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Bryson-City is located in the mountainous southwestern tip of North Carolina, within the Nantahala National Forest. This small, friendly town sits on the southern side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or what is known as "the Quieter Side of the Smokies." Some of the recreational activities in the Bryson City area include mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing and some of the best fly-fishing in North Carolina. You are within minutes of Olympic caliber whitewater rafting, kayaking and tubing, and Bryson City is near superb winter sports facilities for skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding. The Nantahala National Forest has over 600 miles of trails for backpacking or biking, including part of the Appalachian Trail and a 35-mile section of the Bartram Trail. There are numerous waterfalls in the region, and at Glen Falls Scenic Area, the river cascades over a 50-foot ledge in a spectacular display of nature. Bryson City enjoys all of the attractions of the Smoky Mountains, including the Great Smoky Mountain Railway, family theme parks, Cherokee Indian Reservation casinos, and the historic towns of Sylva, Dillsboro and Franklin.

Surrounding areas: Whittier, North Carolina (4.9 mi), Alarka, North Carolina (5.4 mi), Almond, North Carolina (7.9 mi), Cherokee, North Carolina (8.0 mi), Nantahala Gorge, North Carolina (8.3 mi), Dillsboro, North Carolina (11.8 mi), Sylva, North Carolina (13.1 mi)

Bryson City Vacation Rentals

Bryson City Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Charleston Inn208 Arlington AveBryson City, NC (828) 488-4644
Ela Motor Court5280 Ela RdBryson City, NC (828) 488-2284
Lloyd's On The River5370 Ela RdBryson City, NC (828) 488-3767
Nantahala Village Mountain Resort9400 Hwy 19 WestBryson City, NC (828) 488-2826
Sleep Inn500 SPG StBryson City, NC (828) 488-0326
Comfort Suites35 Hwy 441 NorthCherokee, NC8.0 mi.(828) 497-3500
Days Inn Smokey Mountain Inn660 Painttown RdCherokee, NC8.0 mi.(828) 497-2300
Econo LodgeUs Hwy 19Cherokee, NC8.0 mi.(828) 497-4575
Fairfield Inn & Suite - Cherokee568 Painttown RdCherokee, NC8.0 mi.(828) 497-0400
Hampton Inn185 Tsalagi RdCherokee, NC8.0 mi.(828) 497-3115
Holiday Inn CherokeeHwy 19 WCherokee, NC8.0 mi.(828) 497-9181
Holiday Inn Expres Hotel & Suites376 Paint Town RdCherokee, NC8.0 mi.(828) 497-3113
Holiday InnHwy 19 SCherokee, NC8.0 mi.(828) 497-9181
Microtel Inn & Suites674 Casino TrlCherokee, NC8.0 mi.(828) 497-7800
Quality Inn-cherokeeUS 441 N BypCherokee, NC8.0 mi.(828) 497-4702
Ramada Limited196 Painttown RdCherokee, NC8.0 mi.(828) 497-4231
Sleep InnHwy 441 Pob 1956Cherokee, NC8.0 mi.(828) 497-4730
TravelodgeAcquoni RdCherokee, NC8.0 mi.(828) 497-2226
Baymont Inn-Cherokee/Smoky MTNS1455 Acquoni RdCherokee, NC9.0 mi.(828) 497-2102
Best Western Great Smokies Inn1636 Acquoni RdCherokee, NC9.0 mi.(828) 497-2020
Best Western River Escape Inn And Suites248 Wbi DrDillsboro, NC11.8 mi.(828) 586-6060
Mountain Creek Cottages162 Dicks CRK RdDillsboro, NC11.8 mi.(704) 586-6042
Comfort InnHwy 23/74Sylva, NC13.1 mi.(828) 586-3315
Days Inn1320 E Main StFranklin, NC17.1 mi.(828) 524-6491
University Inn563 N Country CLB DrCullowhee, NC17.3 mi.(828) 293-5442
Snow Hill Inn531 Snow HL RdFranklin, NC17.6 mi.(828) 369-2100
Hampton Inn244 Cunningham RdFranklin, NC17.8 mi.(828) 369-0600
Microtel Inn & Suites81 Allman DrFranklin, NC18.9 mi.(828) 349-9000
Jack Huff's Motor Lodge204 Cherokee Orchard RdGatlinburg, TN19.3 mi.(865) 436-5171
Park Vista Resort Hotel705 Cherokee Orchard RdGatlinburg, TN19.3 mi.(865) 436-9211
Gazebo Inn417 Airport RdGatlinburg, TN19.4 mi.(865) 436-2222
Shoney's Inn & Suites515 Airport RdGatlinburg, TN19.4 mi.(865) 436-5883
Microtel211 Airport RdGatlinburg, TN19.6 mi.(865) 436-0107
Quality Inn Creekside125 Leconte Creek DrGatlinburg, TN19.6 mi.(865) 436-4865
Econolodge Downtown247 Newton LnGatlinburg, TN19.7 mi.(865) 436-6626
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites135 Reagan DrGatlinburg, TN19.8 mi.(865) 436-7991
Fairfield Inn Gatlinburg680 River RdGatlinburg, TN19.8 mi.(800) 228-2800
Clarion Inn & Suites1100 PkwyGatlinburg, TN19.9 mi.(865) 436-5656
Comfort Inn293 PkwyGatlinburg, TN19.9 mi.(865) 436-5047
Econo Lodge Belle Aire405 Historic Nature TrlGatlinburg, TN19.9 mi.(865) 436-5836
Bed & Breakfast
Freeze House Bed And Breakfast71 Sylvan HeightsSylva, NC13.1 mi.(828) 586-8161

Bryson City Weather & Climate

The Mountains of North Carolina range from 800 feet to over 6,600 feet and topography affects the local weather. Expect temperatures to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops. Spring is unpredictable, particularly at the higher elevations. Snow may fall in March, but by May, things warm up with daytime highs in the 80s. Summer is warm and humid, but more pleasant at the higher elevations. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms are common in the summertime. Winter is generally moderate, but extreme conditions can occur in the mountains. It's not unusual to have warm temperatures in the valleys and snow in the higher areas. In the lowlands, snows of one inch or more occur just 1-5 times per year. More frequent and deeper snows fall at the higher elevations.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 21°F 5.97 in. -
February 52°F 23°F 4.94 in. -
March 60°F 29°F 6.13 in. -
April 69°F 36°F 4.57 in. -
May 76°F 45°F 5.48 in. -
June 82°F 53°F 4.71 in. -
July 85°F 57°F 4.79 in. -
August 84°F 56°F 4.34 in. -
September 80°F 50°F 4.07 in. -
October 71°F 37°F 3.42 in. -
November 60°F 29°F 4.75 in. -
December 51°F 23°F 5.21 in. -

Bryson City Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge airport (GKT) located about 29 miles north of Bryson City in Sevierville, Tennessee, the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located approximately 40 miles northwest of Bryson City in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located roughly 50 miles east of Bryson City in Asheville, North Carolina, the Moore Murrell airport (MOR) located around 51 miles north of Bryson City in Morristown, Tennessee, and finally the Greeneville Greene County Municipal airport (GCY) located about 63 miles northeast of Bryson City in Greeneville, Tennessee.

Bryson City Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC8.0 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC8.0 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC20.6 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN25.4 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN25.4 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN30.9 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA92.7 mi.
White Water ParkMariettaGA119.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Smoky Mountain Country ClubWhittierNC4.9 mi.
Franklin Golf CourseFranklinNC17.6 mi.
Mill Creek Country ClubFranklinNC17.6 mi.
Laurel Valley Country ClubTownsendTN24.2 mi.
Gatlinburg Municipal Golf CoursePigeon ForgeTN25.9 mi.
Lake Junaluska Golf CourseWaynesvilleNC26.5 mi.
Laurel Ridge Country ClubWaynesvilleNC26.5 mi.
Highlands CoveHighlandsNC29.5 mi.
Trillium Links & Lake ClubCashiersNC29.5 mi.
Ski Areas
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC20.6 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC29.9 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC57.4 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC101.8 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC101.8 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC103.4 mi.
State Parks
Black Rock Mountain State ParkGA36.7 mi. 
Chatuge State ParkGA38.4 mi. 
East Tennessee Discovery CenterKnoxvilleTN45.2 mi.(Science)
Ewing Gallery of Art & ArchitectureKnoxvilleTN45.2 mi.(Art)
Knoxville Museum of ArtKnoxvilleTN45.2 mi.(Art)
East Tennessee Historical Society MuseumKnoxvilleTN45.2 mi.(History)
Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonoreTN46.0 mi.(History)
Farragut Folklife MuseumFarragutTN50.5 mi.(History)
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC56.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Zoos and Aquariums
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN45.2 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC51.6 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC71.7 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN108.4 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN108.4 mi.

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