he Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

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Bryson City

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Bryson City, North Carolina

Unique among mountain communities, Bryson City NC, the county seat of Swain County, is located right next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Over 40 percent of this great national park is located in Swain County, and the park sets the tone for this lovely mountain city, with outdoor recreation as one of the major highlights. There are a large number of accommodations for such a small city, largely because of the number of visitors who wish to visit the park.
    Bryson City, because of its central location in the mountains is also a great jumping off point to many of Western North Carolina's natural and cultural attractions as well, including the popular  Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, which has departures from downtown, and the nearby Cherokee Indian Reservation. The train depot at Bryson City is also the venue for "Music in the Mountains", live performances that take place every Saturday evening from June through October. Motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts also make Bryson City their base camp for riding the "Tail of the Dragon" at nearby Deal's Gap, a section of Highway 129 that has 318 curves in only 11 miles. A number of great mountain rivers flow through Swain County, the most popular are the Nantahala and the Tuckaseegee Rivers. Both offer great
Whitewater Rafting and other recreational opportunities. A famous and long established outdoor center is also located near Bryson City on the Nantahala, the Nantahala Outdoor Center, offering everything from great dining on the river to world-class whitewater rafting.

 

Resources
City Website: 
None: Town Offices, 45 Everett Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-3335
Location:
Western Mountains, 45 minutes west of Asheville
County:
Swain County: County Administration Building, 101 Mitchell Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-9273
Elevation & Population:
2,000 feet, 1,400+
Visitor/Welcome Center: Bryson City-Swain County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
210 Main Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 800-867-9246
City & County Chamber of Commerce: Bryson City-Swain County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
210 Main Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 800-867-9246
Newspaper: Smoky Mountain Times 114 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC 28713; 828-488-2189
Movie Theatres: Cherokee Phoenix Theatre,  91 Sequoyah Trail, Cherokee NC 28719; 828-487-7384
High School: Swain County High School, 1415 Fontana Road, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-2152
Colleges and Universities: Southwestern Community College
, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-6413
Hospitals: Swain County Hospital
, 45 Plateau Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-2155
Area Major Festivals: Music in the Mountains 800-867-9246 (Saturday evenings June-October), Smoky Mountains Bluegrass Festival (May)
Area Natural Attractions: Blue Ridge Parkway, Fontana Lake, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Whitewater Rafting
Area Cultural Attractions: Cherokee Indian ReservationGreat Smoky Mountains Railroad, Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel,
Mountain Farm Museum,  Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Oconaluftee Indian Village, Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, Smoky Mountain Trains,  Unto These Hills 


Real Estate
 

Fine Dining in Western North Carolina
Dining
Fine Dining
Fryemont Inn: (American) 245 Freymont Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 800-845-4879

Casual & Family Dining
Across the Trax: (American) 103 Depot Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-9880
Hemlock Inn: (American-Family Style) Galbraith Creek Road, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-2885
Jimmy Mac's: (American) 121 Main Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-4700
River's End Restaurant: (American) Nantahala Outdoor Center, US19/74 West, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-2176
The Iron Skillet: (American) 165 Everett Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-4766
The Station Restaurant: (American) 225 D Everett Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-1532


Overseas & Exotic
Anthony's Italian Restaurant: (Italian) 301 Depot Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-8898
Bar-B-Que Wagon: (BBQ) 610 Main Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-9521

Guayabitos Mexican Restaurant: (Mexican) 236 Highway 19 South, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-1336
Pasqualino's Italian Restaurant: (Italian ) 25 Everett Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-9555

Yummi Yummi Chinese Buffet: (Chinese) 33 Rector Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-1240

Cafes & Grills
Blue Ridge Grill: (American) 80 Songbird Forest Road, Bryson City NC 28713; 929-488-8881
Everett Street Diner: (American) 126 Everett Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-0123
Naber's Drive In: (Drive-In) 1245 Main Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-2877

Slow Joe's Riverside Cafe: (Cafe) Nantahala Outdoor Center, US19/74 West, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-2176
The Filling Station Deli & Sub Shop: (Deli) 145 Everett Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-1919


Coffeehouses

Mountain Perks Espresso Bar & Cafe: (Cafe) 9 Depot Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-9561

Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC
Accommodations
Resorts
Falling Waters Adventure Resort: (Resort) 10345 US Highway 74 West, Bryson City NC 28713; 800-451-9972
Lakeview at Fontana: (Resort) 171 Lakeview Drive, Bryson City NC 28713; 800-742-6492
Nantahala Village (Resort) 9400 Highway 19 West, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-9000
Smoky Mountain Country Club: (Resort - Country Club) 1300 Conleys Creek Road, Whittier NC 28789; 828-497-7622

Hotels, Inns & Lodges
Calhoun House Inn & Suites: (Village Inn) 110 Bryson Avenue, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-399-9765
Deep Creek Lodge: (Country Lodge) 1881 West Deep Creek Road, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-2587
Lloyd's on the River Country Inn: (Country Inn) 5370 Ela Road, Bryson City NC 28713; 888-611-6872
The Fryemont Inn: (County Inn) 245 Fryemont Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 800-845-4879

The Historic Calhoun House Hotel: (Hotel) 135 Everett Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-1234

Bed & Breakfasts
Folkestone Inn: (B&B) 101 Folkestone Road, Bryson City NC 28713; 888-812-3385
Hemlock Inn: (B&B) 911 Galbraith Creek Road, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-2885
The Chalet Inn: (B&B) 285 Lone Oak Drive, Whittier NC 28789; 800-789-8024
West Oak Bed & Breakfast and Cabins: (B&B) 101 Fryemont Road, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-2438


Motels
Freeman's Motel & Cottages: (Motel) 1900 Highway 28 North, Almond NC 28702; 828-488-2737
Gearhead Inn: (Motel) 6280 Ela Road, Whittier NC 28789; 828-488-2398
Gracey Manor: (Motel) 270 Main Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-2483

Microtel Inn & Suites Bryson City: (Motel) 80 Songbird Forest Road, Bryson City NC 28713; 800-771-7171
Mountaineer Motel: (Motel) 2472 US Highway 441 North, Whittier NC 28789; 828-497-2453
Relax Inn: (Motel) 40 Highway 19 South, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-2127
Ridge Top Motel  and Campground: (Motel) 390 Arlington Avenue, Bryson City NC 28713; 866-415-9692
Riverbend Lodging: (Motel) 470 Highway 19 North, Bryson City NC 28713; 877-272-3125
Rosewood Inn: (Motel) 265 Main Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-2194
Sleep Inn: (Motel) 500 Veterans Boulevard, Bryson City N 28713; 866-939-0998
Two Rivers Lodge: (Motel) 5280 Ela Road, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-2284


Cabins, Cottages & Chalets
Euchella Mountain/Lake Cabins
: (Cabins)
9698 Highway 19 West, Bryson City NC 28713; 800-446-1603
Freeman's Motel & Cottages: (Cottages) 1900 Highway 28 North, Almond NC 28702; 828-488-2737
Hidden Creek Cabins: (Cabins)  PO Box 973, Bryson City NC 28713; 888-333-5881
Sunset Farm Cabins: (Cabins) 68 Vacation Drive, Whittier NC 28789; 800-408-4889

West Oak Bed & Breakfast and Cabins: (Cabins) 101 Fryemont Road, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-2438

Campgrounds
Flaming Arrow Campground: (Campground) 283 Flaming Arrow Drive, Whittier NC 28789; 877-497-6161
Fort Wilderness Campground: (Campground) 284 Fort Wilderness Road, Whittier NC 28789; 828-497-9331
Holly Cove RV Resort: (RV campground) 341 Holly Cove Road, Whittier NC 28789; 828-631-0692

Ridge Top Motel  and Campground: (RV Campground) 390 Arlington Avenue, Bryson City NC 28713; 866-415-9692
Tumbling Waters Campground & Trout Pond: (Campground) 1612 Panther Creek Road, Almond NC 28702; 828-479-3814

Rental Agencies
Angel Cabins: (Cabin Rentals) 300 Richmond Street #B, Bryson City, NC 28713; 828-488-8152
Great Smokys Cabin Rentals: (Cabin Rentals) 1560 East Main Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 800-655-9771
Mountain Vista Log Cabins (Log Cabin Rentals) 11 Highway 19 South, Bryson City NC 28713; 888-508-4838
Rock Creek Cabins: (Rentals) 24 Fry Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 800-731-8050
Watershed Luxury Log Home Rentals: (Log Home Rentals) 300 Everett Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 888-604-3075
Whispering Winds Log Cabins Rentals: (Log Cabin Rentals) 231 Pam's Way, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-736-6443
Yellow Rose Realty & Vacation Rentals: (Rentals) 203 Slope Street, Bryson City NC 28713; 828-488-2797

 

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