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About Swain County

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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.

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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 in 2010 was 13,981. This was an increase of 7.8% from the 2000 census.

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Swain County is pleased to post two recent documents concerning the 1943 settlement, which is now paid in full.

Community Announcements

The Swain County Board of Elections will meet on August 21st, 2018 beginning at 5:00 pm at the Board of Elections office

Swain County has a job opening for a Building/Mechanical Inspector. Link

Swain County has a job opening for a part time Custodian. Link

Swain County Board of Elections has posted documents concerning the General Election. Link

The Swain County Department of Social Services has an opening for a Social Worker in CPS. Link

The new Solid Waste Ordinance is posted.

The Swain County Board of Commissioners are accepting nominations for appointment to various boards/commissions. Details