Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Explore the nation's most visited national park, known for incredible mountain…

Explore the nation's most visited national park, known for incredible mountain views, waterfalls, rivers and streams, and nearly 900 miles of hiking trails.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Find Your Adventure

Bryson City is home to six access points to the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the nation's most visited national park. In addition to Oconaluftee at Cherokee, Clingmans Dome, the Road to Nowhere, and Deep Creek, you can also access the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after crossing Fontana Dam, on the Appalachain Trail, or by boat on a North Shore excursion, or on a guided hike to Hazel Creek.

Here, you will find an abundance of opportunities for outdoor fun, ranging from hiking, biking, horseback riding, tubing and other adventures. When you enter Bryson City, you’ll find a place literally surrounded by nature (87% of it is federal land) with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park just to the north, making it the ideal setting for a dreamy off-the-grid getaway.

Dogs are allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and along roads, but must be kept on a leash at all times. The leash must not exceed 6 feet in length. Dogs are only allowed on the Oconaluftee River Trail or in the Deep Creek Picnic area. Dogs are prohibited on National Park Trails for a few reasons. Dogs can chases and threaten wildlife, bark and disturb the quietness of the wilderness, they may become prey for larger predators and dogs can carry disease into the wildlife populations. For more pet-friendly activities, visit our Pet Friendly page, and learn about all the trails and restaurants in our area that do allow pets.

Explore the National Park By Section

Deep Creek

Deep Creek is known as one of the most stunning areas of North Carolina’s Great…

Oconaluftee

Close to Bryson City in neighboring Cherokee, NC, the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and…

Smokemont

Explore the Smokemont section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You'll…

Scenic Drives in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Little River Road

This 18-mile scenic drive dead-ends at Cades Cove, and provides spectacular scenery, including overlooks, a tunnel, river scenes, trailheads, picnic areas, campground access points and even a waterfall – Meigs Falls - that can be seen…

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Tour

The 5.5-mile-long, one-way, loop road is a favorite slow drive for many people. It offers rushing mountain streams, glimpses of old-growth forest, and several well-preserved log cabins, grist mills, and other historic buildings.

More Things To Do

Museums

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