it's cabin time™ in Bryson City
Bryson City, North Carolina is a beautiful town with a rich history.The ancient Cherokee village of Kituwa is maintained to this day and is believed to be the oldest Cherokee Village. The town of Bryson City was founded in the 19th century and has a history of being an important part of the railroad, which built up its population.
Perhaps the most famous attraction in Bryson City is its access to the Great Smoky Mountains, the beautiful and famous ridges that draw visitors every year to take in their beauty. Over the years, the mountains have inspired great artists and thinkers with their majesty. Visitors to Bryson City should definitely head out to the trails, even if it’s just for a half of a day, to experience the beauty of the mountains and commune with the natural world. If hiking isn’t quite your thing, other options of ways to get outside here include biking, kayaking, and whitewater rafting. Take advantage of one of our many guides for outdoor adventures that are new to you and enjoy some fun time outside!
Visitors to the area also have the unique opportunity to do some elk watching, an experience that many have not had in their lives. These beautiful creatures do well in cool climates and are best able to be seen in the spring, summer, and fall during the morning or early afternoon. Snap an Instagram photo like no other of these delightful animals!
If the weather outside isn’t making you feel like going for an outdoor adventure - or, you’re just really not an outdoors kind of person! - that’s okay! There are many other fun opportunities to be found in Bryson City. Check out one of our many unique museums such as the Smoky Mountain Model Train Museum, the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians, or the Swain County Heritage Museum. A kid friendly option for indoor viewing is the wonderful Appalachian Rivers Aquarium, where you can see watery creatures that live in the area.
For meals, we recommend heading to Iron Wok, an Asian Fusion restaurant with excellent food. There’s also the delicious Pasqualino’s Italian Restaurant. For some lighter fare, enjoy the Appalachian Tea Company, which has tea and sweets but also new and used books for sale; this peaceful environment is a book lover’s paradise. Wherever you choose to go - And whatever you choose to see - Bryson City definitely does not sacrifice in culture to achieve its small town feel! You should have plenty of options, and we’re excited to have you.
-Hiking opportunities galore!
-Bars and breweries