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About Clay County
With its blue mountains, quiet streams and ancient trails, you will find yourself lost in the tranquil beauty of it all. Here, you won't find the hectic pace of the city, but the peace and serenity of mountain living.
Clay County offers quaint shops, regional theater, fine restaurants, seasonal festivals, and special events.
Come and Enjoy Clay County Year Round
No matter what time of the year it is, there's always something to explore. From seasonal celebrations and special events to natural beauty and local history, every family member can find something enjoyable.
Whether you like hiking on a mountain trail, horseback riding, biking or birding, fishing on Lake Chatuge, or shopping on the square. Also, history lovers will be interested in the Clay County Courthouse, which was built in 1888 and is designated in the National Register of Historical Places, the Clay County Museum, and the John C. Campbell Folk School.
For more information, visit the City of Hayesville's web-site, the Clay County Government web-site, or the Clay County Chamber of Commerce web-site
Activities in Hayesville
The county was formed in 1861 from the southeastern part of Cherokee County. John Covington Moore was the first white settler in the region. It was named for Henry Clay, famous American statesman, member of the United States Senate from Kentucky and United States Secretary of State in the 19th century. Clay County's first courthouse was built on the square in Hayesville, NC in 1888 which qualified it be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Clay County is the smallest county in North Carolina, with a total area of 221 square miles (572.4 km2).
Clay County is bordered to the south by the state of Georgia and the Chattahoochee National Forest. The Nantahala River forms part of its northeastern border. In the southern part of Clay County is Chatuge Lake, on the North Carolina-Georgia border. Much of Clay County exists within the Nantahala National Forest.