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Bryson City Introduction

Dig out the dungarees and the banjo for that visit to Bryson City. This laid-back Appalachian town is a place to watch the haze rolling over the Great Smoky Mountains and buckle up to hike some of America's most famous trails. A choice of country lodges, timber-built cabins, and cozy highland boltholes make the range of Bryson City hotels a real doozy for anyone who's looking for a taste of authentic North Carolina.

Hotels in Bryson City

From crooked cabins that ooze character on the leaf-strewn trails to hearty inns that extend a real Smoky Mountain welcome, the hotels in Bryson City are nothing if not authentic. Some places here let you escape to the wilds, sitting in little clearings between the hardwoods and pines. Timber-built decks with sweeping views of the surrounding national park are normal, while the more luxury hotels in Bryson City come with bubbling hot tubs and crackling wood fires to warm the bones after long hikes through moonshine country.

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Where to stay

On the south side of the Tuckasegee River is where you'll find bustling Main Street. It's dotted with charming little inns that meld seamlessly with the heart-warming coffee shops and snug mountain-style eateries. You can also hop over the water to discover some more places to stay in the quieter streets away from the center. They're all still just a short walk from the breweries and highland taverns along Depot Street, though. For those who really want a taste of the wild, Appalachian cabins and rustic-wood lodges sit in the surrounding hills, often tantalizingly close to the hiking trails of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to see

The real draw of Bryson City hotels is easy to see in the wooded hills and valleys all around the town. Wherever you look, you'll spot it – the untamed North Carolinian backcountry. Heading just to the north will bring you to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's a wonderland of moss-covered, lush forests and wildflower meadows, offering hiking trails that meander through the woods up to Clingmans Dome and its sweeping vistas over the state of Tennessee. Southwards brings you to the Nantahala National Forest. That's hallowed ground for waterfall lovers and adventurers. The landscape is carved through by the multi-tiered Whitewater Falls and comes topped with the lookout point of Wesser Bald. It's there that you'll also find the off-beat Scottish Tartans Museum, chronicling the uses of clansmen's wear through the centuries.

How to get to Bryson City

A car really is the best way to reach hotels in Bryson City. This highland town sits tucked into the Appalachian ranges, linked on winding roadways through the Great Smoky Mountains to the nearby cities of Asheville and Knoxville, TN. Interstate 40 is the main highway that comes close, while US 23 and US 129 also make drives in from Chattanooga and Atlanta doable. The Asheville Regional Airport is the closest place to land. It has regular short-haul arrivals from the likes of Atlanta, Newark, Charlotte, and Denver to name just a few.