Information on the National Park, Bryson City & Swain County
The 1908 historic courthouse in downtown Bryson City is one of four GSMNP Information Centers in communities outside the Park. It is manned by Swain County Chamber of Commerce staff who are ready to assist you with directions, maps, brochures and helpful tips about visiting the area. Additional information is availaible in the Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore, also on the first floor.
Swain County Visitor Center & Heritage Museum
On the second floor of the courthouse, the Swain County Heritage Museum tells the story of the County and its people. Through photos, exhibits and video you will learn about the life of early settlers; and how the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Fontana Dam rewrote the landscape and changed lives. You will enjoy seeing the restored log cabin porch, the 1887 church organ and one-room schoolhouse desks, and children's activity area among other items. The museum is open daily; hours vary by season, Free admission. Parking lot behind the courthouse.
GSMA Official Park Store
Located in the Swain County Visitor Center, the Great Smoky Mountains Association (GSMA) bookstore helps provide funding to the National Park. A non-profit organization, GSMA has provided more than $32 million to the park during its 60-year history. Funds are generated through retails sales to park visitors and a membership program.
In the Bryson City location, you will find a great children's selection of activity books, stuffed animals, wooden toys, puzzles, t-shirts, and ranger vests and hats. You'll also find guide books, cookbooks, CDs, DVDs, tote bags, clothing, foods, mugs and more.