaking view from the hot tub or the swings and rockers on one of the cabin's three decks.

Retreat in the Smokies

Contact Name: Ann or Ray Converse

385 Andrews Dr.

Almond, NC 28713

Email: claire2454@aol.com

Call: 407-928-7194

Can Accommodate: 6

This newly built cabin is located about a mile from Tsali Recreation area and Lake Fontana. Many of the activities such as white water rafting and ziplining are just a short drive away from the cabin.

Bear Bottoms Chalet

Contact Name: Great Smokys Cabin Rental

P.O. Box 2731

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: Rentals@gscrnc.com

Call: 828-488-4630

Phone Two: TF: 800-655-9771

Phone Three: Fax: 877-755-4408

Can Accommodate: 4

Enjoy sunrise to sunset views. Clean, relaxing, private and romantic. Some have even called the one bed to two bath cabin "therapeutic." This secluded cabin is great for a couples getaway in the smokies. It is also motorcycle accessible.

Falling Waters Adventure Resort

10345 Hwy. 19S

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@fallingwatersresort.com

Call: 800-451-9972

Phone Two: Phone: 828-488-2384

Can Accommodate: 44

Falling Waters has two options for two distinct types of travelers. The Group Lodge is an economical, convenient option for up to 44 people. Bunk bed sleeping in six rooms each with a shower, toilet and vanity. Rental kitchen available. The Yurt Village has 8 Yurt Cabins that sleep up to 4, includes small refrigerators, coffee makers, shared but private bathrooms, a hot tub for Yurt guests. On site of the Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours. Non-smoking, No Pets.

Fox Cabins

Contact Name: Alan Miller

33 Shephards Hollow

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@MTnVac.com

Call: 828-331-0724

Other Address: Address: P.O. Box 1322, Whittier, NC, 28789

Can Accommodate: 6

Our 5 Cabins are the perfect location for a couple's vacation or a small family. The one and two bedroom Fox Cabins all have hot Tubs, internet, HDTV, fireplaces, BBQ grills, fully equiped kitchens, Washers/dryers, central heat & AC and are pet friendly. Our two bedroom cabins in Bryson city are all along a fast moving creek and our one bedroom cabins near cherokee are secluded hideaways that are perfect for a couple's getaway.

Whispering Pines Deluxe Rentals

Contact Name: Crystal Enloe

4825 Hwy 19 West

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: WPDRentals@aol.com

Call: 866-767-0888

Can Accommodate: 10

Whispering Pines Deluxe Rentals is a small rental agency that is dedicated to providing a traditional, friendly and personalized approach to finding your family the perfect cabin and helping you plan an unforgettable trip to the Smoky Mountains. Our cabins are located near Bryson City, Almond and Cherokee.

Carolina Mountain Vacations

Contact Name: Dian or Dora

40 Greenlee Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@carolinamountainvacations.com

Call: 828-488-7500

Phone Two: TF: 877-488-8500

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-7533

Other Address: Mailing: PO Box 2505, Bryson City, NC, 28713

Can Accommodate: 26

67 rental cabins from 1 – 5 bedrooms, many pet-friendly, and several with easy motorcycle access. Scattered in the mountains around Bryson City, all cabins are fully furnished, and offer everything you need for your romantic getaway, family vacation, or reunion.

Creekside Cottage

Contact Name: Bryson City Cabin Rentals

264-4 Hwy 19. South

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@brysoncitycabinrentals.com

Call: 888-483-3630

Can Accommodate: 8

Fish a stocked trout stream or quietly escape the hassles of everyday life at this charming getaway in the Smokey Mountains. Creekside Cottage is nestled at an elevation of 2500 ft directly on Alarka Creek near Bryson City with easy paved road access. Fish from a private platform. Motorcycle friendly. Non-smoking

Hyatt House

Contact Name: Gail Styles

155 Paterson Ave.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: ghsers100@gmail.com

Call: 828-421-0681

Other Address: Mailing: P.O. Box 839, Bryson City, NC, 28713

Can Accommodate: 12

Early 1920's totally remodeled bungalow style home with 5 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, and 1/2 bathroom. This home sleeps 12 people, and is located in the quaint area of Governors Island, Bryson City, NC. Two miles to the town of Bryson City and 7 miles to Cherokee. Walking distance to Darnell Farms and the Tuckaseegee River. Sit on the front porch, or on the new deck in back and listen to the train go by. Minutes to Great Smoky Mountains Park entrance, and Nantahala rafting.

Stecoah House at Sky Ridge

Contact Name: Melissa Little

70 Sky Ridge Dr.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: melissa@skyridgeyurts.com

Call: 704-701-5696

Can Accommodate: 6

Ready to upgrade your stay without breaking the bank? Our ultra-mordern cabin is like nothing you've ever experienced before, and right in the middle of beatiful Nantahala Gorge. Minutes from the Nanathala Outdoor center and downtown Bryson City, come and stay in luxury on your private mountain top for a vacation your won't soon forget.

Hidden Treasure

Contact Name: Annie

358 Lake Overlook Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: HiddenT007@yahoo.com

Call: 954-296-9050

Can Accommodate: 8

Custom built authentic log cabin in the scenic Smokys. 3 bedrooms, a loft, 2 ½ bath, Wi-Fi, Roku, wood-burning fireplace. Wheelchair access. Spectacular unhampered views of the Smoky mountains only 3.7 miles off Highway 74. Close proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Nantahala Forest/River, Tsali, and numerous other scenic places and activities.

White Tail Hollow

Contact Name: Great Smokys Cabin Rentals

PO Box 2731

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rentals@gscrnc.com

Call: 800-655-9771

Phone Two: Phone: 828-488-4630

Can Accommodate: 6

Minutes from rafting and ziplining, White Tail Hollow is a secluded and upscale 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath real log cabin. Mountain seclusion will be yours. Plus you'll love the great amenities, king size bed, hot tub, fire pit, Wi-Fi, Nintendo Wii and much more!

Wengen Chalet

P.O. Box 2731

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: Rentals@4GreatSmokys.com

Call: 800-655-9771

Phone Two: Local: 828-488-4630

Phone Three: Fax: 877-755-4408

Can Accommodate: 6

Inspired by travels through the Swiss Alps, the newly built and upscale "Wengen Chalet" has an expansive mountain view, hot tub, screened porch, fire pit, internet, Nintendo Wii, and satellite HD TVs. Sleeps six with a king bed in the master, queen in the second bedroom and a queen air dream mattress in the loft. Pets okay. No motorcycle access.

Eagle’s Nest Cabin

P.O. Box 1277

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@carolinamountainvacations.com

Call: 828-488-7500

Phone Two: TF: 877-488-8500

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-7533

Can Accommodate: 6

Offering a view of both Fontana Lake and the mountains, this cabin is fully stocked with amenities including a full kitchen, central heat and air, satellite TV, phone, and outdoor hot tub and gas grill. Features 1 king bed & bath upstairs and 1 queen bed and bath downstairs. Linens are provided.

Nantahala Outdoor Center Basecamp

13077 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 800-232-7238

Can Accommodate: 99

With accommodations for up to 122 people, NOC’s hostel-style Basecamp lodging is the ideal location for families, large groups and retreats! Enjoy immediate access to outdoor adventures including whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River, kayaking, zip lining, biking, and more! Plus, onsite shopping and dining are all within walking distance. .

Alarka Cabin

Contact Name: Bob or Betsy Marr

194 E. Cullisia Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: bjdeepcreekrentals@yahoo.com

Call: 828-488-3018

Phone Two: Phone: 828-736-6611

Other Address: Mailing: 1651 Toot Hollow Rd., Bryson City, NC, 28713

Can Accommodate: 6

A mountain vacation home built in 1992 restored in 2012. An authentic log cabin that lets you step back in time to the late 19th century, yet with all the comforts of a 21st century mountain home. A secluded two-bedroom, two-bath air-conditioned log cabin about fifteen minutes from Bryson City. Wide covered porch. Close to all mountain activities.

Shooting Star Ridge

Contact Name: Great Smokys Cabin Rentals

PO Box 2731

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rentals@gscrnc.com

Call: 800-655-9771

Phone Two: Local: 828-488-4630

Phone Three: Fax: 877-755-4408

Can Accommodate: 4

Wishes come true at Shooting Star Ridge! Just outside Cherokee and less than ten minutes to Bryson City. Spoil yourself with king size beds, a gourmet kitchen, and a jetted bath - and don't lose any of the comforts of home with free Wi-Fi and free long distance. Enjoy the breathtaking mountain views from the hot tub, covered porch and fire pit. No pets.

Carolina House on Alarka Creek

20 Pokeberry Lane

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: reservations@CarolinaHouse.net

Call: 561-743-5598

Phone Two: Phone: 561-512-0905

Can Accommodate: 8

Beautiful 3-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath mountain home nestled in the western North Carolina mountains. Minutes from Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Amenities include gas fireplaces, modern kitchen, air conditioning, master bath w/huge tub, hot tub and gas grill on back porch, fenced side yard, and a screened front porch overlooking Alarka Creek. Location is secluded, yet close to area attractions. Get back to nature with 500 ft of a fully rocked creekside walkway, roast marshmallows at the fire pit, enjoy lunch at the picnic table or take a dip in the swimming hole; or for the lighter side let the sounds of the creek lull you to sleep after a dinner of fresh trout (fishing poles are provided.) No smoking or pets, please.

Moonshiner

Contact Name: Gwen Albers

603 Hwy 28 South

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: galbers_reporter@yahoo.com

Call: 303-332-4189

Phone Two: Phone: 303-332-5269

Other Address: Mailing: 650 Wynn Drive NE, Apt 216, Huntsville, AL, 35816

Can Accommodate: 4

Cozy newer log cabin sits on three secluded wooded acres 20 minutes from Cherokee and 30 minutes from the Dragon. Sports car and motorcycle enthusiasts will appreciate being located on Moonshiner 28; a 20-mile stretch of road with challenging mountain curves and views. Fontana Lake, the Nantahala Gorge, Bryson City and The Great Smoky Mountains National Park are all just 10 minutes or less away. Linens provided.

Tree Top Log Cabins

P.O. Box 2505

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@carolinamountainvacations.com

Call: 877-488-8500

Phone Two: Phone: 828-488-7500

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-7533

Can Accommodate: 7

Log cabins, fully furnished with telephone, TV, VCR, Satellite, central heat/air, hot tubs, picnic table. Two floors with bedroom downstairs and attractive loft bedroom. Also, cabins have Full or Queen size sleeper sofas.

Alarka’s Lure

PO Box 2505

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@carolinamountainvacations.com

Call: 877-488-7500

Can Accommodate: 8

Charming three bedroom, 2-1/2 bath cabin, nestled on Alarka Creek with private dock and easy access. Sleeps eight. Fully furnished, hot tub, wood burning stove, satellite TV/VCR, 2 car garage, enclosed sun porch. No pets or smoking. Located minutes from Bryson City. Open all year.

Settlers Mountain

340 E Alarka Road,

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@settlersmountain.com

Call: 800-476-8027

Can Accommodate: 12

Our 200-acre secluded mountain offers 4 homes and a 100 year old authentic log cabin. Fully furnished homes with linens, central air/heat, satellite TV, DVD/VCR, washer- dryer, dishwasher, BBQ grills, picnic tables, porch rockers, family pavilion, fire pit, recreational room. Close to Bryson city, Train, white water, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, golf, horse back riding, National Park, shopping, and more.

Chestnut Lodge on Deep Creek

241 E. Deep Creek Rd

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: we3beavs@earthlink.net

Call: 281-485-2109

Phone Two: Phone: 281-744-8775

Can Accommodate: 7

300' frontage on Deep Creek. Fish, tube or swim out of your back door. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, ranch style home. Full kitchen to cook a turkey or just soup and sandwich. Just bring your own clothes and food. Now accepting credit cards. Pets allowed with prior approval.

Mountain Home near the Nantahala River

337 Smoky View Drive,

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 463-698-8701

Can Accommodate: 6

This cozy home sits between the surrounding mountains offering a breathtaking view from the large deck. Minutes from a variety of activities for the family or a romantic getaway for just the two of you. Come and enjoy the beauty and solitude.

Following the River Log Cabin

Contact Name: Jillian Amburgey

1430 Hwy 19A

Whittier, NC 28713

Email: logcabin@aol.com

Call: 877-803-4724

Other Address: Mailing: P.O. 400, Whittier, NC, 28789

Can Accommodate: 8

Tuckasegee River/handcrafted log home, relax on your own private river bank. Enjoy swimming, fly fishing, sunset views. Cozy lodge furnishings, 2-wood burning Fireplaces, Chefs kitchen, 2 baths/indoor spa tub, 3 private bedrooms. All amenities & full caretaking staff provided. An ideal destination for an elegant romantic getaway or an outrageous family retreat.

Virginia’s Cottage

Contact Name: Kathleen Burns

315 Deep Creek Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-736-0962

Can Accommodate: 4

Located within walking distance of downtown Bryson City, Virginia's Cottage is a truly unique find. This 100 year old restored cottage offers thoughtful touches throughout and features reclaimed wood and materials from the original structure. Enjoy the fire pit out back as you gaze at the Tuckaseegee River and the train as it comes back into town.

Aloft in the Smokies

Contact Name: Rollon Smith

115 Everett St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-488-8010

Other Address: Address: PO Box 880, Bryson City, NC, 28713

Can Accommodate: 4

"An elevated place to decelerate your pace." Four two bedroom, two bath loft apartments, loft retreats perched in Bryson City in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. Each loft has dining and efficiency kitchen, full bath, and spacious open floor plans. Located downtown on the Tuckasegee River within walking distance to shops, activities and restaurants. If you're looking for total luxury in the mountains - look no further!

Hidden Creek Cabins

264-4 Highway 19 South

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: hiddencreekcabins@yahoo.com

Call: 888-333-5881

Phone Two: Local: 828-488-5626

Other Address: Mailing: PO Box 973, Bryson City, NC, 28713

Can Accommodate: 52

Several Cabins are located in a hidden cove, completely secluded, but minutes from town and 1/2 mile to the park. One, two, three and four bedroom cabins available, all on a creek with trout fishing, all have fireplaces and hot tubs. AC/Heat, ceiling fans, fully furnished, barbeque grills, TV, pets allowed. Open all year. Can accommodate groups of up to 100. Internet access available.

A Walk in the Clouds

PO Box 2731

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rentals@gscrnc.com

Call: 828-488-4630

Phone Two: TF: 800-655-9771

Can Accommodate: 6

At 3400 feet elevation, this heavenly 2 Bedroom, 3 Bath cabin with a loft and sleeper sofa is minutes from all attractions including NOC, Fontana Lake, Tsali recreation area, Harrah’s Casino and Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The roaring fireplace in the living room casts a warm glow on the comfortable buttery leather furniture and is the perfect backdrop for connecting with family and friends, or just curling up with a good book and enjoying the “clouds as they dance through the smoky mountains”. Pool Table

Whispering Winds

Contact Name: Eduard Mercer

PO Box 904

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@BrysonCityLogCabins.com

Call: 828-736-6443

Phone Two: Phone: 828-736-2455

Can Accommodate: 12

Handcrafted log cabins, just a couple of minutes from town. Secluded, private paradise for daily and weekly rental. 75 acres, miles of roads and walking trails, property adjoins Tuckaseegee River with 1/2 mile of riverfront. Natures best and plenty of animals.

Smoky Mtn. Retreat

51 Green Valley Acres

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: Smret@dnet.net

Call: 828-488-6347

Phone Two: Fax: 828-488-8158

Can Accommodate: 62

Three and four bedroom log cabins, fully furnished including washer/dryer, TV w/Direct TV, WI-FI, phone, coffee maker, microwave, gas grill, fireplace w/wood, (gas and electric also). Cabins sleep ten to sixteen guests. No smoking or pets. Available year around.

MB Creekside Cabins, LLC

Contact Name: Gina Turpin

P.O. Box 1022,

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: creeksidecabins@zitomedia.net

Call: 828-488-2235

Can Accommodate: 4

Located on Deep Creek. Eight cabins, sleeps 2 adults and 2-3 children each. Big house sleeps 12. Fully furnished, Air conditioned, TV, full kitchen, microwave, ceiling fans, screened in porch. Picnic tables, barbeque grills, open fire rings, volleyball court, horseshoes. No smoking. Please call for winter rates & specials.

O and A’s Mountain Getaway

40 Old Mill Drive

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: weldyjc@bellsouth.net

Call: 985-290-2996

Phone Two: Phone: 985-649-1793

Can Accommodate: 6

Charming mountain chalet rental on wooded 1/2 acre lot. 2 large bedrooms and 1 bath. Sleeps 6. Fully furnished, full kitchen. Washer & dryer. Two queen beds and one trundle bed. Located 4 miles West of Bryson City.

Fernwood Cabins, LLC

Contact Name: Neil Fonville

411 Woodbridge Dr.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 972-390-1995

Can Accommodate: 5

Relax in your very own five-person outdoor hot tub overlooking scenic mountains from your large, private deck. This log cabin is just minutes from Bryson City & close to restaurants, shopping, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and the National Park. Your cabin in the Smokies - modern yet situated in a rustic country setting.

A Cabin on Horseshoe Hill

60 E. H. Bailey Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: MeMaMerendino9@aol.com

Call: 828-488-6705

Can Accommodate: 6

Tucked between the Nantahala Gorge and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is this cozy two bedroom, one bath cabin that comfortably sleeps six. Amenities include a fully equipped kitchen, gas-log fireplace, washer/dryer, satellite T.V., telephone, BBQ grill, campfire ring, and a large screened porch with a picnic table. All linens are furnished. All the comforts of home but easy on the pocketbook. Check out our rates!

Rock Creek Cabins

P.O. Box 1871

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@rockcreekcabins.com

Call: 828-788-1955

Can Accommodate: 52

Bryson City. Log cabin and chalet rentals. 24-7 online availability and reservations. Spectacular views! Located less than 1 mile from The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Completely furnished , hot tubs, fireplaces, and satellite TV. One to three bedrooms. Pet friendly and Wireless internet in all cabins. No cleaning fees. Open year round. Weekly, monthly and seasonal specials. Like us on Facebook for a chance to win a free weekend getaway. 2013 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence winner.

Watia Creekside Retreat

50 Flint Ridge Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: kathleen@ncmountains.net

Call: 828-631-3111

Phone Two: Local: 828-331-0770

Phone Three: Fax: 828-631-0333

Can Accommodate: 6

When only the finest accomodations will do, - Watia 'Creekside Retreat' is the place for you... to rejuvinate after a day Exploring the endless attractions this area has to offer! Let the Sounds of the Noisy Creek surround You as you Enjoy a soak in the Sparkling Hot Tub, or Relax in front of the outdoor Fireplace in the Large Screened Outdoor Living room. If you prefer a wood burning fire, the Rock Fire Pit is along side the Creek!

Lake View Cabin

P.O. Box 2505

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@carolinamountainvacations.com

Call: 828-488-7500

Phone Two: Phone: 877-488-8500

Phone Three: Phone: 828-488-7533

Can Accommodate: 4

Cozy cabin in the woods with a Fontana Lake view. 2 bedrooms/2.5 baths, 2 queen beds, satellite TV, VCR/DVD, full kitchen, outdoor hot tub for 4, washer/dryer, gas grill, outdoor fire pit, covered front porch. Bed linens and towels provided.

The Sabbath House

750 Bee Branch Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: jim_sabbathhouse@verizon.net

Call: 828-488-0600

Can Accommodate: 20

The Sabbath House is not your ordinary rental cabin! The lodge was designed for family reunions, small group gatherings and retreats. With 8 bedrooms; each with their own private bath, large gathering spaces, well equipped kitchen, open decks and covered porches with rocking chairs; The Sabbath House is an ideal place for your Great Smoky mountain getaway.

Fontana Lake and Parkview Cabins

Contact Name: Michelle and Shannon Lackey

1628 Round HIll Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: fontanalakeandparkviewcabins@yahoo.com

Call: 828-712-5222

Can Accommodate: 6

We are Located in Bryson City, NC on 12 Acres that are surrounded on three sides by 600 Acres of Nantahala National Forest. Bald Eagles and other Wildlife Sightings are Common. Atmospheric Changes on Fontana Lake and the GSMN Park create a Masterpiece Daily. We are Convenient to Numerous Local Attractions. This is An Experience Like No Other. With Exclusive Panoramic Views of Fontana Lake and the GSMN Park.

Dreamers Ridge

Contact Name: Great Smokys Cabin Rentals

P.O. Box 2731

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rentals@gscrnc.com

Call: 828-488-4630

Can Accommodate: 8

You will feel like you are on top of the world. This secluded upsceale cabin has an amazing view on the side of a mountain. This three bedroom has a loft on the second floor and a game room on the first floor. Also has a spacious covered porch that features a hot tub.

Allen’s Retreat

Contact Name: Karen Witaker

60 E. H. Bailey Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: karenwitaker@cox.net

Call: 540-556-9465

Phone Two: Phone: 540-598-8491

Can Accommodate: 8

This newly built split bedroom design. Everything you need to make your dream vacation complete awaits you in this luxurious cabin located only 10 minutes from town. Let your cares melt away in the spa while enjoying beautiful views from this peaceful setting. Motorcycle friendly.

Sunrise in the Smokies

Contact Name: Great Smokys Cabin Rentals

PO Box 2731

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rentals@gscrnc.com

Call: 828-488-4630

Phone Two: TF: 800-655-9771

Phone Three: Fax: 877-755-4408

Can Accommodate: 6

An unforgettable view will be yours from this mountainside haven. This deluxe 3 bedroom offers upscale furnishings, seclusion,fire pit, Wi-Fi, X-box 360, and much more! With easy motorcycle access. Sunrise in the Smokies is conveniently located between downtown Bryson City and the Nantahala Gorge.

Round Hill Lodge

Contact Name: Brian Bailey

83 Greasy Branch Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mickeydon@bellsouth.net

Call: 828-776-6346

Phone Two: Phone: 828-808-6607

Can Accommodate: 11

Rent by the room or rent the entire lodge. Wide porch with great view of Fontana Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. Outside lot for dogs if needed. Wi-Fi and washer and dryer. Satellite tv in every room. Pool table and hot tub for your enjoyment.

Tranquility

Contact Name: Richard A. Pulliam

1520 Rock Creek Dairy Rd

WhitsettNC27377

Email: rpulliam002@triad.rr.com

Call: 336-449-7761

Phone Two: Mobile: 336-554-6518

Phone Three: Mobile: 336-450-9094

Can Accommodate: 8

This cabin has it all; beautiful view, paved drive, spacious front and back porches, washer, dryer, 1 king bed, 2 queen beds, and a sleeper sofa. Only 2 miles from town, yet you feel a million miles away from it all! Come and enjoy your vacation and experience true Tranquility!

Great Smokys Cabin Rentals

PO Box 2731

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rentals@gscrnc.com

Call: 800-655-9771

Phone Two: Phone: 828-488-4630

Phone Three: Phone: 877-755-4408

Other Address: Address: 1181 Main Street, Bryson City, NC, 28713

Can Accommodate: 40

We’ll help you find your perfect mountain getaway – whether it’s mountain top, creek front, a romantic weekend, family adventure, or group reunion. TripAdvisor.com has awarded us “Excellent” because of guest reviews and considers us a Top Rental Manager. Online Booking 24-7. Check in as late as you need directly at the cabin.

Millstone Lodge

Contact Name: Great Smokys Cabin Rentals

PO Box 2731

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rentals@gscrnc.com

Call: 828-488-8530

Phone Two: Local: 828-488-4630

Phone Three: TF: 800-655-9771

Can Accommodate: 6

Just minutes from town, but you wont want to leave! Take in Millstone Lodge's wonderful view from huge windows while relaxing on leather furniture, or the breezy screened porch or from the bubbling hot tub. Well-appointed with 2 bedrooms, the comforts of home, and more: a stone patio fire ring, Wi-Fi and Nintendo Wii. Sleeps 6. Pets ok. Motorcycle access.

Cabin in the Gap

Contact Name: Peggy Crumpler

2477 Richland Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: 2crumplers@charter.net

Call: 334-821-6689

Phone Two: Phone: 334-740-5739

Can Accommodate: 4

Cedar Cabin with beautiful valley view from the side deck. Relax and take in the rustic feel of this mountain cabin. Fully stocked kitchen and linens are provided. Enjoy a meal cooked on the charcoal grill or sit by the fire pit and roast marshmallows while taking in the starry night views. Approximately 10 miles from town.

Nantahala Outdoor Center Cabins

13077 Hwy. 19

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 800-232-7238

Can Accommodate: 22

NOC’s convenient onsite cabins provide easy access to all of the outdoor adventures you can (and will) dream of! Whitewater rafting, kayaking, zip lining, mountain biking, Fontana Lake access and more are at your fingertips. Enjoy close proximity to the Appalachian Trail and explore the mountains of Western NC by foot. NOC cabins will have everything you need for a comfortable mountain vacation!

Falling Waters Cabin

321 JP Grant Rd

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: reserve@watershedcabins.com

Call: 828-488-1245

Phone Two: Phone: 888-604-3074

Phone Three: Phone: 888-276-9957

Can Accommodate: 4

Falling Waters cabin boasts a secluded location with breathtaking views only 10 minutes from the Nantahala Outdoor Center. With its luxurious decor, big screen satellite TV, full kitchen, hot tub, fireplace, and more, this cabin makes a great getaway retreat. Open year round. Non-smoking only.

Bears Den

P.O. Box 2731

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: Rentals@4GreatSmokys.com

Call: 800-655-9771

Phone Two: Local: 828-488-4630

Phone Three: Fax: 877-755-4408

Can Accommodate: 4

An expansive meadow with fire pit, a sheltered hot tub, 3 satellite TVs make Bears Den your number one choice for the perfect mountain getaway. Minutes from adventures at the Casino, the train or the Nantahala and Tuckaseegee Rivers. Bears Den blends modern amenities with traditional cabin style. Motorcycle Friendly. Pets Welcome!

Bryson View Cabin Rentals

25, Holly Hill Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: sandibeac@aol.com

Call: 828-488-6298

Phone Two: Phone: 828-507-1836

Phone Three: Phone: 828-488-0110

Can Accommodate: 10

Secluded, in-town cabins with great views, fireplace and AC. Two full bedrooms, queen bed in loft, queen pull out sofa upstairs living room, queen futon downstairs living room, decks on both levels-where smoking is permitted. Fully furnished kitchen, 2 full baths, bedrooms have TV/VCR and cable. Equipped with Jacuzzi or Hot Tub. Children welcomed.

Deep Creek Tube Ctr & Campground

1090 West Deep Creek Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@deepcreekcamping.com

Call: 828-488-6055

Can Accommodate: 10

19 Cabins nestled in the Deep Creek valley with view of the mountains and the soothing sounds of Deep Creek. Cabins accommodate 4, 5, 6 and 10 people. Internet access & some pet friendly cabins. 1 mile from the GSMNP. Tubing, camp store, trout fishing, volleyball, laundry, and a playground. Open April-November.

Bryson City Cabin Rentals

Contact Name: Nancy Ruais

264-4 Highway 19 South

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@brysoncitycabinrentals.com

Call: 888-483-3630

Phone Two: Mobile: 828-736-9929

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-4444

Can Accommodate: 8

Over 50 cabins to choose from: one, two, three and four bedrooms available. Several are on a rushing trout stream; one has a swimming pool; many have mountain views; all are fully furnished including TV, fireplace and BBQ grill. Most are pet friendly, motorcycle accessible, and have hot tubs. Can accommodate groups.

Watershed Cabins

162 Everett Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: reserve@watershedcabins.com

Phone Two: Office: 828-341-1326

Can Accommodate: 16

Completely furnished luxury log cabins and cottages with hot tubs, fireplaces, outdoor fire pits, granite or corian countertops, designer linens, Bose stereo systems, VCR/DVD, game rooms, etc. Long range panoramic views - some lake views. Close to Nantahala River, Tsali Recreation Area, Bryson City and other attractions.

Black Bear Lookout

P.O. Box 2505

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@carolinamountainvacations.com

Call: 828-488-7500

Can Accommodate: 8

3 bedroom, 2 bath home perched on a hillside overlooking the mountains of Bryson City. Located within a mile of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Bryson City. Features a covered eating area on the deck w/ gas grill, outdoor hot tub. Professionally decorated interior. Master suite with Jacuzzi tub. Foozball table, futon sleeper, full upgraded kitchen, washer/dryer. Linens & towels are provided. Non-smoking.

Nantahala Cabins

19W/580 Nantahala Cabins Lane,

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rentals@nantahalacabins.com

Call: 828-488-1622

Phone Two: Phone: 877-488-1622

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-1433

Can Accommodate: 44

New cabins located in the Nantahala Gorge near rafting, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Large three bedroom cabin with hot tub. Large one bedroom cabin, four large studio cabins, two have hot tubs. Full bath, full kitchen, covered porches, air conditioning, ceiling fans, heat and more. Grills, picnic tables, and fire pits. Some cabins have fireplaces. Kennel for pets. Wireless Internet access. Open year round.

Kathy’s Deep Creek Hideaway

P.O. Box 2505

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: glb1@dogfatherphotography.com

Call: 828-488-7500

Phone Two: TF: 877-488-8500

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-7501

Can Accommodate: 6

2 bedroom, 2 bath pet friendly log cabin near Deep Creek. 2 story cabin with gated porch, full kitchen, washer/dryer, wifi, gas grill and microwave.

Euchella Mountain and Lake Cabins

9698 Hwy 19 W,

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@euchellacabins.com

Call: 828-488-8835

Phone Two: Phone: 800-446-1603

Can Accommodate: 30

3,5,and 6 bedroom mountain and lake homes for families, reunions and corporate groups located in the Nantahala Gorge area. Close to whitewater rafting, Tsali mountain biking, Appalachian Trail, Lake Fontana and the Great Smokies. Mountain bike rental outfitter. Internet access. Pets allowed with prior consent. Visit our web site for more details or call for information.

Dream Catcher Cabin

Contact Name: Great Smokys Cabin Rentals

PO Box 2731

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rentals@gscrnc.com

Call: 800-655-9771

Phone Two: Fax: 877-655-4408

Can Accommodate: 4

Dream Catcher is a vacation rental cabin with 2 bedrooms 2 baths. Build in 2000 of log chink in the great room with cathedral ceiling. Wraparound deck offers a beautiful vista view of the Great Smoky Mountains. Relax and enjoy soaking in the hot tub while taking in the sights or rest by the fireplace and enjoy the peace and quiet. Your perfect mountain getaway.

Comfort Mountain Getaway

Contact Name: Roger Trudeau

249 Comfort Mountain Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rtrudeau50@frontier.com

Call: 828-488-8183

Phone Two: Mobile: 828-736-2966

Other Address: Mailing: 247 Comfort Mountain Road, Bryson City, NC, 28713

Can Accommodate: 8

Welcome to your new home away from home! Comfort Mountain Getaway is a very nice, new, three bedroom, two bath, split-plan, single-story house located in a quiet wooded area close to Fontana Lake and the Nantahala River. Sit on the deck and rock away your cares in one of our comfortable rocking chairs or take a relaxing soak in our hot tub. Stay connected and entertained with Wi-Fi and satellite TV and enjoy the convenience of our full kitchen and laundry.

Ridge Top Lodge

P.O. Box 2505

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@carolinamountainvacations.com

Call: 877-488-8500

Phone Two: Phone: 828-488-7500

Phone Three: Phone: 828-488-7533

Can Accommodate: 12

Ridgetop Lodge is a great family lodge with 5 bedrooms, large master bath with Jacuzzi tub, 2 additional full baths, hot tub on an open deck, gas grill, wood burning stove, full family kitchen w/dishwasher, washer/dryer, satellite TV, DVD, large living area, separate game room with foosball & pool table. Non-smoking.

Galbreath Creek Cabins

P.O. Box 1686

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: TWhiteBC@netzero.net

Call: 877-943-8292

Phone Two: Phone: 828-488-2442

Can Accommodate: 8

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is our backyard! We are located on the park border. Hike to Deep Creek, tube, fish or picnic. Secluded environment is perfect for a Great Smokies experience! Featuring all amenities plus fireplaces and jacuzzis. For the sportsman - The Challenge - at Nantahala with big screen, pool table and stream. 3 units are pet friendly.

Campgrounds

What’s Your Style of Camping?

There are small, family run campgrounds and larger facilities too. Most have full hookups as well as tent sites. Some campgrounds have cabins and camping cabins. You can even stay in a yurt! And please don’t bring your own firewood.

Camping in the Smokies

Even though our Western North Carolina campgrounds are “away from it all,” you’ll find yourself close to all the things there are to do in the Smoky Mountains. Go for a hike, ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. But if you just want to hang out at the campground, you’re likely to find swimming pools, campfires, volleyball, tubing, even trout fishing.

Some Bryson City campgrounds are open year-round, some seasonally. And if you want to bring along the family pet, there’s a Bryson City pet-friendly campground that you both will love.

Grumpy Bear RV Park and Campground

Contact Name: Jerry Ciullo

2030 Old River Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: grumpybearcampground@gmail.com

Call: 828-788-2095

Bryson City's newest campground and RV park located on the banks of the Tuckasegee River. Featuring 20 full hook up sites, 10 spacious tent sites, and "the best bath house in the state".

Ela Campground and RV Park

5100 Ela Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@ElaCampground.com

Call: 828-488-2410

Looking for a great place to go camping in the Smoky Mountains? Whether you are traveling with a tent or motorhome, you'll love the quiet, shady Ela Campground on the Tuckaseigee River midway between Bryson City and Cherokee.

Turkey Creek Campground

PO Box 93

Almond, NC 28702

Email: info@turkeycreekcampground.com

Call: 828-488-8966

Located on Hwy. 28N, 2 miles from Junction 19&74. Large campsites, 20 amp power service. Raised tent pads. Internet access facilities. Open March through November.

Nantahala Tiny Homes and RV Park

Contact Name: Patti Jo Taylor

2079 Silvermine Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: pattijo@nthru.com

Call: 828-341-5044

Enjoy a peaceful time camping by a small flowing creek with a beautiful mountain backdrop. Located in the Nantahala Gorge, you are only minutes away from whitewater rafting and zip lining, as well as boating and fishing on Fontana Lake, and world class mountain biking at the Tsali Recreation Area.

Country Girls RV Park

Contact Name: Laura P Mitchell

1367 Hyatt Creek Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: countrygirlsrv@gmail.com

Call: 706-818-3751

Phone Two: Mobile: 828-371-7839

Conveniently located only 1/4 of a mile from the Swain County Event Center and on the bank of the Tuckaseegee River, our quiet campground offers 55 large RV sites each with a riverside deck, fire ring and picnic table, tent sites, large, clean bathhouse, and easy access to either Bryson City or Cherokee via US 19 or Hwy 74 West.

Hide Away Campground

25 Shuler Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: hideawaycampground1@frontier.com

Call: 828-488-2083

Come relax in the mountains at the Hideaway Campground. Centrally located on US Hwy 19 between Bryson City and Cherokee with 18 full hookups. We also have remote tenting, hot showers, laundry room and a pool. Wireless Internet access. Lodge can sleep group of 35.

Fort Wilderness Campground

Contact Name: Cindy Roestenberg

284 Fort Wilderness Road

Whittier, NC 28789

Email: fortwilderness@outlook.com

Call: 828-497-9331

Phone Two: Mobile: 954-205-4026

Located in Cherokee, North Carolina, our family-friendly facilities include 130 sites on ten acres in the Great Smoky Mountains. Convenient to U.S. 441, but far off the beaten path, you'll find quiet and solitude, with plenty of facilities and amenities to make your Great Smokies vacation a memorable one! Convenient and close to many activities and attractions including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, trophy fishing, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, shopping and dining, Harrah's Cherokee Casino, and more.

Smoky Mountain Meadows Campground

Contact Name: Freda Livingston

755 East Alarka Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: smokymtnmeadows@gmail.com

Call: 828-488-3672

Conveniently located between Bryson City and the Nantahala River, and Tsali Recreation Area. Quiet Mountainside Camping offering 30 and 50 amp pull through sites, group camping areas, Hammock sites, tent sites and cabins by the creek. All sites include picnic table and fire ring. Clean bath house

Tumbling Waters Campground

1612 Panther Creek Rd.

Almond, NC 28702

Email: camping@tumblingwaters.com

Call: 828-479-3814

Located on Panther Creek, 1-1/2 miles off NC 28, between Bryson City and Fontana Dam. Open March 1st to December 1st. All sites have full hookups for electric, water and sewer. Hot showers and clean restrooms available for all campers. Volleyball court, horseshoe pit, pavilion with full kitchen and coin laundry. Outdoor Trout farm. Free pole, bait and cleaning! Trout $3.00 per pound.

The Outdoor Inn Bell Tent Village

Contact Name: Michael Watson

160 Ashe Lane

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mwatson1983@yahoo.com

Call: 828-736-3944

Other Address: 264 Thomas Rd., Bryson City, NC 28713

Can Accommodate: 20

Enjoy an inviting escape and soak up the outdoors with our fully powered bell tents. Located just beside the entrance to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Deep Creek community, our campsite offers fully furnished 16 x 16 bell tents with plug ins available for all of your electronic needs. Bath house on site with separate men's and women's facilities, snack shop, and fire pits are located at each tent site.

Lost Mine Campground

1000 Silvermine Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-488-6445

Located 12.7 miles west of Bryson City. Tents, pop-ups, small trailers (under 21 feet). All wooded campsites along creek, water and electricity on some sites. Open April through October.

Cherokee KOA Resort

92 KOA Kampground Road

Cherokee, NC 28719

Email: cherokee@koa.net

Call: 828-497-9711

Phone Two: TF: 800-825-8352

Resort camping on the river. Two swimming pool, two 25 person hot tub, fantastic trout fishing, free shopping and casino shuttle to Cherokee, movies, tubing, horseback riding, weekend entertainment. 400 sites, 35 deluxe camping cabins!. Open all year!

Gorgeous Stays LLC

Contact Name: Helene Elbein

11044 Hwy 19 W

Swain County, NC 28713

Email: glamping@gorgeousstays.com

Call: 828-421-2282

Gorgeous Stays offers a unique selection of differently themed and decorated tiny homes, vacation rentals, glamping tents and campsites located in the scenic Nantahala Gorge. Envisioned by a creative mother and daughter team, Gorgeous Stays has everything you need for an unforgettable stay in the Great Smokies!

Big Bear’s RV Park

Contact Name: Brian Estes

832 Deep Creek Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: bigbearsrv@gmail.com

Call: 828-407-0509

Other Address: PO Box 1655, Bryson City, NC 28713

Located on Deep Creek, Big Bear's RV Park features creek-side sites in a quiet, relaxing, family friendly location! Large spacious sites, big rig accessible, and easy access with pull thru sites available. Full hook-ups (water, sewer, 30/50 Amp Electric, Wifi). Conveniently located approximately 1 mile from downtown Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Open year round.

P & J Campground

160 Ashe Lane

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-488-6841

Campground on Deep Creek. Full hookup, hot showers, 1 cabin with air conditioning. 10-15 camper or tent spaces.

Timberlake Campground

3270 Conleys Creek Road

Whittier, NC 28789

Email: bettyfb@dnet.net

Call: 828-497-7320

Located east of Bryson City. 150 acres, spacious campsites. Fishing, swimming, boating, hiking trail, clean restrooms, hot showers, laundry, electricity, water, disposal station. Mobile home for rent by the week. Open May through October. Two ponds on the property for swimming, floats available!

Deep Creek Tube Ctr & Campg’d

1090 West Deep Creek Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-488-6055

50 campsites nestled in the Deep Creek valley with view of the mountains and the soothing sounds of Deep Creek. Full hook-ups, 30 or 50 amp and primitive sites. 1 mile from the GSMNP. Tubing, camp store, trout fishing, volleyball, laundry, playground, and 2 clean bathhouses on site. Open April-November.

Hotels, Motels & Resorts

Mom & Pop Motels, Hotels, and Mountain Resorts in the Heart of the Smokies

We’ve been hosting Smoky Mountain visitors for generations, and we know how to do it right. We’ve got plenty of comfortable hotels, motels and resorts that can be your home base for enjoying all the mountains have to offer.

Lodging Choices

Want to rock awhile overlooking the river, catch an early train ride, or have a mountain view? How about a swim in the pool, or a game of tennis, or a relaxing day at the spa? Our hotels, motels and resorts have that much to offer and more.

Some Bryson City hotels, motels and resorts are open year-round, some seasonally. Some are handicap accessible.

And if you want to bring the family pet, there’s a Bryson City pet-friendly hotel, motel or resort that you both will love.

The Chalet Suites Boutique Hotel

Contact Name: George Ware

339 Lone Oak Drive

Whittier, NC 28789

Email: paradisefound@chaletinn.com

Call: 828-586-0251

Phone Two: TF: 800-789-8024

Escape to romance & gracious lodging at the closest boutique hotel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park main entrance and Blue Ridge Parkway. Large & economy rooms, a fireplace suite and jacuzzi suite. All with private baths & balconies/patios, A/C, robes, CD Players, free high speed WiFi. Enjoy smores at our campfire or cozying up to the fireplace in the Great Room; rates include full breakfast in the dining room, on the patio by the brook or in your suite. 22 private forested mountain acres with hiking trails.

Gear Head Inn

Contact Name: Wayne Smith

6280 Ela Road

Whittier, NC 28789

Email: reservations@gearheadinn.com

Call: 828-488-2398

Gear Head Inn, nestled in the heart of the greatest cruising in our country-a destination for the young and young at heart who love the American automobile and motorcycle. We offer large, non-smoking rooms with a king or 2 double beds, pool, wireless Internet, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker. Come visit and share your memories – and make some new ones! Biker friendly. Videos

Deep Creek Lodge/Creekside Tubing

1881 West Deep Creek Rd

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: naomi111@frontier.com

Call: 828-488-2587

One or two bedroom efficiency rooms, kitchen/dinette/living room, queen size bed, large sitting porch, beautiful view. Laundromat, ample parking for buses and groups, group rates, public showers, tube rental and game room, hiking, picnicking, trout fishing, horseback riding. Located at entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Open Mid April through Labor Day.

Chalet Suites

Contact Name: George Ware

285 Lone Oak Drive

Whittier, NC 28789

Email: paradisefound@chaletsuites.com

Call: 828-586-0251

Phone Two: TF: 800-789-8024

Self-contained suites minutes from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway and Harrah's Casino. Private entrance & balcony or patio with rockers. Each suite includes whirlpool tubs and steam showers for 2, fireplace, king bed, A/C, free Wi-Fi, AppleTV with free NetFlix, ESPN, and Internet Radio, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker. Enjoy a free full breakfast in your suite, book a spa service, or just go explore. Totally non-smoking. Handicap accessible. Our Alpine style and 22 private mountain acres with hiking trails, brook, and mountain views evoke the essence of a mountain getaway.

Rosewood Inn

265 Main Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-488-2194

Conveniently located in downtown Bryson City this hotel has it all: clean, quiet rooms - several with river view, pool, in room phones, refrigerator and microwave. Complimentary coffee in lobby. Free high speed internet. Walk to the train, library, or one of our many great restaurants. Open year round.

Everett Hotel & Bistro

16 Everett Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-488-1976

With picturesque views and easy accessibility to all of downtown Bryson City's fine dining and eclectic boutiques, this newly renovated historic treasure will help you unwind during your visit. Relax and enjoy a fine dining experience in our renovated Bistro. Take a virtual tour

Fontana Village Resort

300 Woods Rd

Fontana Dam, NC 28733

Email: fontana@fontanavillage.com

Call: 828-498-2211

Phone Two: TF: 800-849-2258

Phone Three: Fax: 828-498-2209

Fontana Village Resort, a year round destination resort, is set amidst the pristine beauty of the Nantahala Forest of western North Carolina, gateway to the Great Smoky mountains National Park. The area's breathtaking mountain vistas and panoramic views from Fontana & Cheoah Lakes provide memories to last a lifetime. The resort offers a variety of accommodations including the Lodge at Fontana Village, cabins in the forest and camping on the shores of Cheoah Lake. There is a full schedule of outdoor adventure and entertainment throughout all four seasons of the year.

Baymont Inn

1455 Acquoni Road, P.O. Box 1865

Cherokee, NC 28719

Email: info@baymontcherokee.com

Call: 828-497-2102

Phone Two: TF: 877-BAYMONT

Come and experience fine southern hospitality at Baymont Inn-Cherokee! Our friendly staff lays out a delicious continental breakfast every morning. Our rooms are clean and comfy and come with such amenities as a microwave & refrigerator, pillow-top matresses, coffeemaker, iron/board, free Wi-Fi and lots more. Located on Acquoni Road just a mile from downtown and just a short drive from Harrah's Casino. Shuttle service is available to the casino.

Smoky Mountain Country Club Vacation Rentals

1112 Conleys Creek Road

Whittier, NC 28789

Email: cornblum@dnet.net

Call: 800-474-0070

Can Accommodate: 8

Our spacious, magnificently appointed condominiums are the finest accommodations you will find at any resort or country club in western North Carolina. As a guest at our resort, you will stay in one of our luxurious two-bedroom condominiums. Each condominium, which can sleep up to six people, contains the following for your comfort and enjoyment: Two bedrooms, two bath, full kitchen, dining area, living room with gas fireplace, washer & dryer, large view deck with barbecue.

Riverbend Lodging

Contact Name: Rod and Melissa Barfield

470 Hwy 19 S

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: riverbendlodgingbc@yahoo.com

Call: 828-488-9476

Phone Two: TF: 877-272-3125

Scenic riverfront location, fishing dock, just outside downtown Bryson City, convenient to all area attractions. New rooms range from small queen-bedded rooms to large doubles, and kings, all with refrigerators, microwaves, and in-room coffee. We also have one cottage and one wood cabin. Open April thru December. Wi-Fi available.

Relax Inn

Contact Name: Mike Patel

40 Highway 19 South

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: relaxinnbc@hotmail.com

Call: 828-488-2127

Phone Two: Fax: 828-488-2128

Downtown motel with reasonable rates is within walking distance to Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, restaurants and shops. Eighteen rooms with cable TV and phone. Business center with free high-speed internet access. Take a virtual tour.

Chestnut Tree Inn

Contact Name: Stephanie Alvarez

37 Tsalagi Road

Cherokee, NC 28719

Email: sales@hicherokeenc.com

Call: 828-497-9181

Phone Two: Fax: 828-497-5973

Located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, this 154 room property features guest rooms with 2 double beds or 1 king bed with complimentary hot breakfast. Large indoor heated pool/outdoor seasonal pool, free wifi, free parking, Cable TV with free HBO, gift shop, art gallery and guest laundry facilities. Located just 1 ½ miles from Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Close to all area attractions and Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Restaurant open with seasonal hours. Catering and meeting space available.

Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Resort

17548 Tapoco Rd. (US 129)

Tapoco, NC 28771

Email: brad@dealsgap.com

Call: 800-889-5550

Phone Two: Local: 828-498-2231

Phone Three: Fax: 828-498-2250

The home of the world famous road known as The Dragon. A full service motorcycle resort with a gas station, 50 seat bikers' restaurant, motel and general store with Dragon souvenirs. US 129 & NC 28.

Sleep Inn

500 Veterans Blvd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 866-939-0998

Phone Two: Phone: 828-488-0326

Newly remodeled 50-room CHOICE franchise hotel in Bryson City. Free continental breakfast, free local calls, free weekday newspaper, seasonal outdoor pool, free high speed wireless access, free coffee and tea 24 hours, business center. Open year round.

Lloyd’s on the River

Contact Name: Rock Patel

5370 Ela Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: lloydsontheriver@gmail.com

Call: 888-611-6872

Phone Two: 828-488-3767

Lloyd’s on the River Country Inn is nestled in a beautiful, quiet riverfront setting, just five miles from Bryson City and Cherokee, on US Highway 19. Our location provides easy access to the area's dining, shopping, and attractions including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, whitewater rafting, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and more!

Lakeview at Fontana Mountain Inn & Spa

171 Lakeview Lodge Dr

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@lakeviewnc.com

Call: 828-488-3727

Phone Two: TF: 800-742-6492

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-4569

Lakeview at Fontana evokes a quaint Mediterranean ambiance; complete with charming courtyard, yoga studio and spa. This adults-only, mountain inn and spa is secluded, affordable, and low-key. With only 15 suites, occupancy is kept to a cozy minimum. Enjoy the pool, treetop soaking cabana, wine each evening, and continental breakfast. Enjoy spectacular views of Fontana Lake and the Smoky Mountains.

Mountaineer Motel

2472 US Highway 441N

Whittier, NC 28789

Call: 828-497-2453

Open April through October. 8 units, phones in the rooms. 1 kitchenette, pool

Gracey Manor

270 Main Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: stay@graceymanormotel.com

Call: 828-488-2483

Phone Two: Mobile: 828-488-6298

Phone Three: Mobile: 864-640-9321

Fourteen attractive rooms with modern furnishings and wi-fi. Well landscaped grounds graced by picturesque dogwoods and towering evergreens. Pool. Seasonal heat or air-conditioning. Color cable tv with remotes. Non-smoking rooms available. Just a short walk to the Great Smoky Mountains Railway, restaurants and shops. Within minutes of golfing, tubing, rafting, Cherokee Indian Reservation and Casino, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Open April thru October. Limited operation in November.

Calhoun House Inn & Suites

Contact Name: Ed and Shirley Ciociola

110 Bryson Avenue

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: ed@CalhounHouse.com

Call: 828-788-0505

Historic Inn features spacious 4-room suites with private entrances, private baths with Jacuzzi tubs, fully equipped kitchens, pillow top mattresses, long range mountain views, two blocks from downtown Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad depot. Two miles from the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Continental breakfast provided in room. Free Wi-Fi. Modern amenities like central air & heat, natural gas fireplaces and everything you need for a comfortable stay, this place feels 'just like home'. Take a virtual tour

Falling Waters Adventure Resort

10345 Hwy. 19S

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@fallingwatersresort.com

Call: 800-451-9972

Phone Two: Phone: 828-488-2384

Can Accommodate: 44

Falling Waters has two options for two distinct types of travelers. The Group Lodge is an economical, convenient option for up to 44 people. Bunk bed sleeping in six rooms each with a shower, toilet and vanity. Rental kitchen available. The Yurt Village has 8 Yurt Cabins that sleep up to 4, includes small refrigerators, coffee makers, shared but private bathrooms, a hot tub for Yurt guests. On site of the Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours. Non-smoking, No Pets.

Two Rivers Lodge & Cabins

Contact Name: Kathy Shobe

5280 Ela Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: tworiverslodgenc@gmail.com

Call: 828-488-2284

Phone Two: Phone: 828-538-1431

Can Accommodate: 6

Enjoy a beautiful and quiet country setting with the unique attraction of the merging of the Oconaluftee and Tuckaseigee Rivers on our grounds. Central to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the many other local attractions and activities in the region. Cabins have full access to all Lodge amenities, including the swimming pool and river-side park.

Microtel Inn & Suites

Contact Name: Andy Bhakta

82 Songbird Forest Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: microtelbrysoncitync@gmail.com

Call: 828-488-7900

Phone Two: TF: 800-771-7171

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-6986

Great service and great views from our location! Free High Speed Wireless Internet Access and complimentary continental breakfast. Suite amenities include coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator. Handicap accessible. Minutes away from all of your outdoor adventure. Special package offers through the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

Freeman’s Motel & Cottages

1900 Hwy. 28 North

Almond, NC 28702

Email: info@freemansmotel.com

Call: 828-488-2737

Can Accommodate: 10

Reasonably priced accommodations in quiet, rustic surroundings. Located near Fontana Lake and the Tsali recreational area. Grills, picnic tables, playing field for group games, walking trails, and coin operated laundry. Seven completely furnished cabins, each with a fully-equipped kitchen, heat and air conditioning, TV, covered porch and fireplace. Open year round.

Vacation rentals Agencies

Enjoy Your Getaway in a Private Home, Cabin or Condominium

The companies on this page manage a variety of vacation rentals in the Bryson City area. One will be perfect for your Smoky Mountains getaway.

One-of-a-Kind Rentals

Each of these properties reflects the individual decorating and furnishing styles of the owners. And when the owners are not using them, these homes are available as enjoyable, Smoky Mountain vacation rentals.

Some rentals are open year-round, some seasonally. Some are handicap accessible.

And if you want to bring the family pet, there’s a Bryson City pet-friendly vacation rental that you both will love.

Great Smokys Cabin Rentals

PO Box 2731

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rentals@gscrnc.com

Call: 800-655-9771

Phone Two: Phone: 828-488-4630

Phone Three: Phone: 877-755-4408

Other Address: Address: 1181 Main Street, Bryson City, NC, 28713

Can Accommodate: 40

We’ll help you find your perfect mountain getaway – whether it’s mountain top, creek front, a romantic weekend, family adventure, or group reunion. TripAdvisor.com has awarded us “Excellent” because of guest reviews and considers us a Top Rental Manager. Online Booking 24-7. Check in as late as you need directly at the cabin.

Stay in the Smoky Mountains Vacation Rentals

Contact Name: Nate Logan

234 Welch Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@stayinthesmokymts.com

Call: 828-788-2737

Can Accommodate: 12

We invite you to come Stay in the Smoky Mountains with us. With locations in and around Cherokee and Bryson City, cabins with great mountain views, on the creek or even downtown options we have something for everyone. Take a look at our website and give us a call, we will happy to help you plan your trip. Recently named AirBnb Superhost!

Smoky Mountain Cabins

Contact Name: Tim Goodwin

162 Everett St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: office@watershedcabins.com

Call: 828-477-4038

Other Address: Mailing: P.O. Box 980, Bryson City, Nc, 28713

Can Accommodate: 8

Smoky Mountain cabins offers fully equipped Western North Carolina Cabin Rentals just outside of the cool and pristine Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With your choice of Hot Tubs, Pet-Friendly, Secluded, Riverside, Lakeview, and Motorcycle-Accessible Cabins, you will find many Mountain Vacation Deals on our website.

Lands Creek Log Cabins

Contact Name: Robin Fronrath

3336 Balltown Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: robin@landscreek.com

Call: 888-346-9793

Phone Two: Local: 828-488-9793

Can Accommodate: 99

A genuinely unique mountain experience featuring 19 cabins in a variety of creek-side and ridge top settings. Individual cabins accommodate 2-14 people, entire property accommodates 125. Relax and enjoy the serenity of 80 private acres bordering the Great Smoky Mountain National Park with on-site fishing and hiking trails. Family owned and operated. Free WiFi. Ranked #1 on Trip Advisor.

Smoky Mountain Getaways

5184 Hwy 74W

Whittier, NC 28789

Email: info@smokymtngetaways.net

Call: 828-586-8058

Phone Two: Fax: 828-586-2340

Recognized as one of Western North Carolina’s leading vacation rental companies, Smoky Mountain Getaways offers more than 60 rentals to help make your vacation unforgettable. Featuring views, river frontage, hot tubs, wi-fi, pool tables and much more! Our cabins don’t cost more… they just feel like it!

Yellow Rose Realty and Vacation Rentals

Contact Name: Johnny and Dena Ensley

203 Slope St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rentals@yellowroserealty.com

Call: 828-488-2797

Phone Two: TF: 800-528-0760

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-9855

Other Address: Mailing: PO Box 326, Bryson City, NC, 28713

Can Accommodate: 12

Your vacation is a simple click away with our 24-7 online reservation system. Make your vacation planning quick, easy, and hassle free by using our new guest services program – from stocked pantries to discount attraction tickets. Internet access available in some cabins and at our office. Locally owned and operated-serving our area since 1995.

Bryson City Cabin Rentals

Contact Name: Nancy Ruais

264-4 Highway 19 South

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@brysoncitycabinrentals.com

Call: 888-483-3630

Phone Two: Mobile: 828-736-9929

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-4444

Can Accommodate: 8

Over 50 cabins to choose from: one, two, three and four bedrooms available. Several are on a rushing trout stream; one has a swimming pool; many have mountain views; all are fully furnished including TV, fireplace and BBQ grill. Most are pet friendly, motorcycle accessible, and have hot tubs. Can accommodate groups.

Hidden Creek Cabins

264-4 Highway 19 South

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: hiddencreekcabins@yahoo.com

Call: 888-333-5881

Phone Two: Local: 828-488-5626

Other Address: Mailing: PO Box 973, Bryson City, NC, 28713

Can Accommodate: 52

Several Cabins are located in a hidden cove, completely secluded, but minutes from town and 1/2 mile to the park. One, two, three and four bedroom cabins available, all on a creek with trout fishing, all have fireplaces and hot tubs. AC/Heat, ceiling fans, fully furnished, barbeque grills, TV, pets allowed. Open all year. Can accommodate groups of up to 100. Internet access available.

NC Mountains Realty

Contact Name: Kathleen Ford

451 Hwy, 19 S. Suite A

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: kathleen@ncmountains.net

Call: 828-331-0770

We are a small family owned and operated Company, dedicated to making sure your Vacation is Special and Memorable. All 12 of our carefully selected cabins offer: Sparkling Hot Tubs, WiFi, Peaceful Enjoyment, and either Mountain Views, or a Pristine Creek Setting. Many are Pet Friendly. Making the most of Your Mountain Time! Online Booking available 24/7

Rustic Rest, LLC

Contact Name: Brian Whitener

23 Bennett St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: brian@rusticrest.com

Call: 828-513-0767

Vacation Rentals and retreat lodge for families and groups. We provide a unique experience for our guests and a partnership to provide respite for those who are in need.

Whispering Pines Deluxe Rentals

Contact Name: Crystal Enloe

4825 Hwy 19 West

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: WPDRentals@aol.com

Call: 866-767-0888

Can Accommodate: 10

Whispering Pines Deluxe Rentals is a small rental agency that is dedicated to providing a traditional, friendly and personalized approach to finding your family the perfect cabin and helping you plan an unforgettable trip to the Smoky Mountains. Our cabins are located near Bryson City, Almond and Cherokee.

Carolina Mountain Vacations

Contact Name: Dian or Dora

40 Greenlee Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@carolinamountainvacations.com

Call: 828-488-7500

Phone Two: TF: 877-488-8500

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-7533

Other Address: Mailing: PO Box 2505, Bryson City, NC, 28713

Can Accommodate: 26

67 rental cabins from 1 – 5 bedrooms, many pet-friendly, and several with easy motorcycle access. Scattered in the mountains around Bryson City, all cabins are fully furnished, and offer everything you need for your romantic getaway, family vacation, or reunion.

Watershed Cabins

162 Everett Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: reserve@watershedcabins.com

Phone Two: Office: 828-341-1326

Can Accommodate: 16

Completely furnished luxury log cabins and cottages with hot tubs, fireplaces, outdoor fire pits, granite or corian countertops, designer linens, Bose stereo systems, VCR/DVD, game rooms, etc. Long range panoramic views - some lake views. Close to Nantahala River, Tsali Recreation Area, Bryson City and other attractions.

Special Events

Arts & Crafts Studio Tour

SAWMILL CREEK POTTERY

Hand made pottery for the artful table. Functional, beautiful and inspired by the beauty of Western North Carolina. Watch artisans at work. Website

80 Hwy 28 South

Bryson City, NC 28713

828-788-2151

STECOAH ARTISANS GALLERY

Wide variety of traditional and contemporary art and craft: paintings, pottery, weaving, wood, glass, photographs, jewelry and more. Website

In the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center

121 Schoolhouse Rd (Off Hwy 28)

Stecoah, NC 28771

828-479-3364

YELLOW BRANCH POTTERY & CHEESE

Hand-thrown functional stoneware pottery and Yellow Branch Farmstead Cheeses. Tour the working pottery studio and sample locally made cheeses.

1073 Old Yellow Branch Rd (Off Hwy 28)

Stecoah, NC 28771

828-479-1042

Robbinsville

Taylor’s Greenhouse

Wehrloom Honey & Essentials

Junk ‘n’ Style

Hunting Boy Wood Carving

Arts and crafts on the tour include native crafts, chain saw art, honeys, candles, skin care products, container gardens, vegetable & bedding plants, herbs, pottery, cheese, basketry on dyed gourds, watercolors and other mediums, photography, handmade baskets, jewelry, soap and metal work.

Bryson City, North Carolina’s Hometown Fourth of July Celebration

Come join us for an old-fashioned street festival in charming downtown Bryson City.

Our annual Fourth of July celebration begins with the Rotary Club Firecracker 5K; and then continues with 60+ local artisans and crafters with only handmade items, festival foods; and fun events including a five-station bungee trampoline and a Kids Zone where you’ll find a multiple bouncy houses, a watermelon contest & more; and an evening of incredible, local entertainment.

Chosen one of 9 small towns that go all out for the Fourth of July! USA Today

Even Fido is not forgotten – enter your best friend in the “Strut Your Mutt” event at Riverfront Park that awards ribbons for categories such as “Best Tail Wag” and “Looks Most Like Owner”.

Enjoy a paddleboard or kayak rental from Bryson City Outdoors and float on the Tuckasegee River that flows through town.

As the day wanes and the final band exits the stage, listen to The Star Spangled Banner as you view one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in the Smokies!

For more information about Freedom Fest call 828-488-3681 or toll-free 800-867-9246, or by email

Freedom Fest Schedule of Events

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Rotary International Firecracker 5K Run

Swain County Administration Building (Mitchell St.)

Sign up and learn more

7:00 am: Walk-up registration & packet pickup

8:00 am: Race begins

Everett Street

10 am – 6 pm: Craft vendors. 10 am – fireworks: Food vendors.

10 am – 6 pm: 5-station bungee trampoline station. $5 per 5 minute jump session.

6:00 pm: Rock and roll or bluegrass band TBA – check back soon!

8:00 pm: The Mountain Faith Band – Americana / Roots Band, semifinalist on America’s Got Talent, Momentum Vocalist of the Year, IBMA

9:55 pm: Singing of the National Anthem

10:00 pm: Best Fireworks Show in the Smokies!

Riverfront Park on Mitchell Street

10:30 am: “Strut Your Mutt” Pet Show / Contest

1:00 pm: Watermelon Eating Contest

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Kidz Zone multiple bounce houses. $5 wrist band for all-day play. Concessions available.

Events & Festivals

Events shown are 2018. Check back for 2019.

Events are in Bryson City/Swain County unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change. For detailed information, visit event websites.

Daily ranger led programs in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (October). 828-497-1904.

Farmers Market– Every Friday morning May thru October, 9 am – 1 pm on Island Street in Bryson City.

September 20 – October 31- Fall Events at Darnell Farm: Sunflower Maze (opens early October) & Pumpkin Patch daily (open now). Hayrides, Thursday – Sunday. Haunted Trail the week of Halloween.

September 22 – “Uncorked” event train food with wine pairings. All adult-first class car.

September 22 – Swain County Agricultural Fair. Swain County Event Park, 10 am – 10 pm. Demos, crafts, food, live music and judging of vegetables, eggs, flowers & animals.

September 22 – Octoberfest at Nantahala Brewing. Traditional German dishes and fun family games.

September 29 – Mountain Heritage Day at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee.

September 28-30 – Guest Appreciation Festival at Nantahala Outdoor Center.

October: Fridays thru Sundays – Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express Train Event. Ride to pumpkin patch, meet Peanuts charactures, enjoy activities and music, pick your own pumpkin.

October: Fridays & Saturdays – Spooky Tales at the Storytelling Center. 8 pm, around the fire pit in the train depot area.

October: Fridays & Saturdays – Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling, 5-7 pm. Islands Park in Cherokee.

October 2-6 – Cherokee Indian Fair

October 5-14 – Smoky Mountain Arts Festival under the big tent at the train depot.

October 6 – ColorFest arts and crafts show, Dillsboro.

October 6 & 20 – Old-time music jam at Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 1-3 pm. (Cherokee)

October 6-7 – Fall Festival at John C. Campbell Folk School, Hayesville.

October 13 – Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Festival. 9 am – 5 pm at the Warehouse at Nantahala Brewing.

October 13-14 & 20-21 – The Inspirations Fall Color Gospel Festival, 2 pm daily. Swain County Event Park.

October 19-20 Cruise the Smokies Fall Rod Run, Cherokee, 9 am – 5 pm.

October 19-20 – Stecoah Harvest Festival, crafts, food, music and country fair, Stecoah.

October 20 – Southeastern Downriver Championship. 8 mile course on the Nantahala River.

October 24 – November 10 – Oconaluftee Indian Village open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm. Tour the authentic working village with dwellings, residents and artisans right out of the 1760’s.

October 26-27 – Witch’s Brew Release & Halloween Party, Nantahala Brewing Co. Live music.

October 26-31- Fear Farm at Darnell Farms: Starting at dusk (8+years and up recommended). $10 per person. Hayride and trail experience through the spooky fields of our already mysterious farm. Tales and origins of missing mountain folk originating right from this area. Also Pumpkin Patch daily and large field of sunflowers. Hayrides, Thursday – Sunday.

October 27 – NOCtoberFest Great Pumpkin Pursuit, games and music on the Nantahala River.

October 31 – Downtown Trick or Treat. 4 – 7 pm safe trick or treating with merchants on Everett Street in Downtown Bryson City (street is closed to vehicles).

October 31 – November – Beer Tastin’ at the Station. On all Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Tuckasegee River Excursions. At the Dillsboro layover you’ll visit a reserved seating area at Innovation Brewing and sample 4 of their beers with food samplers from Foragers Canteen.

November 3 – WNC Pottery Festival, Dillsboro. Potters from all over the country demonstrating and selling their beautiful and functional pottery.

November 3 – “Uncorked” event train food with wine pairings. All adult-first class car.

November 3-4 – Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament, Cherokee.

November 10 – Heritage Arts Festival, 10 am – 4 pm. SW Community College/Swain Center.

Special Train Rides

Leave the driving to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad on the special “Leaf-Looker” excursions to the Nantahala Gorge. Daily. (Named one of the 10 Top Fall Foliage Trains by Travel and Leisure)

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express – Friday-Sunday in October. Enjoy the ride, play games, pick out your own pumpkin & meet Charlie Brown, Lucy & Snoopy.

‘Shine & Dine’ all adult first class moonshine car featuring Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon Spirits. Nantahala River excursions.

A Travel Writer Recommends…

Read Paul Anderson’s excellent article about getting the most out of your Fall getaway to the Smokies — Experience a Colorful Fall in Bryson City & the Great Smoky Mountains

More Ways to Enjoy Autumn

Biking trails – ride through a canopy of color

Easy hikes to waterfalls in the area

Soar above the trees on a zip line

Scenic drives on the Blue Ridge Parkway or through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or on “The Dragon.”

Listen to The Bugle of the Smokies Elk

Hearing a bull elk’s bugling during the fall rutting season is a memorable experience… that comes with a caution. While the animals are not frightened by humans, they are wild and potentially dangerous, particularly during mating season when the males are aggressively guarding their harems. Observers should stay at least 50 yards away and use binoculars or telephoto lens for a closer view.

Where to view elk. For years following the herd’s 2001 reintroduction into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, elk watching meant driving deep into the Cataloochee area of the park, about 1.5 hours from Bryson City. But these days, you’re just as likely to see elk grazing in the fields next to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Cherokee, or in the lowland fields along US 441 in the National Park, or in the Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center just north of park visitor center.

Celebrating The Rich Fly Fishing Heritage of Western North Carolina in Downtown Bryson City

Saturday, October 12, 2019 • 9am – 5pm • The Warehouse

Don’t miss this annual festival. See the latest product lines in vendor gear, meet fishing guides and fly tiers, watch casting demos and enjoy the Delayed Harvest waters on the Tuckasegee River at this annual festival. Located at The Warehouse at Nantahala Brewing (116 Ramseur St.), with live music and food.

• Rod demos

• Fly tying

• Local flies

• Apparel and accessories

• Casting clinic with Fly Fishers International

For more information contact the Tuckaseegee Fly Shop at 828-488-3333 or email tuckriverclub@gmail.com.

Special thanks to the Swain County Chamber of Commerce, the Swain County Tourism Authority, the Town of Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

2018 Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Festival Vendors

Check back for 2019 vendors

Tuckaseegee Fly Shop – Event coordinator/sponsor

Simms – 2019 product lines for fishing apparel and accessories

Umpqua Feather Merchants – 2019 product lines for fishing packs, flies, stream side accessories, and fly tying materials

Scott Fly Rods – 2019 product lines for fly rod manufacturer (made in USA)

Sage Fly Rods – 2019 product lines for fly rod manufacturer (made in USA)

Hatch Reels – 2019 product lines

Waterworks Lamson Reels – 2019 product lines

Nautilus Fly Reels – 2019 product lines

Rio Fly Lines – 2019 product lines

FishPond – 2019 product lines

Redington – 2019 product lines

Echo Fly Rods – Fly rod manufacturer

Raven’s Fork Rods – Custom fly fishing rods by Jim Mills

James Conner – Local fly tier (ties for Tuckaseegee Fly Shop)

Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians – Fly fishing museum located in Bryson City, NC

Blue Chip Fly Fishing – Guided fly fishing trips with Eddie Hudon

Brady’s Nets – Custom handmade wooden nets

Tuckaseegee Trout Unlimited Chapter

Casting Carolinas – Non-profit benefits women with all types of cancer

Appalachian Furled Leader Co. – Furled fishing leader maker (made in NC)

Phil Watford Art – Fresh and saltwater art of fish and environment

Tommy Thomas – Custom rod maker

Bryson City May be a Small Town, but We Celebrate Holidays in a Big Way!

The streets are decorated with holiday lights and garlands; and our shops offer plenty of gifts and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, as well as tasty foods and wines. Our 50-foot Christmas tree on the town square is just across the street from the Visitor Center, where you’ll find cookies and hot cocoa and everything your children need to write letters to Santa. Scroll down for all events.

All Aboard the Polar Express!™ Sing some Christmas carols, and enjoy warm cocoa and a treat, while listening to this magical children’s story. Santa is waiting at the North Pole, where he’ll board the train, greeting each child, giving them their own silver sleigh bell. (1-1/4 hour round trip). Don’t forget to wear your pajamas! November 8 – December 31. More info

Take time for a visit with the old Appalachian Toymaker, located in the Storytelling Center across the parking lot from the train depot. Watch the toymaker create handcrafted wooden toys and listen to a holiday story or two.

For a great family experience, visit the Ted Craig Farm in Alarka for a choose and cut Frasier Fir. Precut trees, live trees and wreaths available. More information and directions. Of course precut trees are available in town at several locations. We can beat big city prices with our locally grown trees.

During the November – December Polar Express season, expect wait times at restaurants. Reservations, where accepted, are recommended.

2019 Event Dates

etters to Santa, Cookies & Cocoa, November 8 – December 15

Available every day. Write your letter to Santa and mail it at the Swain County Visitor Center. All materials provided. Cookies and cocoa served in the lobby all day.

Polar Express Train Event, November 8 – December 31

All Aboard the Polar Express! The 1-1/4 hour round trip excursion takes riders to the North Pole to pick up Santa, who visits with each child on the train and presents them with the silver sleigh bell. Enjoy singing, warm cocoa and a treat. Steam train on December 31. Schedules vary by the day. More info

Santa at the Museum, November 23 & 30, and December 7

4 – 7 pm. Santa will be available to visit with children on the porch of the cabin located in the Swain County Heritage Museum. Bring your camera or cell phone to commemorate this fun event. Cookies and cocoa served in the lobby.

Saturday, November 2

10:30 am. “Uncorked” Wine and Train Event. Full service all-adult first class ride on the Tuckasegee River Excursion, pairing four wines with a meal. Age 21 and over only. Learn more

Saturdays, November 16 & December 21

1 – 3 pm. Back Porch Old Time Music Jam at Oconaluftee visitor Center, Cherokee. Stick around after the music and you might just spot some elk on the grounds. 828-497-1904.

Saturday, November 16

Turkey Strut 5K Walk/Run in Cherokee. 10:30 am registration. Race starts at noon. Race begins and ends at the Kituwah Mound. Learn more

Mid-November thru December

Evening Hayrides at Darnell Farms. Thursdays – Sundays from 6:30 – 10:30 pm. $8 per person (2 and under free). Meet Santa Claus and his elves as they work in Santa’s barn. Other activities and items for sale include: Paint your own Christmas ornaments and other crafts. Choose from locally grown Christmas trees and wreaths. Enjoy hot chocolate, Christmas-themed ice cream whips, coffee and hot ciders, fresh citrus, Christmas candy, and fruit baskets. US 19 East of Bryson City, on the Tuckasegee River. Facebook

Friday, November 29

Green Day Fundraiser. Join Wildwater for the 5th Annual Green Friday at their adult and kidzip Zipline Canopy Tours location in the Nantahala River Gorge. Half the proceeds go to local environmental groups, helping to plant trees and improve green spaces in our community. Learn more

Friday & Saturday, November 29-30

You’re invited to visit local artists’ studios and galleries during the Annual Stecoah Arts & Crafts Drive-About Tour. Find that one-of-a-kind holiday gift made by a local artisan in Bryson City and Robbinsville/Stecoah. Free self-guided tour. More info and directions.

Saturday, November 30

Shop Local Saturday! Bryson City is a great town to shop at small businesses. You’ll find unique crafts, trendy clothing, souvenirs, furniture, antiques, bakeries and more. And a surprising variety of restaurants for a small town.

6 – 8 pm. Spirit of Christmas. Join friends and neighbors for caroling at the lighting of the 50-foot-tall town Christmas tree at the corner of Main and Everett. Afterwards come inside the Visitor Center for hot cocoa and cookies, letter writing to Santa, and a visit with St. Nick himself! In the true Spirit of Christmas bring a canned good to donate to the food pantry or a new unwrapped gift for for the local toy drive!

Saturday, December 7

8 – 10 am. Breakfast with Santa. At the Rescue Squad Building at 111 Bryson Walk (Behind the Everett Street Dollar General.) $5 pancake breakfast. Bring your own camera for photos with Santa. 828-488-3681 or 800-867-9246.

Beginning at 9 am. Annual Cookie Walk & Christmas Bazaar. Fellowship Hall, Bryson City United Methodist Church. 76 Main Street.

2 pm. “The Biggest Little Christmas Parade in the Smokies” takes to the streets. This annual parade features floats, fire trucks, bands, classic cars, beauty queens and more …and of course, Santa!

Saturday, December 21

10 am – 2 pm — Holiday Homecoming. Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas celebration in the Smokies with traditional music, holiday crafts, and cider and cookies! Oconaluftee Visitor Center & Mountain Farm in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee. Music Jam, 1-3 pm. More info

More events just a short drive away

Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Various Christmas programs. More info

November 30. Folk School Fireside Sale. Shop for holiday gifts made by local and regional artists. 800-365-5724. More info

December 6, 7, 13, 14. Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries 2,500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios, carolers, holiday treats, live music and a visit with Santa. More info

December 7. Christmas in the Mountains Indoor Arts & Crafts Show & Sale at the Stecoah Valley Center. 9 am – 2 pm. More info

Come enjoy our crisp, mountain air and breathe in some holiday spirit!

July 4 Freedom Fest

Bryson City, North Carolina’s Hometown Fourth of July Celebration

Come join us for an old-fashioned street festival in charming downtown Bryson City.

Our annual Fourth of July celebration begins with the Rotary Club Firecracker 5K; and then continues with 60+ local artisans and crafters with only handmade items, festival foods; and fun events including a five-station bungee trampoline and a Kids Zone where you’ll find multiple bouncy houses, a watermelon eating contest & more; not to mention an evening of incredible, local entertainment.

Chosen one of 9 small towns that go all out for the Fourth of July! USA Today

Even Fido is not forgotten – enter your best friend in the “Strut Your Mutt” event at Riverfront Park that awards ribbons for categories such as “Best Tail Wag” and “Looks Most Like Owner”.

Enjoy a paddleboard or kayak rental from Bryson City Outdoors and float on the Tuckasegee River that flows through town.

As the day wanes and the final band exits the stage, listen to The Star Spangled Banner as you view one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in the Smokies!

For more information about Freedom Fest call 828-488-3681 or toll-free 800-867-9246, or by email

Freedom Fest Schedule of Events

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Rotary International Firecracker 5K Run

Swain County Administration Building (Mitchell St.)

Sign up and learn more

7:00 am: Walk-up registration & packet pickup

8:00 am: Race begins

Everett Street

10 am – 6 pm: Craft vendors. 10 am – fireworks: Food vendors.

10 am – 6 pm: 5-station bungee trampoline. $5 per 5 minute jump session.

6:00 pm: Rock and roll or bluegrass band TBA – check back soon!

8:00 pm: The Mountain Faith Band – Americana / Roots Band, semifinalist on America’s Got Talent, Momentum Vocalist of the Year, IBMA

9:55 pm: Singing of the National Anthem

10:00 pm: Best Fireworks Show in the Smokies!

Riverfront Park on Mitchell Street

11:00 am: “Strut Your Mutt” Pet Show / Contest

1:00 pm: Watermelon Eating Contest

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Kidz Zone multiple bounce houses. $5 wrist band for all-day play. Concessions available.

Things to Do

water rafting

The Smoky Mountains Playground

Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine said it best – “With the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and world-class whitewater at its doorstep, Bryson City is the perfect base camp for big adventure. The Tuck flows right through town, and the Appalachian Trail, Nantahala River, Fontana Lake and Tsali singletrack are just a stone’s throw away.”

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 info

Lots of special events info

Spectacular mountain views info

Whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River info

Mountain biking at Tsali info

Boating and fishing on Lake Fontana info

Legendary trout streams info

Cherokee Indian Reservation info

The Blue Ridge Parkway info

Curvy roads at the Deal’s Gap “Dragon” info

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad info

Crystal waterfalls info

Hiking trails info

Great restaurants info

Wineries & breweries info

Craft Brews & Wines

BEER

Western North Carolina has developed quite a reputation for its craft beers. And it’s not just Asheville that folks are talking about. Tourists and locals alike are enjoying the unique tastes of craft beers from breweries in Bryson City. Micro-brews are the hottest segment of the beer market and you can enjoy locally-crafted beer from these local breweries in many restaurants in the area.

WINE

In the early 20th century, North Carolina was the leading wine-producing region in the nation. Prohibition shifted the focus from the patient production of wine to the faster, more lucrative production of moonshine. Today wineries are flourishing again all across North Carolina.

Tsali Cycles Craft Beer On Tap

Contact Name: Chris Royce

35 Slope Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: tsalicycles@yahoo.com

Call: 828-488-9010

Other Address: Address: PO Box 1424, Bryson City, NC, 28713

Stop by Tsali Cycles and you'll get more than just a bike rental, repair or first-hand trail information. We've got six craft beers on tap with a good variety from IPAs to pilsners to stouts — all from our Asheville to Andrews neighborhood. Beer tastes great after a ride or one of our Tsali Yoga and Spin classes. Enjoy food from home or a local restaurant. Open from 10 am - 5 pm, Monday - Saturday.

Mountain Layers Brewing Company

Contact Name: Mark Pettit

90 Everett St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mark@mtnlayersbeer.com

Call: 828-538-0115

Other Address: Address: P.O. Box 126, Almond, NC, 28702

Located in the center of downtown Bryson City, the brewery has indoor seating as well as outdoor seating on a covered rooftop terrace with a beautiful view of the Tuckasegee River and the mountains surrounding the town. The brewery currently has a number of beers on tap, a hard cider on tap, and a variety of wines, sodas, tea, and coffee. Several local restaurants offer food delivery to your table. Pet friendly outside seating in patio area.

Bryson City Outdoors Craft Beer Department

Contact Name: Ben King or Brett Hackshaw

169 Main Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@brysoncityoutdoors.com

Call: 828-342-6444

Now a Taproom & Bottle Shop! Enjoy a craft beer or cider from one of our 10 rotating taps, or choose from a selection of 70+ cold bottles and cans. Grab a beer and shop for gear or just enjoy the cozy taproom atmosphere. Bring your lunch or dinner from anywhere in town and enjoy it at the bar or on our front patio. Throughout the year there will be food trucks nearby too! And, yes, we still have an awesome selection of over 200 beers/ciders to go. Pet friendly inside and outside seating.

Carolina Bound Adventures Craft Brews Tours

Contact Name: Mark Van Osdal

35 Slope Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mark@carolinaboundadventures.com

Call: 828-569-6699

Our Breweries or Wineries Tours will give you the best of the Western NC area with a designated driver. Tours start and end in Bryson City and accommodates up to 6 people. Consider us your “Brew-ber Driver”!

Deep Creek Winery

Contact Name: Robert Acton

405 Jonathan Walk

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: Deepcreekwinery@gmail.com

Call: 828-506-0133

Other Address: Mailing: 380 Jonathan Walk, Bryson City, NC, 28713

We are a family owned winery that handcrafts wine in small batches to ensure the aroma and flavor for the best wine. Wine is available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Tours and tastings available on request. Located off Galbraiths Creek. We are open Wednesday thru Saturday 3-7pm. Pet friendly outside seating.

Nantahala Brewing Company, Inc.

Contact Name: Joe Rowland

61 Depot Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: joe@nantahalabrewing.com

Call: 828-488-2337

Nantahala Brewing artfully brews award-winning, unfiltered ales made with fresh hops, whole grains and clean, crisp Great Smoky Mountain water, from one of the purest, protected watersheds on the planet. Located just across from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in downtown Bryson City. Pet friendly outside seating.

Gem Mines

Panning for Gems, a Great Family Activity in the North Carolina Mountains

Most mines sell gem dirt in a bucket or bag. You are provided with a screen for washing and there is a flume – a trough of running water. You pour some dirt in the screen, dunk the screen in the water and the water washes the mud away. It is an inexpensive activity that young children especially will enjoy. See what gems and quartz you can find!

The History of WNC Gem Mining

Mining for ruby and sapphire began in the Western North Carolina mountains in the late 1800s. Called corundum, the minerals were mined commercially to use as abrasives on everything from sandpaper to large machines used in machining metals, plastics and wood. Corundum and other minerals, mica and kaolin were shipped out of the mountains in large quantities. Mining companies had an interest in the area, hoping to find the source of the rubies found in the corundum mines. Their search ended in the early part of the 20th century leaving the area open to rock hounds and gem enthusiasts.

Smoky Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine

Hwy 441

Cherokee, NC 28719

Call: 828-497-6574

Choose from a wide variety of bags and buckets; all equipment is furnished for free. All gem mining and gold panning troughs are covered and offer seating. Bring your gems to the assay office for identification and then utilize the lapidary and jeweler for polishing and setting. And don't forget to visit the gem, gift, and rock shop before you go. Open year round.

Nantahala River Gem Mine

Contact Name: Brenda Dills

12121 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: raft@carolinaoutfitters.com

Call: 800-468-7238

Phone Two: Fax: 828-488-4739

Phone Three: Local: 828-488-6345

Gemstone material comes from both the local area, and from mines all over the world. Some gems you may find include rubies, emeralds, sapphires, garnets, topaz, amethyst, rose quartz and many more!

Deep Creek Tube Center Mining Company

1090 West Deep Creek Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@deepcreekcamping.com

Only gem mine in Bryson City. Located at Deep Creek Tube Center & Campground; open April through October. Different size bags of gem dirt for sale at the campground store. Covered flume allows you to mine rain or shine. Who knows what you might find!

Kayaking

A Choice of Whitewater Or Flat Water Kayaking

Western North Carolina is home to hundreds of miles of whitewater rivers and mountain lakes making it a favorite destination for kayakers.

For whitewater enthusiasts the variety of rivers from Class I to Class V, offers great options for kayak instruction for all skill levels. You will find adventure seekers, families learning to kayak together and Olympic-bound athletes all enjoying the rivers of our area.

For outdoor enthusiasts seeking beautiful scenery and glimpses of wildlife, the flat water trails through the mountain lakes of western North Carolina offer all that and more. The rivers and lakes and the availability of quality kayak instruction are what has given Bryson City the title of “the Whitewater Capital.”

The book “101 Best Outdoor Towns” named Bryson City the nation’s third best whitewater paddling town. “If you can’t find something exciting to do in Bryson City, you’re not breathing,” it says.

Paddler Magazine named Bryson City one of the “best paddling towns” in the US. Along with the multiple spots for great paddling, they focus on Tsali mountain bike trails, area adventure races and canoe camping on Fontana Lake.

Check out our “Think Outside the Gym” 2-day vacation itinerary that includes kayaking.

Carolina Bound Adventures Kayaking

Contact Name: Mark Van Osdal

35 Slope Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mark@carolinaboundadventures.com

Call: 828-569-6699

Are you booking adventures like Kayaking plus multiple other Adventures while you’re here for vacation? Save time making reservations and do it all at one website! Our adventure planning and reservation concierge service consolidates your vacation research and planning in one place. Visit our website, choose your desired adventures like Kayaking and we’ll make the reservations plus set up your itinerary!

Nantahala Outdoor Center

13077 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rafting@noc.com

Call: 828-488-6900

Nantahala Outdoor Center’s main campus is located at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Nantahala River, just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A mecca for outdoor enthusiasts since 1972, NOC’s 500-acre adventure campus boasts plenty of excitement to keep your entire group happy and active, whether you spend the day or a week! Whitewater raft, zipline, mountain bike and hike, and explore Lake Fontana in a rental kayak or SUP. In between adventures, check out NOC’s two riverfront restaurants, onsite shopping, and spend the night in a cozy trailside cabin!

Endless River Adventures

14157 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@endlessriveradventures.com

Call: 828-488-6199

Other Address: Mailing: PO Box 246, Bryson City, NC, 28713

Offers whitewater rafting on the Nantahala, Cheoah, and Ocoee Rivers. Ocoee rafting package includes transportation from our Nantahala Outpost, saving you the extra driving. Kayak instruction from the beginner to advanced level and kayak/mountain bike trips to Costa Rica and Ecuador. Lake touring offered for half-and full-day trips. Also, fly fishing instruction & guide service with drift boat option.

Bryson City Outdoors Kayaking

Contact Name: Ben King or Brett Hackshaw

169 Main Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@BrysonCityOutdoors.com

Call: 828-342-6444

Rent a sit-on kayak in downtown Bryson City on the river or nearby on beautiful Fontana Lake! Our kayaks are very beginner friendly and even hold multiple people to make for a great family adventure! Guided kayak tours are available and can be combined with a hiking tour!

Pet-friendly vacation

Dogs – and people – welcome here!

Bryson City welcomes pet-lovers on vacation. We’ve got outdoor activities, live music and restaurants with outside seating. In summer, many downtown businesses have water bowls on the sidewalk. You’ll also find homemade dog biscuits on sale as a donation to PAWS, our no-kill animal shelter.

Need a to board your pet, or to have a pet sitter visit your lodging?

ou can find more than 100 pet-friendly accommodations by choosing the “pets allowed” amenity on our lodging pages.

Please keep your dogs in check, clean up after them, and do not leave them unattended in vehicles or RVs.

Activities

Paddleboarding on the Tuckasegee River in downtown Bryson City, or on Fontana Lake.

Pontooning on Fontana Lake – all 3 marinas have some pontoon boats that are dog friendly.

Watch family movies on a outdoor screen every Friday night at dusk, May – August behind the red caboose in Bryson City.

Hiking

Hiking info

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). Pets are NOT allowed on hiking trails in the GSMNP, except for the Oconaluftee River Trail, a 1.5 mile one way shaded path with beautiful views of the river. It begins at the Park Visitor Center in Cherokee. (There is also one Trail in Gatlinburg, TN) Deep Creek Recreation area just outside Bryson City in the GSMNP. Dogs are allowed in Deep Creek campground, picnic areas, and along roads (NOT on National Park trails), but must be kept on a leash (no more than 6 feet long) at all times.

Bring the dog, the kids and a picnic to Island Park, located in the center of downtown Bryson City on the Tuckasegee River. The fishing is great there too. Take Everett St. to Bryson St. Cross the bridge to the park at the end of Bryson St.

Recreation Park — There is a walking trail in the Swain County Recreation Park just outside of downtown Bryson City. Take Everett St. to Depot St., then follow West Deep Road to the Park.

Trails in the Nantahala National Forest are pet friendly. (dogs allowed on leash no longer than 6 feet). Tsali Recreation Area – US 28 N about 30 minutes from Bryson City; note alternating use of bicycles and horses, and avoid trails that are designated for biking. Flint Ridge Trail is accessed from US 74 South at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (mountain bike trail), as is the Appalachian Trail, which crosses the Nantahala River at the Center. One paved trail is the Nantahala River Bikeway Trail TR368. A nice flat trail that begins at the rafting launch site (Off Hwy 74, south of the NOC, turn left on Wayah Road). Park at the launch site and take the bridge across the river. The trail follows the river for about 1.5 miles (one way). Another option is the Bartram Trail, which is an extension of Nantahala Bikeway going north. For the Bartram Trail going south, park at either the Nantahala River Launch Site on the Wayah Rd., and look for the path across the road, located in between the two parking areas

Blue Ridge Parkway Trails. Waterrock Knob at milepost 451.2 – 1.2 mile trail one way (2.4 out and back). Restrooms, visitor center, and picnic area. Devils Courthouse at milepost 422. One way trail is 0.4 miles (0.8 out and back), climbs steeply, with exceptional views from the summit. Black Balsam and Tennent Mountain (Art Loeb Trail) at milepost 420.2. A series of unofficial, but well-defined paths run around the open summit of Black Balsam Knob. 1 mile to the summit, although hikers can continue for several more miles along the balds for 360 views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Dining With Your Pet

Bryson City has a number of eateries and wineries/breweries with outdoor seating where dogs are generally allowed (note: some may allow smoking). Here’s a list, or look for the dog paw print symbol on the dining or wine/brew page.

BBQ Wagon

Big Wesser

High Test Deli & Sweet Shop

Soda Pops

La Dolce Vita Bakery

Deep Creek Winery

Bryson City Outdoors Taproom

(inside and outside)

Mountain Layers

Mountain Perks

The Charleston Food Wagon

Anthony’s/Derailed

CJ’s Grille

Nantahala Brewery

Fudge Depot

Nate & Nick’s

Boxcar Cafe

Great Smoky Mountains Winery

Tubing

Mountain Tubing Can Be an Easy Float or a Wild, Whitewater Ride

Western North Carolina has two great tubing runs and both are near Bryson City. Both Deep Creek and the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee have crystal clear water that originates in springs bubbling up and filtering through the ferns and moss in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tubing companies generally operate from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

DEEP CREEK

Just outside Bryson City, the Deep Creek ride consists of two sections: 1.) The upper “whitewater” section which flows from Indian Creek through the narrow Deep Creek gorge. This is a wild, bouncy ride that often separates the rider from the tube, especially when the water is swift after a rain. At the end of the rapids section, there’s a wide, deep swimming hole that provides a relaxing break before getting back on the tube. (2) The lower section, which is wider, easier going and more appropriate for smaller kids, ends at the parking lot. Put-in for this section is at the swimming hole just above the first bridge.

Tube rental companies are located on West Deep Creek Road, near the National Park entrance.The original black truck tubes are a thing of the past. All the vendors have light-weight inflatables with seats – which can be rented for the day.

From the parking lot at the Deep Creek trailhead, you carry your inner tube upstream less than a mile into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Deep Creek trail. The put-in is where Indian Creek flows into Deep Creek.

OCONALUFTEE RIVER

Just 20 minutes from Bryson City, the Oconaluftee River flows through downtown Cherokee. There you’ll find one of the purest rivers in the Mountains where you can enjoy a inner-tube ride that’s part rushing rapids, and part lazy ripples and swimming holes. The water ranges from ankle deep to chest high and flows over soft sand and flat, time-smoothed river rocks shed from the world’s oldest mountains. Tube rental companies in Cherokee transport you and your tube to a put-in spot and pick you up at the end of your ride.

More fun activities on the water near Bryson City.

What to wear

It’s advisable to wear a bathing suit or shorts and tee shirt and secure shoes. Watches and loose jewelry should be left behind. And eyeglasses should be secured with a head strap. Finally, because our mountain streams and rivers are cool, you should bring towels and a change of dry clothes.

Tube Rentals Locations

Deep Creek Lodge/Creekside Tubing

1881 West Deep Creek Rd

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: naomi111@frontier.com

Call: 828-488-2587

One or two bedroom efficiency rooms, kitchen/dinette/living room, queen size bed, large sitting porch, beautiful view. Laundromat, ample parking for buses and groups, group rates, public showers, tube rental and game room, hiking, picnicking, trout fishing, horseback riding. Located at entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Open Mid April through Labor Day.

Smoky Mountain Tubing

Contact Name: Todd Lancaster

1847 Tsali Blvd

Cherokee, NC 28719

Email: toddandpooh@frontier.com

Call: 828-497-4545

We offer tubing service and rentals on the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee. Transportation is included. We will drop you off to enjoy the the ride, pick you up and take you back to where you started. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day 7 days a week.

Smoky Mtn. Campground/Deep Creek Store & Tubes

1840 West Deep Creek Rd

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: smc@smokymtncampground.com

Call: 828-488-9665

Located on West Deep Creek just outside the national park. Campground has been in operation since 1957. We offer 25 full hookup sites, 12 on the creek and all sites have 30 amp electrical service. Hot showers for our campers and pay showers for the general public. Campground store and tube rental. Campers receive a discount on tube rental. Pets are accepted after a conversation with the owners. WIFI available. Open from April 1 to October 31. Call Bob or Sue Miller at 828-488-3302

Deep Creek Tube Center & Campground

1090 West Deep Creek Rd

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@deepcreekcamping.com

Call: 828-488-6055

Nestled in the Deep Creek valley with view of the mountains and the soothing sounds of Deep Creek. 50 campsites, full hook-ups, 30 or 50 amp and primitive sites. 1 mile from the GSMNP. Tubing, camp store, trout fishing, volleyball, laundry, playground, and 2 clean bathhouses on site. 15 cabin rentals also available. Open April-November.

B.J.’s Deep Creek Rentals/J. J. Tubes

1651 Toot Hollow Road

Bryson City, NC 28173

Email: bjsdeepcreekrentals@yahoo.com

Call: 828-488-3018

Two bedroom, completely furnished and remodeled, quiet surroundings, washer/dryer, wrap-around porch, cable TV, view, no smoking or pets, near Deep Creek. Tube rentals. Will rent weekly, monthly, or three day minimum. Open May through November.

Wildflowers

The Wildflower National Park

More than 1500 species of wildflowers are native to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, more than any other national park. The park is so well-known for its diverse flowering plants that it’s sometimes called “Wildflower National Park.”

Wildflowers bloom from late February thru September. However, the peak wildflower season is mid-to-late April when the spring ephemerals make their appearance.

Two good walking trails for viewing wildflowers are the Deep Creek trails and the River Trail at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Cherokee. If you would like a guided wildflower walk with plant identification, contact Bigelow’s Botanical Excursions.

This blooming calendar gives the approximate emergence of the most popular species. The schedule is also subject to changes in weather and altitude. If in doubt, call the Park Visitor Center for current conditions.

ATV Trail

Go Off-Road

With much of the North Carolina Smokies protected by the National Park Service and the National Forest Service, there are very few opportunities for the off-road vehicle enthusiast to enjoy a true mountain ATV experience.

However the area’s one OHV trail is a good one — the Wayehutta OHV Trail System near Western Carolina University.

For more information contact:

Smoky Mountain ORV Club

828-586-5679

Nantahala National Forest

Nantahala Ranger District

90 Sloan Road

Franklin, NC 28734

828-524-6441

28-mile Loop Trail System

Managed by the Smoky Mountain ORV Club and the US Forest Service, Wayehutta is a 28-mile loop trail system using old logging roads and rail beds. The trails are in the Roy Taylor Forest near Cullowhee, about a half-hour from downtown Bryson City.

Ranging from 2,500 to 4,500 feet in elevation, the forested rails range from easy to most difficult. This is a family-oriented trail system including a trail for beginners and youngsters. The trail twists and turns up trails and past a scenic waterfall to the top of a mountain, crossing rocks, bridges and mounds of dirt. You can make it a leisurely ride or pick up the pace for a total workout. Some sections are very rocky and challenging.

More information including where to purchase day & seasonal passes. (no location on site).

Directions — From Sylva, take US 107 South about three miles. Turn left on SR 1002 (Old Cullowhee Road), continue 3 miles to SR 1731 (Wayehutta Road), turn left. Travel 3.5 miles (pavement ends), continue .5 miles. SR 1731 joins Forest Service Road 4650 and continues approximately 1 mile to the trailhead parking area.

Elk Watching

Elk Watching in The North Carolina Smokies

Elk once roamed the southern Appalachian mountains and elsewhere in the eastern United States. They were eliminated from the region by over-hunting and loss of habitat. The last elk in North Carolina was believed to have been killed in the late 1700s. By 1900, the population of elk in North America dropped to the point that hunting groups and other conservation organizations became concerned the species was headed for extinction.

The elk were re-introduced into the Park in 2001 and 2002. For the first few years, elk watching meant driving deep into the Cataloochee area of the park, about 1.5 hours from Bryson City. But over the past decade, the herd has grown and spread into other parts of the park.

Cherokee Elk. These days, you’re just as likely to see elk grazing in the fields next to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, in the lowland fields about 1 mile up US 441 in the National Park, or in the Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center area just north of the visitor center. Occasionally, when walking the 1.5 mile (each way) Oconaluftee River Trail, elk can be spotted in the water and on the trail, especially in fall. Another option is the area around the Cherokee schools complex, about 1.5 miles up Big Cove Road. Just beyond the schools the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has created a grassy area and garden just for the elk. The animals are not frightened by humans and can be observed grazing in the low-lying fields almost any afternoon throughout the year. In spring and summer you may spot them in the early morning or late afternoon.

In the winter most of the males go up into the mountains, although you might see an occasional lone bull around town. The females and calves winter in smaller groups. You may see them earlier in the afternoon, around 3 – 4 pm, just when shadows start to come in, although viewing is unpredictable in the winter. The groups reform in spring.

Cataloochee Elk

The Smokies elk were first reintroduced in 2001 in the remote Cataloochee area of the national park. A large portion of the herd still resides there. Cataloochee is north of Waynesvile, a 1.5 hour drive from Bryson City.

The Fall Rut

Hearing a bull elk’s bugling during the fall rutting season is a memorable experience that comes with a caution. While the animals are not frightened by humans, they are wild and potentially dangerous, particularly during mating season when the males are aggressively guarding their harems. Observers should get no closer than 50 yards and use binoculars or telephoto lens for closer views.

Golfing

Elevate Your Golf Game to New Heights at Two 18-hole Mountain Courses

The spectacular landscape of the Great Smoky Mountains has been luring vacationers for generations. And now, its attracting golfers who enjoy the unique challenges that a true mountain golf course can deliver.

Golf Courses

Sequoyah National Golf Club

Contact Name: Kenny Cashwell

79 Cahons Rd

Whittier, NC 28789

Email: kcashwell@sequoyahnational.com

Call: 828-497-3000

Tucked away among the oak, fir and flowered valleys in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains resides Sequoyah National Golf Club. Owned by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee, this Robert Trent Jones II design offers golfers an idyllic 18 hole journey, filled with scenic vistas, beautiful landscapes and challenging golf. Amenities include a pro-shop, snack bar, Callaway rental clubs, private lessons, and driving range.

Smoky Mountain Country Club

1300 Conleys Creek Rd

Whittier, NC 28789

Email: cornblum@dnet.net

Call: 828-497-7622

Nestled in one of North Carolina's most dramatic mountain valleys, surrounded by 5,000 foot peaks is Smoky Mountain Country Club, a golf and vacation destination convenient to the recreation and sights of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From valley floors to mountaintops, we provide a unique golfing experience at our 18-hole course. Practice facilities include a driving range, putting green and chipping area. Free rental clubs. Open to the public.

Learn Something New

Explore Your Creative Side At One Of Our Area Arts & Crafts Workshops

Here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, we’re known for our creative arts and crafts community. Our artisans are keeping alive many of the traditional heritage crafts such as pottery, weaving, basketmaking and quilting; as well as cooking, canning and preserving to make best use of locally grown foods.

Stores and galleries in the area offer these crafts and more for sale; and we have several festivals featuring locally made crafts as well. If you would like to learn how to create some unique crafts, the artisans on this page would like to teach you. We have a variety of classes — from 2 hours to several days or ongoing.

Nourish your creative spirit – learn something new!

Arts, Crafts & Cooking Classes

Southwestern Community College

Swain Center, 60 Almond School Rd

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: j_marley@southwesterncc.edu

Call: 828-366-2000

SCC's Nantahala School for the Arts at Swain Center focuses on heritage arts including a Master Potter certificate program, as well as outdoor leadership and business and industry training and consulting. Several classes for children are offered in the summer.

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center

121 Schoolhouse Rd

Robbinsville, NC 28771

Email: beth@stecoahvalleycenter.com

Call: 828-479-3364

Stecoah Valley Center is home to an Artisans Gallery, a Spring Bluegrass Festival, an 11-week Summer Concert Series, a Fall Harvest Festival, the Schoolhouse Cafe (seasonal hours), and a variety of adult classes from cooking to arts and crafts as well as business and technical assistance for artists.

Scenic Rail Excursions

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

One of USA Today’s “Top 10 American Train Rides”

Based in Bryson City, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad operates scenic rail excursions through our remote corner of North Carolina, traveling through tunnels, across rivers and lakes, through mountain valleys and into a deep river gorge. Some rides are with the diesel engine and some are with the newly restored steam engine #1702. When the steam is running you will also have the chance to watch the people-powered engine turntable in action. The steam shed, right next to the turntable, is for servicing and storing the train between excursions.

The steam engine #1702 has returned to the mountains after and 11-year hiatus including a 2-year complete refurbishing. Rides include both the Nantahala and the Tuckasegee River routes. The #1702 will be on display for photo opportunities.

Waterfalls Viewing

The Sight and Sound of Falling Water is Magical, Even When the Falls Are Only a Few Feet High

A walk or drive beside any mountain stream will lead you by hundreds of tumbling cascades as the waters rush down from the peaks of the Smokies. But the high falls are the most spectacular, and Swain County offers some of the best in the Smokies, including Deep Creek’s trio of waterfalls – Juney Whank, Tom Branch and Indian Creek Falls. Just a half-hour away you’ll find Mingo & Soco Falls in Cherokee, and the Nantahala Cascades in the Nantahala River Gorge.

If you’re looking to make a full day of waterfall viewing, take a look at the Franklin/Highlands waterfall loop. Many falls are accessible from the road while several will require an easy to moderate walk to view. From the highest waterfall east of the Rockies at 411 feet to smaller falls of 20 feet, you’re sure to find your favorite!

Waterfalls in the North Carolina Smokies

Deep Creek Waterfalls

Walk to three sparkling waterfalls

Cherokee Indian Reservation

Mingo and Soco Falls

Cherokee Indian Reservation

Mingo and Soco Falls

Nantahala Cascades

On Nantahala Mountain, above the Gorge

Other Area Waterfalls

Along the US-64 corridor south of Bryson City

Ziplines

Zip Through – and Above – the Trees for a Different View of the Forest

Here in Western North Carolina, you may enjoy the scenic beauty through your car window or from the seat of your mountain bike, or from your raft or kayak …or from above on a zip line. 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.

Canopy & Ridge Line Tours

Wildwater-Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours

70 Falling Waters Drive

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: wise@nuvox.net

Call: 800-451-9972

The first Zipline Canopy in the Nantahala Gorge area of western North Carolina through the 20 acres of Falling Waters Adventure Resort. Thirteen zip sections and 8 bridges combine for over 1/2 mile of high flying fun on our newest adventure activity. Experience the excitement and beauty of "flying" through the air among the hemlocks and hardwoods of western North Carolina! Must be 10 years and up and 70 to 250 lbs. WIFI available to guests.

Carolina Bound Adventures Ziplines

Contact Name: Mark Van Osdal

35 Slope Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mark@carolinaboundadventures.com

Call: 828-569-6699

Do you want to book adventures like Ziplining plus multiple other Adventures while you’re here for vacation? Save time making reservations and do it all at one website! Our adventure planning and reservation concierge service consolidates your vacation research and planning in one place. Visit our website, choose your desired adventures like Ziplining and we’ll make the reservations plus set up your itinerary!

Nantahala Outdoor Center Zip Line Adventure Park

13077 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 888-905-7238

Race on dual zip lines at over 550’ in the air and enter NOC’s Zip Line Adventure Park – a multi-level ropes challenge course with over 16 aerial obstacles! Negotiate wobbling sky bridges, nerve-racking tight ropes, tunnels, and a brand new climbing wall on this course. A family-friendly activity, guests can choose their own challenge level and pace as they traverse the course thanks to NOC’s state-of-the-art auto-belay system.

Wildwater-Kidzip Nantahala

10345 Highway 19 South/74 West

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: wise@nuvox.net

Call: 866-699-2402

Wildwater was the first company in the US to build multiple zipline courses specifically for kids 4 & older and this is our 2nd one in Western NC! KidZip Nantahala offers ziplines and adventure park elements for kids 4-12 years old in a scenic wooded adventure setting. With a continuous cable and roller system there is no clipping and unclipping for participants, making it safe for any age to use. Featuring ground school training and practice, 3 zipline loops- beginner (4 zips), intermediate (5 zips) & advanced (4 zips), 8 climbing elements for entrances, exits & connections, and tree based platforms, ziplines & challenges. And with a 2-hour time block, you can zip and climb as many times as you want. Maximum weight 225 lbs.

Nantahala Outdoor Center Mountaintop Zip Line Tour

13077 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-488-6900

It’s the Nantahala Gorge Premier Zip Line adventure! NOC’s expert aerial guides lead your group through two miles of spectacular mountain-to-mountain zip lines that take you above the treetops and into the open air. Absorb panoramic views of Fontana Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park ask you fly for nearly a minute on the half-mile Mega Zip – 350 feet above the forest floor. For the ultimate unforgettable adventure – fly under the stars on NOC’s exclusive Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour, available select evenings close to a full moon. .

Biking

WNC has Great Road Cycling and Off-road Mountain Biking

In the Western North Carolina mountains, the word “flat” is seldom used to describe our landscape. So, needless to say, biking these hills can be a challenge for road bikers and off-road bikers alike.

Bryson City is centrally located to ride sixteen great trails in the mountains. Whether you are a beginner, an adventure racer or somewhere in between, off-road bicycling in far western North Carolina offers something for everyone. PDF of Area Trails

No bike? No problem. All of Bryson City’s bike shops have rentals.

Check out our “Think Outside the Gym” 2-day vacation itinerary that includes biking on area trails.

Did you know you can ride your bike at Deep Creek in the National Park

Mountain Biking

Tsali – Each year, Swain County attracts thousands of mountain bikers to the world-famous Tsali Recreation Area Trail System, 15 miles west of Bryson City. Pronounced “SAH-lee” and named after the 19th century Cherokee Indian martyr, the 42-mile network of multi-use trails is consistently rated one of the top ten riding destinations in the United States. The ‘flowy’ four-loop system offers a variety of landscapes and trail types from single track to old logging roads. Hikers may use the trails any day of the week, but mountain bikers and horseback riders are kept separated by alternating use of the trails. There are signs at the trailheads that clearly list which trails are available. Tsali trails schedule.

There are also color trail map signs at each trail intersection to help with navigation and emergency response. In addition to a “You Are Here” designation, each map has a unique number that can be used by rescue and Forest Service personnel to pinpoint location.

Deep Creek / Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bryson City. Bicycles are allowed on the Deep Creek and Indian Creek trails only. There are no loops to ride; these trails are out and back only – perfect for families as well as more experienced riders. Deep Creek area trail map (pdf). Deep Creek Trail may be ridden from the parking lot to the fourth bridge (at the Loop Trail); this is about 1.7 miles each way (1 mile beyond the junction with Indian Creek Trail). Indian Creek Trail may be ridden from Deep Creek Trail to the intersection with the Deeplow Gap Trail; this is about 2.9 miles each way.

Oconaluftee River Trail / Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee. This flat, wide 1.5 mile (3-mile out and back) trail meanders along the river. It has a gentle terrain excellent for beginners and children. Advanced riders will enjoy it as well. Park at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Visitor Center on in Cherokee at the Transit lot on the left just as you leave the Reservation.

Fire Mountain Trail System, Cherokee. 10.5 mile miles of smooth, machine-cut trail with sections ranging from beginner to advanced. Solid climbs are rewarded with curvy, flowing descents. Mixed-use trail for walking or riding. Trailhead is at the Oconaluftee Indian Village. More info

Other trails close by include: Flint Ridge, Jackrabbit, Hanging Dog, Stecoah Gap, Fontana Village, Santeetlah Lake Trail, Meeting House Mountain, Cheoah Bald, Upper Shell Stand, Calf Pen Gap, Western Carolina University Trails, Moses Creek and Panthertown.

Road Biking

There are many miles of uncrowded country roads for biking in Bryson City and throughout Swain County, many designated as bike routes.

Lakeview Drive (a.k.a. “Road to Nowhere”) is a lightly traveled road that winds six miles into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, north of Bryson City. It is a moderate to strenuous ride with views of Fontana Lake.

Just west of Bryson City, bike trails include two moderate loops offer a variety of landscapes on lightly traveled roads. The 13-mile Lower Alarka Loop offers views of Lake Fontana and the Tuckasegee River, while the 15-mile Upper Alarka Loop offers a mixture of scenic flat farmland and steep mountain grades.

Riding in Deep Creek

Guidebooks for Biking

Off the Beaten Track: Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina / The Smokies, and Road Bike in the Smokies, by Jim Parham. Jim also has a great Tsali Trail Map (waterproof and tear resistant).

Milestone Press

P.O. Box 158

Almond, North Carolina 28702

828-488-6601

Maps of Tsali Trails and Cherokee Fire Mountain Trails are available at Tsali Cycles on Slope Street in downtown Bryson City.

Bike Shops & Outfitters

Tsali Cycles

Contact Name: Chris Royce

35 Slope Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: tsalicycles@yahoo.com

Call: 828-488-9010

Other Address: Address: PO Box 1424, Bryson City, NC 28713

Tsali Cycles is a family friendly, full service bike shop offering everything from expert repairs, trail info, bike rentals, and custom bike rebuilds to retail gear and bike sales. Join one of our weekly group rides, open to all skill levels, and after your ride enjoy one of our six local craft beers on tap in our taproom. Or take a break from pedaling and relax in one of our professionally led yoga classes; visit our website for our weekly schedule.

Carolina Bound Adventures Biking

Contact Name: Mark Van Osdal

35 Slope Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mark@carolinaboundadventures.com

Call: 828-569-6699

Guided Mountain Biking for beginners or intermediate riders includes bikes and outdoor gear. We’ll pick a ride based on your desired exertion level and physical fitness. For beginners, we’ll meet you at the trailhead with the bikes and take you on a gentle and fun ride. For riders with some more experience, we’ll guide you at one of the top rated mountain bike areas in the country which is right here in our own back yard!

Nantahala Outdoor Center Biking

13077 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 800-232-7238

Rent a bike and hit the trails in the Nantahala Gorge! NOC offers an array of industry leading Specialized bikes for rent, from entry-level to high-end. If you’re looking for the best local rides, from family-friendly to heart pounding, just ask one of NOC’s expert guides! Enjoy NOC’s onsite Flint Ridge trail or venture out to the famous Tsali Recreation area.

Family Attractions

Bring the Whole Family to the Mountains for Plenty of Wholesome Fun

Pack the car, grab the kids and head for the mountains! Not only do we have lots of great outdoor activities, but we have several fun parks, the Heritage Museum, the Indian Village, the Outdoor Drama “Unto These Hills,” the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and train excursions on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Wholesome fun for all ages.

In our blog: Five Awesome Adventures You Can Only Have In Bryson City

Rainy day? There’s still plenty to do in the Smokies. Check out 16 rainy day activities.

The Great Smoky Mountainshave been named by Yahoo Travel as one of the Ten Best Spots for Fall Leaf Color in the USA. And how better to see the leaves than on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, chosen by CNN as a great fall foliage train ride.

Fun, Family Attractions

Xscape Bryson City

Contact Name: Jeff Fuller

96 Greenlee St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: sales@xscapewnc.com

Call: 828-488-5333

Other Address: Mailing: 125 Fuller Mountain Rd., Bryson City, NC, 28713

A great family activity as well as a team building experience for your staff, Xscape Bryson City offers two themed rooms to choose from; Pharoah's Revenge and May Day Submarine.

Deep Creek Tube Center Mining Company

1090 West Deep Creek Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@deepcreekcamping.com

Only gem mine in Bryson City. Located at Deep Creek Tube Center & Campground; open April through October. Different size bags of gem dirt for sale at the campground store. Covered flume allows you to mine rain or shine. Who knows what you might find!

Carolina Bound Adventures Family Attractions

Contact Name: Mark Van Osdal

35 Slope Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mark@carolinaboundadventures.com

Call: 828-569-6699

Carolina Bound Adventures offers multiple family friendly adventures like guided hiking, beginner mountain biking, guided backpacking and camping, (We’ve got all of the gear!) and Kids Adventures. Save time making reservations and do it all at one website! Our adventure planning and reservation concierge service consolidates your vacation research and planning in one place. Visit our website, choose your desired adventures and we’ll make the reservations plus set up your itinerary!

Darnell Farms

Contact Name: Afton Roberts

2300 Governors Islands Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: aroberts92@icloud.com

Call: 828-488-2376

A family-owned and operated farm for more than thirty years, that specializes in sustainably grown appalachian fruits and vegetables. Our farm is located on an oasis surrounded by the Tuckaseegee River, bring your family and let our farm be yours.

Fun Factory in the Smokies

1024 Georgia Rd

Franklin, NC 28734

Call: 828-349-8888

A 56,000-square-foot family entertainment center with 100+ arcade games, mini golf, the area’s largest go cart track, bowling, laser tag, pizza buffet, fine dining and more!

Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians

210 Main St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@flyfishingmuseum.org

Call: 800-867-9246

Through exhibits and videos you’ll learn about fly fishing legends, the evolution of rods and reels, basic knots, fly-tying, types of gear, types of gamefish, regional fishing waters, and the history of fly fishing in the Southeast. Admission is Free. Open 9 am - 6 pm, Mon-Sat.

Smoky Mountain Trains Museum

100 Greenlee Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: (828) 488-5200

The museum boasts a collection of 7,000 Lionel engines, cars and accessories, impressive operating layout and children's activity center. Admission is free with your train ticket; otherwise adults $9; 12 and under $5; under 2 free. Open daily (seasonal hours will change). Not open Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day or New Year's Eve.

Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians

Contact Name: Tim Hall

22 Frye Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: tim@psalmsofthesouth.com

Call: 828-488-5705

An organization that is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Southern Appalachians through the art of storytelling and the making of crafts. We bring the history of the Southern Appalachians to life.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

226 Everett Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@gsmr.com

Call: 800-872-4681

Other Address: Mailing: PO Box 1490, Bryson City, NC, 28713

Scenic rail excursions through a remote corner of North Carolina into river gorges, across valleys and through tunnels carved out of mountains. Excursions include Nantahala Gorge, Dinosaur Train, Polar Express, Mystery Theatre Dinner Train and other themed events. Your excursion includes admission to Smoky Mountains Train Museum, with its collection of 7,000 Lionel engines, cars and accessories, impressive operating layout and children's activity center.

Nantahala River Gem Mine

Contact Name: Brenda Dills

12121 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: raft@carolinaoutfitters.com

Call: 800-468-7238

Gemstone material comes from both the local area, and from mines all over the world. Some gems you may find include rubies, emeralds, sapphires, garnets, topaz, amethyst, rose quartz and many more!

Nantahala Outdoor Center

13077 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rafting@noc.com

Call: 828-488-6900

Nantahala Outdoor Center’s main campus is located at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Nantahala River, just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A mecca for outdoor enthusiasts since 1972, NOC’s 500-acre adventure campus boasts plenty of excitement to keep your entire group happy and active, whether you spend the day or a week! Whitewater raft, zipline, mountain bike and hike, and explore Lake Fontana in a rental kayak or SUP. In between adventures, check out NOC’s two riverfront restaurants, onsite shopping, and spend the night in a cozy trailside cabin!

Cherokee Historical Association

564 Tsali Blvd (HWY 441)

Cherokee, NC 28719

Email: info@cherokeehistorical.org

Call: 828-497-2111

CHA presents the Oconaluftee Indian Village & the outdoor drama Unto These Hills. Visit the recreated 1750s-era Cherokee Village. Regular tours by Cherokee guides present history, crafts, early homes and demonstrations of beadwork, pottery, blowguns, and much more in a beautiful forest setting. Mid-May through October. Unto These Hills tells the history of the Cherokee people from about 1540 through their forced removal from this area in the late 1830s. June-August; check the website for exact dates. General admission seating.

Smoky Mountain Community Theatre

Contact Name: Teresa Maynard, President

PO Box 1366

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-488-2887

Other Address: Address: 134 Main Street, Bryson City, NC, 28713

Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month, Marianna Black Library

Santa’s Land Fun Park and Zoo

Contact Name: Linda Torres

571 Wolftown Rd

Cherokee, NC 28719

Email: santa@santaslandnc.com

Call: 828-497-9191

Located 3 miles east of Cherokee on US 19. See Santa and his elves, browse through gift shops and exhibits, and visit the domestic and exotic animals in the zoo. Santa's Land also features rides, picnic facilities, and eating establishments. Open daily 9 am to 5 pm from March 31st through October 31st. $19.99, children under 2 free.

Down Memory Lane Toy Museum

Contact Name: Jim Geary

51 Cowee School Dr.

Franklin, NC 28734

Email: downmemorylanetoymuseum@frontier.com

Call: 828-421-7280

Other Address: Mailing: 181 Allendale Hill Rd., Franklin, NC, 28734

Jim and Sandy have been collecting toys for over years. The collection consists of a large selection of Studebaker cars, trucks, and military equipment. Sandy's collection of construction equipment numbers about 200 or so pieces. There is a sizable collection of other toys, dolls, and doll accessories, pedal cars and ride on toys such the red horse.

Swain County Heritage Museum

2 Everett Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: chamber@greatsmokies.com

Call: 828-488-7857

Located in the 1908 historic courthouse in downtown Bryson City, the museum tells the story of Swain County and its people. Through photos, exhibits and video you will learn about the life of early settlers; and how the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Fontana Dam rewrote the landscape and changed lives. You will enjoy seeing the restored log cabin porch, the 1887 church organ and one-room schoolhouse desks, and children's activity area among other items. The museum is open daily, 9 am - 6 pm. Jan-Mar, 10 am - 5 pm. Free admission. Free parking behind the courthouse.

Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Contact Name: Frankie Reynolds

1028 Georgia Rd

Franklin, NC 28734

Email: Frankie.Reynolds@WNCFineArts.com

Call: 828-524-1598

Located in Franklin, NC, this 1,500 seat state-of-the-art facility presents the finest in performing arts to the surrounding towns. Performances will include passion plays, musical productions, professional drama troupes, dance and choral festivals, recitals, and various genres including country, bluegrass, gospel, pop, contemporary Christian and more.

Smoky Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine

Hwy 441

Cherokee, NC 28719

Call: 828-497-6574

Choose from a wide variety of bags and buckets; all equipment is furnished for free. All gem mining and gold panning troughs are covered and offer seating. Bring your gems to the assay office for identification and then utilize the lapidary and jeweler for polishing and setting. And don't forget to visit the gem, gift, and rock shop before you go. Open year round.

Hiking

With More Than 800 Miles of Trails, the Smokies National Park is a Hiker’s Paradise

With 40 percent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Swain County, many National Park trails are easily accessible from Bryson City. You’ll find a number of hiking trails in the Deep Creek area of the Park, just two miles north of town, and also off Lakeview Drive (the “Road to Nowhere”) six miles north of Bryson City. All Park trails map (pdf)

Not all our trails are inside the park. There are many trails along the shores of Fontana Lake, land owned by either the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) or the U.S. Forest Service. The multi-use trail system at Tsali, famous among mountain bikers, is but one example. Tsali is 15 miles west of Bryson City off Highway 28.

Check out our “Think Outside the Gym” 2-day vacation itinerary that includes jogging in Deep Creek.

Pet Friendly Hikes and Walks

Dogs are not allowed on the Deep Creek trails (even on a leash), but here are some pet-friendly alternative hikes.

Oconaluftee River Trail – One of two walking paths in the National Park where visitors can walk dogs and bicycle. (The other is the Gatlinburg trail.) Pets and bicycles are prohibited on all other park trails. The trail travels 1.5 miles one-way from the Oconaluftee Visitor Center’s Mountain Farm Museum to the outskirts of the city of Cherokee, NC. It is relatively flat, but does have a few small hills. The trail runs through the forest along side the Oconaluftee River and offers beautiful views of the river.

Island Park – In downtown Bryson City. Take Everett Street to Bryson Street. Cross the bridge over to the park at the end of Bryson Street.

Recreation Park – There is a walking trail in the Recreation Park on West Deep Creek Road just outside of downtown Bryson City. Take Everett Street to Depot Street. Then take West Deep Creek Road to the Park.

Nantahala National Forest – Trails in the National Forest are pet friendly. One paved trail is the Nantahala River Bike Trail TR368. A nice flat trail that begins at the rafting launch site (Off Hwy 74, south of the NOC, turn left on Wayah Road). Park at the launch site and take the bridge across the river. The trail follows the river for about 1.5 miles.

Trails in the GSMNP

Deep Creek Loop (Trails: Deep Creek to Loop Trail to Indian Creek and Back to Deep Creek) — 4 miles, easy to moderate. The trail is fairly level except for a one-mile section that crosses the 420-foot Sunkota Ridge (Loop Trail section). The trail passes by two nice waterfalls – Toms Branch Falls and Indian Creek Falls.

Martin’s Gap Loop

(Trails: Deep Creek to Martin’s Gap to Sunkota Ridge to Loop Trail to Indian Creek and back to Deep Creek) — Approximately 12 miles with 350 elevation gain, easy to moderate.

Deep Creek Trail to Newfound Gap Road — 14.2 miles, easy to strenuous. For most this is a one-way hike, requiring a second vehicle at the end of the trail. Many choose to walk this trail “down” from Newfound Gap Road.

Noland Divide Trail to Lonesome Pine Overlook — The 6.7 mile hike (in and out) is strenuous but the views are spectacular. The trailhead is just inside the Deep Creek park entrance, in the horse trailer parking area across from the Deep Creek campground. For the first three miles there’s an elevation gain of 2300 feet. At the crest of Beauregard Ridge the trail then narrows to a razorback with views of Bryson City, the Tuckasegee Valley and the Nantahala Mountains beyond.

For the more adventurous, the Noland Divide Trail connects Deep Creek with Clingmans Dome Road. 11.2 miles one way. This too is a one-way hike for most.

Noland Creek Trail — 6 miles in and out, easy. From a parking lot near the end of the Road to Nowhere, Noland Creek trail is an old service road with a gentle grade. Near the three-mile mark you’ll see the remnants of an old farm.

Through the tunnel at the end of the ‘Road to Nowhere’, there’s the 3-mile Goldmine Loop Trail and the 42-mile Lakeshore Trail, which crosses Forney Creek, Hazel Creek and Eagle Creek on its way to Fontana Dam.

A Walk in the Woods’ — the book and movie have stirred increased interest in the Appalachian Trail. The Bryson City area has six segments of the AT that are perfect for weekend hikers, plus another 40-mile, 3-4 day backpacking segment.

The Appalachian Trail stretches through Swain County from south of the Nantahala Gorge; across Fontana Dam and then follows the highest ridges of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park past Clingmans Dome and Newfound Gap on its way to Maine. You can access the trail at Wesser in the Nantahala Gorge, Fontana Dam, Newfound Gap, and at Clingmans Dome.

A popular section of the AT is from Newfound Gap to Charlie’s Bunion. The 8-mile-round-trip hike passes through a spruce and fir forest with spectacular vistas. The hike as an elevation gain of 1640 feet and is considered strenuous.

Clingmans Dome to Andrews Bald is a moderate 3.5 mile hike (in and out) with an elevation gain of 899 feet. Popular for its spectacular views, Andrews Bald is accessed via the Forney Ridge Trail, which is located at the far end of the Clingmans Dome parking lot.

Kephart Prong Trail — 4.2 miles in and out, the trailhead is on Newfound Gap Road (US 441) about 7 miles north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. With an elevation gain of 955 feet, the trail is considered moderate. In the first quarter mile, you’ll see remnants of the depression era Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. Most hikers turn around at mile 2.1 at the Kephart camping shelter.

Mingus Creek Trail — An in and out hike, 6 miles in length; easy to moderate with an elevation gain of 1515 feet. Trail begins at the Mingus Mill parking lot just north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. The lower two miles include Mingus Mill, remnants of CCC camp #4484, and if you take the right fork at Mile 1.25, an old road to a historic cemetery.

Self-Guided Nature Trails — The National Park has several self-guided nature trails in Swain County: The half-mile Spruce-Fir walk begins on Clingmans Dome Road and introduces you to the conifer forests that grow only on the high peaks this far south in the eastern U.S. Smokemont — the 0.75 mile walk begins at Smokemont Campground and shows examples of human impact on the land, such as logging and farming. Balsam Mountain — the 0.75 mile walk begins at Balsam Mountain Campground and shows how nature has reclaimed a once-logged northern hardwood forest.

Hiking & Backcountry Camping Guides

Bryson City Outdoors Hiking

Contact Name: Ben King or Brett Hackshaw

169 Main Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@BrysonCityOutdoors.com

Call: 828-342-6444

Enjoy the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park while on guided hikes with one of our knowledgeable and friendly guides. Of course you can hike any trail in the park on your own... or you can go with an experienced guide and hike safely with confidence!

Bigelow’s Botanical Excursions

Contact Name: Adam Bigelow

4773 Tilley Creek Road

Cullowhee, NC 28723

Email: bigelownc@gmail.com

Call: 828-226-0398

Bigelow's Botanical Excursions offers guided walks and hikes with an emphasis on the wildflowers, plants, and ecology of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Hikes available for all activity levels and throughout the seasons.

Carolina Bound Adventures Hiking

Contact Name: Mark Van Osdal

35 Slope Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mark@carolinaboundadventures.com

Call: 828-569-6699

Guided Hikes and Hiker Shuttles! At Carolina Bound Adventures, we specialize in individuals and families new to hiking that want to get out there, but want a guided adventure and all equipment provided. Come hike with us! If you're a hiker and need a vehicle drop or hiker pick-up, contact us about our Hiker Shuttle Service.

Live Music

Four Great Venues for Live Music in Bryson City3

Western North Carolina has a rich tradition of creating and showcasing great live music, and Bryson City is home to a number of great venues. You’ll find a variety of genres from old-time country and bluegrass to soul, blues, reggae, rock and roll and more. Want to get in on the action? Join one of the informal community music jams at the library.

More Area Venues

You can also find music at Oconaluftee Visitor Center in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in Cherokee (music jams all year). Stecoah Valley Center in Robbinsville (Saturdays, June-August & festivals). Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, and Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Resort Event Center in Cherokee.

For other entertainment, visit our calendar page.

Nantahala Outdoor Center Music

13077 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-488-6900

On the banks of the Nantahala River, Big Wesser Riverside Pub offers hungry adventurers quick, convenient and delicious food and free live music. Stop by at night for live music every Saturday night, May through September, and on special event weekends.—we feature bluegrass, rock, soul, reggae and more! Big Wesser boasts the area’s best live music venue and perhaps the best open-air bar west of Asheville.

Nantahala Brewing Music

61 Depot Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@nantahalabrewing.com

Call: 828-488-2337

More than just a brewery, Nantahala Brewing takes great pride in showcasing local & regional music acts. We feature everything from Appalachian-folk to bluegrass to rock and roll. We have a great sound system and a professional sound engineer. Our taproom has multiple tables and chairs with additional seating at the bar. There is a space for dancing, and even if you are out on our patio, you can still hear the band.

Marianna Black Library Music

Contact Name: Jeff Delfield

170 Academy Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: jdelfield@fontanalib.org

Call: 828-488-3030

Community Jam – 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, April - October. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer – anything unplugged – is invited to join in. Summer Music Series – 2nd and 4th Thursdays, June – August, 7 pm. Enjoy local and regional favorites playing different genres – traditional mountain music, bluegrass, Celtic, blues, world music and more.

Mountain Layers Brewing Music

Contact Name: Mark Pettit

90, Everett St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mark@mtnlayersbeer.com

Call: 828-538-0115

Eclectic mix of classic rock, blues, folk, and Appalachian music from local and regional performers. Music on the covered rooftop terrace overlooking downtown Bryson City from 7 - 10 pm every Saturday night year 'round and every Friday night, March - December. (In cold weather plastic siding drops down and heaters are added.)

Rainy Day Activities

Don’t Let a Little Rain Dampen Your Fun

You come to the Smokies to enjoy the great outdoors — hiking, biking, boating, fishing. paddleboarding, horseback riding, zip lining and exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But what if it rains? Other than tubing or whitewater rafting (you’re going to get wet anyway), you’ll probably prefer some indoor activities. And we have plenty.

Rainy Day Things to Do in the NC Smokies

BRYSON CITY

Downtown Bryson City

Why not spend a casual afternoon visiting our coffee shops, lounges, unique stores, or craft breweries? Or schedule a massage for the ultimate indoor relaxation?

Swain County Heritage Museum

Artifacts and information on the history of Swain County. Free admission.

Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm

2 Everett Street

828-488-7857

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Scenic excursions daily.

226 Everett Street

800-872-4681

Smoky Mountain Model Train Museum

Numerous operating layouts, activity center, and more.

226 Everett Street

866-914-5200

Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians

Exhibits, video, and more tracing the evolution of the sport in the Southeast. Free admission.

210 Main Street

800-867-9246

Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians

Enjoy the history of the Southern Appalachians through the art of storytelling and the making of crafts.

22 Fry Street

828-488-5705

Xscape Bryson City

Themed escape rooms. Solve puzzles to ‘escape.’

96 Greenlee St.

828-488-5333

Appalachian Rivers Aquarium.

Opening Spring 2019

117 Island Street

828-488-3681

CHEROKEE

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Travel through time and learn the history of the Cherokee Nation.

589 Tsali Boulevard

828-497-3481

Cherokee Phoenix Theatre

Six screens, stadium seating, game room. Open daily.

91 Sequoyah Trail

828-497-7384

UltraStar Multi-tainment Center

Located in Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, this entertainment center offers twenty-four lanes of bowling, arcade, and adult lounge. Open daily.

777 Casino Drive

MAGGIE VALLEY

Wheels Through Time Museum

All American motorcycle museum with over 300 displays.

Open Thursday–Monday, April thru Thanksgiving

2914 Soco Road

828-926-6266

FRANKLIN

The Factory

Fun for the whole family: games, indoor jump center, carousel, indoor mini golf.

1024 Georgia Road (US 441)

828-349-8888

Down Memory Lane Toy Museum

The collection consists of a large selection of Studebaker cars, trucks, military equipment and over 200 pieces of construction equipment.

51 Cowee School Drive

828-421-7280

Scottish Tartans Museum

Dedicated to the origins, history, and development of tartans, specifically the development of the kilt.

86 East Main Street

828-524-7472

CULLOWHEE

Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University

Celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of the Southern Appalachians. Free admission.

176 Central Drive

828-227-7129

ASHEVILLE

Biltmore Estate

America’s Largest Home

Children 9 and under are free when accompanied with a paying adult.

1 Lodge Street

1-800-411-3812

For more information on these attractions, please stop by the Visitor Center at 2 Everett Street, Bryson City.

Weddings

Planning Your Wedding in the Mountains?

Here’s all the information you need to plan – and enjoy – your special day!

Quick Tips

Getting Your License

Swain County Administration Building

Register of Deeds

101 Mitchell Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

828-488-9273

Issued: Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Cost: $60. No waiting period

Required Identification

You do not have to be a resident of North Carolina, however you must have proof of age and your social security card.

If you are under 21 you have to have a certified copy of your birth certificate, your Social Security card and a picture ID. If you are over 21 you just need your Social Security card and a picture ID.

Licenses from other Counties in NC Licenses are valid if issued in any county of North Carolina; however they must be returned for filing to county of origin. If previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse’s death must be supplied. If the divorce was within 90 days, a signed copy of the divorce decree will need to be shown.

Public Wedding Venues

Courthouse Ceremony Performed by Magistrate. Cost: $20

Weddings in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park require a special use permit and a small fee. 50 locations to choose from. Learn more and view video.

Weddings at Riverfront Park

Swain County Administration 828-488-9273

Weddings on Island Park

Bryson City Town Office 828-488-3335

Trip Ideas

Welcome to the Smokies!

Whether you are planning a week’s vacation or just a quick getaway with family or friends, we’ve got some great trip ideas to get you started. Many of them are outdoors, but if you run into a rainy day, there are plenty of indoor things to do.

Trip Ideas

Click or tap below for more information on these suggested vacation ideas.

7 Days Of Fun

A week's vacation in the NC Smokies

Family Friendly Activities on a Budget

Top ten list of family friendly, fun & free activities

Think Outside The Gym

Two-day itinerary to maintain your fitness level on vacation

Dogs Are Family Too

Dog friendly vacation activities

Boating

Boating for Recreation and Fishing on Two Mountain Lakes

In Swain County, two beautiful mountain lakes — the 26 mile-long Fontana and the smaller Cheoah — provide exceptional boating for recreation and fishing.

More about the lakes

While Cheoah provides public access for private boat owners, Fontana offers the most facilities with several full-service marinas as well as public access boat ramps.

Public Boat Access Areas

Old 288 – From Bryson City. Take US 19 S to turn at SR 1323 (Slope St.; begins at bridge by Walgreens). Travel Slope St. .2 miles and turn left at the blinking light onto SR 1321 (Bryson Walk). Bryson Walk becomes Old 288. Travel 1.6 miles and turn left to follow the river continuing on Old 288 Travel .8 miles to the area at the end of the road.

There are picnic tables, restroom, covered pavilion, handicapped accessible ramp and fishing pier at this location.

Lemmons Branch – From Bryson City take US 19/74 West to NC 28 N (right turn towards Robbinsville). Follow NC 28 N about 3 miles to the site for the Tsali Recreation area. Turn right and follow signs to Lemmons Branch Boat Ramp. The ramp is handicapped accessible.

Cable Cove – From Bryson City take US/74 West to NC 28 N (right turn towards Robbinsville). Continue on approximately 20 miles (8.2 past the 143 turnoff). Turn right onto SR 1287 (Cable Cove). Go 1.5 miles to the end of the road.

Lewellyn Branch – On Cheoah Lake, just below Fontana Dam. From Bryson City take US 19/74 West to NC 28 N (right turn towards Robbinsville). Follow NC 28N about 25 miles, crossing the Little Tennessee River just below Fontana Dam. Both the ramp and a fishing pier are handicapped accessible.

Marinas & Boats Tours

Almond Boat & RV Park

Contact Name: Jim & Jo Mathis

1165 Almond Boat Park Rd

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: jjmabp@frontier.com

Call: 828-488-6423

Phone Two: Fax: 828-488-8175

Located on Fontana Lake in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, Almond Boat and RV Park invites you to "Come relax and enjoy the Smokies!" We offer pontoon rentals, boat rentals, cabin rentals, RV park rentals, boat storage, bait, fishing and hunting licenses. Located ten miles outside of Bryson City, NC on a paved road with easy access for motorcyclists and RVs.

Root Hog Fishing Guide Service

Contact Name: Dwight Pigman

PO Box 375

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-862-7958

We are a licensed fishing guide service with over 25 years of guide experience. We are available for 8, 6, and 4-hour fishing excursions for up to 4 people maximum per trip, 7 days a week, year-round. Call us for more information on available times and for reservations and scheduling information.

Fontana Guide Service – Tours

Contact Name: Kyle Fronrath

3336 Balltown Rd

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@fontanaguides.com

Call: 828-736-2318

Other Address: Address: 1102 North River Rd., Sylva, NC, 28779

Be our guest on beautiful Fontana Lake. Relax and enjoy breathtaking views, sunsets, waterfalls, rivers and wildlife from our spacious pontoon boat. Choose a half or full day trip of any kind, or customize your own. Sightseeing, fishing, sunset, swimming, & fall leaf trips available. Great for birthday parties, corporate groups, honeymooners, & families, with something for every budget. Dogs welcome! HD photos & videos of your trip available on request. Let us guide your one-of-a-kind Fontana Lake experience.

Prince Boat Dock

Contact Name: David & Debbie Prince

237 Prince Boat Dock Rd.

Almond, NC 28702

Email: princeboatdock@aol.com

Call: 828-479-3704

Located in Almond NC on beautiful Fontana Lake. We offer pontoon & johnboat rentals, anchored & covered slip moorings for boat storage, dock store with fuel, propane exchange, boat supplies, ice, bait, tackle & tube rentals.

Carolina Bound Adventures Boating

Contact Name: Mark Van Osdal

35 Slope Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mark@carolinaboundadventures.com

Call: 828-569-6699

Are you booking adventures like a Boat Rental plus multiple other Adventures while you’re here for vacation? Save time making reservations and do it all at one website! Our adventure planning and reservation concierge service consolidates your vacation research and planning in one place. Visit our website, choose your desired adventures like a Boat Rental and we’ll make the reservations plus set up your itinerary!

Alarka Boat Dock

Contact Name: Tony Sherrill

7230 Grassy Branch Rd

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: sherrill_j@bellsouth.net

Call: 828-488-3841

Located on Fontana Lake in Swain County NC, Alarka Boat Dock is a one stop source for boat/pontoon put-in, Fontana Lake History Tours, fishing guides, and boat or pontoon rentals. Dock-slips available for boats and pontoon storage. Fishing supplies, ice, bait, snacks, gas and oil, t-shirt and caps, also boat supplies. Lake fishing and trout stream guides available upon request.

Fontana Marina

300 Woods Rd.

Fontana Dam, NC 28733

Call: 828-498-2129

Fontana Marina offers a full line of services for the enjoyment of Fontana Lake including watercraft rentals, free boat launch, a ship store, fishing tackle and license, lake tours and more. Pontoon boat shuttle service is available for backcountry enthusiasts wishing to explore the southern rim of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Fishing

Fishing is big in Swain County. So big, in fact, that it now has its own website – GreatSmokiesFishing.com. This comprehensive guide to fishing in the NC Smokies features, regulations, tournaments, guides, marinas and public access locations and a map and descriptions of twenty-six fishing destinations — mountain trout streams, creeks, rivers and two large lakes. These waters offer more than 17 sporting species from trout to to bass to muskie. What do you want to catch today?

Swain County’s Mountain Lake, Rivers & Streams are a Fisherman’s Paradise

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.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala National Forest offer hundreds of miles of spectacularly clear streams. Just a few minutes from Bryson City, the sparkling waters of Deep Creek are ripe for fly fishing, and many anglers enjoy the Nantahala River just west of town, particularly the section above the powerhouse on Wayah Road (pictured).

Delayed Harvest – Wildlife Resources Commission designated 2.2 miles of the Tuckasegee River in downtown Bryson City as Delayed Harvest Trout Waters. DH Map and regulations The DH Waters are from the US 19 bridge (at Darnell Farms) to the Slope Street bridge in town.

The Little Tennessee River just west of Bryson City off the Needmore Road is a wide, cold, boulder-strewn river – perfect for smallmouth bass, brim, rock bass and muskie.

The Cherokee Indian Reservation also offers a variety of fishing opportunities for the trout fisherman with regularly stocked streams, trophy waters and three trout ponds. Cherokee holds several tagged fish tournaments, a fly-fishing tournament in the trophy waters and a trout derby for children every year.

If you prefer flat water fishing, Fontana Lake boasts one of the most diverse fish populations anywhere in the country. With depths of over 400 feet, many northern fish such as walleye, muskie and smallmouth bass are among favorites of local fishermen.

Lake information

For boating information, including public boating access and marinas with boat rentals, as well as the Old 288 handicap accessible fishing pier, visit the Boating page of this web site.

Boating information

Below Fontana Dam on Highway 28, the Lewellyn Branch handicap accessible bank fishing pier and boat launch ramp facility offer fishermen access to Cheoah Lake on the Little Tennessee River.

More fun activities on the water near Bryson City.

Fishing Guides, Outfitters, Fly Shops, Bait & Tackle, and Trout ponds

Alarka Boat Dock

Contact Name: Tony Sherrill

7230 Grassy Branch Rd

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: sherrill_j@bellsouth.net

Call: 828-488-3841

Located on Fontana Lake in Swain County NC, Alarka Boat Dock is a one stop source for boat/pontoon put-in, Fontana Lake History Tours, fishing guides, and boat or pontoon rentals. Dock-slips available for boats and pontoon storage. Fishing supplies, ice, bait, snacks, gas and oil, t-shirt and caps, also boat supplies. Lake fishing and trout stream guides available upon request.

Prince Boat Dock

Contact Name: David & Debbie Prince

237 Prince Boat Dock Rd.

Almond, NC 28702

Email: princeboatdock@aol.com

Call: 828-479-3704

Located in Almond NC on beautiful Fontana Lake. We offer pontoon & johnboat rentals, anchored & covered slip moorings for boat storage, dock store with fuel, propane exchange, boat supplies, ice, bait, tackle & tube rentals.

Cooper Creek Trout Farm & Catch-out Pond

3365 Cooper Creek Rd

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-488-2500

This full service trout farm offers all the amenities in a beautiful mountain setting that includes hiking trails, waterfalls, and picnic tables. No license required, no limit, and all fishing equipment is provided. Guided fishing tours are also available. Stay an hour or the entire day!

Carolina Bound Adventures Fishing

Contact Name: Mark Van Osdal

35 Slope Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mark@carolinaboundadventures.com

Call: 828-569-6699

Do you want to book adventures like Fishing plus multiple other Adventures while you’re here for vacation? Save time making reservations and do it all at one website! Our adventure planning and reservation concierge service consolidates your vacation research and planning in one place. Visit our website, choose your desired adventures like Fishing and we’ll make the reservations plus set up your itinerary!

Almond Boat & RV Park

Contact Name: Jim & Jo Mathis

1165 Almond Boat Park Rd

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: jjmabp@frontier.com

Call: 828-488-6423

Phone Two: Fax: 828-488-8175

Located on Fontana Lake in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, Almond Boat and RV Park invites you to "Come relax and enjoy the Smokies!" We offer pontoon rentals, boat rentals, cabin rentals, RV park rentals, boat storage, bait, fishing and hunting licenses. Located ten miles outside of Bryson City, NC on a paved road with easy access for motorcyclists and RVs.

Simonds Bait & Tackle Shop

Contact Name: Ann Parton

1085 Main St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: annparton@hotmail.com

Call: 828-488-6854

Located on the Tuckasegee River. Live bait: shinners, trout fingerlings (seasonally), nightcrawlers, wax worms, meal worms, and crickets. Complete line of tackle for lake, river, and fly fishing. Locally hand tied flies. Single hook lures for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.Fishing license. On site taxidermy (fish only). Open year round.

Smoky Mountain Outdoors Unlimited

Contact Name: Ronnie Parris

1012 E Alarka Rd

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: ronnie@smokymountainoutdoorsunlimited.com

Call: 828-488-9711

Phone Two: Mobile: 828-736-9471

We offer fly fishing, spin fishing and lake fishing. We specialize in catching Bass and Walleye on Fontana Lake and catching Rainbow and Brown Trout on Cheoah Lake. We also catch Steelhead Trout on Santeetlah Lake. All bait and equipment is furnished. A shore lunch is provided for full-day trips. Half day trips are also available. Open year round.

153 Charters

Contact Name: Cpt. James McManus

2013 East Fork Rd.

Sylva, NC 28779

Email: 153Charters@gmail.com

Call: 828-421-8125

Complete fishing guide service. Specializing in area lakes for Bass, Walleye and Trout. Thirty years experience at Fontana Lake. Can take anyone from novice to expert. We provide all bait, tackle, lunch, drinks and snacks. Top of the line equipment, Lowrance Units, Minn Kota, Penn, Abu Garcia, 22' Panga CC w/145 Yamaha. USCG Licensed.

Tumbling Waters Campground & Trout Pond

1612 Panther Creek Rd

Almond, NC 28702

Email: camping@tumblingwaters.com

Call: 828-479-3814

Located on Panther Creek, 1-1/2 miles off NC 28, between Bryson City and Fontana Dam. Trout farm. Free pole, bait and cleaning! Trout $3.00 per pound. Open March 16th to November 30th. Also a campground.

Smoky Mountain Adventures, Inc.

Contact Name: Steve Claxton

P.O. Box 995

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: steve@steveclaxton.com

Call: 828-736-7501

With over 20 years in the guide industry, Smoky Mountain Adventures specializes in creating a memorable fishing experience. Whether it's backcountry camping & fishing for wild trout, or a day trip learning the art of fly fishing, we have the expertise & patience to give you a trip you will remember for a lifetime. We offer half-day, full-day, & multi-day trips on all area streams, rivers & lakes to fish for trout, walleye, smallmouth & largemouth. Let us customize an unforgettable trip for you!

AB’s Fly Fishing Guide Service

Contact Name: Alex Bell

60 Bristol Drive

Sylva, NC 28779

Email: alex@abfish.org

Call: 828-226-3833

A premier guide service located in the beautiful Smoky mountains of Western NC - the most picturesque trout waters east of the Mississippi River. We accommodate the serious angler as well as the beginner. Learn when and where to catch trout while taking in the soothing waters of Western NC. We are committed to making this your best experience on the water.

Tuckaseegee Fly Shop

Contact Name: Dale Collins

3 Depot Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: tuckriverclub@gmail.com

Call: 828-488-3333

Bryson City NC's only full service fly shop! We are your headquarters for local fly patterns, fly fishing gear, guided trips, and fly fishing advice. We carry products from many well known vendors such as Redington, Rio, Catch Fly Fishing, Montana Fly Company, Scientific Angler, Umpqua, TFO Fly Rods, Chota, Brodin Nets, Simms Logo Apparel, and our very own Tuckaseegee Fly Shop logo hats and shirts. We welcome all locals and travelers to stop in and say hi!

Fly Fishing the Smokies

Contact Name: Eugene Shuler

157 Everett Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: guides@flyfishingthesmokies.net

Call: 828-488-7665

Fly Shop & Guide Service. Discover the majestic streams and mountains while enjoying a day of guided fly fishing with some of the Great Smoky Mountains best fly fishing guides. Since 1999, we have guided anglers of all ages and skill levels to some of the most beautiful trout streams in all of the southeastern United States. We offer wade trips, float trips, our signature beginner classes, backcountry camping and the option of half-day and full-day trips. We have something for everyone and for every budget. Our Fly Shop in downtown Bryson City is stocked with everything you need for a great time fishing in the Smoky Mountains. Stop by and check us out.

Nantahala On The Fly.

Contact Name: Dakota Rogers

12121 Hwy 19 West

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: nantahalaonthefly@gmail.com

Call: 828-736-0784

Phone Two: Phone: 828-361-9386

Phone Three: TF: 800-468-7238

Specializing in fishing the waters of Western North Carolina. We offer fly fishing trips for the beginner to the expert level fisherman on all the most popular streams. Wade or float trips are offered for full or half day with lunch included. Let us help you plan the trip of your dreams. All equipment provided. Camping Cabins available. Nantahala On The Fly is a Carolina Outfitters, Inc. Company licensed by the US Forest Service.

Rivers Edge Outfitters

Contact Name: Joey Walraven

61 Big Cove Road

Cherokee, NC 28719

Email: joey@flyshopnc.com

Call: 828-497-9300

Phone Two: Mobile: 770-546-0406

Other Address: Mailing: PO Box 1805, Cherokee, NC, 28719

Full service fly fishing shop fully stocked with all your fly fishing essentials, basic spinner fishing gear and bait, and hiking and camping gear. Also offering fully guided fishing and hiking trips throughout Cherokee, Bryson City, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Convenient location with onsite parking near the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Root Hog Fishing Guide Service

Contact Name: Dwight Pigman

PO Box 375

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-862-7958

We are a licensed fishing guide service with over 25 years of guide experience. We are available for 8, 6, and 4-hour fishing excursions for up to 4 people maximum per trip, 7 days a week, year-round. Call us for more information on available times and for reservations and scheduling information.

Fontana Marina

300 Woods Rd.

Fontana Dam, NC 28733

Call: 828-498-2129

Fontana Marina offers a full line of services for the enjoyment of Fontana Lake including watercraft rentals, free boat launch, a ship store, fishing tackle and license, lake tours and more. Pontoon boat shuttle service is available for backcountry enthusiasts wishing to explore the southern rim of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Mac Brown Fly Fish.

Contact Name: Mac Brown

779, West Deep Creek Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: macbrownflyfish@gmail.com

Call: 828-736-1469

Fly fishing outfitter for guide and float trips, schools and casting instruction since 1987.

Great Smoky Mountain Bait & Tackle

Contact Name: Joanne Parton

4740 Hwy 19W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-488-8920

Phone Two: Fax: 828-488-0545

Fully stocked with all of your fishing needs. Great Smoky Mountain Bait & Tackle has everything you would need for a fishing excursion except the boat. We have a large stock of rods and reels and are a fully stocked bait shop. North Carolina annual and day pass fishing license sold here. Lake Fontana maps available.

Fontana Guide Service – Fishing

Contact Name: Kyle Fronrath

3336 Balltown Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@fontanaguides.com

Call: 828-736-2318

Other Address: Address: 1102 North River Rd., Sylva, NC, 28779

We'll show you the best fishing in the rivers & lakes of the Smoky Mountains. Fish with International Game Fish Association Professional Guides. Half day & full day trips. Pontoon boat, kayak & paddle board, wade & walk, and night fishing trips offered year round. Choose fly fishing or spinning tackle with top of the line gear. We provide everything. We have a trip for any skill level or budget. HD photos & videos of your trip available upon request. Ask about our lodging packages.

Endless River Adventures – Fishing

Contact Name: Ken Kastorff

14157 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@endlessriveradventures.com

Call: 828-488-6199

Phone Two: TF: 800-224-RAFT (7238)

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-2259

Endless River Adventures offers full and half-day fly fishing adventures for both beginning and experienced anglers. Options include float trips on the Nantahala River, as well as wade trips on the Upper Nantahala for trout; float and wade trips on the Tuckasegee River and Little Tennessee River for trout and small mouth bass. All equipment, rods, reels, waders and wading boots are included. Over 20 years experience in Western North Carolina. Licensed by the US Forest Service. Complete fly fishing shop.

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding in the North Carolina Smokies

A great way to enjoy the rugged beauty of the Smoky Mountains is on horseback. Several stables offer guided horse rides in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Nantahala National Forest. Horseback treks are generally one to four hours, but may also be overnight camping trips.

For Horse Owners

If you like traveling with your own horses, the Great Smokies National Park and the Nantahala National Forest offer excellent horseback riding trails.

About 550 miles of the 800 miles of National Park trails are open to horses. Download a trail map, which also has regulations for horse use of the Park. GSMNP – 865-436-1231.

The Tsali Trails in the Nantahala National Forest near Bryson City are multi-use trails. Call ahead to the Nantahala National Forest District office to verify the current schedule for horseback riding – 828-524-6441.

Riding Stables & Horse Camp

Deep Creek Horse Camp

Contact Name: James Clark

750 W. Deep Creek Rd. #11

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: James28713@aol.com

Call: 828-488-6961

Phone Two: Mobile: 828-736-1270

Camping in paradise does exist. Close access to five trailheads and 400 miles of trails. If you like riding in the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you can do it from our Bryson City horse camp. Bring your horses and explore the many miles of the most scenic trails you'll ever ride!

Carolina Bound Adventures Horseback Riding

Contact Name: Mark Van Osdal

35 Slope Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mark@carolinaboundadventures.com

Call: 828-569-6699

Do you want to book adventures like Horseback Riding plus multiple other Adventures while you’re here for vacation? Save time making reservations and do it all at one website! Our adventure planning and reservation concierge service consolidates your vacation research and planning in one place. Visit our website, choose your desired adventures like Horseback Riding and we’ll make the reservations plus set up your itinerary!

Nantahala Village Riding Stables

9400 Highway 19/74 West

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: David@nantahalaridingstable.com

Call: 828-488-9649

Phone Two: Phone: 828-488-8600

Guided trips in the Nantahala National Forest overlooking Fontana Lake & the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Reservations preferred. Open weekends April-May and September-October. Memorial Day-Labor Day full time.

Smokemont Riding Stable

Contact Name: Jason Cook

135 Smokemont Riding Stable Rd

Cherokee, NC 28719

Email: smokymtn@hughes.net

Call: 828-497-2373

Enjoy scenic guided horseback riding within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Rides available for the beginner or experienced rider featuring wooded forests, wildflowers, river and waterfalls. An authorized concessioner of the National Park Service.

Paddleboarding

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding – A Unique Way to Play on Water In the Smokies

Stand-Up paddleboarding (SUP), similar to canoeing, involves an oversized surf-style board and a long handled paddle, which you use to propel and steer through the water. Different boards types, shapes and sizes are used depending on the body of water you SUP.

Here in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina we paddle board the Tuckasegee River in downtown Bryson City, and the placid water of Fontana Lake. A favorite spot – the finger lake area – is easy to access and there are no boats around to send wakes your way.

More fun activities on the water near Bryson City.

What to wear

All rentals include board, paddle and approved life jacket. It’s advisable to be barefoot and to wear a bathing suit or shorts and tee shirt. Watches and loose jewelry should be left behind. And eyeglasses should be secured with a head strap. You should also bring towels and a change of dry clothes.

Paddleboarding Rentals

The Sunny Day Adventure Co. LLC

Contact Name: Jason S. Swafford

151 1/2 Sardis Rd.

Asheville, NC 28806

Email: sunnydayadventures@hotmail.com

Call: 828-772-5890

Other Address: Mailing: P.O. Box 2052, Enka, NC, 28728

With services based on Fontana Lake and accessing all areas of the lake with its 32' pontoon boat, The Sunny Day Adventure Company guides standup paddle board and hiking tours to some of the most dynamic scenery Western North Carolina has to offer.

Carolina Bound Adventures Paddle Boarding

Contact Name: Mark Van Osdal

35 Slope Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mark@carolinaboundadventures.com

Call: 828-569-6699

Are you booking adventures like Paddle Boarding plus multiple other Adventures while you’re here for vacation? Save time making reservations and do it all at one website! Our adventure planning and reservation concierge service consolidates your vacation research and planning in one place. Visit our website, choose your desired adventures like Paddle Boarding and we’ll make the reservations plus set up your itinerary!

Bryson City Outdoors

Contact Name: Brett Hackshaw or Ben King

169 Main Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@BrysonCityOutdoors.com

Call: 828-342-6444

Rent a paddleboard in downtown Bryson City on the river or nearby on Fontana Lake! Our paddleboards are very beginner friendly and our knowledgeable staff can help anyone stand up on a paddleboard. Guided tours also available. Great fun for the whole family, call today to book your trip!

Nantahala Outdoor Center

13077 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rafting@noc.com

Call: 828-488-6900

Phone Two: TF: 800-232-7238

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-0301

Nantahala Outdoor Center’s main campus is located at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Nantahala River, just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A mecca for outdoor enthusiasts since 1972, NOC’s 500-acre adventure campus boasts plenty of excitement to keep your entire group happy and active, whether you spend the day or a week! Whitewater raft, zipline, mountain bike and hike, and explore Lake Fontana in a rental kayak or SUP. In between adventures, check out NOC’s two riverfront restaurants, onsite shopping, and spend the night in a cozy trailside cabin!

Spas & Massage

A Rejuvenating Treat For Your Smoky Mountain Getaway

As long as you are de-stressing with a trip to the mountains, why not include a professional massage or spa treatment. You’ll find a full range of massage and spa services in the Bryson City area, from resorts with spa packages to massage therapists with convenient, intown locations.

Men’s Journal magazine featured Bryson City as a “Top Ten Best Summer Mountain Town” in it’s Annual Adventure issue. Keeping company with Taos, NM; Crested Butte, CO; Ketchum, ID and Park City, UT; Bryson was the only Southeastern town on the list. Nice mentions of Soda Pops, Freight Hoppers, NOC, and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

Other media mentions about Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Spas & Massage Therapists

Lakeview at Fontana Spa

171 Lakeview Lodge Dr

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@lakeviewatfontana.com

Call: 828-488-3727

Phone Two: TF: 800-742-6492

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-4569

From invigorating, naturally inspired facials to deeply exfoliating and detoxifying body treatments, stress-stripping massages and un-fussy, unwinding yoga classes; whatever truly relaxes you is waiting at the Lakeview at Fontana Spa. Come for the night, or simply spend a day in our spa. Featured in Southern Living magazine. Call today to make an appointment.

Nurture Wellness Studio & Massage

Contact Name: Jackie Beecher

50 Academy Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: beechgirl11@yahoo.com

Call: 828-400-9616

Jackie has extensive experience as a bodywork therapist, yoga practitioner and teacher. With the perfect synthesis of the art and science of massage therapy, Jackie uses an interesting blend of bodywork styles. Her work is skillful, compassionate and intuitive and truly embodies the body, mind, spirit approach to wellness. Nationally certified since 1999.

Lift Massage Therapy

Contact Name: Braden Henry

134 Depot St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: lift.breaden@gmail.com

Call: 828-736-6960

Lift Massage Therapy is a mobile spa that brings massage therapy wherever you are. We bring the necessary tools and a talented massage therapist to your home or place of business. And now, Lift Massage Therapy has joined forces with Smoky Mountain Chiropractic to encourage appropriate lifestyle changes combined with chiropractic care and massage therapy to help clients reach their health goals.

Mountain Therapeutic – Massage and Acupuncture

Contact Name: Dennis Harrison and Karen Litton

134 Richmond St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mountaintherapeutic@gmail.com

Call: 828-488-6242

Phone Two: Local: 828-538-1256

Phone Three: Fax: 899-212-8058

Offering acupuncture and therapeutic massage for health maintenance and recovery from illness and injury; both are proven to effectively treat pain. Two locations: one in Bryson City and one in the Nantahala Gorge. Call for an appointment. Both providers have over 30 years of experience in the field of healthcare.

A New Attitude Salon & Day Spa

Contact Name: Nancy Jones

147 Main Street, Suite D

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: ncj725@live.com

Call: 828-488-1449

Full service salon for the entire family, with walk–ins welcome. All hair treatments available, as well as manicure and pedicure services. Spa offerings include: facelift massage, body massage, couples massage on Saturdays, and a sauna. Wedding hair and make-up services available onsite or at your venue.

Sue Magness Therapeutic Massage

Contact Name: Sue Magness

50 Academy Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: suemagness@gmail.com

Call: 828-736-0554

Phone Two: Phone: 828-488-6502

Licensed massage and Bodywork therapist located in downtown Bryson City. Offering Swedish, deep tissue, sports and medical massage. Open Monday through Friday, and Saturdays with advanced notice. Call for an appointment!

WNC Structual Bodywork & Massage

Contact Name: Andrea R. Clapp, MPH, LMBT 3247

835 East Main St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: arcmassage@gmail.com

Call: 828-506-6900

Other Address: Mailing: PO Box 2255, Bryson City, NC, 28713

This independent solo practice has a strong emphasis on connective tissue injury and rehabilitation. Practice models focus particular attention on the physical body to promote relief of pain and discomfort. Models have the premise that clients seek to achieve balance in life so to promote optimal health and wellbeing

Whitewater Rafting

Four Rivers Offer Whitewater Fun for All Ages in the NC Smokies

NANTAHALA

Located about a dozen miles west of Bryson City on US 19/74, the scenic Nantahala River ranks among the most popular whitewater rafting rivers in the country. Without a doubt, it is the most popular in the Southeast luring more than 200,000 paddlers to its waters every year. A perfect combination of exciting whitewater and placid pools, the Nantahala is a great introduction to the sport of whitewater paddling.

Nantahala River Webcam

With Class II and III rapids, it’s considered a “family” river suitable for senior citizens and children — providing the kids are at least 7 years old or weigh at least 60 pounds.

But, don’t get the wrong idea. Just because the river is suitable for families doesn’t mean it’s not exciting. It’s also challenging enough for the US Olympic Kayaking Team, which often trains on the Nantahala.

Nantahala won “Best Paddling River” in the Blue Ridge Outdoors 2016 Best of the Blue Ridge Awards.

TUCKASEGEE

In the mood for something more sedate? Try the Tuckasegee River. With its Class I and II rapids, Tuckasegee rafting trips provide great outdoor entertainment for the entire family. (including kids as young as 4 or weigh at least 40 pounds).

CHEOAH

The Cheoah is a nine-mile stretch of a narrow, whitewater river located outside of the mountain community of Robbinsville, west of Bryson City. It begins below Santeetlah Lake Dam, parallels Hwy 129 and finishes at Calderwood Lake. The Cheoah is a controlled-release river with a very limited number of release dates. It has continuous Class IV – V rapids. Dropping 150-feet per mile, the Cheoah is 3x as steep as the Gauley. Check with your outfitter for times.

OCOEE

The Ocoee has been rated one of the ten best whitewater rivers in the country by Canoe Magazine. A number of these outfitters also take trips down the Ocoee, about 1-1/2 hours southwest of Bryson City. It has been chosen as the site of national whitewater championships on several occasions as well as home of the 1996 Olympic Whitewater competition. Fully guided due to the challenging water.

More fun activities on he water near Bryson City.

What to Wear

All outfitters provide approved life jackets; most outfitters will provide a wet suit and/or paddling jackets during the cooler months.

It’s advisable to wear a bathing suit or shorts and tee shirt, and secure shoes. If it’s cool, you should bring wool socks, a hat and sweater. Watches and loose jewelry should be left behind. And eyeglasses should be secured with a head strap. You should also bring towels and a change of dry clothes.

Rafting Outfitters

Rolling Thunder River Company

10160 Highway 19 West

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rafting@RollingThunderRiverCo.com

Call: 800-408-7238

Phone Two: 828-488-2030

For almost 40 years Rolling Thunder River Company has provided high quality, fun filled rafting experiences, with over 1 million guests choosing to raft and stay with us. Choose guided, follow a guide or non-guided/ rental trip options. We offer hot showers, campground, and a bunkhouse which sleeps up to 65 people. Family owned and operated with a caring staff. Open April - September.

Carolina Outfitters Rafting Company

12121 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: raft@carolinaoutfitters.com

Call: 828-488-6345

Phone Two: TF: 800-GOT-RAFT

Offers Guide-in-Boat, Guide Assisted, or Non-Guided whitewater rafting trips on the popular and scenic Nantahala River. Inflatable Funyak/Ducky rentals. Excellent equipment, friendly staff, and comfortable facilities. Great low prices and group rates available. Combine our rafting with gemstone mining, horseback riding, and scenic train tours. Fully furnished vacation rentals available. Convenient to all area attractions.

Tuckaseegee Outfitters

Contact Name: Rodney Lowman

4909 Hwy 441/74

Whittier, NC 28789

Call: 828-586-5050

Phone Two: TF: 888-593-5050

Raft with kids as yound as age 4. No weight limit. Guide assisted half day rafting trips on class I and II whitewater. A great trip for families with younger kids and for beginners.

Endless River Adventures

14157 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@endlessriveradventures.com

Call: 828-488-6199

Phone Two: TF: 800-224-RAFT

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-2259

Other Address: Mailing: PO Box 246, Bryson City, NC, 28713

Offers whitewater rafting on the Nantahala, Cheoah, and Ocoee Rivers. Ocoee rafting package includes transportation from our Nantahala Outpost, saving you the extra driving. Kayak instruction from the beginner to advanced level and kayak/mountain bike trips to Costa Rica and Ecuador. Lake touring offered for half-and full-day trips. Also, fly fishing instruction & guide service with drift boat option.

Appalachian Rivers Raft Co., Inc.

1365 Hwy 19 West

Topton, NC 28781

Email: raft@apprivers.com

Call: 800-330-1999

Phone Two: Phone: 828-488-6345

Offering exciting and enjoyable whitewater activities for families and groups since 1979. Featuring excellent equipment and a courteous, professional staff and very reasonable rates. We invite you to come and enjoy the river in one of our self-bailing rafts or funyaks. For the inexperienced, we offer guide-assisted or fully guided trips. Contact us soon and join the fun!!

Nantahala Outdoor Center

13077 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rafting@noc.com

Call: 828-488-6900

Phone Two: TF: 800-232-7238

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-0301

Nantahala Outdoor Center’s main campus is located at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Nantahala River, just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A mecca for outdoor enthusiasts since 1972, NOC’s 500-acre adventure campus boasts plenty of excitement to keep your entire group happy and active, whether you spend the day or a week! Whitewater raft, zipline, mountain bike and hike, and explore Lake Fontana in a rental kayak or SUP. In between adventures, check out NOC’s two riverfront restaurants, onsite shopping, and spend the night in a cozy trailside cabin!

Adventurous Fast Rivers Rafting

Contact Name: Steven & Susan Matz

14690 Nantahala River, 19W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: rafting@white-water.com

Call: 800-438-7238

Phone Two: Local: 828-488-2386

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-6481

Experience the beauty and adventure of whitewater on the Nantahala River. We are family owned and located directly on river. Our specialty is giving economical prices with the very best in personal service, equipment, facilities, and staff. No experience necessary. Guided & unguided trips available March through October. Walk-ins are welcome or call to reserve your adventure. We look forward to seeing you on the river with us.

Paddle Inn Rafting Company

Contact Name: Mark Thomas

14611 Highway 19 West

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@paddleinnrafting.com

Call: 828-488-9651

Phone Two: Phone: 800-711-RAFT

Phone Three: Phone: 877-265-7253

We offer guided, guide assisted, and be your own boss (Rentals.) We have Funyaks, Pumas, Self Bailers and regular rafts. Enjoy our riverfront cabins, RV sites and group tenting areas. We want to share our passion for the river with you and we take pride in our customer service. You are our number one concern. Near Bryson City, open April-Nov. Also open by advance reservation Nov. - April.

Carolina Bound Adventures Whitewater Rafting

Contact Name: Mark Van Osdal

35 Slope Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mark@carolinaboundadventures.com

Call: 828-569-6699

Do you want to book adventures like Whitewater Rafting plus multiple other Adventures while you’re here for vacation? Save time making reservations and do it all at one website! Our adventure planning and reservation concierge service consolidates your vacation research and planning in one place. Visit our website, choose your desired adventures like Whitewater Rafting and we’ll make the reservations plus set up your itinerary!

Wildwater-Nantahala Gorge Adventure Center

10345 Hwy 19S

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@wildwaterrafting.com

Call: 800-451-9972

Phone Two: Phone: 828-488-2384

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-9130

Other Address: Mailing: PO Box 190, Almond, NC, 28702

Fully guided and rental inflatable kayak and raft trips available. A family-owned business since 1971, Wildwater runs on the Nantahala, Ocoee, Pigeon, and Chattooga Rivers. A complete adventure destination-Zipline Canopy Tours, half-day Jeep® Tours, full-day Rails & Trails, and Raft & Rail© since 1988. Wildwater offers 100% quality service guarantee. On site lodging in unique Yurt Cabins or economical Group Lodge at our Falling Waters Adventure Resort. WIFI for guests.

Places to Go

great smoky mountains

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.

Bryson City Diversions

Downtown Bryson City

Appalachian Trail

Cherokee

Deep Creek

Fly Fishing Museum

Fontana & Cheoah Lakes

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Heritage Museum

Island Park

Nantahala Gorge

Scenic Roads

Swain County Quilt Trail

Waterfalls

Other Area Attractions

Great Reasons To Visit The North Carolina Smokies

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park info

Unique shops and galleries info

Lots of special events info

Spectacular mountain views

Whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River info

Mountain biking at Tsali info

Boating and fishing on Lake Fontana info

Legendary trout streams info

Cherokee Indian Reservation info

The Blue Ridge Parkway info

Curvy roads at the Deal’s Gap “Dragon” info

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad info

Crystal waterfalls info

Hiking trails info

Great restaurants info

Wineries & breweries info

Downtown Bryson City

Bryson City – A Real, Small Town

Bordering the southern side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bryson City is a laid-back, non-touristy town of 1,300 with more stop signs than stoplights. It’s an easily stroll-able town with local bookstores, arts and crafts galleries with working artisans, bike shops, a fly fishing shop, a historical museum, a fly fishing museum, a scenic train, a brewery, and a surprising variety of restaurants. Map of downtown shops, eateries, attractions

Take a virtual tour of Bryson City with interior 360 visits to fifteen of our small businesses.

Sit a spell on a bench and look up at a clear blue sky and green mountainsides. People watch, enjoy a sweet treat, visit some shops, enjoy some music, drop a fishing line in the Tuckasegee River as it flows through town or explore it by kayak or paddleboard. Take a literary tour of the Bryson City Cemetery, the Bryson City Tales / Larimore tour, or a historical stroll through town. Enjoy having your pet with you on vacation? You and your pet will love Island Park. Bryson City is dog friendly.

Venture just a few minutes from this quiet downtown and you’ll find a vast outdoor playground for water sports, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, zip lines, scenic drives, waterfalls and more.

You will love Bryson City, where you can have a big vacation in a small town!

Deep Creek

A Beautiful Recreation Area Just 5 Minutes North of Bryson City

Those who think the Great Smoky Mountains are in Tennessee are not even half right. North Carolina encompasses more than half of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and most of that is in Swain County.

In fact, one of the most beautiful areas in the National Park is just a few minutes outside Bryson City. Deep Creek – known for waterfalls, trails, swimming and tubing, and fly fishing – has more fun things to do than any other area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So come for a visit and explore the many wonders of Deep Creek!

Deep Creek trail was one of the first trails constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the newly legislated National Park in the early 1930s. The current Deep Creek Campground was also the site of the Deep Creek CCC Camp from 1933 to 1936.

Guide to Deep Creek

Tubing and swimming

A full day of fun for about $6

Waterfalls

Walk to three waterfalls

Trails

For hiking, biking and horseback riding

Fishing

Fish for native brook, brown and rainbow trout

Picnicking & camping

in the National Park

Pet Info

Pets are NOT allowed on hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are allowed in Deep Creek campground, picnic areas, and along roads, but must be kept on a leash (no more than 6 feet long) at all times.

In the National Park, pets are only allowed on one short walking path — the Oconaluftee River Trail, which begins at the Park Visitor Center in Cherokee. Pets are not allowed on any other park trails, including backcountry areas.

Please clean up after your pets, and do not leave them unattended in vehicles or RVs.

There are several places that welcome dogs in the Bryson City area, including Island Park in downtown Bryson City.

scenic roads

Western North Carolina is Famous for its Scenic Mountain Roads and Spectacular Views

Make Swain County your home base for a mountain vacation, and get ready to enjoy 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.

Our most well-known drives take you through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala Gorge, to Fontana Dam, on the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Cherohala Skyway, down The Road to Nowhere, and along the infamous Dragon at Deals Gap. Yet there are plenty of side trips down country roads that take you to that perfect picnic spot or fishing hole – or just a drive for the joy of the journey.

Six Scenic Side Trips From Bryson City

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Oconaluftee to Sugarlands to Cades Cove

Road to Nowhere

Lakeview Drive, north of Bryson City

Blue Ridge Parkway

Cherokee to Asheville

The Dragon and More

318 curves and two dams

Cherohala Skyway

To Tellico Plains plus Joyce Kilmer

Nantahala Area

The gorge, the mountain, the lake

3 Roads in WNC Voted Tops for Motorcycles

USA Today readers have picked 3 WNC roads in the 10 best for a motorcycle trip. The Dragon at Deal’s Gap was picked #4, The Blue Ridge Parkway #5, and the Cherohala Skyway was #6. July, 2014. Read more

American Motorcyclist Association also named these three among the top 15 best in America to ride. AMA members ranked The Blue Ridge Parkway # 2, US 129 The Dragon #3, and The Cherohala Skyway #7. Nearly 100 roads in the US were on the ballot. “When it comes to the best places in the country to ride motorcycles, no group of riders is more knowledgeable than AMA members,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. Read more in AMA magazine – April 2011 issue.

Appalachian Trail

The Smokies Offer The Best of The Appalachian Trail

Of the 2,147 miles that comprise the AT, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park accounts for 71 miles, including the highest peak along the trail (Clingmans Dome 6,643’). Of the National Park’s 848 miles of trails, the AT is by far the most popular. Clingmans Dome is the highest point on the AT, and Fontana Dam is the only dam crossing on the AT.

The Trail through the Smokies also has the most rainfall and snowfall on the AT. in the South, and many hikers are caught off-guard by the snow and cold temperatures at high elevations. The temperatures at 5000 feet can be 10 to 20 degrees cooler than the valleys around Bryson City.

You Read The Book, You Saw The Movie. We Have The Real Thing.

In the film A Walk in the Woods, Robert Redford & Nick Nolte star as old friends who — ready or not — decide to hike the AT. Based on Bill Bryson’s bestseller, the movie co-stars Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman & Kristen Schaal.

The movie has put a spotlight on the Smokies’ most popular trail — ‘our’ spectacular 71-mile section of the 2,190-mile AT.

While most of the film was shot in Georgia, one scene has the intrepid duo walking across Fontana Dam on their way to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Nantahala Gorge

The Nantahala River Gorge

Over the course of centuries, the Nantahala River carved out an eight-mile gorge so deep that many parts of it see direct sunlight for only a short time each day. The Cherokee called the gorge ‘Nantahala’ which means “Land of the Noon-day Sun.”

Today, the Nantahala is the center of Bryson City’s most popular outdoor activities — whitewater rafting, kayaking, zip lining, fishing, hiking and gem mines. Rafting alone lures more than 200,000 paddlers every year making it one of the most popular whitewater rafting rivers in the Southeast. A number of rafting and kayaking outfitters offer guided and self-guided trips down the lower Nantahala’s eight-mile whitewater venue. And two of those outfitters also operate ziplines and canopy tours, as well as rope courses, adventure net play for kids and kids ziplines.

A perfect combination of exciting whitewater and placid pools, the Nantahala is a great introduction to the sport of whitewater paddling. With Class II and III rapids, it’s considered a “family” river suitable for senior citizens and children — providing the kids are at least 7 years old or weigh at least 60 pounds.

But, don’t get the wrong idea. Just because the river is suitable for families doesn’t mean it’s not exciting. It’s challenging enough for the US Olympic Kayaking Team, which often trains on the Nantahala. In 2013, the Gorge was the site of the International Canoe Federation’s Freestyle World Championships. The “Championship Wave” the competitors used is open for public use.

NOTE: any private boating activity on the river requires a USFS Nantahala River Permit (available at Nantahala Outdoor Center and Endless River Adventures)

Swain County Quilt Trail

Swain County’s Quilt Trail Showcases Our Mountain Heritage

Quilt Trails got their start in 2001 when an Ohio women painted a block on her family barn to honor her mother, a quilter. From that first block, the idea has grown to cover 30 states and more than 2,000 quilt blocks – featured not only on barns, but public buildings, shops, homes, and now – in Bryson City – on an island.

Enjoy exploring the beautiful scenery here in Western North Carolina as you follow the Swain County Quilt Trail.

A Tour Guide to Swain County Quilt Blocks

Appalachian Dream

Swain County Chamber of Commerce

Railroad Spirit

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot

Double Wedding Ring

Bryson City Island Park

Harmony Square

Lands Creek Log Cabins

Dresden Plate

The Cottage Craftsman

East Alarka Mountains

Smoky Mountain Meadows Campground

Around Deep Creek

Deep Creek Tube Center & Campground

American Dream

Calhoun House Inn & Suites

Indian Trail, Celtic Chain & Red Flower Bud

Southwestern Community College

Diane's Passion

Brigham Law Office

Area Attractions

Bryson City’s Location Is Ideal For Exploring All of Western North Carolina

Dozens of Smoky Mountain attractions are just a short drive from Bryson City, making this the ideal home base for an event-filled Western North Carolina vacation. You can even enjoy easy day trips to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Cades Cove – and then retreat to the peace and quiet of the North Carolina Smokies. There’s plenty to keep you occupied for a few days or a week’s vacation.

Attractions within a 45-minute to a 1-hour drive

Biltmore House

Cataloochee Ski Area

Fontana Dam

John C. Campbell Folk School

North Carolina Arboretum

Scottish Tartans Museum

WNC Nature Center

Wheels Through Time Museum

Attractions within a 1- to 2-hour drive

Cades Cove

Chimney Rock Park

Cradle of Forestry in America

Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

Sliding Rock

Fontana & Cheoah Lake

Fontana Lake Has Been Called the Best-kept Secret in the Mountains

The 29-mile long, 11,700-acre Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) lake has more than 240 miles of shoreline. And its deep, cold waters provide the ideal habitat for a variety of fish. In fact, record size muskie and walleye have been pulled from its depths. And many believe it’s one of the best smallmouth bass fishing lakes in the country, including the Fisherman’s Bass Tournament Circuit, which has held a Hall of Fame Classic at Fontana.

Island Park

Only accessible by a foot bridge, Bryson City’s Island Park is cut off from the mainland by the Tuckasegee River that runs through the center of town. The park, just four short blocks from Everett Street, offers a secluded unspoiled landscape for fresh water anglers, picnickers, kayakers, tourists, hikers, bird watchers and nature enthusiasts.

Driving / Walking Directions

From Everett Street go east on Island Street (one way) along the Tuckasegee River. Just past the Appalachian Rivers Aquarium (0pening in the spring), the road/sidewalk turns north on to Ramseur Street. After one short block, go right on to Bryson Street. Island Park is straight ahead. To leave, go west on Bryson Street.

Near the picnic area, there are steps for launching kayaks and canoes to play in the water and enjoy the mid-stream rapids called ‘Devil’s Dip.’ This area and further up the island is also ideal for fly fishing in waders.

Island Park is pet friendly for leashed dogs. About a quarter of the 4.5-acre park is open and shaded with picnic tables, trash cans and dog waste stations. The rest is heavily wooded with roughly a half-mile of dirt trails that circle around the island and through its center.

Along your walk, near the center of the island, stands what may be Bryson City’s largest and oldest tree, a tulip poplar with a 20-foot circumference. At the eastern tip of Island Park, you’ll see the remnants of an old stone wall. And just a few yards upstream you can see the mouth of Deep Creek.

Bryson City’s Island Park

Entrance located at intersection of Ramseur and Bryson streets

Open daily from dawn to dusk

Pet-friendly (dogs on leash)

No alcohol

No drugs

No weapons

No fireworks

No admittance after dusk.

The park is patrolled by the Bryson City Police Department.

Fishing

Anglers enjoy the waters around the island park because of the wide variety of fish species found there, including brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, carp, river redhorse, small and large mouth bass, catfish, white bass, walleye, and rock bass. The park is within the 2.2 mile section of the Tuckasegee River that’s designated as Delayed Harvest Trout Waters, which means catch and release rules apply from October 1 until the first Saturday in June. More about fishing in the Smokies.

Just outside the park, on Island Street, there’s a handicapped access fishing pier over the Tuckasegee.

History

For some local lore, read the story of ‘Ironfoot, the Hermit of Island Park.’

Dating back to its revitalization in the 1980s, Island Park has served as a recreational destination for tourists and locals alike. The trails were created by Bryson City resident R.T. (Buddy) Abbott, to whom the park is dedicated.

In 2004, the island was devastated by severe wind and flooding from Hurricane Katrina that left the island closed to the public for several years. Up until the year 2008, the island was only accessible by a swinging foot bridge, but due to years of weathering a new, fixed concrete bridge was erected in its place.

Waterfalls

The Sight and Sound of Falling Water is Magical, Even When the Falls Are Only a Few Feet High

A walk or drive beside any mountain stream will lead you by hundreds of tumbling cascades as the waters rush down from the peaks of the Smokies. But the high falls are the most spectacular, and Swain County offers some of the best in the Smokies, including Deep Creek’s trio of waterfalls – Juney Whank, Tom Branch and Indian Creek Falls. Just a half-hour away you’ll find Mingo & Soco Falls in Cherokee, and the Nantahala Cascades in the Nantahala River Gorge.

If you’re looking to make a full day of waterfall viewing, take a look at the Franklin/Highlands waterfall loop. Many falls are accessible from the road while several will require an easy to moderate walk to view. From the highest waterfall east of the Rockies at 411 feet to smaller falls of 20 feet, you’re sure to find your favorite!

Waterfalls in the North Carolina Smokies

Deep Creek Waterfalls

Walk to three sparkling waterfalls

Cherokee Indian Reservation

Mingo and Soco Falls

Nantahala Cascades

On Nantahala Mountain, above the Gorge

Other Area Waterfalls

Along the US-64 corridor south of Bryson City

Cherokee

Cherokee Attractions and Events Are Just Minutes From Bryson City

No visit to the Smoky Mountains would be complete without a trip to Cherokee, where traditional arts and crafts and Native American culture are respected and preserved for coming generations. Much of what is called the Qualla Boundary is within Swain County and we are proud to help you learn more about the original inhabitants of these mountains.

To find out more about individual businesses in Cherokee, please visit our shopping, family attractions and tubing pages.

Attractions on the Cherokee Indian Reservation

Cherokee's Cultural Attractions

The Indian Village, Outdoor Drama and Museum

Waterfalls

Mingo Falls and Soco Falls

Fishing in Tribal Waters

Including tournaments

Harrah's Cherokee Casino

Gaming and entertainment

Cherokee is a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Mountain Farm Museum and Mingus Mill are located just north of Cherokee on US 441 (Newfound Gap Road). Easy day trips to Clingmans Dome, Gatlinburg, Cades Cove and Pigeon Forge; horseback riding at Smokemont; and great hiking trails are located on US 441.

Cherokee is also the beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The entrance is on US 441 just north of Cherokee. Enjoy a trip to Waterrock Knob for a beautiful sunset, or just take a scenic drive on this beautiful “back road” of America.

Cherokee’s Bears

Downtown Cherokee is “alive” with colorfully painted fiberglass bears that are part of a public art program featuring the talents of local Tribal artists. Each one of the bears represents an aspect of Cherokee culture. You’ll find “Eagle Dancer Bear,” “Woodlands Pottery Bear,” “Winter Bear,” “Fish Bear,” and even “Veterans’ Bear.”

Maps of all 20 bear locations are available at the Cherokee Welcome Center. Some folks have even had their picture made with every bear!

Great Smokies National Park

For a Quieter, More Relaxed Smoky Mountains Vacation, Discover the North Carolina Smokies.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s half-million acres are equally divided between Tennessee and North Carolina. And with roughly forty percent of the Park in Swain County, Bryson City is the ideal spot for a relaxing Smoky Mountain vacation — away from the more carnival atmosphere of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Even though the GSMNP is the nation’s most-visited national park, most visitors only experience a small portion of the Park. The most popular areas are along US 441 between Gatlinburg and Cherokee and Cades Cove. But there’s a lot more to see and do, particularly in North Carolina’s half of the Park.

Guide to the National Park

GSMNP Information Center

In the historic Swain County Courthouse, Bryson City

Cataloochee Valley

Near Waynesville in the eastern area of the Park

Clingmans Dome & Newfound Gap

The highest points in the Smokies

Deep Creek Recreation Area

Just outside Bryson City - known for fishing, waterfalls & tubing

Fontana Lake North Shore

Isolated areas accessible only by foot or by boat

Mingus Mill

Near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Mountain Farm Museum

Adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Oconaluftee Visitor Center

At the Cherokee entrance to the National Park

Road to Nowhere

Lakeview Drive, north of Bryson City

Smokemont

Horseback riding and history near Newfound Gap Road

Helpful Info About the Park…

Wildflowers in the Smokies Anticipated wildflower bloomings from March thru September.

Dogs are only allowed on two GSMNP trails (on a leash) – the River Trail at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Cherokee, and the Gatlinburg Trail. There are several pet-friendly hiking trails in the Bryson City area, including Island Park in downtown Bryson City.

The Great Smoky Mountains Association (GSMA) supports the GSMNP with education programs, volunteer work in the Park and financial donations. Join the GSMA and enjoy member benefit discounts on programs such as guided hikes to explore lesser-used areas of the park with group hikes, while re-enforcing “Leave No Trace” practices and other hiking values designed to ensure safe, satisfying exploration of the GSMNP. In addition to the hikes, the GSMA offers naturalist programs, history tours & walks, and more. All programs and hikes.

The Road to Nowhere

A Road to Somewhere Special

With so much to see and do in the Bryson City area, it is hard to imagine a day when you might have nowhere to go. But should that happen, there is always The Road to Nowhere, a scenic mountain highway that takes you six miles into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and ends at the mouth of a tunnel. On the map, it is called Lakeview Drive, but to the citizens of Swain County it is The Road to Nowhere — A Broken Promise.

Lakeview Drive is a beautiful drive or strenuous bike ride – particularly in the Fall. It provides an overlook of Fontana Lake and access to a number of hiking trails. Noland Creek Trail is about a half-mile before the tunnel at the end of the road. Walking through the tunnel takes you to Goldmine Loop, Forney Creek, Lakeshore Trail and other connecting trails. There is a tunnel bypass trail. If you plan to walk through the tunnel you might want a flashlight; and be aware horseback riders use the tunnel.

The Story Behind “The Road to Nowhere”

In the 1930s and 1940s, Swain County gave up the majority of its private land to the Federal Government for the creation of Fontana Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Fontana Lake is actually a reservoir for Fontana Dam, which was built as a TVA project during World War II to produce electricity for ALCOA aluminum plants in Tennessee as well as for Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manhattan Project. Hundreds of people were forced to leave the small Smoky Mountain communities that had been their homes for generations. With the creation of the Park, their homes were gone, and so was Old Highway 288 the road to those communities. The old road was buried beneath the deep waters of Fontana Lake. Fontana Dam Facts and History

The Federal government promised to replace Highway 288 with a new road. Lakeview Drive was to have stretched along the north shore of Fontana Lake, from Bryson City to Fontana, 30 miles to the west. And, of special importance to those displaced residents, it was to have provided access to the old family cemeteries where generations of ancestors remained behind.

But Lakeview Drive fell victim to an environmental issue and construction was stopped, with the road ending at a tunnel, about six miles into the park. The environmental issue was eventually deemed too expensive and the roadwork was never resumed. And Swain County’s citizens gave the unfinished Lakeview Drive its popular, albeit unofficial name “The Road To Nowhere.”

On weekends throughout the summer, the Park Service still ferries groups of Swain County residents across Fontana Lake to visit their old family cemeteries for Decoration Days and family reunions.

The legal issue of whether to build the road was finally resolved in February, 2010 when the US Department of Interior signed a settlement agreement to pay Swain County $52 million in lieu of building the road. In 2018, the last payment was made in the settlement. The State of North Carolina manages the principal and the County receives the interest each year.

Download pdf brochure with directions to the Road To Nowhere, hiking trails, Decoration Days and even more information.

Food and Drink

Burger and brew on the table

Bryson City’s Area Restaurants Offer Something for Every Taste

For a small town, Bryson City has quite a variety of restaurant choices — from southern home cooking, hickory-smoked barbecue, piled-high deli sandwiches, and juicy hamburgers — to gourmet meals, farm-to-table offerings, ethnic foods like Italian or Mexican.

There are Nantahala Gorge restaurants where you can watch whitewater rafting riverside, or have a quick lunch before spending an afternoon on the water.

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.

Look for the dog paw print symbol for pet friendly outside seating.

Area Beverage Policies

Restaurants

The town of Bryson City permits the sale of alcoholic beverages within the city limits; and a number of Bryson City restaurants offer beer, wine and mixed drinks.

Outside of the city limits, only certain qualifying resort properties are permitted to serve alcohol by the drink as well as beer and wine. Restaurants at the Nantahala Outdoor Center are permitted to serve only beer and wine.

In Cherokee, beer, wine and mixed drinks are served only in the Harrah’s Casino & Hotel restaurants and on the Casino floor. The remainder of the Cherokee Indian Reservation is dry.

Because of differing policies, restaurant patrons are advised to check with the restaurant ahead of time.

Bottle Sales

In Bryson City, liquors are sold at the ABC Store at 254 Veterans Boulevard (next to Arby’s) (9 to 9, Monday through Saturday). 828-488-6682.

Beer, wine and mixers are sold only at grocery stores, convenience stores and package stores within the city limits. Hours vary from store to store, but are allowed to be from 6 am to midnight, except on Sunday, when sales are permitted from 10 am – 2 am. The Wesser General Store in the Nantahala Gorge sells beer and wine (open seasonally).

Restaurants

1101 Main – Steak House

Contact Name: Jeff Fuller

1101 Main Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@1101mainstreet.com

Call: 828-488-5333

Phone Two: 828-736-8978

1101 Main - Steak House features quality cuts of beef, fresh salad bar, handmade desserts, and a full bar all in an inviting, casual dining environment that offers river side dining on their outdoor deck. Suitable for groups, families, and date night, 1101 Main - Steak House is sure to become your new favorite dining spot in Bryson City!

The Charleston Food Wagon

Contact Name: Anne-Marie Owle

200 Main Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: thecharlestonbc1889@gmail.com

Call: 828-506-5245

Other Address: PO Box 2510, Bryson City, NC 28713

Pet friendly outside seating.

CJ’s Grille

Contact Name: Chris Jennings

47 Depot St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: shannonjen1972@gmail.com

Call: 828-488-9880

Family friendly restaurant with full bar, pet friendly outdoor covered deck, and pool tables and games conveniently located just across from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in the heart of downtown Bryson City. Daily food and drink specials, weekend live entertainment, and NFL Ticket for those fall football weekends. Pet friendly outside seating.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Dining

226 Everett St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 800-872-4681

Phone Two: Phone: 828-488-7000

All aboard! Join us for one of our evening specialty dinner trains, The Fontana Trestle ft. BBQ & Brews OR The Railroad Reserve Wine Train. Both trains follow a scenic evening route and feature a delicious menu paired with the wine/beer, and knowledgeable representatives from the brewery or vineyard showcased. Whether you are a craft beer connoisseur or have a taste for vibrant wines we’ve got you covered with these unique railroading dining experiences.

Fontana Village Restaurants

300 Woods Rd.

Fontana Dam, NC 28733

Call: 828-498-2211

Fontana Village offers a number of dining options for resort guests and visiting day trippers. The Mountview Restaurant and Bears Den Lounge located in the Lodge at Fontana offer an ever changing menu for breakfast and dinner. The Wildwood Grill in the Village Center offers tasty casual fare, cocktails and live entertainment.

Bar-B-Que Wagon

610 Main St

Bryson City, NC 28173

Call: 828-488-9521

Other Address: Mailing: PO Box 755, Bryson City, NC, 28173

Open Tuesday through Saturday 11am-8 pm. April 1 through November 1. Open extra days during July and color season. Hickory smoked pit BBQ made on the premises. Pet friendly outside seating.

The Bistro at The Everett Hotel

16 Everett St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-488-1934

With a charming rustic atmosphere, attentive service and contemporary American cuisine, we offer great food using responsibly sourced ingredients with a focus on organic, local, sustainable and seasonal fare. Our chefs artfully blend this fresh concept with a twist on traditional southern influences. Craft beer, select wines and full bar. (formerly named Cork & Bean). Take a virtual tour

Bojangles Famous Chicken & Biscuits

65 Veterans Blvd

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-488-0861

Phone Two: Phone: 828-488-0109

Southern-inspired fast-food chain known for Cajun fried chicken, biscuits & signature sides. Serving breakfast all day. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Pasqualino’s Italian Restaurant

Contact Name: Pascual Izquierdo

25 Everett St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: pascualsimon@yahoo.com

Call: 828-488-9555

Phone Two: Fax: 828-488-9557

Enjoy classic Italian favorites served in a rustic yet refined atmosphere. Full lunch and dinner menus with daily evening specials. Full bar and extensive wine list. Catering available and larger groups are welcome with reservations required.

Mountain Layers Brewing Company

Contact Name: Mark Pettit

90 Everett St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mark@mtnlayersbeer.com

Call: 828-538-0115

Phone Two: Phone: 651-368-0491

Other Address: Address: P.O. Box 126, Almond, NC, 28702

Located in the center of downtown Bryson City, the brewery has indoor seating as well as outdoor seating on a covered rooftop terrace with a beautiful view of the Tuckasegee River and the mountains surrounding the town. The brewery currently has a number of beers on tap, a hard cider on tap, and a variety of wines, sodas, tea, and coffee. Several local restaurants offer food delivery to your table. Pet friendly outside seating in patio area.

Fryemont Inn Restaurant & Bar

245 Fryemont St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: fryemont@dnet.net

Call: 828-488-2159

Phone Two: TF: 800-845-4879

Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-5769

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Fryemont Inn has been a tradition in mountain hospitality since 1923. Enjoy fine dining and your favorite wines and cocktails. Full country breakfast from 8-10am; and a delicious four-course dinner from 6-8pm Sunday-Thursday and 6-9pm Friday-Saturday. Prime rib, lamb shanks and pecan crusted trout are just a few of the tasty offerings. Open mid-April through Thanksgiving. Reservations, please. Take a virtual tour.

La Dolce Vita Bakery

Contact Name: Gianna Carson or Pat Tagliarini

191 Everett St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: dolcebryson@gmail.com

Call: 828-538-4109

La Dolce Vita Bakery is a farm to table dessert bakery. We specialize in custom order cakes and cupcakes made from the best local ingredients. We will have a variety of desserts and specialty desserts available daily. Now serving fresh Italian gelato daily! Pet friendly outside seating.

Subway/TCBY

15 Highway 19 South

Bryson City, NC 29713

Call: 828-488-1227

Phone Two: Fax: 828-488-1446

Subs & salads. TCBY treats, ice cream, frozen yogurt. Open all year seven days a week.

Mountain Perks Espresso Bar & Cafe

Contact Name: Pamela Pulley

9 Depot St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mtnperks@mtnperks.com

Call: 828-488-9561

Custom roasted coffee and espresso drinks, smoothies, freezes and master blended teas. Great selection of gourmet wraps, salads, quiche, vegetarian and gluten free dishes and soup. Also handmade bagels and tasty cream cheeses, muffins, baked goods and bagel or croissant sandwiches. Free Wi-Fi. Eat in, on the porch, or carry out. Delivery service available. Pet friendly outside seating.

The Chocolate Shoppe

Contact Name: Thomas Turek

134 Everett St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: info@brysoncitychocolates.com

Call: 828-488-9119

Come inside and smell the chocolate! Hand dipped chocolates and made-in-store fudges, caramel apples, brittles, specialty popcorns, pralines, and a selection of uniques candies. Plus 24 flavors of creamy and delicious premium ice cream made especially for the Chocolate Shoppe including flavors for the diabetic and lactose intolerant. Take a virtual tour

Nantahala Brewing Company, Inc.

Contact Name: Joe Rowland

61 Depot Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: joe@nantahalabrewing.com

Call: 828-488-2337

Nantahala Brewing artfully brews award-winning, unfiltered ales made with fresh hops, whole grains and clean, crisp Great Smoky Mountain water, from one of the purest, protected watersheds on the planet. Located just across from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in downtown Bryson City. Pet friendly outside seating.

Boots Steakhouse

Contact Name: Colleen Sims

64 Front St.

Dillsboro, NC 28725

Email: bootssteakhouse@gmail.com

Call: 828-631-9713

Phone Two: Phone: 228-341-4917

Other Address: Mailing: P.O. Box 1246, Dillsboro, NC, 28725

Escape for a moment from the busy pace of life on our beautiful patio or carefully designed dining room, as you savor our delicious steaks and other grilled entrees. Whether it’s a casual business meeting, a first date, a romantic evening, or a family celebration, at Boots Steakhouse we’ll welcome you with a big smile, a great meal, and impeccable service.

Nate and Nick’s

Contact Name: Jennifer Allen

225 Everett Street Suite D

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: nateandnicks@gmail.com

Call: 828-488-0500

Locally owned and operated pizzeria and grill. We offer only the highest quality ingredients and serve hand crafted beers in a unique setting. We take pride in providing our customers with a memorable experience that keeps them coming back time and time again. Pet friendly outside seating.

Great Smoky Mountains Winery

70 Veterans Boulevard

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: g.s.m.winery@gmail.com

Call: 828-788-1346

While away an afternoon or evening at the Great Smoky Mountains Winery; Bryson City's newest full service restaurant. Enjoy the ambiance of the fully restored 1911 building, complete with original walls and floors and local reclaimed brick and barn wood accents. Savor a glass or bottle from our extensive wine list, and pair it with fresh salads, tapas, brick oven pizza, or dessert. Pet friendly outside seating.

Deep Creek Winery

Contact Name: Robert Acton

405 Jonathan Walk

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: Deepcreekwinery@gmail.com

Call: 828-506-0133

Other Address: Mailing: 380 Jonathan Walk, Bryson City, NC, 28713

We are a family owned winery that handcrafts wine in small batches to ensure the aroma and flavor for the best wine. Wine is available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Tours and tastings available on request. Located off Galbraiths Creek. We are open Wednesday thru Saturday 3-7pm. Pet friendly outside seating.

Heavenly Fudge Depot & Shoppe

Contact Name: Mike Martone

225 Everett St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: mmartone@martonenc.com

Call: 828-488-4447

Located in downtown Bryson City, directly across from the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad offering a delicious array of handmade chocolates, award winning fudge, fresh brewed coffee and expresso drinks, along with an assortment of other sweet treats and beverages. Pet friendly outside seating.

The Iron Skillet

Contact Name: Karin Green

165 Everett Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: theironskilletrestaurant@gmail.com

Call: 828-488-4766

Phone Two: Phone: 828-788-2835

Other Address: Mailing: PO Box 2102, Bryson City, NC, 28713

Featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner menus with fresh salads, wings, burgers, phillies, and homestyle daily specials. Private room available for groups or meetings. Free Wi-Fi

Everett Street Diner

Contact Name: Mike Shakar

126 Everett Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: everettstreetdiner@gmail.com

Call: 828-488-0123

Other Address: PO Box 81, Almond, NC 28702

A traditional style breakfast and lunch featuring daily specials as well as a variety of sandwiches, homemade soups, salads, and desserts. Hours of operation: Monday - Saturday, 7:00 am - 2:00 pm; Sunday, 7:30 am - 2:00 pm.

Nantahala Outdoor Center Restaurants

13077 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 800-232-7238

Phone Two: Local: 828-488-6900

When you visit the Nantahala Gorge, be sure to bring your appetite! NOC offers two riverside dining locations, River’s End and Big Wesser – with menus boasting a little bit of something for everyone! Whether you’re craving a juicy cheeseburger, Mexican cuisine, or a signature Sherpa Rice dish, you can enjoy your meal where every seat is a river seat! Menus and hours change seasonally, visit website for current information. Free Wi-Fi. Pet friendly outside seating at Big Wesser.

Na-ber’s Drive In

1245 Main St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-488-2877

Old school drive-in located beside the Tuckasegee River in Bryson City. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus offering inside service as well as curb service, under cover. Open all year.

Guayabitos Mexican Restaurant

236 Hwy 19 South

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-488-1336

Authentic Mexican fare, full bar and lively atmosphere. Private rooms available for all your celebrations. Open daily all year for lunch and dinner. 11am-2:30 pm lunch and 5 pm-10 pm for dinner.

Soda Pop’s Ice Cream Parlor

Contact Name: Paul Crawley

125 Everett St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: sodapops44@gmail.com

Call: 828-788-0013

Soda Pop's, established in 2000 as a family business, Bryson City's only '40's and '50's old fashioned Soda Fountain located in the heart of downtown. Specializing in Coca-Cola memorabilia. Our setting will take you and your kids back in time! Pet friendly outside seating.

Boxcar Cafè & Cones

Contact Name: Tina Jones/Becki Davis

26 Frye Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: boxcarcafeandcones@gmail.com

Call: 828-488-5379

Other Address: Mailing: PO Box 303, Bryson City, NC, 28713

Conveniently located across from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson City, Boxcar Cafè & Cones offers a varied menu including burgers, wraps, wings, hummus and more. In the mood for something sweet? We offer 16 flavors of hand dipped ice cream available in cones, cups or shakes. Pet friendly outside seating.

Jimmy Mac’s

Contact Name: Jimmy McNorrill Jr.

121 Main St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: Jimmac5076@yahoo.com

Call: 828-342-0071

Offering both lunch and dinner in a casual and inviting atmosphere on Main Street, Jimmy Mac's features a full menu including soups, salads, appetizers, burgers, steaks, seafood and more.

High Test Deli & Sweet Shop

Contact Name: Barry and Helene Tetrault

145 Everett St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-488-1919

Phone Two: Fax: 828-488-0603

Fresh made to order sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts, and outstanding customer service make High Test Deli & Sweet Shop your first choice for quality dining in Bryson City. Limited outdoor, pet-friendly dining as well as indoor dining room and take out/delivery. Monday-Wednesday, 11am-4pm, Thursday-Saturday, 11am-7pm, closed on Sundays. Pet friendly outside seating.

Anthony’s Restaurant and Derailed Bar & Lounge

15 Depot Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Email: dine@anthonysbrysoncity.com

Call: 828-488-8898

Other Address: Address: P.O. Box 2421, Bryson City, NC, 28713

Authentic hand-tossed pizza, burgers, homemade dinners, appetizers, subs, paninis, salads & desserts. Large selection of craft, imported and domestic beers; full bar and wine. Inside and covered outdoor dining; with relaxed lounge seating areas in Derailed Bar. Free wifi. Across from train depot. Pet friendly outside seating.

The Warehouse at Nantahala Brewing

116 Ramseur Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Call: 828-585-5885

Located just down the street from the Nantahala Brewing Company, The Warehouse at Nantahala Brewing offers fresh, local, farm to table dining in a casual, rustic setting. Dine outdoors or in and enjoy the signature Nantahala Brewing Company beers or a cocktail from the bar.

Plan Your Visit

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Make Your Travel Dollars Go Further With These Savings From Bryson City Area Businesses

The special offers and discounts listed here are posted by each individual business and are subject to change, limitations or expiration.

Before purchasing, always confirm that the special is still in effect.

Check Out These Specials

May Specials

Simonds Cleaners

1325 Main Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Happy Mothers Day! Bring in 3 Blouses – Get one cleaned free. Bring in 3 Dresses – Get one cleaned free. Bring in 3 Skirts – Get one cleaned free. Bring in 3 Mens Polo style shirts – Get one cleaned free. Simonds Cleaners is the only on-site full production dry-cleaners facility with a 24 to 48 hour turn-around-time in Swain County.

Cabin Rentals – 25% OFF

Hidden Creek Cabins

264-4 Highway 19 South

Bryson City, NC, 28713

25% OFF Spring and Summer Sale (April thru September). We have several cabins open with hot tubs, creeks, fireplaces, campfire pits and beautiful views of the Smoky Mountains. Just minutes to Cherokee and Bryson City. Not valid on Holidays. Call today to reserve and receive your discount. 3 night minimum stay for discount to apply.

Fly Fishing Special

Fly Fishing the Smokies

157 Everett Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Special 5hr Float Trip during prime time fishing hours on the Tuckasegee River for only $250.00 per boat! Our Float Trip Special includes everything you need to fly fish or spin fish, plus an experienced guide at the oars. We also include lunch and drinks! We have two start times to fit your schedule, 8:00am and 2:00pm! Get out on the water with the 2019 Fly Fishing Outfitter of the Year!

Vacation Planning Made Easy!

Carolina Bound Adventures

PO Box 61

Almond, NC 28702

Planning a Bryson City area vacation? Save time with our vacation planning service. Enter code “Save10” at checkout to save $10 our Waterfalls and Breweries Tour! Take one tour, or we’ll even plan out your week and book all of your adventure reservations. We also offer Pre-Arrival Grocery Shopping, Pet Check-in Services and Hiker Shuttles. Carolina Bound Adventures: Your Vacation Concierge!

Getting Here

Location

Bryson City is located in the mountains of Western North Carolina one hour west of Asheville, just three hours from Atlanta and Charlotte, and two hours from Greenville, Knoxville and Chattanooga. We’re on the southern border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Two highways serve Bryson City

The two-lane US Highway 19

The four-lane, limited access US Highway 74 (the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway).

On US 74 there are three Bryson City exits

Exit 64 (Alarka Road) (West)

Exit 67 (Downtown Bryson City)

Exit 69 (Hyatt Creek Road, Ela) (East)

Other Swain County exits on US 74

Exit 72 (Whittier) (East)

Exit 74 (Cherokee) (East)

Driving Directions to Bryson City

ASHEVILLE, NC – approximately one hour.

Take I-40 west to Exit 27 (the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue West on US 74 past Waynesville, Sylva and Dillsboro to Bryson City. Exit 67 is Veterans Boulevard (Downtown Bryson City).

ATLANTA – approximately three hours.

From West Atlanta take I-75 north to I-575 north, which becomes Georgia route 5. At Blue Ridge, GA, turn left (west) on to Route 60 and travel 1.5 miles to Mineral Bluff, GA. Turn right on to Route “60 Spur” and travel approximately 12 miles to the junction with US 19/74. Turn right (east) and proceed on US 19/74 through Murphy, NC, Andrews, NC and the Nantahala Gorge to Bryson City. The drive from Murphy to Bryson City is approximately one hour.

From East Atlanta, take I-85 north to I-985, which becomes US 23, which becomes US 23/441.You’ll pass through Clayton, GA, Franklin, NC and Dillsboro, NC. Just past Dillsboro, take US 74 (the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway) west to Bryson City.

CHARLOTTE – approximately three hours.

Take I-85 west to US 74. Continue west on US 74 to I-26. Go north on I-26 to I-40. Take I-40 west to Exit 27 (US 74, the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue West on US 74 past Waynesville, Sylva and Dillsboro to Bryson City. Exit 67 is Veterans Boulevard (Downtown Bryson City).

CHATTANOOGA – approximately 2-1/2 hours.

Take I-75 north to US 64 (near Cleveland, TN). Drive east on US 64 (which becomes US 64/74) through Ducktown, TN and the Ocoee River Gorge into North Carolina. At Murphy, NC take US 19/74 east through Andrews, NC and the Nantahala Gorge to Bryson City.

GREENVILLE & SPARTANBURG – approximately two to 2-1/2 hours.

From Spartanburg, take I-26 north to I-40. Take I-40 west to Exit 27 (US 74, the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue West on US 74 past Waynesville, Sylva and Dillsboro to Bryson City. Exit 67 is Veterans Boulevard (Downtown Bryson City). The drive from Spartanburg to Bryson City is approximately two hours, or 2-1/2 hours from Greenville.

KNOXVILLE

You have a choice of four routes. Driving time depends on route and traffic.

1. Via Interstate 40 – Take I-40 east into North Carolina to exit 27 (US 74, the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue West on US 74 past Waynesville, Sylva and Dillsboro to Bryson City. Exit 67 is Veterans Boulevard (Downtown Bryson City). The drive from Knoxville to Bryson City is approximately two hours.

2. Via US 129 – Take US 129 south through Alcoa and Maryville. After crossing into North Carolina, take US 28 south to US 74 (the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue east on US 74 approximately 10 miles to Bryson City. Note: the section of US 129 known as “Deal’s Gap” and “The Tail of The Dragon” is extremely curvy (318 curves in 11 miles). The drive from Knoxville to Bryson City is approximately 2-1/2 to three hours.

3. Via Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Take I-40 east to exit 407 and proceed south. At Sevierville, TN, take US 441 south through Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Cherokee, NC. At Cherokee, take US 19 south to Bryson City. Depending on traffic, the drive from Knoxville to Bryson City can be from 2-1/2 to four hours.

4. Via Townsend and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Take US 129 south through Alcoa to Maryville. In Maryville, take US 321 east to Townsend, TN. From Townsend, take Little River Road east through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to US 441 (at the Park Visitors Center). Take US 441 south through the park to Cherokee, NC. At Cherokee, take US 19 south to Bryson City. Depending on traffic, the drive from Knoxville to Bryson City is approximately three hours.

Visitor Services

We hope you enjoy your visit to Bryson City

Here are a few basic services you may find helpful when planning your visit or while you are here.

Other services – such as civic organizations, churches, hair salons, etc. — may be found on our Bryson

ABC Store & Package Stores

Bryson City ABC Store

254 Veterans Boulevard

(Next to Arby’s)

828-488-6682

9 to 9, Monday through Saturday

In Bryson City, liquor is only sold at ABC Stores. Beer, wine and mixers are sold only at grocery stores, convenience stores and package stores within the city limits. Hours for beer & winesales vary from store to store, but are allowed to be from 6 am to midnight, except on Sunday, when sales are permitted from 10 am – 2 am. The Wesser General Store in the Nantahala Gorge (open seasonally) also carries beer and wine.

ATMs

Cash Points Network

Main Street

(behind Old Courthouse)

First Citizens Bank

51 Main Street

Hotspot

1030 Hwy 19

IGA Grocery

345 Main Street

Jackson Savings Bank

170 Hwy 19 South

Local Market 210 (BP)

110 Hwy 19 South

Na-Bers Drive-in

1245 Main Street

Nantahala Outdoor Center

13077 Hwy 19 West / Nantahala Gorge

Shell Station (Mountain Energy)

Main & Veterans Blvd.

State Employees Credit Union (SECU)

Hughes Branch Road

(across from Ingles Grocery)

United Community Bank

145 Slope Street

Bowling Lanes & Arcades

Galaxy Lanes & Games

347 Jackson Plaza

Exit 83, US 74 East

Sylva, NC 28779

828-631-4754

Ultra Star Multi-Tainment at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

777 Casino Drive

Cherokee, NC 28719

828-497-7777

Chamber of Commerce

Bryson City / Swain County Chamber of Commerce

210 Main Street

(next to Police Dept.)

828-488-3681 800-867-9246

Emergency Room & Urgent Care Center

Swain Community Hospital

45 Plateau Street

828-488-2155

Turn onto Depot Street at the train depot, turn uphill on Richmond Street to hospital.

Smoky Mountain Urgent Care

80 Veterans Blvd.

828-538-4546

Open every day.

Genealogy Research

Swain County Genealogical & Historical Society

200 Main Street

(over the Police Dept.)

828-488-2932

Grocery Stores

Bryson City IGA

345 Main Street

828-488-2584

Ingles Markets

US19W at Hughes Branch

828-488-6600

Hiker Shuttles

Bryson City Outdoors

169 Main Street

828-342-6444

Carolina Bound Adventures

35 Slope Street

828-569-6699

Library

Marianna Black Library

Academy & Rector Streets

(1 block behind Police Dept.)

828-488-3030

Computers for Internet use; wireless available. Children’s programs, movies. Open Monday – Saturday.

Movies

Cherokee Phoenix Theatres

US 19/441 N

Cherokee

828-497-7384

Quin Theater

East Sylva Shopping Center

Sylva

828-586-5918

Post Offices

Bryson City

Slope & Mitchell Streets

828-488-3481

Whittier

Exit 72 off US 74

828-497-7627

Taxi Service

Cherokee Cab & Limousine

828-269-8621

Available 24/7

Swain Transit

828-488-3213

Monday – Friday, 7 am – 4 pm

Veterinary Hospital

Bryson City Veterinary Hospital

200 Bryson Walk

828-488-6018

After hours emergencies, call REACH in Asheville at 828-665-4399. Open 24/7.

Visitor Center

Swain County Heritage Museum & Visitor Center

2 Everett Street

828-488-7857

(parking in rear)

Open daily

Located in the 1908 courthouse. Visitor Center / Heritage Museum / Great Smoky Mountains Association Bookstore.

Wireless Internet

Wireless Internet is available throughout most of downtown. Look for WiFi. There is a time limit of around 1.5 hrs, but you are able to sign in again. Computers are available for public use at the Marianna Black Library (Mon-Sat), corner Academy & Rector Streets (one block up the hill from the Main/Everett intersection) 828-488-3030.

Relocation Info

Swain County – a Great Place To Visit, And You Would Want To Live Here

Swain County, North Carolina has an agreeable climate, excellent schools, close-knit communities that emphasize family life, abundant recreational opportunities and beautiful surroundings.

The location is unique because it allows residents quick access to some of the largest expanses of wilderness in the eastern United States, with urban areas such as Asheville, Knoxville, and Atlanta within easy driving distance.

All About Living in Swain County, NC

If you’re considering a move to Swain County, the following information may be helpful. If you have a questions that isn’t answered below, please give us a call.

Automobile Tags — Within 30 days of establishing North Carolina residency, you must obtain a NC automobile tag. The tag office is in the Swain County Administration Building, 101 Mitchell Street, Bryson City. 828-488-8247.

Civic Organizations — Local civic groups play active and critical role in a variety of public service activities. Here’s a complete list of Bryson City civic organizations.

Climate — Swain County has four distinct seasons. January has an average high temperature of 51° and a low of 28°. July’s average high is 84° and the low is 61°. Snowfall can be seen as early as October and as late as April with an annual accumulation of 11 inches. Annual precipitation averages approximately 57 inches. The average relative humidity is around 70% in the summer and 66% during winter. More about Swain County’s climate.

Commercial Airports — The closest airport is in Asheville, NC, which is approximately one hour away. Other options are Knoxville, TN, Greenville/Spartanburg, SC and Atlanta, GA.

Driving Distances

Atlanta, GA – 165

Asheville, NC – 70

Charlotte, NC – 185

Greenville, SC – 113

Knoxville, TN – 80

Raleigh, NC – 309

Education — The county takes great pride in the academic and athletic achievements of its students. Swain County Schools are administered by a five-member board of education elected by county voters and employ a superintendent who carries out policies adopted by the board. Swain County Board of Education: 828-488-3129.

The public school system consists of a Head Start program, Bright Adventures Pre-K, two K-5 elementary schools, a 6-8 grade middle school and a 9-12 high school.

Mountain Discovery Charter School is a public, tuition-free school for grades K-8. Admission is based on space availability. It employs a teaching approach that addresses individual learning styles while adhering to the North Carolina standard course of study.

Grace Christian Academy offers a Pre-K program and K-8 instruction. The school uses the A Beka Curriculum which provides a Christ-centered education. Before and after-school programs are also offered..

Southwestern Community College is based on neighboring Jackson County and operates a learning center in the Almond area of Swain County.

Western Carolina University, part of the University of North Carolina system, is located in the Cullowhee area of Jackson County, approximately 45 minutes from Bryson City.

Government, County — Swain County has a Board of Commissioners and a County Manager. The board meets on the second & fourthThursday of each month at 6 pm in the County Administration Building. 828-488-9273.

Government, Town — Bryson City has a Mayor, Board of Aldermen and Town Manager. The board meets on the first Monday of each month at 6 pm in the Town Office, 45 Everett St. 828-488-3335.

Health Care — Swain Community Hospital, a Duke LifePoint hospital, is a 48-bed, fully-accredited critical access hospital, which has been serving the residents of Swain and Graham counties since 1948. 828-488-2155.

There is also an urgent care facility, Smoky Mountain Urgent Care and Family Medicine Center, which offers on-site x-rays labs, and wellness coaching. The urgent care center is open seven days a week and the family care practice is open Monday through Thursday. 828-538-4546.

Additional medical facilities include eye care, dentists, an assisted living community, skilled nursing facilities, public health provider, home care providers, and mental health center.

Housing – The most current information on rentals, homes for sale and land for sale can be found in The Smoky Mountain Times. Click here for a list of Swain County Real Estate companies.

Industrial Park — Swain County offers an industrial park just west of Bryson City on US 19 South. Utilities include city water and sewer, electric, natural gas, and fiber optics for broadband needs. For more information call 828-488-9273.

Labor Force Training — Southwestern Community College assists companies in training the local workforce for special applications.

Swain County Technology and Training Center: The technology center is designed as a regional facility capable of on-site or remote classroom or conference center for up to 25 people. The center also features large format digital touch screens as well as full robotic training. 828-488-9273.

Western Carolina University: The Center for Integrated Technologies offers precision metrology, rapid prototyping systems, a telecommunication laboratory, and an OptoElectronics laboratory. The school also offers the WNC Technical Assistance Program to provide WCU expertise to the business community. 828-227-7368.

Library — The Marianna Black Library is a member of the Fontana Regional Library System. Corner of Rector and Academy Streets, just up the hill from the Police Station. In addition to library services and programs for adults and children, among the services offered are the use of computers and the Internet. 828-488-3030.

Media — Newspapers serving Swain County include the daily Asheville Citizen-Times and weeklies The Smoky Mountain Times, Cherokee One Feather and Smoky Mountain News. The local radio station is WBHN (1590 am)

Post Office — The main post office is located on Slope Street in Bryson City. 828-488-3481. Almond, Cherokee and Whittier also have post offices.

Recreation – In addition to the many outdoor opportunities offered in Swain County, there is also an organized Recreation Department which offers a variety of classes and events. It also offers a public swimming pool, tennis courts, several public ball-fields, and playgrounds. You may reach the Swain County Recreation Department at 828-488-6159.

Taxes – North Carolina has an income tax on both personal and business income. It does not levy a property tax. Sales tax is collected on all goods with some exceptions. Swain County levies an ad-valorem tax. The Town of Bryson City has an ad-valorem tax within its corporate limits, using the county

Voter Registration — To be eligible to vote in Swain County, you must be a citizen of the US, at least 18 years of age and a legal resident of Swain County. You must be registered at least 21 working days prior to any election to be able to vote in that election. Registered voters always vote in the precinct where they live. The Board of Elections is located at 1422 Hwy 19 South. 828-488-6177.

Weather & Climate

A Great Climate For Outdoor Activities Year ‘Round

Few climates anywhere in the world can match the year-round pleasant nature of Swain County’s climate. The lack of seasonal extremes allows for frequent outdoor activities and comfortable living throughout the year. Among the most valued aspects of Swain County’s climate are the cool summer nights which have lured visitors to the area for generations.

In the Bryson City area, July temperatures reflect an average daily high of 84 degrees and an average low of 62.4 degrees. Winter temperatures, while cool, are not uncomfortable. The average daily high in January is 47.5 degrees, while the average low is 26 degrees.

Contact

Swain County Chamber of Commerce

Address

210 Main Street P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC28713

Toll-free

(800) 867-9246

Local

(828) 488-3681

Hours

Monday: 24 hours
Tuesday: 24 hours
Wednesday: 24 hours
Thursday: 24 hours
Friday: 24 hours
Saturday:24 hours
Sunday:24 hours