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Welcome to Cherokee County, a special place in the southwestern corner of North Carolina where the forested mountains touch the sky, the lakes sparkle, the air is crisp and clean, and the charm of small town America still exists.



The Western North Carolina Regional Airport is listed at 1,699

The county's highest elevation is at 5,149 feet. (Where Cherokee and Clay counties meet near Tusquitee Bald at Fires Creek.)

The county's lowest elevation is listed as 1,170 feet.  (Where Apalachia Lake crosses into Tennessee.)


County Land

The 466-square-mile county encompasses 300,100 acres, with 92,363 of that U.S. Forest Service Land. 

The acreage of the county encompasses 7,190 acres of lake, 38,887 acres of farm land and 6,000 acres of Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians tribal land.



Hiwassee Lake is a 6090 acre lake.  The lake is 22 miles long, has over 163 miles of shoreline, approximately 7 percent of which has development of some form.  It collects water from a 968 square-mile watershed.Apalachia Lake is a 1100 acre lake.  The lake is 9.8 miles long, has 31 miles of shoreline, and collects rainfall from a 1018 square-mile watershed.


Please note that we do not have a large enough population for a census of Murphy, Andrews, or Brasstown. All data is for the entire county

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We would like to thank the following people for contributing photographs:  
Digital Creations USA, William Hoyt, Joan Posey Neumann, John C Campbell Folk School, Nancy Lane, Joyce Moore, Sherry Collins, Eleanor Brazell, Butch Horn, Blue Ridge Highlander  

Cherokee County Chamber (828) 837-2242