Nestled in the mystical Appalachian Mountains is the quaint town of Hayesville, in Clay County, North Carolina. Hayesville has breathtaking mountain views, takes pride in it's southern hospitality, and offers a small hometown experience for all. Come and experience the perfect setting for outdoors enthusiasts.
Clay County is home to TVA's Chatuge Reservoir, the Hiwassee River, and vast acreage of preserved US Forestry land. Whether you choose to camp at the Clay County Recreation Park and US Forest Service- Jack Rabbit Campground with all of the anemities, or camp a little more primitavely on the vast ammount of Forrst Service land, Clay County will suit all of your camping and horseback riding needs. Mountain bike the trails at Jack Rabbit maintained by the Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association (SABA), or hop on the world famous Appalacian Trail at the peak of Franklin Mountain. Enjoy a vast variety of hiking trails including those along a beautiful waterfall at Fires Creek or the US Forest Service 25 mile Rim Trail for those looking for a more challenging endeavor. Fly-fish Tusquitee and Fires Creek, stocked with a variety of trout, or fish Chatuge Reservoir home to the Bass Master's College Series National Championship. Enjoy a multitude of public boat ramps, Chatuge Cove and Ho-Hum Marinas, for all of your boating and watersports needs. Share a home with a wide variety of wildlife including black bear, wild boar, dear, and turkey for hunting or animal enthusiasts. Raft or kyak the nearby infamous Nantahala River and Ocoee River (home of the 1996 Olympics).
The newly remodeled Ingles in Hayesville offers all of your grocery shopping needs. Hayesville also offers a variety of restaurants, banks, hardware stores, doctor's offices, pharmacies, and all of your essential needs, without sacrificing your small home town experience. Murphy Medical Center and Chatuge Regional Hospitals are both within 15 miles from Hayesville. The Hayesville school system, (home of the Yellow Jackets) is among the top in the area. Attend Tri-County Community College, Young Harris College, or enjoy the larger town amenities of Murphy, NC and Blairesville, GA, all within 20 minutes from Hayesville. Nestled in Brasstown, near the Clay County line is John C. Campbell Folk School which offers a variety of classes relating to crafts, dancing, and historical talents unique to the Appalachian mountains.
Nearby Murphy is now the host to a Harrahs Casino and hotel, located on Cherokee Indian Property. 35 Miles South of Hayesville, across the Unicoi Mountain is Helen, a small Bavarian replica town which provides a true German experience. Stop on the way and hike up to Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia (elevation 4734 feet) for a spectacular view of 4 states and the skyscrapers in Atlanta on a clear day. A little over an hour North East of Hayesville is Cherokee, NC, the Indian Reservation and home of "Unto these Hills" an infamous outdoor drama with live Cherokee Indian actors portraying the significance and struggles of the Cherokee Indians during the historic "Trail of Tears". Take a day and travel a couple of hours on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN, home of Dollywood. For those seeking a get away to the amenities of a large city, Hayesville is conveniently located 2 hours from Atlanta, GA, Chattanooga or Knoxville, TN, and Asheville, NC. The term "2 hours from anywhere" is what makes Clay County the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of large cities.
Clay County hosts a variety of family oriented community events including festivals on the square, car shows, a "Punkin Chunkin" competition in Brasstown, small town rodeos, and the nationally renown "Opossom Drop" at Clay's Corner on New Years Eve. Enjoy talented local actors perform plays at the Peacock Playhouse Thetaer and Lick Log Players in Hayesville. Christmas and unique tractor parades adorn Hayesville's downtown square every year. In the winter the snow capped roof of Hayesville's old courthouse is a site to see. Small businesses line Hayesville's square including Sonja Silver's Reality Group (the only Realtors "in" Town) and Silver Shears full service salon. Gather a piece of heaven and experience Hayesville for yourself.
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