Welcome to Bryson City
This tiny, charming mountain town straddling the Tuckasegee River is not only a cute little base for exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but an adventure destination in its own right. Handily poised for Nantahala National Forest, it’s a great spot for water sports such as rafting and kayaking. You might remember it from Cormac McCarthy’s 1979 novel, Suttree – the title character winds up here after wandering over the mountains from Gatlinburg.
Home to a smattering of good restaurants and breweries, Bryson City is also the starting point for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, which leaves from a historic depot downtown.