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Welcome to Swain County

Swain County strives to uphold a set of core values at work; respect, trust, integrity, diversity, equality, excellence, accountability, innovation, and collaboration. In addition, the County is committed to being a well-managed organization that relies on the talents of its workforce to succeed. The Bryson City, North Carolina area offers a wide variety of recreational activities just miles away from lakes, white-water rivers, hiking trails, campgrounds, and horseback riding for endless family fun. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, makes up a large percentage of the land in Swain County, adding to the small town appeal. On behalf of our County Commissioners, we welcome you to our mountains.

Geographically, the county is spectacular. Much of it lies within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including its highest peak, Clingmans Dome. Four scenic rivers, the Nantahala, the Tuckasegee, the Oconaluftee and the Little Tennessee flow through the county and form the sprawling Lake Fontana, west of Bryson City, the county seat.

The county also encompasses much of the Cherokee Indian Reservation, with its own independent government. Formed in 1871 from parts of Jackson County and Macon County, the county was named for David L. Swain, governor of North Carolina from 1832 to 1835. The estimated population July 1, 2019 was 14,271.

The Swain County Department of Social Services in conjunction with community stakeholders is conducting a brief survey regarding the need and feasibility of an Adult Day Care Program. Please take a moment and complete our survey.

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Administration Building

50 Main Street, Ste. 300
Bryson City, NC 28713


Lottie Barker – Interim County Manager
Phone: 828-488-9273, ext. 2241
Fax 828-488-2754

The County Manager oversees the day-to-day functioning of the County and directs and supervises the administration of all County offices, departments, boards, commissions and agencies that are subject to the general direction and control of the Board of County Commissioners. The manager attends all meetings of the Board of Commissioners and recommends any measures that he considers expedient. The manager sees that the orders, ordinances, resolutions, and regulations of the Board of Commissioners are faithfully executed within the county. The manager prepares and submits the annual budget and capital program to the Board of Commissioners.

Cindi C. Woodard – Clerk to the Board & Administrative Assistant
Phone 828-488-9273, ext. 2225 Email:
Office Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday

The administrative staff includes:

Lottie Barker – (828) 488-9273 ext 2241
Cindi Woodard – (828) 488-9273 ext 2225

Swain County Economic Development Supports Business Development Of New and Existing Businesses

Business Education Training Center
45 E Ridge Dr., Bryson City, NC 28713

The technology center is designed as a regional facility capable of onsite or remote classroom or conference center. The center also features large format digital touch screens to enhance the teaching experience.

We have 3 rooms available for rent:

  • Room #200 and #307 will seat 36 people
  • Room #303 will seat 25 people 

Get-Togethers, ie. Birthday Parties, Showers, Reunions cost is $10.00. For-Profit Groups, ie. Garage Sales cost is $25.00. Non-Profit Groups, No Fee Charged.  

Senior Center

125 Brendle St., Bryson City, NC 28713

Deposit Rental Fee is $100.00 per day which includes a $50.00 cleaning fee.  $50.00 is returnable upon approval of a cleaning inspection.  (Kitchen is not accessible.)  

Please contact Cindi Woodard (828) 488-9273 ext 2225 to set up a tour of the facility or reserve classroom space for your training event.  

Riverfront Park Gazebo

Reservations for Private Events: The Gazebo at Riverfront Park is available for private functions including weddings, gatherings, and festivals.  

Please contact Cindi Woodard at the Swain County Courthouse Building at 828-488-9273 to make reservations. The park is open to the public at all other times.

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