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Bryson City, North Carolina

CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountySwain
TownshipCharleston
Area
Total2.29 sq mi (5.94 km 2 )
Land2.18 sq mi (5.66 km 2 )
Water0.11 sq mi (0.28 km 2 )
Elevation1,752 ft (534 m)
Population ( 2010 )
Total1,424
Estimate (2019)1,452
Density664.84/sq mi (256.73/km 2 )
Time zoneUTC-5 ( Eastern (EST) )
Summer ( DST )UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code28713
Area code(s)828
FIPS code37-08480
GNIS feature ID1019348
Websitehttp://www.brysoncitync.gov/
FacebookBrysonCityNorthCarolina

Spend a fabulous day or two in Bryson City and the Great Smokies with waterfalls, hiking, rafting, food and shopping. Since this jewel of Small town America offers so much to do, it's one of our top cool mountain towns in western North Carolina. Located about 70 miles southwest of Asheville via freeway, this is paradise for outdoors and nature lovers since much of the County is part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's whitewater rafting mecca, with the Nantahala River cascading through the Gorge and Nantahala National Forest. Abcs Good Morning Americas Vacationland series name Nantahala River number one place to spend wet and wild vacation in the US. In fact, Smithsonian names Bryson City as one of 20 Best Small Towns to Visit. Throughout the rest of the year, take scenic train rides on the extremely popular Great Smoky Mountains Railroad along rivers and Fontana Lake. For much more info, go to our GSM Railroad Guide. Your first stop should be the stately historic courthouse. Downstairs, get plenty of advice about things to do at the County Visitor Center and buy souvenirs at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Store. Upstairs, browse interesting Swain County Heritage Museum for a quick overview of local mountain life. All free to visit and open every day, 9 AM - 6 PM. Downtown Bryson City is a small town America with a variety of shops with friendly owners. Many shops showcase area artisans who create chocolate, handcraft jewelry, hand - turned wood objects and pottery. For a small town of only 1 500 residents, there is a surprising number of nice restaurants and two breweries. Take selfie in front of caboose! We give only a sampling of things to do. For much more, go to the Bryson City Great Smokies website. Stand Up Paddleboard with dog Lager Tuckasegee River in the middle of town with Bryson City Outdoors. Explore shops, galleries and restaurants along a three - block stretch of Everett Street From Depot to Visitor's Center. Breweries Mountain Layers Brewing Company is a 7 - barrel microbrewery with two bars including a rooftop outdoor deck. Nantahala Brewing Company has been around since 2009 and features many of their brews in their fun Tap Room, open every day. Brewery tours on Friday afternoons include tastings of eight beers. More Bryson City Events From free live music on many nights each week to big festivals, see the complete Bryson City Events Calendar. For much more information, go to the Bryson City Great Smokies website.

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History

Two well - known sites in Swain County were named for Col. Thaddeus Dillard Bryson, significant figure in Western North Carolina during the second half of the nineteenth century. One is, of course, Bryson City. The other is Bryson Place, now Backcountry Campsite in Great Smoky Mountains National Park situated six miles north of gate trailhead in Deep Creek Campground. Here then are some notes regarding Col. Bryson as well as his namesakes. Some early background is provided in the biographical sketch caption Bryson Family written by Edwin C. Bryson for Heritage of Swain County volume: Colonel Bryson, who was born February 13 1829. He grew up on a farm near Webster in Jackson County. Little is recorded of his early life other than that, as a young man he became interested in politics and represented Jackson County in the North Carolina General Assembly. His Service records show that he was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel of 86 Regiment of Militia, Feb. 20 1854, Captain of Volunteer Company of Jackson Guards, June 28 1861, and Colonel in 20 North Carolina Infantry of the Confederate Army, September 7 1861. He married Mary Charlotte Greenlee of McDowell County, North Carolina. Just when Col. Bryson moved to Charleston Community, which at that time was part of Jackson County, is not know to this writer. It is of record that in September 1868, he acquired a large tract of land on the north side of the Tuckaseegee River, which is now part of the town of Bryson City. Col. Bryson decided to settle on this tract where he built a large eight - room House became the first person to represent Swain County in the North Carolina General Assembly in 1871. In her still very informative Swain County: Early History and Educational Development, Lillian F. Thomasson notes that Col. Bryson was farmer, like most everyone else back then, and that he operated merchant mill, grinding meal and corn, at mouth of Deep Creek. Behind the mill, he had a Sash - saw which was used by the public for self - serve bass. One did his sawing and paid in cash or portion of lumber just as a toll was taken for grinding of corn. Swain County was organized by act of state government in 1871. Charleston, first name for the County seat, proved unsatisfactory. Mail was being misdirected to cities on the South Carolina coast. Renaming it would rectify that situation. And it would provide an opportunity to honor Thaddeus Dillard Bryson, one of the town's primary benefactors. Two years after Charleston was incorporated in 1887, new charter was granted and in 1889 the name was changed to Bryson City, year before his death. He was laid to rest in Bryson City Cemetery overlooking town bearing his name. According to Ken Wise in his Hiking Trails in the Great Smokies, which is as much a History Book as it is a guide Book, Col.

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Geography

Bryson City is located just west of the confluence of the Tuckasegee River, which flows westward from its source in the Mountains to the east, and Deep Creek, which flows south from its source near Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains. After flowing around Bryson City Island Park, and passing through Bryson City, Tuckasegee flows southwestward for another 12 miles before emptying into the Little Tennessee River. Fontana Lake, impoundment of Little Tennessee, covers the lower 11 miles of Tuckasegee. Town is surrounded on all sides by mountains. The Great Smoky Mountains rise to the north, Cowee Mountains rise to the south, and Plott Balsams rise to the east. The Boundary of Nantahala National Forest passes just south of the city, and the Boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park passes just to the North. The Qualla Boundary, which comprises the bulk of reservation of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, dominates the area to the east. Bryson City is center around the junction of Everett Street and Main Street. Main Street is part of US Route 19, which connects Bryson City to Cherokee to northeast and Murphy to the southwest. According to the United States Census Bureau, town has a total area of 2. 2 square miles, of which 2. 1 square mile is land and 0. 1 square mile is water.

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Know Before You Go

Bryson Cityas Shops and Galleries Bryson City is a charming small town with beautiful street scape planters lining streets and bridges. We highly recommend a leisurely stroll through town, taking time to visit shops, studios and galleries. See artisans weave baskets and wander past shops selling artisanal items, specialty clothing, art, delectable treats, quilts and many other treasures that are unique to this area. Historic Courthouse and Town Square Bryson Cityas iconic old Courthouse towers over Town Square and adjacent block of early 20th century buildings. The historic courthouse houses Bryson City and National Park visitor center on the basement floor, and the Swain County Heritage Museum upstairs. Scenic Railroad Excursions Great Smoky Mountains Railroad operates scenic rail excursions through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina. Departing from Historic Bryson City Depot, trips go into Nantahala River Gorge or to nearby Dillsboro. Options include first class cars with private attendant as well as open - air gondolas! Visit their website for information about special themed excursions. Deep Creek Waterfalls, Hiking, Fishing Just a quarter mile from Folkestone Inn, Deep Creek Area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers hiking and nature trails, Mountain trout streams with waterfalls and incomparable pristine beauty. Stand - up Paddleboarding is available on Fontana Lake and on Tuckasegee River in downtown Bryson City. Rentals are available at Bryson City Outdoors. Boating for Recreation and Fishing on two mountain lakes in Swain County, two beautiful mountain lakes, 26 mile - long Fontana and smaller Cheoah provide exceptional boating for recreation and fishing. Road Cycling and Off - Road Mountain Biking in the Western North Carolina Mountains, word flat is seldom used to describe our landscape. So, needless to say, biking these hills can be a challenge for road bikers and off - road bikers alike. Tsali Recreation Area Trail System, 15 miles west of Bryson City. Pronounce SAH - lee and named after a 19th century Cherokee Indian martyr, 42 - mile network of multi - use trails is consistently rat one of the top ten riding destinations in the United States. Tsali Cycles in Town is a great place to rent bikes or get trail advice. Yoga - Tsali Yoga is all levels of Yoga studio, with gentle and intermediate classes. 8 / Class. Elevate Your Golf Game at two 18 - hole mountain courses, Smoky Mountain Country Club and Sequoyah National. The spectacular landscape of the Great Smoky Mountains has been luring vacationers for generations. And now, itas attracting golfers who enjoy unique challenges that a true mountain golf course can deliver. Fishing is big in Swain County. So big, in fact, that it has its own website, greatsmokiesfishing. Com. This comprehensive guide to Fishing in NC Smokies features maps and descriptions of twenty - six fishing destinations: mountain trout streams, creeks, rivers and two large lakes. These waters offer more than 17 sporting species, from trout to bass to Muskie. 2. A 2 - mile stretch of Delayed Harvest Waters runs through downtown Bryson City.

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