Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women

Mailing and Street Address: 55 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Phone: 828-259-6000
County: Buncombe
Offender Capacity: 366
Facility Type: Female, Minimum Custody


Visitation is on Saturdays from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. and from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. according to offenders' last names, A-K and L-Z.  One group is in the morning, the other in the afternoon. After six months, the groups rotate mornings and afternoons.   

Visitors must check in at the prison's front entrance and present a valid, authorized photo identification. Approved visitors will then be subject to a pat/frisk search and then (if approved) allowed into the facility.

Special Visits: Visits requiring special permission such as those traveling long distances, legal or Pastoral will be required to contact the facility to schedule a date and time, as well as provide necessary information.


Take Interstate 40 to Exit 59 and turn right off the ramp on Patton Cove Road. Go to the traffic light and turn right onto US 70 East. At the next traffic light, turn left onto Whitson Avenue, cross the bridge and turn right at the stop sign onto Old US Hwy. 70. Follow Old US Hwy, 70 to the traffic light. Turn left onto Lake Eden Road. Turn left at the prison's facility sign onto the access road and turn left into the prison gate. Once through the gate, turn right into the parking lot. 


Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women opened on July 7, 2008. Women previously housed at Black Mountain Correctional Center for Women were transferred to Swannanoa on that date.

SCCW renovationed four dormitories: Greenwood, Frye, Sloop and Gilliat. Renovations on the vocation building provided offenders with an educational classroom and an operating greenhouse. Renovations to the Buchanan building accommodated the increasing offender population and offer more educational classrooms and a medical wing.