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Hayesville, North Carolina is a small mountain town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountain chain. Being on the border line of Georgia, Lake Chatuge covers part of Hayesville as well as neighboring Hiawassee, Georgia. Water sports are a very popular attraction to the area. Lake Chatuge offers boating, water skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing with incredibly beautiful surroundings.
Despite the small population of approximately 365 people, Hayesville has plenty of activity and excitement and is the county seat of Clay County. The historic downtown area of Hayesville attracts visitors from the nearby towns both in North Carolina as well as Georgia. The name Hayesville comes from the 19th-century politician George Hayes who played an integral part in the town’s founding.
Once settled in your dream home, Hayesville is sure to keep you entertained, no matter your preferences. Delightfully far from the ordinary, made for the masses commerce you can find crowding every major city, the area celebrates original, handmade products and artwork, and we take pride in local sustainability in our shops, festivals and restaurants. However, if you must travel to a larger city for any reason, Hayesville is not too far from both Chattanooga, Tennessee or Atlanta, Georgia.
Downtown Hayesville has several must-see attractions. The historic courthouse and jail has been converted into the Clay County Museum and highlights the county’s rich Cherokee history and is one of many stops along the Quanassee Path. This path runs along all the historic Cherokee sites in and around Hayesville. The first stop is the Clay County Museum, then travels on to the Cherokee Cultural Center, the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, the Cherokee Botanical Sanctuary, and the Spikebuck Mound. While enjoying the sites and the history along this intriguing trail you can stop at Tiger’s for ice cream, Angelo’s Pizza for a bite to eat, or the Nocturnal Brewing Company or Black Dog Tavern for an ice cold beverage.
Clay County Recreation Area is outfitted with camping areas, bathrooms, shower facilities, a pavilion, a children’s playground, pathways to walk along the beach, park, and forests, fishing areas, a ballpark, and a public boat ramp. The beautiful park is made up of 221 square miles within the Nantahala National Forest. The scenic shoreline of Lake Chatuge makes for a picturesque and relaxing camping spot. Visitors to this campground can also enjoy a bit of excitement by way of boat and jet ski rentals available. Clay County Recreation Area has something fun for everyone.
Jackrabbit Mountain Campground is another relaxing area to sleep under the stars. The three campground loops offer 92 wooded sites, most of which provide views of the beautiful Lake Chatuge. Jackrabbit features over 15 miles of machine-cut biking trails to add to the excitement.
There are several marinas and boat rental opportunities in Hayesville. The proximity to lakes and rivers allow for the perfect opportunity to get out on the water and enjoy the gorgeous North Carolina air. Boundary Waters Resort and Marina and The Ridges both offer boat rentals and sales, jet ski rentals, kayak, canoe, and paddle board rentals to indulge in outdoor activities on the water.
The Hayesville Square found in the center of town is lined with interesting local shops, live music venues, and delicious restaurants including The Copper Door Restaurant, Hayesville’s most famous five-star culinary experience. Additionally, several breweries and pubs have popped up in the last few years providing unique craft beers, spirits, and wines. Live music is played in the square every Friday night and annual events take place in this perfect location year-round.
If you're looking for a mountain top retreat with a view of the lush valley and neighboring mountains, or a cabin on a creek where you can lounge on your deck and let the sounds of nature carry you away, or pretty much anywhere in between, we're confident that these mountains will hold you in place.
The Hiawassee River which flows through Hayesville is known as “the hidden jewel of trout fishing”. These natural outdoor playgrounds also provide some incredible home-sites for those who are lucky enough to find them. Our office Century 21 Black Bear Realty has been praised for many years for our ability to offer these idyllic homes to our clients, and to continue to grow in our successes and respect from the clientele and community.
The median cost of real estate in Hayesville is $260,000. Everything from quaint and cozy cabins to grand, waterfront estates along Lake Chatuge can be found in this charming area. Potential residents can find a variety of homes for sale from charming two-bedroom cottages for approximately $130,000 to upscale, lakeside properties sitting on six or more acres of beautiful grounds for up to $2 million. The variety of diverse housing designs as well as range of affordable pricing allows Hayesville to cater to those of all different lifestyles.
Open lots can also be found in the beautiful countryside of Hayesville for those who wish to design and customize their dream home. Beautiful lots surrounded by thick forestry, nestled along the waterfront, or perhaps a mix of both start at approximately $20,000 and can be as much as $475,000 and are perfect to let your creativity take over.
Though it’s hard to imagine that you would ever need to leave the beautiful countryside of Hayesville, North Carolina, sometimes a change of scenery or a visit to a larger, more urban town is required to break up your usual routine. Hayesville is conveniently located near major U.S. roadways and highways to allow for further exploration into the beautiful Western North Carolina and Northern Georgia.
Brasstown, North Carolina, is a charming town located west of Hayesville. At approximately 9.9 miles, Brasstown is just a 13 minute drive along the US-64 West from Hayesville making it easy to venture out at any time to explore the neighboring town. Brasstown is best described as an “artisan village” that’s proud of its cultural heritage, locally owned shops, and unique restaurants. The friendly community is filled with eclectic art galleries and craft boutiques as well as the Tri-County Race Track, providing countless entertainment and activity for all types.
Warne, North Carolina, is a rural community surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located just 6 miles west of Hayesville, residents can take a quick 10 minute drive along Old Highway 64 West to indulge in the beautiful scenery that makes up Warne. Wildlife sightings are extremely common; visitors can enjoy spotting bear, deer, fox, and elk as well as copious species of birds. Warne is also surrounded by majestic, mature forests such as the Nantahala National Forest and the Chattahoochee National Forest.
Young Harris, Georgia, is just a hop, skip, and a jump across the North Carolina/Georgia border line. If Hayesville residents jump on the NC-69 and head south for approximately 9 miles, they’ll hit the up-and-coming university town of Young Harris. Home to Young Harris College, the town is filled with inspired young individuals along with a vibrant community full of shops, restaurants, and bars.
Franklin, North Carolina, is located within the Nantahala National Forest and the Great Smokey Mountains in Macon County. Known as the Gem Capital of the World, Franklin has a thriving gem and mineral collection and mining opportunities. Franklin is located about 35 miles, or 40 minutes, from the Hayesville community and offers great experiences for all from hiking to views of beautiful waterfalls to interesting museums.
Those who thrive in the natural beauty of forests, lakes and rivers, and majestic mountains will delight in the stunning surroundings of Hayesville, North Carolina. The friendly community and welcoming atmosphere makes it supremely easy to settle into this charming section of Western North Carolina. The homes for sale in Hayesville offer a diverse range of designs, perfect for people of all lifestyles and walks of life. If you have a desire to embrace your inner nature enthusiast and are interested in the calm and tranquil lifestyle that comes from small towns and country landscapes, make sure you sincerely consider the wonderful Hayesville.