Things To Do

Discover outdoor adventures in Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains

Discover outdoor adventures in Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains

Things To Do

Adventures and Attractions in the Great Smoky Mountains

From a plethora of outdoor adventures to excursions on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, live events, festivals and holiday celebrations, there are plenty of activities and exciting things to do in Bryson City. Check out our event calendar or view one of our guides to one of our hallmark events!

Scenic Drives

You don’t have to travel far from Bryson City to become immersed…

Lakes & Rivers

Rushing rivers, quaint creeks and a calm, pristine lake can be found…

Health & Wellness

Our rejuvenating health and wellness spas and packages are the keys to…

Appalachian Rivers Aquarium

The Appalachian Rivers Aquarium is currently open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10-4. Admission is free. Exhibits include many regional species of fish, hellbenders, salamanders, and there are many more aquatic or semi-aquatic species to come. The aquarium is dog friendly for well-behaved dogs on leashes; a water dish available on hot days.

Explore the Outdoors

Hiking & Trails

With the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Nantahala National…

Waterfalls

Discover what it means to be ‘fall’-struck, we are…

Biking

Mountain biking continues to grow in popularity, and Bryson City is no…

Boating

Fontana Lake, the crown jewel of Bryson City, is your perfect…

Tubing

Ready to cool down? Grab a tube and enjoy a float through the Great…

Fishing

Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountain National Forests are some of…

Gem Mining

A perfect activity for all ages, our gem mining spots provide you with…

Golf

Grab your golf clubs and get ready to play a round amongst one of the…

Horseback Riding

Whether traversing around Fontana Lake or exploring the trails of Deep…

Parks

Bryson City, NC, is known to have parks and outdoor spaces stretching…

Swimming

Get refreshed with a swim in the Smokies! This seasonal activity is…

Ziplining

Channel your inner Tarzan and explore the beauty of our national parks…