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Bryson City/Swain County NC Chamber of Commerce +

210 Main Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

(800) 867-9246

Have A Big Vacation in A Small Town!

Bryson City is full of fun things to do for every member of the family-and many are FREE!

   •  Fish and go boating on Fontana Lake

   •  Fly fish four rivers and numerous trout streams

   •  Hike the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian Trail

   •  Mountain bike at Tsali

   •  Relax at a spa

   •  Go horseback riding or pan for gems

   •  Raft whitewater on the Nantahala, Cheoah or Ocoee Rivers

   •  Kayak Fontana Lake and whitewater rivers

   •  Golf our mountain courses

   •  Ride a zip line

   •  Visit waterfalls

   •  Ride a tube down Deep Creek or the Oconaluftee

   •  Ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

   •  Visit a winery or brewery

   •  Ride curvy roads like the Hellbender or the Dragon at Deal’s Gap

   •  Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway or Cherohala Skyway

   •  Visit Cherokee

   •  Enjoy a wide variety of restaurants

   •  Shop galleries, craft stores, bookstores & boutiques

   •  Hear mountain music, including free concerts June-October

Plan Your Visit with our free Visitors Guide, coupons and e-newsletter of events. We've got enough activities to keep you busy for a while …and enough B&Bs, motels, resorts, campgrounds and cabins to pamper you at the end of the day.

800-867-9246 • chamber@GreatSmokies.comwww.GreatSmokies.com

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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, July 31, 2015, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train™

Friday, July 31, 2015, 11:00 am

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Friday, July 31, 2015, 12:00 pm

Summer Art for Kids

Friday, July 31, 2015, 1:00 pm

"Gypsy"

Friday, July 31, 2015, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, July 31, 2015, 7:00 pm

Black Light Nighttime Underground Mine Tour

Friday, July 31, 2015, 9:00 pm
 

Highlights & Happenings

  • Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill, MP 169, 176.2
  • These Parkway treasures offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Folk Art Center, Milepost 382
  • Open year round, the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians.
  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, comprises this popular park and lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks make up the largest developed area set as
  • Waterrock Knob, MP 451.2
  • An ideal spot for watching sunrise and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation. Exhibits, book sales, and a trail leading to the summit of Waterrock Knob await visitors. The last hik
  • Cumberland Knob, MP 217.5
  • Located near the Virginia state line, Cumberland Knob is the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935. It was the first recreation area opened to the public and remains a favorite destination for both locals and visitors. The m
  • James River & Otter Creek, MP 60-63.8
  • At the lowest elevation along the Parkway, visitors can hike, camp, fish, have a picnic, and see restored Battery Creek Lock from the Kanawha Canal.
  • Humpback Rocks, MP 5.8
  • At the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks is perhaps the best representation of the varied combination of natural and cultural resources anywhere along the Parkway corridor. Visitors can tour a collection of nineteenth century far
  • Civil War Sesquicentennial
  • 2015 marks the 150th year anniversary of when the last shot east of the Mississippi was fired during the Civil War, which rang out in present-day Waynesville.
  • Parkway Road Conditions
  • An open Parkway is a safe Parkway. Be sure to check road conditions online or by phone before you travel and during your visit.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 66th edition of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is your ultimate source for planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Camping
  • Camping is one way visitors traveling through the Blue Ridge Parkway can spend the night under the stars in one of America’s most beautiful natural settings.
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