Hayesville occupies the site of the former Cherokee town of Quanassee, which lay along the Trading Path (also called the "Unicoi Turnpike"). The road led from Hayesville west to Murphy, North Carolina,then over the Unicoi Range at Unicoi Gap and down to the Cherokee town of Great Tellico (today Tellico Plains, Tennessee)
Clay County was formed in 1861 from Cherokee County and was named for Henry Clay, Kentucky's famed statesman. The town was built around the historic two story Clay County courthouse constructed in 1888. The town of Hayesville was incorporated on March 12, 1913. The first mayor of Hayesville was S.E. Hogsed.
Located in the Southwestern corner of North Carolina and Northeastern corner of Georgia, Lake Chatuge, inviting mountains and a charming downtown square you will be sent back into a time when you knew your neighbors, and church and school were the top of the social calendar. This tight knit community is steeped in traditional values. Evenings are spent sitting on the porch and gazing at the stars or going out to the many gatherings, festivals and events of dancing, music and good country cooking. Cultural opportunities abound check the CCCRA's Friday night Concert Series schedule to see when they have free live music on the square. Catch a great show at the Peacock Playhouse our local community theater, or check out John C. Campbell Folk School where you can attend free Friday-night concerts by groups with names like The Georgia Potlickers and The Dismembered Tennesseeans. The crafts shop at this internationally known folk school features the juried work of more than 300 local and regional artists. Let's not forget our many art studios, crafts, auctions, quant stores, and our museum.
With a population of 10,618( 2012 estimation) Clay county is among the five least populated counties in the state and offers one of the lowest property tax rates in North Carolina. That works out to only 49 people per square mile. With elevations ranging from 1,200 feet up to 5,498 there are plenty of lofty vistas to take in the view.
Although there are many townships including Brasstown, Warne, Fires Creek, Shooting Creek, Elf, and Tusquittee. There is only one 'town' in Clay County.
Clay County was formed in 1861 from Cherokee County and was named for Henry Clay, Kentucky's famed statesman. The town was built around the historic two story Clay County courthouse constructed in 1888. The town square is often the focal point of the many festivities in the county. The school is located on one large 'campus' where, attending all 12 grades, a child only has to change the buildings they go to as they move from grade school up through high school. Student test scores and academic performance consistently rank Clay County among the top five percent of the schools in the state.
If the outdoors is for you, so is Hayesville. About 3,700 acres of the 7000 acre sapphire-blue waters of Lake Chatuge are in Clay County. With a 128 miles of shoreline, this pristine lake is ideal for swimming, boating, camping and fishing. The record large mouth bass caught in lake Chatuge weighed in at 17 pounds! And Jackrabbit Campground, part of the Nantahala National Forest, is located on the shores of Lake Chatuge. It offers 100 camp sites, hiking, picnic areas and a beach swimming
But that is not all this county has to offer, Fires Creek, also part of the Nantahala National Forest, encompass 14,000 acres designated as a bear sanctuary. It is popular for many outdoor enthusiast as fly fishermen, hikers, and photography buffs. Fires Creek winds its way through the forest providing some beautiful scenery amid waterfalls perfect for horse back riding. Many hiking trails that run through the Nantahala National Forest just outside the town limits. One of the longest is the Rim Trail, known for its lush wildflowers. The trail starts near Leatherwood Falls and takes in the Big Peachtree and Weatherman balds.
Lets not forget the golfers in the crowd! Clay County has two: Chatuge shores is a public 18 hole course covering 150 acres with number 8 hole bordering Lake Chatuge. And The Ridges Resort & Golf Club offers an 18 hole course with five set of tees and 62 bunkers and water for a challenging game, all in a scenic setting.
Hayesville is on U.S. Highway 64, just west of Chunky Gal Mountain, north of Lake Chatuge. To put that in geographical perspective, this part of North Carolina is closer to the capitals of six other states (Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, and West Virginia) than it is to Raleigh.
So come and be above the rest in the mountains of North Carolina. Visit Hayesville and discover the "Best Kept Secret" of the mountains. Buy your Hayesville NC Real Estate today!
388 Bus. Hwy. 64, Hayesville, NC 28904
Phone: (828)389-3704 (877) 389-3704