What to do and see in Hayesville, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 18, 2017 Mollie Coke

Hayesville is a town in Clay County, North Carolina, in the United States. The population was 311 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Clay County.
Restaurants in Hayesville

1. Crane Creek Vineyards

Young Harris, GA +1 706-379-1236
Excellent
83%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 199 reviews

Crane Creek Vineyards

Reviewed By RxRusty - North Augusta, South Carolina

We have been to Crane Creek on several occasions. We have never been disappointed. The view from outside the wine tasting area is picture postcard perfect. I'm always amazed at the beautiful scenery. Darby and David in the tasting room are two of best in the business. Every time we are in North Georgia we stop by and always leave with smiles on our faces. Do not miss the opportunity to visit Crane Creek. You will love it!

2. John C. Campbell Folk School

1 Folk School Rd, Brasstown, NC 28902-8008 +1 800-365-5724
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 117 reviews

John C. Campbell Folk School

Located in the mountains of western North Carolina, the John C. Campbell Folk School offers weeklong and weekend courses in traditional craft, fine art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography, storytelling and writing. Founded in 1925, the school is based on the Danish folk school model, and strives to provide experiences in hands-on learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. Students live on campus and share family-style meals. Each day begins with early morning music and storytelling. Nature walks, tours of local artisans' studios, evening music, and dance programs are part of each week's schedule. A founding member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the school also operates a craft gallery that represents over 300 regional artists.

Reviewed By fairwinds2017 - The Villages, Florida

This place is a great experience for lots of folk art classes. I took metal smithing. It was great with a very knowledgeable instructor and assistant. The setting is gorgeous with housing and classrooms sprinkled throughout the woods and fields. It was very quiet and blissful. If you wanted light entertainment there were dances and various musical events. I will be going back for sure.

3. Walnut Hollow Ranch

1100 Carter Cove Rd, Hayesville, NC 28904-4566 +1 828-389-8931
Excellent
86%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 79 reviews

Walnut Hollow Ranch

Walnut Hollow Ranch is a working cattle farm welcoming visitors and farm stays. The ranch offers tours, RV camping, lodging, tent camping, events and is pet/ horse friendly. Catch and release bass pond is fee based. Activities while staying on the ranch are fishing, hiking and swimming. Walnut Hollow Ranch Trail Vacation Stables offers a equine facility for awesome mountain horseback riding with your horses. The farm store features our Premium Black Angus Beef. The ranch hosts Agri-tourism events, such as farm-to-table suppers, cookouts, pasture walks and cooking classes. Come visit Western North Carolina’s premier cattle ranch and excite your senses. Charlie will personally introduce you to his ranch and share a wealth of knowledge about sustainable, regenerative management of productive pastures, genetics, animal husbandry, environmental and conservation practices. Discover how the ranch manages complete beef production from conception to plate.

Reviewed By donnamaria8917 - Hayesville, North Carolina

Grass fed beef, antibiotic free. Great farm store with local eggs and other organic food items. Great local asset. Animals living a natural life by a creek, no hormones & antibiotics going into the water supply. Good for everyone, good for the earth.Thank you for your kind comments

4. Young Harris Water Sports

3676 Hwy 76W, Young Harris, GA 30582-2319
Excellent
84%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Young Harris Water Sports

Young Harris Water Sports provides pontoon, ski boat, and jet ski rentals at various onsite locations as well as delivery service. We partner with the Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge, The Rtiz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation & Boathouse Marina on Lake Oconee. One of our more popular services is our delivery service. If you are renting a lake house in North Georgia, Western North Carolina, Western South Carolina, or Tennessee we will bring the boat/jet ski to you. We allow our watercraft to be docked at your rental house and kept for several days or the entire week. We are here to serve you. Give us a call and see what we can do for you.

Reviewed By Kit D - Memphis, Tennessee

We recently enjoyed a weekend at the Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation with our children and grandchildren, both teens and young children. We rented the pontoon boat with the water slide and found several quiet coves that we put into to frolic in the water. With several adults in the water as catchers even the youngest got to join in the fun as Grandpa captained the boat.

The next day we rented a ski boat and captain Patrick to take us and the teenagers out to go tubing. With a busy holiday weekend with lots of traffic on choppy water, we felt that the money we spent to hire YHWS staff member Patrick to take us out was the best money we'd ever spent! He knew just where to go on the lake, was ever mindful of our safety, and gave our teens a terrific experience riding the wakes!

The boats and all equipment were new and in excellent shape, the staff were very personable and made sure that we had a great experience!

5. Fire Creek Falls

Murphy, NC 28906
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 120 reviews

Fire Creek Falls

Reviewed By James C - Atlanta, Georgia

We stopped here for a short walk to see the falls and swimming hole at their base. The trail and bridges are well maintained by the National Forest Service and there is a public restroom and adequate parking. Pets must be on leash. Picnic tables are available and side trails take visitors to the water. The trail to above the falls is a bit steep and is unpaved.

6. Chatuge Dam and Recreation Area

1056 Chatuge Dam Rd, Hayesville, NC 28904-7345 +1 800-882-5263
Excellent
78%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Chatuge Dam and Recreation Area

Reviewed By charlottesH6765XJ

We love walking path and space to play fetch with our dogs. We also have enjoyed a picnic lunch at one of the lake view tables. If you have a boat, its a good place to launch.

7. Eagle Fork Vineyards

8 Cedar Cliff Rd, Hayesville, NC 28904-4815 +1 828-389-8466
Excellent
88%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 31 reviews

Eagle Fork Vineyards

Reviewed By bbuttke - Oxford, Alabama

I would recommend Eagle Fork Vineyards to anyone visiting or just passing through the area. The experience my family and I had while here was awesome! Raine was great!! She answered all of our questions. She taught us several things about wines. She knew that we knew nothing about Wine but was willing to spend time teaching us, and not treat us like dummies. The best part of the experience was that we had told her that every review we had read, was that you had to experience the Wine Slushy!!! When we got there the slushy machines weren't on. She told us that it was still really not the time of year that they make them. However she won our hearts when we told her that we would be in the area to go horse back riding the next day, (another review for another place haha) she told us that she would make a batch for us to experience. I am really glad that we did. They were GREAT. The only negative about it was that we couldn't carry the slushies out!!! But laws are laws, and not their fault haha!!!

8. Jackrabbit Mountain Bike & Hiking Trails

Hayesville, NC
Excellent
70%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Jackrabbit Mountain Bike & Hiking Trails

Reviewed By karenmassey2017 - Peru, Indiana

Jackrabbitt has different levels of walking & biking trails. You can.....
't beat the view you get or the things you can learn. They have post on the trees and plants telling what they are and where they came from and you can't beat the view of Lake Chatuge along the trail..

9. Cherokee Homestead Exhibit

Just Off the Historic Courthouse Square, 21 Davis Loop, Hayesville, NC 28904 +1 828-342-8878
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Cherokee Homestead Exhibit

Reviewed By Tom A - Ellijay, Georgia

Cherokee Homestead Exhibit is a small but neat outdoor site depicting an early 1700’s Cherokee family homestead with a winter house, summerhouses, corncrib, dugout canoe, and family gardens. Signage is helpful to understand how the Indians must have lived in the area. This is a free exhibit located between the Old Jail Museum and The Native Botanical Garden. You can park in one spot and visit all three. Worth the stop especially with small children.

10. Fred Hamilton Gardens

1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, GA 30546 +1 706-896-4191
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 67 reviews

Fred Hamilton Gardens

Quietly tucked away in the North Georgia mountains, sits a rare and special treasure. A botanical paradise fairly bursting with dogwoods, tulip magnolias, native azaleas, wild flowers, trillium, and of course, rhododendron. There are over 400 varieties of rhododendron - 3,000 plants in all. Welcome to the Hamilton Gardens, a truly enchanted spot, boasting the largest collection of rhododendron in the state of Georgia. Stroll tranquil pine bark trails as they wind through lush foliage. Drink in the stunning views of Lake Chatuge and breathtaking countryside, including the majestic rise of Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest peak.

Reviewed By jeannejak - St. Petersburg, Florida

These garden jave been lovingly restored to their former glory. They have a stunning assortment of azaleas and rhodadendrums in April and May. Situated on the slopes overlooking Lake Chatuge, they are a peaceful and lovely stroll anytime. There is no charge but a donation is appreciated as the gardens are privately funded by local volunteers.

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