Your Natural Destination

Your Natural Destination

Your Natural Destination

Your Natural Destination

Your Natural Destination

Your Natural Destination

Your Natural Destination

Welcome to Graham County!

Graham County, North Carolina is #YourNaturalDestination for the best of Robbinsville, Lake Santeetlah, Fontana Dam, and Stecoah.

Travel our winding roads or trek our trails as you explore beautiful lakes, roaring rivers, quiet streams, amazing waterfalls, and ancient forests.

Mountain bike the Tsali trails, explore Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, kayak the Cheoah, land native trout in Big Snowbird Creek, or hike the Great Smoky Mountains.

We are a frontier, one of the last unspoiled places in the Southeast. Come discover Graham County. Experience a place where land and water will nourish your soul and natural adventures will renew your spirit.

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Delayed Harvest in Graham County

Delayed Harvest in Graham County

Love to fish for trout and looking forward to fishing in Graham County? Graham County contains one of the very few hatchery supported streams in North Carolina that has a delayed harvest; Big Snowbird Creek. Sports Fishermen come from all over the country to take advantage of this golden opportunity.

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Hunting

Hunting

Every Fall we receive numerous phone calls from people who have questions about hiking during the hunting season. Throughout the fall, hunters are seeking deer, wild turkey, wild boar and bear in the forests of Western North Carolina. Visitors may notice trucks along the sides of the backcountry roads, surrounded by people dressed in camouflage and often, orange caps.

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Early Cemeteries

Early Cemeteries

Over the centuries humans have dealt with death in many different ways. Much can be learned from a visit to a graveyard. Death of a loved one, especially when it was unexpected, is always devastating and the engraving on the gravestones can teach us about the history and culture of an area. There are numerous cemeteries along the Lakeshore Trail, many just off the trail corridor by a few feet. Have you ever wondered why?

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2 days ago

Graham County Travel and Tourism

What an incredible weekend of fun on the Cheoah! Time to plan ahead for the next release.

2020 Cheoah Schedule:
March 21, 22, 23 (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
April 4, 5 (Saturday, Sunday)
April 18, 19, 20 (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
May 9, 10 (Saturday, Sunday)
May 23, 24 (Saturday, Sunday)
June 20, 21 (Saturday, Sunday)
September 5 (Saturday)
October 24 (Saturday)
November 14 (Saturday)

Looking for lodging? Check here: grahamcountytravel.com/places-to-stay/
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What an incredible weekend of fun on the Cheoah! Time to plan ahead for the next release. 

2020 Cheoah Schedule:
March 21, 22, 23 (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
April 4, 5 (Saturday, Sunday) 
April 18, 19, 20 (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) 
May 9, 10 (Saturday, Sunday) 
May 23, 24 (Saturday, Sunday) 
June 20, 21 (Saturday, Sunday) 
September 5 (Saturday) 
October 24 (Saturday) 
November 14 (Saturday)

Looking for lodging? Check here: https://grahamcountytravel.com/places-to-stay/Image attachmentImage attachment

7 days ago

Graham County Travel and Tourism

Just steps from the Cheoah River, minutes to the Dragon, and conveniently located on Highway 129, could it get any better? Check out O'Henry's Getaway for your next #YourNaturalDestination vacation!

From the owners:
"This cozy, rustic farmhouse is nestled on the banks of the scenic Cheoah River nine miles from Robbinsville, NC. It’s just a short nine mile drive to Deal’s Gap (the starting point of The Tail of the Dragon)

If you are looking for a getaway – O’Henry’s is for you. Enjoy your stay in this 100 year-old farmhouse located on 25 pristine privately-owned acres in the Smoky Mountains. The 1,038 square foot house is surrounded by undeveloped property on the banks of the Cheoah River. There is a massive wrap-around porch on the front, side and rear of the house where you can relax and sip your iced tea as you escape the troubles of a far away world.

There is a babbling stream adjacent to the house and a fire pit perfect for those mountain evenings.

The Cheoah River is a top location for kayaking. The output of the Santeetlah Dam is increased on 19 specific days in 2018 to create up to Class IV-V rapids. O’Henry’s is located at the top of the 9 mile kayak run ending at Tapoco Lodge. There is ample private parking behind the house. There is a two-car lockable garage – perfect for bikes or kayaking gear.

O’Henry’s is located ten minutes from Robbinsville, NC with restaurants, a pharmacy (Walgreens) and a major grocery store (Ingle’s). Nearby attractions include the majestic Joyce Kilmer National Forest, Cherokee Nation, Cherohala Skyway, Great Smoky Mountain National Park and many others. Satellite TV (DishNetwork) and WiFi available. Cell phone service is available in and near the house.

The farmhouse has been in the same family for generations and its current owners live in nearby Robbinsville. The owners personally provide the housekeeping services and are available to answer any questions.

We hope you choose O’Henry’s Getaway for your Smoky Mountain vacation.

www.vrbo.com/1261559"

Still looking for the perfect spot, for additional lodging options, visit: grahamcountytravel.com/places-to-stay/
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I just want to live there!! Beautiful !!!

Gorgeous!

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1 week ago

Graham County Travel and Tourism

Update from the Partners of the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, Inc.

"We have received a little over 19 inches of rain here since the beginning of 2020 and the excess water has impacted the trails in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.

Unfortunately, part of the trail on the left side of the lower loop trail washed partially away! Here are some pictures where you can see the location of the washout, right after the first bridge crossing the Little Santeetlah Creek. That part of the trail has been closed until repairs can be made.

Thankfully, hikers can take the right lower loop to reach the upper loop where the biggest trees are located. Just remember to return the same way to the parking lot on the way back! We saw numerous hikers out there on Sunday and everyone seemed to be having a wonderful time."

For those interested in becoming involved in the Partners of Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness or to learn more about their organization, visit www.joycekilmerslickrock.org

For more information about visiting #YourNaturalDestination, visit yournaturaldestination.com
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1 week ago

Graham County Travel and Tourism

Who will be joining us for the first Cheoah River Release of the 2020 season?

Time to gear up and make your plans. February 22nd is just around the corner.

For lodging in #YourNaturalDestination, visit us at grahamcountytravel.com
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