Graham County, NC
A large portion (68%) of Graham County is located within the boundaries of theNantahala National Forest, which is administered by the United States Forest Service. This allows residents and visitors the opportunity to hike in some of the most beautiful woodlands in the Eastern United States. Hiking trails abound in all parts of the county. There are over 40 trails varying in scenery, terrain, and degree of difficulty. The trails range from mountain top panoramas to lake side vistas. You may choose a 30 minute stroll with the family or, for the more adventurous, there are abundant wilderness areas for extended backpacking trips. So, whether you are a day tripper or a rugged outdoorsman preparing for the Appalachian Trail, Graham County has a trail to satisfy your needs.
The Unicoi Mountains, part of the Great Smoky Mountains, form the western boundary between Graham County and Tennessee. The Snowbird Mountains run between the Unicoi Mountains and Red Marble Gap at the western entrance to the Nantahala Gorge, then swing north to Cheoah Bald. The Snowbird Mountains form the southern boundary of Graham, separating the county from Cherokee County. The northern section of the county is crossed by the Cheoah range and the Yellow Creek Mountains, and stretches to the middle of the Little Tennessee River and Fontana Lake where Graham and Swain counties meet.
The Little Tennessee flows west from North Carolina into Tennessee and Alabama on its way to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico.
The rugged nature of Graham County has been largely responsible for the slow development of the county from its earliest days. Today, it is the only county in North Carolina without a four-lane highway. Graham’s isolation is part of its charm and its strong sense of community.
This information courtesy of Graham County Tourism Board