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Things to do in Bryson City

Known as the "Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Great Smoky Mountains," Bryson City

borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at several entrances. Enjoy hiking, waterfalls

train excursions, fly fishing, Fontana Lake, whitewater rafting, zipline, biking, golfing and more.

Visit the official Bryson City tourism website for a free visitor guide and more info.

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With so much public land surrounding Bryson City, the mountain hiking opportunities are endless. Between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala National Forest, it's a hiker's dream destination. Learn more about hiking in Bryson City.


Waterfalls in the Bryson City area are beautiful and impressive natural features, and they're a great reward at the end of a hike. One of our favorite waterfalls near Bryson City is actually a trio of waterfalls on one easy hike; the Deep Creek Waterfall Loop


Whitewater Rafting

If you're new to whitewater rafting, then the Nantahala River is a great place to begin. It is best known for entry level whitewater and one of the most rafted streams in the country. The majority of the run is class two whitewater, with Nantahala Falls - at the end of the run - a class three rapid. Take the plunge and experience the adrenaline rush only rafting can bring!

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Train Excursions

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad’s many excursions, available on both steam and diesel engine locomotives that offer air-conditioned or open-air cabins, will take you on gentle turns up our mountainsides, through tunnels and mountain valleys, over sparkling waterways and, of course, with beautiful views of the Great Smoky Mountains

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Fontana Lake

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Entertainment & Nightlife

Whether you choose an active vacation or a quiet sojourn, find entertainment options that are right for you. Harrah's Cherokee Casino is filled with dining, live entertainment, shopping, and casino action. Or slow it down with an afternoon at a downtown brewery or brew pub with outdoor seating. Whatever your vibe, learn more about Bryson City's entertainment and nightlife options. 

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