Robbinsville - Graham County NC
reservoir is located in Graham County and surrounded by the Cheoah
District of the Nantahala National Forest. While the lake surface and
land below the high water level is owned and managed by Tapoco, Inc.,
almost 80 percent of shoreline is public land managed by the Forest
Service. Santeetlah Lake has a wide variety of fish including
smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and walleye. Formerly, Lake
Santeetlah was the home of the state record largemouth and walleye.
Santeetlah also has a good population of crappie, sunfish, and trout.
Access: From Robbinsville follow Hwy 129 North to Santeetlah
Reservoir. Follow signs to boating and fishing access areas.
Cheoah Point is located approximately 7 miles from Robbinsville on Hwy
129 North. Turn left at sign and go 0.8 miles to Cheoah Point
Cheoah Point is open all year around and offers a swimming beach, tent
and trailer campground with restrooms and water and picnic area. This
campground is offered on a first come first serve basis and there is a
fee required for overnight stay.
Lake Santeetlah reservoir
is popular among a diverse group of anglers. Trout fisherman and bass
fisherman enjoy the wide variety of fisheries within Santeetlah
For more information: Contact the
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for more information
on local fishing regulations and license requirements. Trail and local
topographic maps are available from:
Cheoah Ranger District
Route 1, Box 16A
Robbinsville, NC 28771
Robbinsville - Graham County NC
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Fontana Lake is
located in the western North Carolina. Appalachian Mountains of Graham County and Swain County. Fontana Lake is a 29-mile-long scenic
mountain lake with more than 280 miles of shoreline and nearly 11,000
acres of water. The 480-foot-high
Fontana Lake Dam on the Little Tennessee River is the tallest dam in the
TVA system. The Appalachian Trail, which extends over 2,000 miles from
Georgia to Maine, crosses the top of Fontana Lake Dam.
With most of Fontana Lake's 280 miles of shoreline preserved by the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park and USFS Nantahala National
Forest, Fontana Lake's breathtaking beauty remains unspoiled. Quiet
secluded coves and inlets on Fontana Lake provide excellent
opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, or just relaxing and
enjoying the view. From the spring's mountain laurel to the glorious
colors of fall, Fontana Lake's engaging scenery can be enjoyed year round.
Game fish in Fontana include smallmouth and largemouth bass, white
bass, walleye, and crappie.
Hikers on the Appalachian Trail stop to admire the view from atop Fontana Dam.
The highest dam east of the Rocky Mountains, Lake Fontana is on the Little Tennessee
River in western North Carolina.
Fontana Reservoir occupies a site of particular splendor deep in the Great Smoky
Mountains. Fishing, boating, and swimming are all popular at Fontana, but it is
perhaps most appreciated by wilderness hikers and campers.
The Appalachian Trail, which extends over 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine,
crosses the top of Fontana Dam. The hot showers available at the trail shelter
maintained by TVA have led grateful hikers to dub it the Fontana Hilton. The
Great Smoky Mountains National Park borders the reservoir to the north.
Fontana was built during World War II to provide electric power for the war
effort. A new town, housing some 5,000 people who worked around the clock in
three shifts, sprang up in the forest, and the project broke construction
records. What was once the construction village is now a resort offering
recreational activities such as boating, horseback riding, and crafts making.
The Fontana Dam Visitor Center is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
daily from May through November. It will be closed when the homeland security
alert level is high (orange) or higher.
on Lake Fontana
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
165TH INFANTRY, RAINBOW
DIVISION, SOLDIER AND POET,
AUTHOR OF "TREES", BORN IN
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., DECEMBER
6, 1886, KILLED IN ACTION IN
FRANCE JULY 30, 1918.
THIS MEMORIAL WAS INITIATED
BY BOZEMAN BULGER POST,
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS
AND WAS SELECTED BY THE
U. S. FOREST SERVICE.
This simple biography of Joyce Kilmer is engraved on a
bronze plaque in the heart of the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.
Joyce Kilmer was educated at Rutgers College and Columbia University,
where he graduated in 1908. He taught high school for a year, and then
launched out on his writing career. He took up editorial and journalistic
work in New York City, rising rapidly to prominence as an accomplished
journalist. From 1913 to 1918, he served on the staff of the New York
Times and contributed mean-while to many magazines.
It is as a poet, however, that Joyce Kilmer is chiefly remembered. His
love of the common and beautiful things, especially in Nature, found a
simple and delicate expression in verse.
Through most of Kilmer's poems and articles runs a strong religious
thread. There is a deep, underlying sense of humility, and a worship of
things simple and clean and eternal. He sensed the dignity and the
God-given unity of all living things, whether man or tree.
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet' flowing breast.
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray.
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair.
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
From - Trees and Other Poems by Joyce Kilmer
Copyright 1914 by Doubleday and Company Inc.
The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
This Forest is one of the most impressive remnants of our Nation's virgin
wilderness. Here, where the headwaters of great rivers rise, immense trees
grow in the natural set- ting that was theirs when this region was the
unexplored hunting ground of the Cherokees.
Many of the huge trees are hundreds of years old. Some of them are twenty
feet around the base and more than a hundred feet high. They include
yellow poplar, hem- lock, sycamore, basswood, dogwood, beech, several
species of oak, and many others.
In addition to the trees, there is an out- standing variety of shrubs,
vines, ferns, mosses, lichens, liverworts, and herbaceous plants. In the
spring wild flowers take ad vantage of sunlight which will not be avail
able after the hardwood trees are covered with shade producing leaves.
Rhododendron, mountain laurel and azalea are to be found in bloom in the
late spring and early summer.
Though this forest is undisturbed by man, it is ever-changing. Some trees
die so others may live. Many species of vegetation would be eliminated
without occasional openings in the treetops to admit sunlight. Insects and
plant diseases take their toll At many places on the forest floor you will
see remnants of massive American chestnut trees which, prior to 1925,
composed a large part of the timber stand. The chestnut blight disease,
accidentally introduced from Asia, has now killed all of the mature trees.
Occasional sprouts may still be found.
The memorial tract is maintained in its primitive and natural state. No
plants living or dead may be cut or removed.
JOYCE KILMER SLICKROCK WILDERNESS
The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is part of the 14,000-acre Joyce
Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness. This area lies in the watersheds of Little
Santeetlah and Slickrock creeks, which are separated by the ridge between
Stratton Bald and Haoe. There are more than 60 miles of hiking trails in
this wilderness that follow ridge tops or cool mountain streams. Hunting
and fishing are permitted in accordance with state laws.
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Graham County is in South Western North Carolina, in the beautiful Great
Smoky Mountains of the southern Appalachians. This region has some of the
highest mountains east of the Mississippi with elevations ranging to 5560
feet. Graham County is nestled among hundreds of thousands of acres of
wilderness full of stunning mountain landscapes and many breathtaking
If you are like hiking, biking, boating, fishing, scenic driving, camping,
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Graham County Area Destinations and Activities:
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest - Fontana Lake and Fontana Dam
Cherohala Skyway - Tail of the Dragon - Stecoah Valley Center
Lake Santeetlah - Smoky Mountains National Park
Nantahala National Forest - Snowbird Backcountry Area
Slickrock Creek Wilderness Area - Appalachian Trail
Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking Adventures