Community Spotlight: Murphy, North Carolina

Step back in time to a place with beautiful tree lined streets and many historic buildings restored to their original state. Murphy, North Carolina is an old town with its origin dating back to 1830's and preservation of the historic sites are a must see when visiting. The Cherokee County Courthouse was built in 1927 [...]

September 28th, 2017|

Community Spotlight: Andrews & Nanatahala Gorge

Andrews is located in a serene valley in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The Valley Town Township is a long open valley floor that appears against the towering mountains surrounding this peaceful community. Valley River Mountains to the south, Snowbird Mountains to the north which are both a part of the Nantahala National [...]

July 31st, 2017|

Community Spotlight – Robbinsville

At an altitude of 2,150 feet, the little town of Robbinsville has a natural beauty that is still unspoiled by crowds and is truly a rare find in today’s world. Located  in North Carolina, Graham County is closely aligned with the Nantahala National Forest and borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Appalachian Trail [...]

May 28th, 2017|

Community Spotlight – Hayesville

 Spend your vacation in a relaxing small community with breathtaking views of majestic mountains and the sparkling pristine waters of Lake Chatuge. The resort town of Hayesville has Old World Charm to keep you coming back year round. The heart of Hayesville is the little square in downtown with many activities such as craft shows, [...]

March 27th, 2017|

Community Spotlight – Franklin

In a valley surrounded by some of the oldest mountains on earth, the Cherokee knew the area as "Nikwasi" or "center of activity". The downtown area of Franklin was an old Cherokee Town and the remains of Nikwasi Mound are still visible today that mark the location of Nikwasi's townhouse. The city was named for [...]

October 6th, 2016|

Hiking Trails

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Trail  The 2 mile figure-eight loop trail begins at the main parking area and climbs to Poplar Cove. The lower portion of the loop climbs the side of the cove. The other half follows the creek for a ways. At the middle of the figure “8” is a stone monument, with a [...]

April 5th, 2016|

Cherohala Skyway

The Cherohala Skyway is a 43 mile National Forest Scenic Byway that connects Robbinsville, N.C., (Hwy. 143), to Tellico Plains, TN., (Hwy. 165).   Often referred to as “A Drive Among The Clouds”; the Cherohala is named for the two national forests that it crosses; the Cherokee in Tennessee and the Nantahala in North Carolina. [...]

April 5th, 2016|

Community Spotlight – Brasstown

Step back in time to a quiet, rural farm community that has also been described as a modest “artisan village”.  Brasstown is unincorporated and partially located in Clay County, North Carolina, while roughly one third of it is within the adjacent Cherokee County, North Carolina. Cherokee County is the last, but by no means the [...]

April 5th, 2016|

Community Spotlight – Franklin

The Gem of North Carolina The town of Franklin, is “Rich” in history and surrounded by the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.  Located in the southwestern corner of North Carolina,  it is just 30 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Over a thousand years before European settlers arrived,  this area was the small part of [...]

December 4th, 2015|

Community Spotlight: Nantahala

"Land of the Noonday Sun" Nantahala is the name given long ago to this corner of the Smoky Mountians by the Cherokee as they hunted and traveled the steep Nantahala River Gorge. They learned the sun would only light their way when it was Nun-da-ye-li — Nantahala — "a noonday sun". The Cherokee Indians are [...]

August 3rd, 2015|