Welcome to North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains in Graham County!

Plan your getaway to the North Carolina Smoky Mountains, featuring the towns of Robbinsville, Lake Santeetlah, Fontana Dam, and Stecoah.  Find places to stay, including resorts, lodges, hotels, motels, bed and breakfast inns or campgrounds. For families needing more room to stretch out, consider vacation and cabin rentals.

Graham County, North Carolina offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities in the Great Smoky Mountains – a natural wilderness area still unspoiled by crowds. Two-thirds of Graham County is on National Forest land, including

  • Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
  • Slickrock Creek Wilderness Area
  • Nantahala National Forest
  • Borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • The Appalachian Trail winds through the county on its trek from Georgia to Maine. 
  • Lake Santeetlah’s shoreline is more than 75% National Forest.  
  • Fontana Lake has some 25 miles of water to explore. The entire north shore is the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
  • Fontana Dam
  • Cheoah Lake
  • Calderwood Lake
  • Our trout streams boast a national reputation.
  • The Cheoah River has first class rapids for the white water enthusiast. 
  • Tsali Recreational Area attracts both mountain bikers and horseback riders.

The County has three of the best motorcycle/sports car roads in America.  The Tail of the Dragon will challenge even the best riders/drivers with its 318 curves in 11 miles.  The 50 mile-long Cherohala Skyway is tamer but offers unsurpassed views of Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and the Cherokee National Forest.  Moonshiner 28 might bring-up an image of the old rum-runners of the past. And there are hundreds of miles of other great roads to explore in every direction.

Want to get in the woods?  Forest Service roads lead to some of the most remote places in the Appalachians where you can have a mountaintop or a waterfall to yourself for an afternoon.

Featured Articles:

North Carolina Mountain Waterfalls

Scattered throughout our mountains like precious jewels, waterfalls in Graham County are not generally seen from the paved roads. Inevitably, when you reach one, you will be glad you did. Yellow Creek Falls Yellow Creek Falls is located at the … See More Details…

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

For all lovers of nature that come to Graham County, there is one special place that you do not want to miss; the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. This unique and beautiful wilderness area was recognized as one of the very … See More Details…