Hayesville, NC, is rich in Cherokee history. Quanassee was a town located around Spikebuck Mound, north of Hayesville on the bank of the Hiwassee River. Quanassee was part of the Valley Towns division of the Cherokee. Today, you can walk the 2-mile Quanassee path in Hayesville.

The Quanassee path is a history trail that links Cherokee sites: The Clay County Museum, the Cherokee Cultural Center, the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, The Cherokee Botanical Sanctuary and the Spikebuck Mound. The first two sites, the museum, housed in an old jail, and the homestead exhibit are located in downtown Hayesville just south of the square. The cultural center is housed in Hayesville library just north of the town square. If you get heated and need a break from the walk, you can stop into Tiger’s to get an ice cream cone or Angelo’s Pizza for a cold coke. If beer is your thing, grab a cold one at either Nocturnal Brewing Company or Black Dog Tavern – all located on Hayesville’s town square.

Spikebuck Mound is located in the back, north side of Clay County’s recreation complex. Clay County’s recreation complex consists of baseball and soccer fields. The center itself has a gym with various weight equipment and treadmills (open to the public) and an indoor basketball court.

If you are walking the Quanassee Path, the treck around Clay County’s recreation complex is enjoyable and you might even catch a heated pickleball tournament. Please note, no dogs are allowed in the Clay County recreation complex due to the numerous activities happening there.

While walking the Quanassee Path is a great experience to learn about the Cherokee and the town of Hayesville, it is also a great path for runners. Since Clay County is mountainous, the Quanassee Path provides a little respite from the steep inclines that tend to overwhelm runners and walkers alike.

So while, Hayesville is a small town, it is rich in history and offers more than meets the surface. We encourage you to check out the Quanassee Path and its historical sites.