Graham County is home to much of the Nantahala National Forest. In fact 68% of the county is National Forest. Joyce Kilmer/Slickrock Wilderness areas are the biggest attractions. Snowbird Backcountry is even more remote. Be sure to have maps and all the gear before hiking into these densely forested mountains. The average tourist will be more at ease in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest with shorter, well marked trails that loop back to the parking area. The Appalachian Trail passes through Graham County as it winds its way from Georgia to Maine.
Nearby is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park bordering the entire northern edge of the County. Just across the Cherohala Skyway into Tennessee you find the Cherokee National Forest.
Tsali Recreational Area with camping, boat ramp and four challenging trail loops is popular with mountain bikers and horseback riders.
Our forests provide trails for hikers. Forest service roads are for licensed vehicles only.