The terrain of our beautiful county is mountainous, with elevations ranging from 1,177 feet to 5,560 feet above sea level. Two-thirds of the county is the Nantahala National Forest.

Graham County is home to three fresh water lakes: Fontana Lake, Lake Santeetlah and Cheoah Lake, offering numerous opportunities for fishing and water sports.

The Appalachian Trail winds through Graham County, offering superb hiking opportunities. For the rafting and kayaking enthusiast, the Cheoah River is noted for its Class IV and Class V whitewater rapids. The river is used for whitewater rafting about 17 days per year, based on a water-release schedule from Santeetlah Dam. .

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, a rare example of an old growth cove hardwood forest, is located in northwestern Graham County. Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is part of the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness area.

Our county has three of the best motorcycle/sportscar touring roads in America. The Tail of the Dragon (US 129) will challenge even the best riders/drivers with its 318 curves in 11 miles. The 50 mile-long Cherohala Skyway offers breathtaking views of Joyce Kilmer and the Cherokee National Forest from mile-high vistas. Moonshiner 28 skirts Cheoah and Fontana Lakes with challenging twists and turns.

Parts of the Qualla Boundary, also known as the Eastern Cherokee Indian Reservation, are located in Graham County. These sections of the Qualla Boundary are non-contiguous from the primary part of the Qualla Boundary located in Swain, Jackson, Cherokee and Haywood counties. The Cherokees who live in Graham County form the Snowbird Cherokee community.

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Click HERE for the Citizen Participation Plan for the CDBG Block Grant.

Click HERE for the CDBG Fair Housing Update.

Questions about your tax bill? Please call 828-479-7963

Click HERE for the 2020-21 Graham County Draft Budget.

Click HERE for the 2019 Graham County Financial Audit.

Click HERE for North Carolina Fair Housing Information.

Click HERE for North Carolina Fair Housing Information (Espanol).

Click HERE for Graham County Fair Housing Survey (English and Spanish).

Click HERE for the Notice of Your Rights under Hawkins v Cohen case in North Carolina.

Click HERE for information about Open Enrollment in the Healthcare Marketplace.

Graham County supports the 2020 U.S. Census. Click HERE for general information.

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