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11755107_10205986132987111_2583226367954054928_nI struggled to find something for Graham County.  I believe the best thing it seems to have going for it is Fontana Lake which is quiet beautiful but we really could not find much else.  I highly recommend not depending on GPS or your phone for directions. We lost signal and directions several times. We started our visit at the Fontana Dam which has a beautiful view. This was the last stop of our Cherokee field trip and our crew had dwindled to three families. The photo to the left is of the kids left standing on the end of Day 3.  They have a small but nice visitor center that talks about  the building of the dam and energy. It is free and worth a look.

We then went to Fontana Village Resort for dinner. We were told by locals that there was nothing to eat in Robbinsville. We ate at the Wildwood Grill. Cobey had a burger, Claire had nachos and I had a salad. The service was good but the food was just okay.  The atmosphere was a little dissappointing along with the rest of the feel of the resort. I really expected a quaint charming resort but didn’t find it. We ended up driving by Historic Taboco Lodge which was more what I expected. We ended up wishing we had eaten there and Claire wants to go back and stay.

11800336_10205986933927134_4495951521674656386_nWe drove through Joyce Kilmer park which was nice but we didn’t see the huge trees. We then went into the downtown – Robbinsville and found the courthouse which was not much to speak of. We also after some effort found the Junaluska Memorial. We hiked through a small Traditional Medicine Trail that had interesting information about plants and uses. We had to pass a heap of beer bottle and trash to get to the trail. When we got to the top with the Memorial, we were disappointed to find it over grown, broken tiles, and broken lamps.  It was really disgraceful and says a lot about a county that would let a memorial deteriorate like this.

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