Graham County North Carolina, offers a variety of Smoky Mountain adventures and is becoming better known every year. With a natural beauty still unspoiled by crowds, it is truly a rare find in today's world. We call it the quiet side of the Smokies.
Two-thirds of Graham County is National Forest. It is the home of Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Slickrock Creek Wilderness Area, the Nantahala National Forest, and borders the Smoky Mountains National Park. The Appalachian Trail winds through the county on its trek from Georgia to Maine. Lake Santeetlah's shoreline is more than 75% National Forest, insurance that it will never be spoiled by development. Many visitors enjoy the solitude of the lake even on the busiest of summer weekends. Some of our mountain trout streams have a national reputation.
The county has three of the best motorcycle/sportscar touring roads in America. The Tail of the Dragon (US 129) will challenge even the best riders/drivers with its 318 curves in 11 miles. The 50 mile-long Cherohala Skyway is tamer, but offers unsurpassed views of Joyce Kilmer and the Cherokee National Forest from mile-high vistas. And Moonshiner 28 skirts Cheoah and Fontana Lakes with challenging twists that many moonshiners have passed.
Looking to get away in your 4-wheel drive vehicle? A number of Forest Service roads lead deep into the woods. There is also a new Off-Road-Vehicle park guaranteed to challenge the more adventurous riders/drivers. And there are two week-ends for racers on the Dragon Hill Climb competition.
Fontana Lake has some 25 miles of water to explore. The entire north shore is the Smoky Mountain National Park. Fontana Dam, the highest dam east of the Rockies, is a must see for the vacationer.
Robbinsville, the sleepy county seat, has a population of about 2,000. There are traffic jams twice each year - for homecoming and the Christmas parade. The biggest celebration of the year is the annual 4th of July Heritage Festival. Another big draw is the Graham County Rescue Squad's annual Ramp Fest scheduled for the last week of April.
Those looking for a little western North Carolina culture should plan on stopping at the Stecoah Valley Center where there a variety of cultural events are scheduled. There is live Appalachian music every Saturday night throughout the summer. Another popular activity is visiting the local crafters and artisans. Locally grown produce, available all summer, will probably be one of your better memories.
Activities in Graham County lean toward outdoor adventures. Hiking, whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, fly-fishing, lake fishing, boating, jet skiing, hunting, horseback riding, nature photography, and mountain biking are some of the more strenuous activities. Others prefer the quiet restfulness of the forest, waterfalls, mountains, lakes, and streams.
Accommodations vary as widely as the activities. There are hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, luxury vacation homes, and rustic cabins. Pick your location; mountaintop, lake, creek, or forest. There is something here that will meet your needs.
Some visitors decide they want to stay on a more permanent basis. Stop by one of our real estate offices to find your dream property. With a county population of about 7,000 there is still plenty of room to settle.
Graham County welcomes all visitors with good old southern hospitality. Come and see for yourself.