A Walkable Downtown
Bryson City is a fantastic mountain town in western North Carolina that seems to fly under the radar of most visitors to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. It's an excellent home base for a fun weekend any time of year. With its brilliant fall color display and the diminishing crowds from summer, now is the perfect time to check out this beautiful town.
Bryson City's walkable downtown has quaint shops, breweries, and restaurants, as well as the Great Smoky Mountains Train Depot right in the heart of it.
A Great Base Camp
Its proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala Outdoor Center makes it an excellent base camp to explore all kinds of activities in the area.
Within a 20 minute driving radius of downtown, you can canoe on Fontana Lake, raft the Nantahala River (closed during the winter), mountain bike at Tsali Recreation Area, and explore trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Now is the perfect time to take a hike to see the fall colors or catch a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad with a themed train ride on the Peanuts Great Pumpkin Patch Express in October or the Polar Express in November and December.
Check out our free Bryson City itinerary for everything you need to know to experience this mountain town at its best including where to stay, where to eat, and activities for the entire family.
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