Graham County Travel and Tourism is your Western North Carolina Smoky Mountain travel guide with Robbinsville, Lake Santeetlah, Fontana Lake, and Graham County accommodation listings, including resorts, vacation and cabin rentals, campgrounds, plus local event calendar, regional maps, and area information.

Graham County, North Carolina offers a variety of Smoky Mountain adventures and is becoming better known every year.  With a natural beauty still unspoiled by crowds, it is truly a rare find in today’s world.

Two-thirds of Graham County is National Forest Lands.  It is the home of Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Slickrock Creek Wilderness Area, the Nantahala National Forest and 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; insurance that it will never be spoiled by development.  Many visitors enjoy the solitude of the lake even on the busiest of summer weekends.  Fontana Lake has some 25 miles of water to explore.  The entire north shore is the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Fontana Dam is a must see for the vacationer.  And there are still two other rarely visited lakes to explore.

Some of 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 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:

Top 10 Places for Fall Color Views


October is the month that is consistently the very best for viewing the spectacular fall leaf color in Robbinsville, Stecoah, Lake Santeetlah, and Fontana Dam. However, the brilliant reds and oranges of sumac and sourwood can be seen as early … See More Details…

Plan Your Fall Color Tour

Happy Fall Ya'll!

The fall color display is legendary across the Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina. The show is magnificent and just a short drive from Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh and Knoxville. 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…

Fall White Water Adventure

Cheoah River Release

The Cheoah River, Class IV+ White Water Rafting Adventure Share Your Adventure: #CHEOAHRIVER Located near the remote southern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Graham County’s own Cheoah River Release is one of the most challenging and physically … See More Details…