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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11 Winter Vacations in North Carolina

Robbinsville, A Top Destinaton

Robbinsville, North Carolina was featured in a recent Trips to Discover Article titled, 11 Winter Vacations in North Carolina. Check out the article and check out Graham County North Carolina.

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According to an article in American Association of Retired persons (AARP) since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, public health officials around the globe have zeroed in on one action to slow the spread of the virus: social distancing. But now, some experts are swapping that phrase for another that they say more accurately defines the concept.
“We’re changing to say ‘physical distance,’ and that’s on purpose because we want people to still remain connected,” Maria Van Kerkhove, an epidemiologist with the World Health Organization (WHO), said at a recent WHO press conference.

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Mushroom Appreciation

Mushroom Appreciation

Graham County is one of the most wonderful spots on the East Coast of the United States to see mushrooms, lichens, mosses and ferns. All year long the mountains and valleys are filled with beauty, but you have to train yourself to look. For years, I hiked the trails and explored the stream banks and reveled in the birds, the trees and especially the wildflowers. Then I was introduced to my first wild-foraged mushroom by a friend of mine from Asheville, Mr. Alan Muskat. Alan came up to my property and led a mushroom hike to seek as many different mushrooms as we could find. I was astounded and fascinated. They were everywhere I looked!

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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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Graham County Travel and Tourism

The serene waters of Fontana Lake have 12,000 acres of water surface and 240 miles of shoreline. With ample opportunities for recreation, outdoor enthusiasts consider Fontana Lake a top mountain destination. From boat and kayak rentals to use of public access points, there are endless ways to engage with this mountain beauty.

For boat rentals and full-service marina, contact Fontana Marina!

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Just started kayaking there. We have our ownbnb kayaks. I'm in love with Fontana. Once i've checked it all out 😂 we'll head to Santeetlah (ok probably won't wait that long. Lol)

The most pristine lake in the South! 😍

I think Santeetlah Lake is gorgeous too!

Hopefully next year Fontana will reopen!

Beautiful area!

Kayake or canoe camping

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2 days ago

Graham County Travel and Tourism

Did you know . . . Lake Santeetlah is home to 76 miles of stunning shoreline?!?! The perfect getaway for relaxing mountain views, cooling lake days, and relaxing in nature's seclusion.

With 80% of the 76-mile shoreline being National Forest land, Lake Santeetlah is a protected haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Located in the heart of Graham County, the lake's natural beauty prompted it to be named the #1 Most Beautiful Lake in the USA. Feel the sand beneath your feet on the shore of Cheoah Beach and kick back and enjoy the day with picnic tables, camping sites, and public access to the waterways. Best of all, take in the beauty of this mountain treasure around the campfire from one of the many lakeside campsites! Contact Santeetlah Marina or Deyton Camp Boat Dock for rentals.

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Yeah we love it and enjoy every minute we are there. Too bad we can’t stay all year round. Hopefully sometime soon.

The beauty of this lake really something to see, down here. In Fla almost all lakes are fully developed all the way around. Best of no Gators.

4 days ago

Graham County Travel and Tourism

Happy Independence Day from #YourNaturalDestination!

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I heard the fireworks in town were really good last night!!

Miss being up at Fontana for the 4th..😔😔

What a wonderful way to kick off the Independence Day Weekend! If you haven’t had a chance to try Willow Tree Catering, Baking and Restaurant, be sure to make reservations for a real treat during your Summer getaway to #YourNaturalDestination ... See MoreSee Less

7 days ago

Graham County Travel and Tourism

"The Graham County Festivals Inc. is proud to announce that we are now having fireworks due to the hard work of the Robbinsville Tourism Authority and Graham County Travel and Tourism."

Time: 10 pm
Date: July 3rd
Location: Downtown Robbinsville, NC
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They were spectacular! Happy Birthday America!🇺🇸

Yeaaaaa! Chad Moore

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