You can’t “Shut Down” Fall in Bryson City

autumn roadThe leaves are beginning to change here in Bryson City! Fall is a magical time in the Smokies; the temperatures are cooling, the skies are a clear Carolina blue. Leaves crunch under your feet and swirl into the air behind passing cars. Afternoon breezes create showers of red, yellow and orange leaves all around and views are just spectacular!

While the government shutdown has resulted in the closure of National Parks and National Forest areas, the leaves are still changing and there are still many ways to enjoy the season.

If you are interested in catching long-range views, there are several great drives that have places to pull over and take photos, have a picnic, or just enjoy the view. Some of the best views can be found on the following roads:

–       Newfound Gap Road (US 441) through GSMNP

–       The Cherohala Skyway

–       The Blue Ridge Parkway

–       The Dragon

There are also plenty of other things to do and ways to enjoy the fall colors when you visit Bryson City. You can try:

–       Whitewater Rafting

–       Kayaking

–       Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) on Fontana Lake

–       Riding the GSMR “Leaf Looker” or “Pumpkin Patch Express” Trains

–       Strolling around Bryson City enjoying the shops and decorations

–       The Bryson City Ghost Walk 

–       Enjoying a meal at one of our local restaurants

–       Tasting award winning craft beer at Nantahala Brewing Company

–       Fishing on one of the area lakes or rivers

–       Going for a hike

–       Ziplining

–       Visiting the Corn Maze a Darnell Farms

–       Enjoying the view from the deck of your Watershed Cabin

So don’t let the media hype about the government shutdown affect your decision to visit Bryson City this Fall. The parks may be closed but the roads are open and there is still plenty to do!


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