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…

Farms & Markets

In Bryson City, NC, our abundance of rolling greenspace and rich…

Museums

Explore the deep history and culture of Bryson City, Western North…

Health & Wellness

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

Explore Cherokee

Explore Cherokee North Carolina, home of the Eastern Band of the…

Appalachian Rivers Aquarium

The Appalachian Rivers Aquarium is currently open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10AM - 4PM. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. The aquarium is dog friendly for well-behaved dogs on leashes; a water dish available on hot days. Appalachian Rivers Aquarium is a small, native species aquarium on the banks of the Tuckaseegee River in downtown Bryson City. Though…

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…

Motorcycling

Explore the open roads of Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains…

Elk Viewing

Observe the elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on grasses…

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…

Horseback Riding

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

Ziplining

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

Swimming

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

Parks

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