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Happenings and Events

Concerts on the Square

Many Fridays at 7:oo from July through September

Enjoy live music at free outdoor concerts on the Square in Hayesville. Bring your chair and get ready for a good time, as you enjoy cool evenings and hot tunes from a variety of regional bands. Concerts are held many of the Fridays throughout the summer. Food and drink available at 6 pm, music starts at 7 pm. 2021 dates are 7/16,7/30 8/6, 8/13, 9/3, 9/10 and 9/24.


Take a hike in the woods and leave the sounds of the city, the noise and the traffic, the stress of everyday life behind. Here in the forests, hills and mountains surrounding Hayesville and Clay County, we are blessed with miles and miles of uncrowded, unspoiled trails. Pick one and follow it up a mountain, along a rushing stream, beside a flowing waterfall, or high up to a vista that will take your breath away. Trails of all lengths and intensities abound—from a climb along the Appalachian Trail to the top of Siler Bald with breathtaking views of three states to an easy lakefront stroll along the Chatuge Dam trail just outside of town.

Chatuge Dam Trail is an easy paved three mile path over Chatuge Dam and around the Clay County Campground for hiking or biking. Sunsets over the dam and mountains are gorgeous. Park at Chatuge Dam, which is located by taking Meyers Chapel south from Hwy 64 for .6 miles, then veering left onto Chatuge Dam Rd for 1 mile. You can also access the park off of Meyers Chapel Rd 2.2 miles south of Hwy 64, or 1.6 miles east of Hwy 69. 6 minutes from Hayesville.

The Circle across from Chatuge Dam. Easy and paved. You can walk on the quiet paved road here along the lake. Access this area by taking Hinton Center Rd 1.7 miles south of Hwy 64, then turn right on the Circle (road is not marked but there are two large yellow gates open on the side of the road) for .4 miles.

The Quanassee Path starts at the Cherokee Heritage Site .1 mile south of downtown Hayesville. Easy. It winds through a native botanical garden, then crosses Old Hwy 64 through a small forest, then crosses Anderson St and goes through the Clay County Park to Spikebuck Mound. Appoximately 2 miles round trip.

Jackrabbit Mountain Trails offer from 3 to 15 miles of trails in a stacked loop configuration. Easy. The trails wind along the shores of Lake Chatuge and are popular with hikers and mountain bikers. These trails are accessed from the gravel parking lot .8 miles along Jack Rabbit Rd, off of NC Hwy 175 20 minutes southeast of Hayesville. This is one of the best, free flowing mountain bike trails in GA or NC and is suitable for beginners to advanced riders. A new 6 mile trail with more jumps and bumps just opened closer to the campground.

A 2 mile easy Hikers only trail at Jackrabbit Campground is at the end of Jack Rabbit Rd where the road forks to the left for the campground or right to a boat ramp and large parking lot. It winds around Jackrabbit Mountain and will bring you back to the large gravel parking lot which also has restrooms.

Leatherwood Loop and Fires Creek Trails. Easy paved, or Hard. There is a one mile paved trail and picnic area along Fires Creek at beautiful Leatherwood Falls. You can take a .7 mile hike up and around the falls as well. For seasoned hikers, the Fires Creek Rim area offers 25 miles of more challenging trails. Leatherwood Falls is 14 minutes west of Hayesville.

Murphy River Walk is a 3.4 mile easy out and back trail along the Hiwassee River near downtown Murphy. 20 minutes west of Hayesville.

Lake Chatuge Loop is an easy one mile loop trail along a peninsula at 440 Sunnyside Rd south of Hiawassee. 13 minutes south of Hayesville.

DeSoto Falls Trail is an easy 1.9 mile trail in Vogel State Park that goes to two waterfalls. 43 minutes south of Hayesville.

High Shoals Falls Trail is a moderate 2.6 mile hike south of Hiawassee that features two waterfalls. 32 minutes south of Hayesville.

The Appalachian Trail crosses Hwy 64 23 miles east of Hayesville at Winding Stair Gap. You can hike north to Siler Bald, on a moderate 9.4 mile round trip…or go noruth or south as far as you want, and say you’ve hiked the AT! 26 minutes east of Hayesville on Hwy 64.

There are a number of great trails in the Nantahala National Forest about an hour east of Hayesville, many along the Applachian Trail:

Standing Indian Campground offers several out and back trails from easy to moderate along the Nantahala River and Kimsey Creek area. Go 20 miles east of Hayesville on Hwy 64 then right on W Old Murphy/Allison Rd to the campground. Some of our favorites are Kimsey Creek, the Campground Trail, and Deep Gap to Standing Indian.

Deep Gap to Standing Indian Mountain. This 5 mile round trip, moderately difficult hike along the AT ends in outstanding views.

Tellico Gap to Wesser Bald Firetower. 2.8 miles round trip relatively moderate.

Wayah Gap to Siler Bald. 3.6 miles round trip relatively moderate.

Albert Mountain Fire Tower 4 miles round trip more difficult.

Mountain High Hikers has many members in the area and runs group hikes three days a week.

Click here for a downloadable list of hikes including many on this list plus more.

Lake Chatuge has 133 miles of shoreline and covers 7200 acres, half in North Carolina and half in Georgia. There are many scenic coves for water activities, and the lake is not as busy as the lakes near Atlanta so it is nicer for boating activities. There are several marinas which provide watercraft of all types – click here for a list of businesses providing Recreation. Three public boat ramps are on the North Carolina side of Lake Chatuge: Jackrabbit Mountain Campground, off Hwy 175; Gibson Cove Campground, off Myers Chapel Road; and Ledford Chapel Wildlife Access Ramp, off of Hwy 64.

There are over 30 types of fish in Lake Chatuge, with large and small mouth bass and sunfish predominating. Click here for more information on fishing in the lake and our streams and rivers.

Folk School

Learn a new skill, see local artists at work, and enjoy local music and traditions at the world-famous John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown. Week-long and weekend classes are offered in traditional and contemporary arts and crafts, music, dance, cooking, writing and photography. A gift shop and exhibitions are also available. Concerts are often available on the weekends.