Local Area Guide: Things to do / Activities / Attractions

Bryson City`s Local Fare

Bryson City is a gorgeous small town that sits on the banks of the Tuckaseegee at the southern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Bryson City offers a much different experience than that of the Tennessee Smokies having kept it`s small town feel, relaxed nature, and of course mountain charm. Downtown Bryson City prides itself on supporting local businesses. While in town, make sure to check out one of the many delicious local restaurants, breweries, and shops!

Great Smoky Mountain National Park Favorites

The nation`s most visited national park sits equally divided between North Carolina and Tennessee, roughly 40 percent of which is located right here in Swain County. While many enjoy experiencing the park by riding US 441, there are many enjoyable experiences to be had right close by.

Outdoor Adventures

Bryson City is often referred to as the "Outdoor Adventure Capitol of the Smoky Mountains" and rightfully so. It is home of the Nantahala River Gorge, where world-renowned rafting and kayaking can be found, as well as zip-line canopy tours. Also the perfect spot for mountain biking, hiking, and more.

Cherokee Indian Reservation

The Cherokee Indian Reservation, located just 15 minutes from Bryson City, is the ancestral homeland of the Cherokee Indians. Many visitors travel from all over to experience and learn about the deep culture and history through museums, arts, and programs.

Scenic Drives

Bryson City is perfect to explore our beautiful mountains. We are close to some of the most beautiful spots in the country - all of which are close and perfect for a scenic drive. Whether by car or by motorcycle, you are sure to love the winding roads, gorgous views, & sparkling water.

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