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Best things to do in Bryson City

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

National Park
“The entrance to the Park is 1.5 miles from our place. Just take East a Deep Creek Road away from town. You’ll end up at a T. To the left (and over the bridge) is the Park, and the campground is to the right. admission to the Park is free. Great for hiking!”
157 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Restaurant overlooks the river and a bar on the other side of the river accessible via a walking bridge with a treetop playground for the kids (good entertainment watching even if you don’t have children along) & a great outfitters store!”
86 locals recommend
“From the casino, to shops, spas and more, Harrah's Cherokee Casino is an excellent spot to visit for local indoor entertainment.”
63 locals recommend
Beer Store
“Music & food trucks on weekends, or catch a game of trivia. Large indoor space with tables as well as a small outdoor porch. Kid & dog friendly.”
31 locals recommend
“Not just a museum but also so much more. No visit to the Smoky Mountains would be complete without a trip to Cherokee, where traditional arts and crafts and Native American culture are respected and preserved for coming generations. Many authentic experiences await you in Cherokee including: The Museum of the Cherokee Indian; Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama; Oconaluftee Indian Village; and the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual. Cherokee is 20 minutes from Maggie valley.”
26 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
“Excellent food options that use local organic ingredients for all of their entrees. ”
28 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi. The observation tower on the summit of Clingmans Dome offers spectacular 360° views of the Smokies and beyond for visitors willing to climb the steep half-mile walk to the tower at the top. On clear days views expand over a 100 miles. Unfortunately, air pollution often limits viewing distances to under 20 miles.”
28 locals recommend
“Less than 3 miles from the house is the Deep Creek entrance of the Smoky Mountain National Park. Deep Creek is a beautiful and easy place to enjoy nature. There are multiple trail options, with the easiest being to just stay on the wide trail besides the river. In the summer, tubing is a very popular activity (which I also recommend!) but be warned the first part of your walk you'll be joined by A LOT of tubers. Don't let that stop you though, walk on a little further past the tuber put in and you'l likely have the place to yourself. ”
21 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Best Pizza in town! During summer it is usually packed with train riders. My best advice is to call an order in to go or there is now a side bar that is 21 & up only. It has a cool rustic vibe and the full menu is available. ”
22 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“If you want to see the Elk in the park this is your best bet. It is a beautiful drive over the mountains through the park towards Cherokee. The elk have been hanging out in this area for a few years. During the fall is a great time at the rut is on and you can see the bulls vying for the harem. If you are lucky you will hear one bugling. ”
14 locals recommend
“Casually stylish, traditional Italian restaurant & pizzeria with an open kitchen & full bar. Great service, great atmosphere, reasonable prices, huge portions!”
14 locals recommend
“-One of the nation’s foremost outdoor dramas. -Debuting in 1950, Unto These Hills has been performed for over six million visitors in its over 60 years of operation. From the first contact with Europeans to the infamous and tragic Trail of Tears, Unto These Hills tells the triumphant story of the Cherokee through the eons. -Bring tissue!”
7 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“This is where you can get a coffee, cake, pastry, sandwich, smoothie.... great place to bring a book or your laptop.”
15 locals recommend
“They are the last tube rental place on the left just before you get into Deep Creek Park.”
17 locals recommend
“Great family restaurant. Awesome breakfast options. Owner is a great guy! Take your family there!”
17 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“A must place to eat for lunch! Amazing sandwiches and homemade hand-cut fries ~ enough to share with many! Barry, the owner, is great. Try their Cuban Sandwich! ”
16 locals recommend