Many of our drivers and workers have mentioned they will be coming early or staying late after the hillclimb with their families. Graham County is a GREAT place to take a vacation! One of our SCCA Time Trial Stewards, Karyn Hudson, wrote up  a great guide of things to do in the area. Thanks for your work on this Karyn!


Mill Creek Pottery       57 W. Mill Creek Road, Robbinsville, NC 28771
  • Handmade in the Mountains of North Carolina – Members of Southern Highland Craft Guild – pottery and accessories, including earthenware, stoneware, sculpture, to decorate your home and soothe your spirit. There are two potters in our studio…All our work is made with our hands and comes from our hearts.
Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center    121 School House Rd., Hwy 28, Robbinsville, NC 28771
  • Stecoah Valley Center provides local artisans working studios which are open for the public to visit. Classes are offered in authentic mountain crafts such as rug making, spinning, and weaving wood carving, dulcimer and other other mountain music. Culinary workshops offered 2nd Saturday of each month. Stecoah Valley Center is dedicated to the preservation of mountain culture. The center offers many other services for the community and also hosts three mountain cultural festivals each year. Artisans Gallery, featuring a wide variety of original works by local artisans. The Center is dedicated to preserving mountain traditions for generations to come.  (828) 479-3364
Wood Gallery  Yellow Branch Road, Robbinsville, NC 28771
  • One of a kind, functional, artistic turned wooden bowls, and other items made from native hardwoods. Wonderful souvenirs of your trip to the mountains. (828) 479-9373
Yellow Branch Pottery and Cheese    Yellow Branch Road, Robbinsville, NC 28771
  • Yellow Branch Farm is the home of a small herd of jersey cows and their caretaker, Bruce DeGroot, along with Karen Mickler and other DeGroot family members. Licensed since 1985, Yellow Branch Farm is one of a handful of farms in NC producing cheese. The Yellow Branch Farmstead Cheese is an original cheese developed by Karen after training at the University of Wisconsin and University of Guelph, Ontario. The creamy cheese has a well developed rich flavor and complements a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and crackers and is a savory addition to sandwiches and casseroles. Award winning Yellow Branch Pepper Cheese is made with jalapeno peppers grown on the farm. Both varieties, made from unpasteurized milk, are free of preservatives and aged at least 60 days. The cheeses are for sale at Yellow Branch Pottery and at the farm which is located just up the gravel drive by the pottery. Yellow Branch Pottery is located in the mountains of western NC in Graham County, near Fontana Lake. The name was taken from the branch (creek) that runs along the side of the property. Karen Mickler, along with her friend and neighbor, Carol Efaw, produces a varied selection of functional stoneware pottery. Visitors are welcome throughout the year. We have a scheduled time to receive guests, and you can always drop in by chance or make an appointment. (828) 479-6710
Becky’s Country Corner      Fontana Road, Robbinsville, NC 28771
  • Handmade jellies, condiments, tee shirts, jewelry, souvenirs, boiled peanuts  (828) 479-6309
Bee Global Studio & Gallery   1633 Lower Stecoah Road, Robbinsville, NC 28771
  • Hand-dipped beeswax lanterns with embedded pressed wildflowers; beeswax pillars; garden art; wreaths; Bee Glow lanterns; ornaments.  (828) 479-8284
Designs from Buffalo Creek   121 Schoolhouse Road, Robbinsville, NC 28771
  • Handcrafted kitchen pot racks with hand-forged accents; wheel thrown and slab pottery with leaf designs (828) 479-9031

 Distinctive Collections     2905 Fontana Road,  Robbinsville, NC 28771  

  • Original paintings, folk art pottery, handmade pottery, antiques   (828) 479-9494

 Indian Springs Crafts     Snowbird Road, Hwy 143 West, Robbinsville, NC 28771

  • Handcrafted pottery, gourds, beadwork, masks, and other Native American crafts  (828) 479-1535

Tellico Grains Artisan Bakery  105 Depot Street, Tellico Plains TN 37385423-253-6911

  • Fresh from the wood-fired brick oven come wholesome crusty breads, and – on Saturdays – pizza made to order. Gourmet pastries, cakes, tea breads, brownies, cookies, muffins, and coffee cakes are crafted from scratch daily, using traditional methods and the finest, freshest ingredients. Baker’s whim, seasonal harvests, and holiday specialties enhance each day’s delectable variety, from fresh berry turnovers to festive yule logs. Located just off the Cherohala Skyway in Tennessee. Links: Tellico Grains Artisan Bakery website
Special Event
  • Mountain Artisans Arts and Craft Show  WCU Ramsey Center, Cullowhee, NC 28723
  • Mountain Artisans presents the Summertime Arts and Craft Show @ the WCU Ramsey Center. Authentic crafts from the hands of 100 regional artisans. $4.00 admission; children under 12 free. Free Parking.    828-524-3405 Jun. 30, 2012 9:00 am – Jul. 1, 2012 4:00 pm
  • Area Information

    Those looking for a little western North Carolina culture should plan on stopping at the Stecoah Valley Center where there is a variety of cultural events are scheduled and live Appalachian music every Saturday night through the summer. Another popular activity is visiting the local crafters and artisans. Locally grown produce, available all summer, will probably be one of your better memories.
    Activities in Graham County lean toward outdoor adventures. Hiking, whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, fly-fishing, lake fishing, boating, jet skiing, hunting, horseback riding, nature photography, and mountain biking are some of the more strenuous activities. Others prefer the quiet restfulness of the forest, waterfalls, mountains, lakes, and streams.

    Recommended Driving Tour of Graham County: A driving tour of the entire county would leave Robbinsville and take highway 143 West out to the Cherohala Skyway. Tour up to the North Carolina lookouts and perhaps take a hike on Hooper Bald or up to Huckleberry Knob. Come back down the Cherohala and take a left on 1127 to Joyce Kilmer for a walk among the giant poplars. Leaving there you can take a left for a short ride up to Maple Springs overlook.

    Coming back down from Maple Springs take a left at the 4-way stop and circle Lake Santeetlah. A left at the next stop sign will take you out to 129. Take 129 West and drive along the Cheoah River to Tapoco. The Tapoco Dam is where Harrison Ford jumped in the movie The Fugitive. Keep heading West on 129 and you will enter the world famous touring road known as The Tail of the Dragon. The more cautious tourists might want to turn right on 28 and visit Fontana Dam. Continuing East on 28 will bring you to Stecoah, a beautiful hidden valley. Here you can return to Robbinsville by taking 143 over Stecoah Gap or keep heading east on 28 to 19.

    A right on 19 will bring you the Nantahala Gorge. whitewater rafting, always a good place to sit and watch the rafters on a hot summer afternoon. Continue south on 19 and take a right onto 129 to bring you back to Robbinsville. Taking the big loop would definitely be a long day, so be prepared.

    For good area maps of both Robbinsville & Graham County, go to