Great Smoky Mountains National Park
So Many Wide Open Spaces to Explore
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 Appalachian Trail, or by boat on a North Shore excursion, or on a guided hike to Hazel Creek.
There are endless opportunities for outdoor fun, ranging from hiking, biking, horseback riding, tubing and other adventures.Or take a more leisurely approach with a scenic drive or catch the sunset at an overlook.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Are pets allowed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park?
Dogs are allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and along roads, but must be kept on a leash at all times. Near Bryson City in the National Park, dogs are allowed on the Oconaluftee River Trail, the Deep Creek Picnic Area, and the Deep Creek Campground. Pets are not allowed on any other trails in the National Park. For pet-friendly hiking ideas outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit our Hiking page and use the amenity search to select "pet friendly."
When is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park open?
The Great Smoky Mountains National park is open year round, however certain roads may close due to inclement weather. Visit the National Park website or their Twitter account for up-to-date road closure information. In particular, Clingmans Dome Road is closed from November through March due to high elevation winter weather.