Bryson City: Travel Into the Great Smoky Mountains

Bryson City, North Carolina, is an amazing place for outdoor enthusiasts and those looking to escape the city for a weekend getaway.

Deep in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina lies a quaint town known for outdoor adventures and breathtaking landscapes. Bryson City is a quintessential destination for outdoor enthusiasts who love hiking, beautiful vistas, scenic drives and everything else the Smoky Mountains have to offer.

Located within Swain County, Bryson City is a town of 13,000 people with more stop signs than traffic lights. Although surrounded by mountains, the downtown area is walkable and features local galleries—like Charles Heath Gallery and Elizabeth Ellison Gallery—a fly-fishing museum, the Nantahala Brewing Company and much more.

Bryson City offers plenty of things to do outdoors to suit your needs. Famous for whitewater rafting, Swain County features miles of amazing waterways.

For a different perspective, fly through the trees via a zip line on any of the zip line or canopy tour companies in the area.

For the ultimate sunset shot, head to Clingmans Dome about an hour's drive north of Bryson City. It's the highest point in the Smokies and is absolutely breathtaking.

How to Get There: When traveling from Alabama, Georgia or South Carolina, most routes will eventually connect you to U.S. Route 23. Take U.S. Route 23 north from Clayton, Georgia, for just over an hour until you reach Bryson City, North Carolina. There are several routes if you are traveling south towards Bryson City, but if you plan to fly there the nearest domestic hub in Knoxville, Tennessee, is about two hours away.