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Roads

Graham County is endowed with some of the highest rated motorcycle and sports car touring roads in the world.

Gateway to the roads you crave

The Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap (US 129) No need to imagine dragons, you’ll be riding one with this famous 11-mile trek of road! Complete with 318 curves and no two are alike, the Tail of the Dragon is considered one of the foremost motorcycle and sports car roads. With dangerous, hairsplitting turns said to resemble a dragon’s tail, this unique piece of blacktop is a challenge to all who come.

NC 28 - Moonshiner Highway

Heading east on NC 28 from US 129, the cooling waters of the Cheoah Lake is one of many welcoming destinations. Along the drive, you’ll find the majesty of the Fontana Dam and Fontana Lake, and continuing east on NC 28 you will reach the historic Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. NC 28 is also home to a stretch of pavement that is tailored perfectly for the driving enthusiast.

The Blue Ridge Parkway

The Parkway hosts the perfect diversity of beautiful and exhilarating scenery to enjoy while zipping down through the curvey road. Riders will find outstanding roads through the mountains of the Blue Ridge Mountains Parkway, which sits just a short ride from Graham County. Winding its way over mountaintops from Cherokee, North Carolina to Front Royal, Virginia, the 575 miles of asphalt road offers a unique perspective on the natural beauty of our area.

The Great Smoky Mountains Take a leisurely Sunday drive through the most visited National Park in the country, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Climbing 4,000 feet leaving Cherokee before reaching the Tennessee state line at New Found Gap, this roadway not only features scenes high atop the mountains, but the route is complete with wildlife habitats in the remote forests ranging from black bears, deer, fox, and elk that are often spotted in the distance. Take a side route on the parkway to Clingman’s Dome. Standing at 6,643 feet, it is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.If you’re willing to make the steep half-mile hike to the observation tower on the summit of Clingman’s Dome, you’ll be treated to a spectacular 360° view of the Smokies and beyond.

The Cherohala Skyway The 36miles of scenic roadway known as the Cherohala Skyway connects Robbinsville to Tellico Plains, TN and is one of the most gorgeous roads in NC. The Skyway is considered to be the most expensive highway in NC; completed in the fall of 1996 after being under construction for some 34 years, this roadway carries a price tag of one billion dollars. Winding up and over 5,400 foot mountains for 15 miles in North Carolina before descending another 21 miles into the deeply forested backcountry of Tennessee, the road crosses through both the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests.


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Put boot to ground in Graham County with countless escape opportunities into the great outdoors. From hiking the 444 miles of rugged wilderness trails, to zipping down any of the countless whitewater rapids found down the rivers, to something as tame as enjoying a picnic alongside the banks of an untarnished creek bed, Graham County has plenty to offer.

Fontana Lake & Dam

Lake Santeetlah

Cheoah Lake & Dam

Built with the blood and sweat of true mountain men, the Fontana Dam was constructed in 1944 and remains the largest dam east of the Rockies. The serene waters of Fontana Lake have 12,000 acres of water surface and 240 miles of shoreline and provide numerous recreational opportunities for the outdoorsman. From boat rentals to public access boat ramps you can tour the open waters. Wait for the stars to come out and watch for them to fall beside a cozy campfire in one of the many campgrounds found around the lake.

With 80% of the 76 mile shoreline being National Forest, Lake Santeetlah will never be altered by private development. Located in the heart of Graham County, the lake’s natural beauty prompts Lake Santeetlah to be one of the most scenic mountain lakes in existence. Feel the sand beneath your feet on the shores of Cheoah Beach and kick back and enjoy the day with picnic tables, camping sites and public access into the waterways.

This hidden gem offers a quiet geta-way for fishermen and boaters. Many people refer to the Cheoah Dam as Fugitive Dam because it was the location of Harrison Ford’s jump in the movie The Fugitive. At 225 feet in height, the dam was the highest overflow dam in the world when it was originally completed. The lake’s fish include lake, rainbow and brook trout, bass, crappie and bluegill.

Calderwood Lake Calderwood Lake, part of the Little Tennessee River, was formed in 1919 with the construction of Calderwood Dam. With a shoreline untouched by any man-made structure, the lake’s 8 mile long water surface is a peaceful, soul enriching experience. Twice as many fish as Cheoah Lake and twice the size – steelhead!!


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Waterfalls

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From roadside to those just a hike up the mountain, Graham County has several waterfalls waiting to be discovered. Surrounded by rich, green foliage, these roadside treasures cascade down the mountain, flowing with the sounds of tranquility.

Yellow Creek Falls

Close to the Cheoah River, Yellow Creek Falls is just a swift .33 mile hike off the roadside. Framed by the greenery of mountain wildlife, Yellow Creek Falls offers a quick excursion just north of Robbinsville.

Wildcat Falls

Hidden off of Slickrock Creek Trail, Wildcat Falls flows out of Slickrock Creek down Unicoi Mountain in the Nantahala National Forest. A 2.6 mile hike from the trailhead, Wildcat Falls is comprised of three falls in close proximity with a crystal clear swimming hole at the bottom.

Sassafras Falls

The basin containing Sassafras Falls was once used by the Cherokee Indians as a hideout during the Removal of 1838. After hiking 3.5 miles out of the basin, Sassafras Falls can be found rushing down 50 feet of rock.

Big Falls

Just a short 3.9 mile hike up Snowbird Mountain, this small, multi-level cascade flows out of the banks of Snowbird Creek. A steep side trail leads to the base of the cascade, a perfect place to enjoy the view.

Middle Falls

A 20 foot high waterfall tucked away in the Nantahala National Forest, Middle Falls sits just a 5.1 mile hike up Snowbird Mountain.

Upper Falls

Hidden from view by overgrown vegetation, Upper Falls sits at the end of a 6.3 mile long trail in the Nantahala National Forest. The trail leading to the falls runs along an old narrow-gauge railroad grade.


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Year-round Happenings

Winter Winterfest - December Polar Plunge - January

Fall SCCA Dragon Hillclimb - September & March Artisan Drive About - November Black Knights High School Football - Fridays August-November Harvest Festival at Stecoah Valley Center - October

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From historical notables such as Made famous by the Discovery Junaluska, a leader of the Channel television show Eastern Band of Cherokee Moonshiners, Jim Tom Hedrick Indians, to pop culture icons along with Jeff, Mark, Lance, like Country music legend and Wayne are still practicing Ronnie Milsap, Graham one of the oldest professions in County has been home to a the mountains, moonshining. diverse group of prominent figures. The views of Graham American Country music County have also played their singer and pianist Ronnie ck ri d e H own rolls in various blockbuster Milsap was born in Graham m o Jim T hits. County. Known as country music’s first successful blind singer, Milsap is one of Junaluska was born in 1775 and played the most versatile country singers of his a crucial role in Cherokee history. time. Junaluska is infamously known for saving Andrew Jackson’s life during Harrison Ford helped put Graham battle. County on the map when he infamously

jumped off the Cheoah Dam for the movie The Fugitive. Jodie Foster is also no stranger to the Great Smoky Mountains, as she spent time in Graham County during the filming of the movie Nell, which was filmed near Robbinsville and around Fontana Lake. Other films include Silent film, Stark Love 1927, Last of the Mohicans 1992, Fugitive 1993, Nell 1994, In Dreams 1994, and Forces of Nature 1999. Jim Tom Hedrick Photo by Tina Indelicato


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