Area Highlights 2018-03-08T18:47:16+00:00


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 [...]

July 27th, 2018|

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, [...]

May 25th, 2018|

Gem Mining in Franklin

Western North Carolina has a complex geologic history, resulting in rich deposits of beautiful gems and minerals that attract gem hunters, rock collectors, mineralogists and geologists alike. Franklin, NC is known as the Gem Mining Capital of the World and can be traced back to 1870 when companies began mining corundum in Macon County. Sapphires [...]

May 25th, 2018|

Cherokee Botanical Sanctuary

Along the Quanassee Path between Spikebuck Mound/Quanassee Town site and the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit is the Cherokee Botanical Sanctuary. This section of the Quanassee Path may be accessed across from Clay County Veterans Recreation Park on Anderson Street or at the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit. This 0.3 mile section of the trail, which follows Town Creek [...]

May 25th, 2018|

View The Best of Northeast Georgia Arts

Visitor’s delight in “The Arts Tour” that will begin for the Summer Season on June 8,9, & 10th. This event also includes Lodging & Dining facilities to visit in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains. This is a special event for the Northeast Georgia area to see galleries & working studios in a six county area [...]

May 25th, 2018|

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 [...]

May 25th, 2018|

Clay County Museum

The Clay County Historical & Arts Museum, located in an old jail since 1972 and adjacent to the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, contains numerous examples of Cherokee heritage, art, and related historical information. In a prominent corner of the Cherokee room sits a life-sized figure of a Cherokee woman basket weaver, made by local artist and [...]

March 29th, 2018|

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 [...]

March 29th, 2018|

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 [...]

March 29th, 2018|

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|