Tales from the Trails

Explore Smoky Mountain travel ideas with stories to inspire your Bryson City…

Explore Smoky Mountain travel ideas with stories to inspire your Bryson City vacation.

A Bryson City Summer Vacation - It's All You've Ever Wanted

Is there anything more quintessential than a summer vacation? School is out, the sun stretches days longer and longer and everywhere you look, lush greenery can be found. Surrounded by nature’s best playground, the Great Smoky Mountains, Bryson City is a treasure trove of summer adventure. From…

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Make Your Destination Wedding Dreams Come True in Bryson City

Have you dreamed of saying your vows at the base of a majestic waterfall? Of tying the knot atop a towering overlook of rolling mountainsides? How about celebrating your best day ever in a rustic cabin surrounded by towering treetops? If you said yes to any or all of the above, Bryson City might be…

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Tower Above the Smokies at Clingmans Dome

One of the most common questions we get asked here in Bryson City is, “where do I find the best views?” Here are the details about one of our favorites. Stretching to an impressive 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On a rare clear day, you…

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Appalachian Trail Section Hikes Near Bryson City North Carolina

Experience the Appalachian Trail with a Section Hike The Appalachian Trail is a 2,180+ mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic lands of the Appalachian Mountains. The Bryson City, Swain County, section of the A.T. rises to spectacular summits — including the 6,643-foot Clingmans Dome…

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This Waterfall Loop Near Bryson City Takes You to 12 Waterfalls

Explore These Smoky Mountain Waterfalls Near Bryson City. A trip to the Smoky Mountains of Bryson City is incomplete without a visit to our gorgeous waterfalls. Wide open spaces, fresh air, and the sights and sounds of water create the perfect opportunity to get back in touch with nature. Some of…

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Journey Through History on the Road to Nowhere

Here in Bryson City, we are fortunate to be home to many entry points to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, each offering unique access to the stunning wilderness of Western North Carolina. Many stories could be told about these paths that lead you to adventure, but there is one in…

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Make Spring Sensational in Bryson City

When spring arrives in the rolling mountainsides of Bryson City, North Carolina, our wooded wonderland comes to life. Our downtown eateries, breweries and boutiques throw their doors open wide to let in the spring sunshine. After a long winter slumber, the many wildflowers of the Great Smoky…

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Enjoy the Beauty of Winter Along Bryson City’s Hiking Trails

Winter in the mountains is most associated with staying indoors, snuggled up by a roaring fire as the cold and snow whip through the treetops. Did you also know, though, that winter is one of the best times to get out and explore the many wonderful hiking trails that crisscross through the Great…

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