Welcome To Swain County

Recreation in Swain County

Swain County Recreation

Rafting and Paddling

Swain County and the surrounding region are home to some of the most popular and senic rafting and paddling trips in the county.

Whitewater - Popular destination whitewater rivers in the region include the Pigeon River, French Broad River, Nolichucky River, Ocoee River, Chattooga River and Swain County's own hugely popular Nantahala River. The Nantahala is one of the most popular rafting and kayaking rivers in the country and challanges await all paddlers of all skill levels from begininger to expert.

Flatwater - Fontana Lake is a large clean lake with miles and miles of pristine shoreline to explore. You can launch your boat from any one of the public boat docks. Public boat dock include Old 288, Lemmons Branch, Cable Cove Flat Branch and Lewellyn Branch. Click here for a map showing the public boat docks and other recreation areas in the county. (6.5mb)

Below: Tubing on Deep Creek is a great way to beat the summer heat.


Courthouse Building
101 Mitchell Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

Mailing Address:
PO Box 2321
Bryson City, NC 28713

Kevin King
County Manager
Phone 828-488-9273, ext. 2231
Fax 828-488-2754

Cindi C. Woodard
Clerk to the Board &
Administrative Assistant
Phone 828-488-9273, ext. 2225

Office Hours:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday