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Swain County, North Carolina

US county information
NameSwain County
StateNorth Carolina
SeatBryson City
US Area
Total Area541 sq mi (1401.2 km2)
Land Area528 sq mi (1367.5 km2)
Water Area13 sq mi (33.7 km2)
Population12968 (2000)
Density9/km2 (23.3/sq mi)
Founded1871

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Swain County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 12,968. Its county seat is Bryson City .

Swain County is home of the Nantahala River (along with Macon County, North Carolina). The Nantahala is one of the most popular whitewater rafting rivers in the nation. In 2010, it was announced that the Nantahala River would host the 2013 World Freestyle Kayaking Championships


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