AREA HIGHLIGHTS

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 [...]

December 1st, 2017|

Longer Hiking Trails for Adventure

or Visit for a Day Trip in North Carolina’s Wilderness Area Fires Creek Trail -  Hayesville The 25-mile Rim Trail follows the ridge around Fires Creek Wildlife Management Area.  The trail, marked with blue blazes, has several access roads and trails. Camping offered at Huskins Branch Hunter and Bristol Horse Camps. Dispersed camping sites are [...]

December 1st, 2017|

Waterfalls in SW North Carolina

Rufus Morgan Falls - moderate hike in the Franklin area Directions are as follows: Get on Hwy 64 west from the intersection of 64/28/441/23 in Franklin for about 4 miles and turn right on Old Murphy Rd. Then turn left on SR1310 - Wayah Rd - less than 1/4 mile down. It’s just past the [...]

December 1st, 2017|

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|

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|