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Hinton Center is in Hayesville, the county seat of Clay County, North Carolina. This quiet town has plenty of sights to see, things to do, and places to eat. We hope that you get the most out of your stay, and check out some of these places while you’re here!


In Hayesville: *(all phone numbers in Hayesville have an 828 area code)

Rib Country (pork and beef barbeque) 389-9597

Chevelles’ (sandwiches, burgers, salads) 389-6069

Marias Hayesville Family Restaurant (buffet) 389-1710

Angelo’s Downtown Pizza (local pizza) 389-2500

Roma’s Pizzeria (local pizza) 389-6366

Anejo Grill (Mexican) 389-6061

The Copper Door (fine dining) 237-4030

Fast food (Hardees’, Huddle House, McDonald’s, Subway)

Black Dog Tavern

Valley River Brewery

Hayesville Brewing


Coming Soon: Farm to Table

Coming Soon: Italian

In Surrounding Areas:

Brothers, Young Harris, GA (706) 379-1272, Murphy (828) 835-9100

The Blue Otter (lakeside dining), Hiawassee GA (706) 896-1919

Georgia Mountain Restaurant, Hiawassee GA (706) 896-3430

Asiano (mix of Chinese, Japanese & Thai), Hiawassee, GA (706) 896-0508

Daniels Steakhouse, Hiawassee, GA (706) 896-8008

El Cancun (Lakeview dining), Hiawassee, GA (706) 896-7677

Mary’s Southern Grill, Young Harris, GA (706) 896-1048

Bowl of Asia, Young Harris, GA (706) 896-8513

Hawg Wild BBQ & Catfish, Hiawassee, GA

Fast Food (Zaxby’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Burger King, KFC, Dairy Queen, and Krystal) Murphy, NC

Shoebooties Cafe, Murphy NC, (828) 837-4589

Parson’s Pub, Murphy NC (828) 837 4151

Haney’s, Peachtree NC



Consider Wednesday afternoon/evening and Friday at departure time after breakfast as possible times to plan group activities.

Groups are responsible for making their own plans. Please call in advance to make plans.

White Water Rafting (Nantahala, Ocoee, or Chattooga River)

  • Nantahala Outdoor Center 1-800-905-7238,
  • Wild Water Rafting Co. 1-866-319-8870, (mention Hinton Center for package pricing and group discounts)


Tubing Companies


Boating on Lake Chatuge (Pontoon boat rentals)

  • The Ridges Resort and Country Club (706) 896-2262 (Hiawassee, GA)
  • Boundary Waters Resort & Marina 1-800-323-3562 (Hiawassee, GA)
  • Young Harris Water Sports 706-896-0834 (Young Harris, GA)


Zipline Adventures (make reservations in advance)


Nature Experiences

  • Fires Creek Park: hiking, picnicking, swimming (20 minutes west of Hinton)
  • Appalachian Trail: hiking (20 minutes east of Hinton Center)
  • Brasstown Bald (highest peak in GA) trails, observation tower (706) 896-2556 (call for schedule)
  • Jackrabbit Recreation Area: hiking, swimming, picnicking, mountain biking
  • Bell Mountain (30 minutes east of Hinton) hiking (1 mile) to spectacular views
  • Standing Indian
  • Tail of the Dragon
  • Joyce Kilmer Forest

Movies and Bowling (20 to 45 minutes from Hinton)

  • Fieldstone Cinemas (706) 896-6843 (Hiawassee, GA)
  • Galaxy Bowling (706) 745-4444 (Blairsville, GA)
  • The Fun Factory (828) 349-8888 (Franklin, NC)
  • Blairsville Cinemas (706) 745-1000 (Blairsville, GA)





  • Helen, GA: (706) 878-2181 village w/ outside shops, restaurants, ropes course, hiking (45 miles)
  • Cherokee Visitors Center 1-800-438-1601 (Cherokee, NC) (1.5 hrs)
  • “Unto These Hills” Cherokee outdoor drama (866) 554-4557 (1.5 hrs)
  • Blue Ridge Scenic Railway 1-800-934-1898
  • Chunky Gal Stables: horseback riding (828) 389-4175
  • Brasstown crafts and local artists 1-800-FOLKSCH
  • Working art studios in the area: Goldhagen Glass Studio & Smoke in the Mountain Pottery
  • Farm Tours at Walnut Hollow Ranch (15 mins away from Hinton) 828-389-8931
  • Drive in Movie Theater – The Swan – Blue Ridge
  • Train Rides through the Mountains – Bryson City and Blue Ridge

Additional Resources

We hope this information helpful for your stay. Below are links to Clay and surrounding counties’ chamber of commerce websites. There, you may find more events or activities that interest you.

Clay County:

Cherokee County:

Towns County:

Clay County Travel and Tourism



NOTE—do not rely on GPS once you get into Clay County and Hayesville

From the North (Knoxville, Asheville, Waynesville/Lake Junaluska)—2.5 hrs from Waynesville/Lake J

  • Follow I-40 (East or West) to exit 27 (signs will indicate 74W, to 19, to 23, and to Waynesville)
  • Follow US 23 South/74 West towards Waynesville (stay in left two lanes)
  • Continue through Waynesville (you will pass a rest area on your right) and through Sylva
  • Take exit 81 (sign will indicate Dillsboro, Franklin, Atlanta) and follow 23 South (also 441S & 64W)
  • Go through stop light in Dillsboro and continue 16 miles to Franklin
  • In Franklin, go through two stop lights but do not leave highway. The road will become US 64 West in Franklin
  • Follow US 64 West over the mountains (about 32 miles) towards Hayesville
  • Turn left at Hinton Center Road (You will see a Blue directional sign with “Hinton Center” on it. Turn at that sign. If you arrive at a stoplight, you have gone too far.)
  • Go straight at the stop sign (Oak Forest UMC on right)—road ends in the Hinton parking lot.


From the South (Atlanta, Hartsfield International Airport)—2.5-3 hours depending on traffic

  • Follow I-75 North through downtown (or follow Camp Creek Pkwy to 285 North to I-75 North bypassing Atlanta)
  • Go about 9.5 miles and take exit #268 onto I-575 North towards Canton and Woodstock
  • Follow I-575 through Marietta, Woodstock, and Canton
  • I-575 will turn into GA 515 North (Zell Miller Mountain Parkway)
  • Follow 515N through Jasper, Ellijay, Blue Ridge, Blairsville, and Young Harris (there are no turns during this time)
  • About 3.3 miles past Young Harris, turn left at the first light (GA 17/515)
  • Go 4.5 miles (cross the NC state line and the road becomes NC 69) and turn right at the first stop light, (US 64 E)
  • Go about 1 more mile (you will pass through another stop light and over a bridge)
  • At the 3rd street on the right past the bridge, turn right onto Hinton Center Road (watch for Blue directional sign with “Hinton Center” on it.)
  • Go straight at the stop sign (Oak Forest UMC on right); road ends in Hinton’s parking lot

From Chattanooga—2 hours from Chattanooga

  • Follow I-75 North to the Highway 64 Bypass just south of Cleveland
  • Follow 64 Bypass around Cleveland and take 64 East as it exits toward Ocoee and Copperhill, TN (Ocoee River gorge)
  • Continue on 64E to Murphy, NC
  • Turn right at second stop light in Murphy just across bridge and follow 64 East toward Hayesville
  • Go about 14 miles to the first traffic light in Hayesville (do not turn at Hayesville Business sign)
  • Continue straight at the stoplight for about 1 more mile (through another stoplight, over bridge)
  • At the 3rd street on the right past the bridge, turn right onto Hinton Center Road (watch for Blue directional sign with “Hinton Center” on it.)
  • Go straight through the stop sign (Oak Forest UMC on right); road ends in Hinton’s parking lot


From Western SC (Anderson area)—2 hours from Anderson

  • Follow US 76 west through Clemson, Seneca, Westminster, and Clayton to Hiawassee, GA
  • Turn right onto GA 75 at traffic light at McDonald’s in Hiawassee
  • Follow that road about 9 miles (it becomes NC175), turning left just over a bridge, toward US 64
  • At US 64, turn left toward Hayesville
  • After another 2-3 miles, turn left at Hinton Center Road (Watch for Blue directional sign with “Hinton Center” on the left. If you arrive at a stoplight, you have gone too far.)
  • Go straight at the stop sign (Oak Forest UMC on right); road ends in Hinton’s parking lot.



If you are joining us for a conference, family retreat, or fun weekend:

  • Comfortable clothes for hiking/exploring the area during the day
  • Layers: mountain weather is often warm during the day and chilly in the evenings. Be sure to pack layers and light jackets for the evening
  • Comfy shoes to enjoy walking paths and get around campus conveniently
  • Snacks & food for in between meals in your room’s kitchen (and we have fire pits so don’t forget the s’mores!)
  • Sunscreen, so you can enjoy the outdoors!
  • Towel for the lake
  • Swimsuit for lake
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Flashlight if you are a night owl
  • Bug spray
  • Don’t forget the camera!

If you are joining us for a week of missions:

  • 4 changes of work clothes (clothes that can get dirty)
  • 5 changes of casual clothes
  • Comfy shoes for evening
  • Closed toed shoes for worksite
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Flashlight
  • Safety glasses
  • Work gloves
  • Personal toiletries
  • Bible
  • Dust mask
  • Towel to use at lake
  • Swimsuit
  • Cooler(s) for packed lunches


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