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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.

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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Top Upcoming Events in
Bryson City, NC

  1. The Polar Express - All Aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride! This memorable journey will take you on an incredible journey! Believe the magic this Holiday season! Offered by the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad [Learn More]
  2. Holiday Homecoming in the National Park - Mountain Farm Museum & Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas celebration in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with traditional music, holiday crafts, activities, cider and cookies! Stay for the Music Jam, 1-3 pm   [Learn More]
  3. Evening Hayrides at Darnell Farms 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.  [Learn More]
  4. SMOKY MOUNTAIN RAILROAD GORGE EXCURSION! Take a train ride along side the beautiful Nantahala River on our Nantahala Gorge Excursion! Departing from Bryson City, this 4½ hour roundtrip excursion carries you 44 miles to the Nantahala Gorge and back again arriving at our Bryson City Depot. [DETAILS AND RESERVATIONS HERE!]

Where to eat in Bryson City, NC

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Bryson City, NC.

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 paddle board. Stop by the Visitor Center, where you’ll find plenty of information on places to go and things to do. 

Belleek Christmas Store

 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

 Mountain Perks
9 Depot St, Bryson City, NC 28713
Open: 7:30-3PM, Sun,Mon,Thu, Fri, Sat

 Loretta's Snak Shak
125 Everett St 977 Bear Cove Circle, Bryson City, NC
Open: Sun 11-4
Tue-Sat 11-6

The High Test Deli & Sweet Shop
145 Everett St, Bryson City, NC
Open Mon-Sat 11-4

Everett Street Diner
126 Everett St, Bryson City, NC
Open: Daily 7:30 - 2PM

Bryson City NC Vacation Rentals
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Bryson City Cabin w/ Hot Tub, Near National Park!

Book a relaxing getaway to this 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom vacation rental cabin in Bryson City. Located within minutes of Great Smoky Mountain National Park, 'Raven's Cove,' a 1,000-square-foot home for 4 offers unparalleled access to numerous hiking trails, endless natural beauty, and the unique charm of Bryson City. 

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Urban chic downtown suite, walking distance to shopping, dining
Our downtown Bryson City location is right on Main Street, easy walking distance to restaurants and dining, with great views of downtown and the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains.

Bryson City, NC

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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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