Hidden in the furthest corner of western North Carolina, the small town of Hayesville offers a unique opportunity to explore its scenic beauty, rich history, and friendly people. From mountain biking the Jack Rabbit Trails to learning about Cherokee heritage, Hayesville is an ideal destination for those looking for a little bit of everything.
One of the highlights of any trip to Hayesville is visiting Lake Chatuge. This stunning lake offers breathtaking views along with plenty of activities like swimming, boating, fishing, and camping.
Jack Rabbit Trails
If you're looking for a great hiking experience or want to explore the area on two wheels, then head over to Jack Rabbit Trails. This network of trails winds through some beautiful terrain along the shores of lake Chatuge and includes miles of single-track mountain biking trails that range from easy strolls through meadows to challenging ascents up steep slopes.
In addition to educational exhibits about traditional Cherokee life at the Clay County Historical & Arts Museum, visitors can also attend the annual Cherokee Heritage Festival at the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit on the property.
Hayesville is home to fantastic restaurants, like the Copper Door offering the finest dining experience. For craft beer aficionados there's also local breweries like Nocturnal Brewing and Hayesville Brewing Company making unique ales and lagers that are sure to please even the most discerning beer lovers out there! So be sure not stop by one (or more!) while you’re exploring Hayesville! There's always something happening at the square of the Beal Center, the center of town. Whether it's a beer/wine festival or concert series, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
With so much waiting for you in Hayesville—from spectacular natural views at Lake Chatuge or Fires Creek, thrilling adventures on the Jackrabbit Trails, to getting a glimpse into local history--it’s no wonder why this small town has everything you need for a memorable adventure!