The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
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     Lake Santeetlah, located in Graham County, has 76 miles of mostly natural forested shoreline, is over 3,000 acres in size and is surrounded by the Cheoah District of the Nantahala National Forest. Almost 80% of the shoreline is public land which is managed by the North Carolina Forest Service. Boating, kayaking and canoeing are popular activities  and Cheoah Point on the east side of the Lake Santeetlah offers swimming at a lakeside beach, picnic areas, over 26 campsites and hiking trails. Cheoah Point is the only campground with facilities on Santeetlah Lake.
     Nearby Forest Service Campgrounds are Horse Cove located on Big Santeetlah Creek with 17 camp sites, toilets, and no showers (Modest fee per day/open winter with no fees/first come first served) and the group camp at Rattler Ford which has four sites (up to 50 people each site), showers, and toilets (Fee per site by reservation). For more information contact the Cheoah District Office at  828-479-6431.
    The lake was created in 1928 by the damming of the Cheoah River to create hydroelectric power as it flows northward to join the Little Tennessee River. During the last decades of the twentieth century non-public lands were developed as scenic residences and vacation homes, most notably in the area now incorporated as the town of Lake Santeetlah.

Location: Along US Highway 129 in Graham County, NC.
Distance: From Asheville allow 2 -21/2 hours
Address: Highway 129, Lake Santeetlah NC
Tips:  Since most of the surrounding land is public access, there are many primitive campsites scattered along the shoreline. These free sites however have no facilities, no toilets or grills.
Resources: Graham County NC Travel and Tourism Authority, 12 Main Street,
Robbinsville NC
                       28711; 828-479-3790.
                  Nantahala National Forest, Cheoah Ranger District Office, 828-479-6431
                  Lake Santeetlah Town Hall, 4 Marine Drive, Lake Santeetlah NC 28711; 828-479-8190
                  Santeetlah Marina, 1 Marine Drive, Lake Santeetlah NC 28711; 828-479-8180
Nearby: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Nantahala National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Directions: From Asheville take I-40 West towards Knoxville. Take Exit 27 to merge into US Highway 74/19 West towards Waynesville/Murphy. Approximately 20 miles past Bryson City take right onto Highway 129 to Robbinsville. Santeetlah Lake is six miles north of Robbinsville on Highway 129.






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