Tips for Your Stay

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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!

Where to Eat

Hayesville, NC

Angelo’s Downtown Pizza 828-389-2500

Anejo Grill (Mexican) 828-389-6061

Best Lil’ Corner Burgers & Ice Parlor 828-389-0164

Black Dog Tavern (Burgers, Sandwiches, Salads) 828-415-1700

Carlottas (Po Boys & Shaved Ice) 828-415-0909

Chevelles 69 828-389-6069

Chinquapins Ice Cream & Soda Parlor 828-389-6531

Copper Door (Fine Dining) 828-389-8460

Giovanni’s Pizza 828-415-1615

Hayesville Brewery (Sandwiches & Salads) 828-835-6010

Mariolino’s Italian 828-415-1572

Rib Country 828-389-9597

Roma’s Pizzeria  828-389-6366

Sequoah Bar & Grill (Ridges Country Club) 828-389-9000

Valley River Brewery (Brick oven pizza & sandwiches) 828-389-1472

Fast Food: McDonalds, Hardees, Subway, Huddle House

Young Harris, GA:

Bowl of Asia 706-896-8513

Brasstown Valley Resort 706-379-4617

Brother’s at Willow Ranch 706-379-1272

Enrico’s Italian 706-379-1950

Mary’s Southern Grill 706-896-1048

McCoy’s Steak & Seafood 706-896-0574

Restaurant Lorene 706-349-1699


Hiawassee, GA:

Asiano (Chinese, Japanese & Thai) 706-896-0508

Bear Meadow’s Grill 706-896-0520

Big Al’s Pizza 706-896-1970

Cafe Portofino (Italian) 706-435-0502

Daniel’s Steakhouse & Buffet 706-896-8008

El Cancun (Mexican) 706-896-7677

Happy Hawg 706-896-0012

Hawg Wild BBQ & Catfish 706-896-3200

Papa’s Pizza 706-896-7272

Monte Alban (Mexican) 706-896-6698

Steve’s Place 706-896-3430

Sundance 706-896-4745

Unwind on Lake Chatuge 706-256-4358

Fast Food: Blimpie, Dairy Queen, Hardee’s, Huddle House, McDonalds, Subway, Taco Bell, Zaxby’s


What to Do

For summer mission outreach teams,  consider planning activities for  your group on Wednesday afternoon/evening and Friday after departure time, following breakfast.

Groups are responsible for making their own arrangements. Be sure to call in advance, as needed, to confirm information and to make any required reservations.

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)

  • Ridge Runners Ziplines 828-421-8119 (Andrews, NC)
  • Navitat Zipline Company 828-626-3700 (Asheville, NC)
  • Wildwater, — mention Hinton for package pricing and group discounts)


Nature Experiences

  • Fires Creek Park: hiking, picnicking, swimming (20 minutes west of Hinton)
  • Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge 706-907-0011
  • 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
  • The Quanassee Path (downtown Hayesville)
  • 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 with 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
  • Blue Ridge National Heritage Craft Trails, Brasstown Crafts and Local Artists,
  • John C. Campbell Folk School 1-800-FOLKSCH (1-800-365-5724),
  • 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 is 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


Driving Directions

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.

What to Pack


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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