Deep within the heart of the Smoky Mountains exists a not-so-quiet mountain town that while once was deemed sleepy, is today bustling with life. Not only is it vibrant and alive, but it is also popular with adventurers from all over the state and with those who want to settle down and reconnect with nature. Bryson City is located right on the banks of the Tuckasegee River. Most of Swain County is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Bryson City offers close proximity to Nantahala National Forest and Nantahala Gorge. While this has long brought rugged hikers and adventure seekers, in recent years the town has also attracted tourists seeking a serene mountain escape.

While Bryson City mainly flies under the radar, you can’t blame them for wanting to keep the charm to themselves. The town has an unspoiled, authentic feel that you won’t find elsewhere. While it’s ideal to visit in the warmer months so you can take advantage of all the outdoor activities offered, there’s still plenty to do in the off season. With so much going for it, this is the perfect town to relax and escape to!

If you’re looking for another unique town, on the other end of the state, how about one where even cars aren’t allowed? This town is a world away from it all.

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