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

Three Days and Counting…

The holiday weekend is upon us and so many things have been happening here at The Swag in preparation for Monday’s opening of our 30th season.  Staff orientation was held this past Monday afternoon followed by departmental training.  We have a great mix of returnees and newcomers which we feel all you Swaggers will enjoy … Read More

Smoky Mountain Visitor Center Opens in NC

The new Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will open its doors in time for this weekend.  The 6,300-square-foot facility is the first structure built specifically as a full-service visitor center on the North Carolina side of the park and is also the first new visitor building constructed in the Smokies … Read More