Byrson City, NC

Bryson City is located just west of the junction of the Tuckasegee River, which flows westward from its source in the mountains to the east, and Deep Creek, which flows south from its source near Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains.
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The town is surrounded on all sides by mountains. The Great Smoky Mountains rise to the north, the Cowee Mountains rise to the south, and the Plott Balsams rise to the east. The boundary of the Nantahala National Forest passes just south of the city, and the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park passes just to the north. The Qualla Boundary, which comprises the bulk of the reservation of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, dominates the area to the east.

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, a bike shop, two fly fishing shops, a historical museum, a fly fishing museum, an aquarium, an excursion train, two breweries, and a surprising variety of restaurants.

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.

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Where to eat in Bryson City, NC

Here are some of TripAdvisor's top rated places to eat in
Bryson City, NC.


The Bistro at the Everett Hotel
16 Everett St The Everett Boutique Hotel & Bistro, Bryson City, NC 28713    828-488-1934
Open: 4:30 - 930  7 days per week
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Mountain Perks
9 Depot St, Bryson City, NC 28713
Open: 7:30-3PM, Sun,Mon,Thu, Fri, Sat
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Jimmy Mac's Restaurant
121 Main St, Bryson City, NC 28713-8094
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Anthony's Italian Restaurant
15 Depot St, Bryson City, NC 28713-7822
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Everett Street Diner
126 Everett St, Bryson City, NC
Open: Daily 7:30 - 2PM
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Bryson City, NC Weather

Weather information based on data supplied by NOAA
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Image: Downtown Bryson City, featuring the historic Swain County Courthouse, now a visitor center and heritage museum. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park highlights the mountains on the horizon. Backround Image: The Tuckasegee River at Bryson City, North Carolina, in the southeastern United States. This view of the river is just immediately upstream from the river's junction with Deep Creek

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Top Three Family Events

in Bryson City NC
1. Ride the railroad
2. Whitewater Rafting
3. Visit the Road to Nowhere

The Great Smoky
Mountain Railroad

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad !

With 53 miles of track, two tunnels and 25 bridges, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will take you on a memorable journey through a remote and beautiful corner of North Carolina. Ride with us into river gorges, across valleys and through tunnels carved out of majestic mountains.

great smoky mountain railroad

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad is operational year round!

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If you would like to speak to someone directly you can give us a call!

Reservation Line: 800-872-4681

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Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting-

We recommend the Nantahala Outdoor Center just a few miles outside Bryson City.

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, and onsite shopping,

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The Road to Nowhere

Road to Nowhere, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Lakeview Drive in Bryson City harbors one of the most distinct locales known as "The Road to Nowhere," nestled within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Originally intended as a substitute highway after Fontana Dam submerged alternative routes in the 1960s, its construction faced a standstill due to environmental concerns, giving rise to the enigmatic pathway now famously dubbed the Road to Nowhere.

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and Trail Head]

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