USA Whitewater Slalom Nationals This Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, October 9th and 10th, Nantahala Outdoor Center will be hosting the USA Canoe and Kayak Whitewater Slalom Nationals. During this event, elite paddlers as well as up-and-coming youth and junior athletes will run a challenging slalom course through the Nantahala Falls in hopes of winning the title of Whitewater Slalom National […]

Viewing Elk in the Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has an abundance of wildlife and it is a real treat to get to see a bear, deer or elk during your visit. You will, of course, want to get photos of these beautiful creatures but it is important to make sure you do so safely. We have covered bear safety in previous […]

Get Inspired in Bryson City

  “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” -John Muir, 1901 John Muir is often referred […]

Nantahala Brewing Company Celebrates 5 Years

Come on down to Nantahala Brewing Company this weekend to help celebrate the 5-year anniversary of our award-winning hometown brewery! For the past 5 years, Nantahala Brewing Company has contributed to our community in so many ways! There is always great live music, exciting events and fundraisers to benefit the community and 2 huge screens […]

Music Festival at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center

Celebrate the beginning of summer in the Southern Appalachians with music, dance, food and mountain arts and crafts at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center! From 11a.m. until 5p.m. on Saturday, May 16th there will be a music festival featuring local musicians, dancers, the Heritage Alive Mountain Youth Talent Contest and a jam session with […]

Swain County Farmer’s Market Open for the Season

Swain County Farmer’s Market Opened on Friday, May 1st! Every Friday from 9a.m. until noon, you can visit the Farmer’s Market in Bryson City to stock up on fresh conventional and organic produce, baked goods, gluten-free items, local honey, plants, handmade bath products and essential oils, beautiful handcrafted jewelry, handmade toys, pottery and lots of […]

Local Artist Highlight – Drew Campbell

Since receiving his first Kodak Brownie camera for Christmas as a child, Drew Campbell has loved photography. He strives to find new ways to capture common subjects like the fall colors, a sunset on the ocean or new fallen snow in the mountains and the results are simply stunning. Drew’s love of nature and the Smoky […]