Our Top 10 List

Our Top 10 List

(In no particular order)

1. Pull On Your Boots And Head to the Woods

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”  –  John Muir

So many miles…so little time.  Maybe you’ll never hike the entire Appalachian Trail (the “AT”), but you can hike a good portion of it right here in our little corner of the mountains. The AT crosses 14 states on its journey up the East Coast, but it begins nearby in Georgia.  One of our favorite hikes is the AT Approach Trail. The trail is 15-miles roundtrip and makes for a challenging day hike, complete with mountaintop vistas and views of stunning Amicalola Falls.  You’ll hike from the crest of the falls to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the Appalachian Trail which has served as the starting point for countless bucket-list adventures. From there, it’s entirely up to you if you want to pull out your compass and keep heading north for another 2000+ miles!

If you’d like to hike the AT but are looking for something a little kinder to your feet, we’re happy to help you find the AT hike that’s just right for you.  We have lots of hiking books, trail reports and maps, and personal experience to share – just give us a holler!

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail - ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.

2. The John C. Campbell Folk School

“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.

He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” – Francis of Assisi

John C. Campbell Folk School
1.800.FOLK.SCH (365-5724) John C. Campbell Folk School The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.

3. The Copper Door

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." –  Virginia Woolf

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The Copper Door
Main content starts here, tab to start navigating Scroll Down to Content Fine Dining in Historic Hayesville, North Carolina. The Copper Door features aged steaks, fresh seafood, unique salads and house made desserts. Our menu has something for everyone. View Menus Our Private Dining room offers an intimate space for dinner serving up to 22 guests.

4. Whitewater Rafting

“I gave my heart to the mountains the minute I stood beside this river with its spray in my face and watched it thunder into foam… its roar shook both the earth and me.”  –  Wallace Stegner

Whitewater Rafting & Premier Adventure Outfitter | Nantahala Outdoor Center
Rafting, zip lines, instruction, outdoor gear and more at NOC. Visit one of 7 locations across the Southeast & Carolinas or our WNC Adventure Resort, to experience "One of the Best Outfitter's on Earth." 13077 Highway 19 West, Bryson City, NC 28713

5. Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

“I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.” – Joyce Kilmer

“…But only God can make a tree.” 

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest near Robbinsville is a living memorial to writer/poet Joyce Kilmer, best known for the poem, "Trees." Located by Lake Santeetlah in the Nantahala National Forest, it is about 100 miles west of Asheville (a two hour drive).

6. Elk Viewing In The Cataloochee Valley

“If you lived through only one of those winters the way this elk has, you would write books about it. You would become a shaman.  

You would be forever changed.”  –  Craig Childs, author

Cataloochee Valley Elk - Maggie Valley, North Carolina
Elk were once abundant throughout the United States, but by the mid-1800's, over-hunting and habitat loss wiped out eastern elk herds. In 2001, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the National Park Service and other partners joined together to restore wild elk to the Smoky Mountains in the Cataloochee Valley near Maggie Valley.

7. A Day On The Lake

“A little tranquil lake is more significant to my life than any big city in the world.”  –  Munia Khan

North Georgia Boat Rentals - Boundary Waters Resort
We have a great selection of high quality watersports equipment available for rental with your boat. Our friendly dockhand staff can also provide instruction and guidance. Any of our toys can be used with the Ski, Deck, & Wakeboard Boats. Our Sport Pontoon is only available with the Double Tube.

8. Tumbling Waters And Waterfalls

“There’s no better place to find yourself that sitting by a waterfall and listening to its music.”   –  Ronald Kemler

10 Classic Waterfall Hikes in Western North Carolina
Where North Carolina butts up against Tennessee the land lies in folds and wrinkles like a blanket kicked to the foot of the bed. And we're glad for it. The landscape is rough and varied and in it we'll find peaks to bag, trails to tread, and waters to fish.

9. Trout Fishing In Nearby Fires Creek

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after” – Henry David Thoreau.

Fires Creek | WNC & Tuckaseegee Fly Fishing Guide
Guided fly fishing trips Fires Creek, Murphy NC, Hayesville NC. Stream is 25 miles from Murphy, NC. Fish are waiting upstream. Single hook, artificial only!

10. Small Town Hayesville

“This town of churches and dreams; this town I thought I would lose myself in, with its backward ways

and winding roads leading to nowhere; but, I found myself instead.” – Kellie Elmore

Clay County, NC Chamber of Commerce - Good for the Soul
Punkins will be "Chunk'd" between 10am and 5pm on Saturday October 20th and between 12pm and 5pm on Sunday October 21st. Music and Fireworks will begin at 6pm on Saturday. Bring a lawn chair and spend the day with us. There's something fun for EVERYONE!

Hayesville and Clay County – Good for the soul.

Hayesville, NC, United States
2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms
Blackwell Branch Cabin
Blackwell Branch Cabin
Hayesville, NC, United States
3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms
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