Bordering the southern side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 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, bike shops, a fly fishing shop, a historical museum, a scenic train, a brewery, 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.
Bryson City may be small, but we like to do things in a big way – from an explosive, Fourth of July fireworks show, to free music on Saturday nights June through October, to the “Biggest Little Christmas Parade in the Mountains,” and the hugely popular Polar Express train rides.
You will love Bryson City, where you can have a big vacation in a small town!