Swain is a county of North Carolina and is where the most popular
whitewater rafting river is located, the Nantahala River. Formed in
1971, Swain came from parts of Jackson County and Macon County and was
named from David L. Swain who was North Carolina's who was once a
governor of North Carolina from 1832 to 1835 before becoming the
president of the University of North Carolina from 1835 to 1868.
The county's popularity boils down on the mountain trails and the scenic
terrains it offers to locales and tourists alike. Much of the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park, including its highest peak, can be
located in the Swain as well as the highest dam, Lake Fontana. The
county boasts its panoramic mountain views and beautiful mountain
roadways, one of which is the Blue Ridge Parkway.
As the perfect place for mountain vacation, Swain County is home to a
number of scenic roads, offering a spectacular view to anyone who spends
their time driving in the area.
Some of these roads include the Blue
Ridge Parkway which connects Fontana Dam and Nantahala Gorge, the
Cherohala Skyway, The Road to Nowhere and the Dragon's tail.
the curviest of roads, but one can choose to take a break from the
driving and get off from the car from time to time and enjoy the
surroundings, and probably have a small picnic. One famous stop over is
the Tree of Shame at Deal's Gap. This tree serves as a makeshift shrine
to riders who left their gears in one of the most challenging rides (a
road with 318 curves) for motorcycles and sports cars.
Some of the most enjoyable places to visit while staying at Swain are
Aside from the park itself the Great Smoky Mountains also
boasts its own Railroad. Travel comfortably via train and be amazed with
the place while riders enjoy comfortable coaches, club cars, dining cars
and cabooses which are ideal for picture taking. Harrah's Cherokee
Casino is for people who want to enjoy the mutual fun in the beautiful
county. This 24-hour casino features 2,700 video gaming machines, great
restaurants, live entertainment and culturally-themed educational child
care facility. This casino is open 24 hours, seven days a week.
To enjoy further while learning more about the mountainous Swain
County and the Great Smoky Mountains, visit the Mountain Farm Museum. The
museum offers visitors a leisure time to walk through farm buildings,
barn, blacksmith shop, gardens and walking trail that will give visitors
a deeper understanding of their surroundings. The museum also hosts two
festivals every year, one dedicated to women and the other on life in
Staying in Swain may be translated into escape for some, especially for
those who just want to spend their vacation relaxing and recharging for
the next chapter of their working life. Other than its natural beauty,
Swain also offers the greatest dining options and shopping places for
people who want to leave with them a piece of the county on the da
they'll be going back to their real worlds.