Clay County, North Carolina
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Smoky Mountains, Clay County, North Carolina

CLAY COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA - SMOKY MOUNTAINS

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Western North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains are a grand and glorious place to explore. Lying in the southern Appalachian Mountains, beautiful Clay County offers truly breathtaking scenery, with lush forests and rich farmland set off by crystal-clear lakes, rivers, and streams. The town of Hayesville is located on a knoll overlooking the Hiawassee River and has a spectacular view of the rugged Tusquittee Mountains. Other communities in this area are Brasstown, Warne, Fires Creek, Shooting Creek, Elf, and Tusquittee.

Primarily a rural area, the main industries are farming, wire and cable manufacturing, health and human services, and tourism. Tourists are attracted to this area because of the climate, the geographical location, the surrounding mountains, beautiful Lake Chatuge, and the warm and friendly people in a small town atmosphere. You can find some nice vacation rentals here. The rugged terrain provides a beautiful background for many outdoor activities of the county. 110,096 acres out of a total 136,902 acres are forested. Of this, fully 64,200 acres are protected by the US Forest Service, and are open to the public for recreational activities such as hiking, riding, picnicking, camping, hunting, and fishing (some restrictions may apply).

There are over 50 miles of maintained trails, including the Appalachian Trail, for fine hiking and backpacking. There are both private and public facilities for boating, fishing, camping, swimming, and golfing. An extensive network of streams and rivers offer excellent trout fishing, and Lake Chatuge boasts 32 species of fish, predominately bass and bass hybrids, to entice the angler.

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