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Swaggers Have Unique Opportunity to View Elk in the Smokies

In the coming weeks, Swag guests have a couple of great opportunities to view the Elk down in the Cataloochee Valley of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The first of these comes on Thursday, September 29, at 5 p.m. for a special, guided viewing of the elk with Friends of the Smokies.  Space is limited, … Read More

New High-Flying Adventure Arrives in Western NC

While ziplines and canopy tours have been modes of transportation and tourist attractions in other parts of the country, and around the world, the canopy tour has become the latest “Big” attraction.  Over the last couple of years, several canopy tour companies have opened their doors for the high-flying excitement here in western NC.  Adventure … Read More

Special Event Leaders Return to The Swag

After somewhat of a hiatus during the month of July, The Swag welcomes back several special event leaders over the next several weeks to educate, lead hikes, and entertain.  Renowned storyteller Donald Davis concludes his week of “Walks and Talks” tonight (8/21) with stories after dinner.  Donald returns for his final week of storytelling this season … Read More

Hummingbirds @ The Swag

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is by far the most common species that breeds in the eastern half of North America.  Ruby-throats are intensely inquisitive and thus easily attracted to feeders, where males in particular typically display aggressive territoriality toward rival hummers, other birds, and even insects such as bees, and butterflies.  They quickly become accustomed to … Read More

Smokies License Plate Provide Boost to Wildlife

The license plate with the distinct black bear image is benefiting wildlife throughout Great Smoky Mountains National Park this summer, thanks to strong plate sales and numerous projects to support black bears, trout, elk, and other wildlife.  The North Carolina “black bear” license plate, which benefits Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, brought in … Read More