Find your “secret” place in this quiet community tucked away in the southwestern corner of North Carolina where nature’s beauty abounds! The natural beauty of Clay County lies nearly unchanged through the years. Beautiful streams, Lake Chatuge and mountains for all to enjoy. Your ideal spot may include a secluded mountain top retreat with scenic views and a babbling brook running beside the deck of your cabin, or you may prefer a lakeside getaway on the shores of Chatuge. We’re sure you can find a place to call your own in Clay County!
There are some 64,200 acres of US Forest land and 7 miles of Appalachian Trail that lie within Clay County. The County seat is Hayesville, NC, but Warne and Brasstown also lie in Clay County. This quiet community offers much to do and see. There are quaint shops, the Peacock Playhouse theater, fine restaurants, accommodations to suit any need, festivals and special events. The Clay County Courthouse, built in 1888, is designated in the National Register of Historical Places. You’ll want to visit the Clay County Museum and John C. Campbell Folk School while you’re here too. Did we mention the Cherokee roamed the area?
With mild winters and summers, you’ll want to spend time hiking, exploring, fishing, taking a scenic drive or browsing the numerous shops and watching the ever changing mountains in every season! Lake Chatuge lies half in NC and half in GA, and offers fishing, boating, swimming and other recreational activities. There are some nice campgrounds where you can enjoy your evenings beside a roaring campfire under a star-filled sky.
Just a two hour drive from the major cities of Atlanta, GA, Chattanooga, TN and Asheville, NC! Come see our beautiful area, stay as long as you can. Don’t miss seeing it all . . . from the Standing Indian Mountain (5,498 ft elevation) to the pristine shores of Lake Chatuge. To find out more about Clay County, go to www.claycounty-nc-chamber.com.
Originally inhabited by Native Americans, Union County attracted many white settlers when gold was discovered in its hills in the 1820's. The county was carved from Cherokee County territory during the Georgia Land Lottery of 1832, and was likely named for the Union Party, a political group that supported removing the Native Americans in order to open the area to white settlers. Since it was founded almost 30 years before the Civil War, Union County obviously wasn't named in sympathy for the North as is sometimes believed.
Interestingly, though, prior to the Civil War, the county's residents were largely pro-Union and the county delegates to the state convention of 1861 voted against secession. When the state seceded, however, the majority of Union County residents supported the Confederacy, though some fought and died for the Union.
Union County is also called "The Top of Georgia" because Brasstown Bald, the state's highest elevation at 4,784 feet, is in Union County.
The county seat of Blairsville, incorporated in 1835, was named for Frank (Francis Preston) Blair, a Washington, D. C. newspaper editor. The first county courthouse was constructed in the center of town that year, but in 1859 the original courthouse burned. It was replaced by a new structure that burned again in 1898 and was rebuilt in 1899, now serving as the home of the Union County Historical Society. This courthouse would serve the county until 1976 when a new structure was built nearby and the old courthouse was donated to the Union County Historical Society.
In 1922 construction began on a road to run from Cleveland, Ga. to the North Carolina border. The road was completed in 1926, the county's first paved road. During this time the United States purchased large amounts of land in the county and consolidated it into the Georgia National Forest. In 1937 the holdings were renamed to the Chattahoochee National Forest. Today tourism is a major industry in the county, in part due to the Chattahoochee National Forest and the creation of Lake Nottely in the late 1940's.