Black Bear Sightings @ The Swag

Both the National Park Service in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as well as the U.S. Forest Service, have recently reported black bear encounters in both the Smokies, Pisgah National Forest, and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  These reports always get The Swag team, as well as our guests, excited with the posibility of seeing bears here at … Read More

Synchronous Fireflies in the Smokies

We all remember growing up watching fireflies, catching them, maybe evening putting them in a jar to make your own natural lantern.  Well, this is the time of year here in the Smokies when one has the opportunity to see the synchronous fireflies, or Photinus carolinus, one of the 14 species of fireflies in Great … Read More

U.S. Fly-Fishing Championships Held This Weekend

For the first time in history of the event, the U.S. Fly-Fishing Championships will be held in the Southeast. More importantly, it’s right in The Swag’s backyard just over the mountain in Cherokee. This weekend, 60 competitors converge on Western North Carolina rivers for the four-day event beginning with this evening’s opening ceremonies in Bryson … Read More

Local Author, Hiking Guide & Swagger Completes 1,000 mile Hike

Local author, Danny Bernstein, recently completed the Mountain-to-Sea Trail which stretches nearly 1,000 miles.  Starting at Clingmons Dome, the highest point in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and treking clear across the Tar Heel State ending up at the highest sand dune on the East Coast in Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the North Carolina Outer Banks.  … Read More

Severe Weather Forces Park Trail Closures: Trails Around The Swag Unaffected

Severe weather that blew through Great Smoky Mountains National Park on April 27th, damaged several trails within the northwestern section of the park near the Cades Cove area.  Trail cleanup has already begun with hopes to have many of the trails reopened by the Memorial Day holiday weekend.  National park trails around The Swag, including … Read More