Located at the southern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park about an hour west of Asheville, the Bryson City area is just three hours from Atlanta and Charlotte, and two hours from Greenville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.
Downtown Bryson City, with less than 1500 residents, is situated on banks of the Tuckasegee River, just off US 19/74 - the Smoky Mountain Expressway. The mostly rural Swain County has a population of about 15,000.
With just five traffic lights, Bryson City is the antithesis of our more carnival-like neighbors on the Tennessee side of the National Park. We're a laid-back and easy-going small town. Yet we're in the center of a vast outdoor playground.
You'll have no problem filling your vacation with fun activities, like...
Take a scenic train ride
Visit a smoky mountain train museum
Go fishing - fly fishing for trout Deep Creek or the Tuckasegee River, or fish for bass in Fontana Lake
Visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Mountain bike the Smokies
Enjoy paddleboarding Fontana Lake or the Tuckasegee River in Bryson City
Take a horseback ride
Visit a family fun park
Visit an Indian Village
Take a chance at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino
Watch an outdoor drama: Unto These Hills
Travel the Blue Ridge Parkway
And just an hour away…
Visit Biltmore Estate
See Fontana Dam
Drive the Cherohala Skyway
"This is our 3rd year visiting Bryson City and staying with you in your cabins. We can say that we have stayed in all 3 of your cabins and have enjoyed each of them. There is no place else we would want to stay. Thanks for being a special part of our families vacation. We hope to be back many more times and bring others with us. God bless you both."
– R & C Goulant, Connecticut