Graham County, North Carolina

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Graham County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 7,993. Its county seat is Robbinsville[1]. Robbinsville is located at the coordinates of 35°19'24.06"N latitude and 83°48'3.98"W longitude [2].



The county was formed January 30, 1872, from the northeastern part of Cherokee County. It was named for William A. Graham, United States Senator from North Carolina (1840-1843) and Governor of North Carolina (1845-1849).

Law and government

Graham County is a member of the regional Southwestern Commission council of governments.


Graham County covers 433 square miles (1,120 km2) with elevation ranges from 1,177 to 5,560 feet (1,690 m). Two-thirds of the county is the Nantahala National Forest. Fontana Lake, an impoundment of the Little Tennessee River, forms most of the northern border of the county, with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the other side of the lake. Fontana Lake is formed by Fontana Dam, the tallest dam in the eastern U.S. The northern boundary of Graham County is also formed by an impoundment of the Cheoah River created by Cheoah Dam.

Fontana Dam and Cheoah Dam are both operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

The Cheoah River is noted for its Class IV and Class V whitewater rapids. The river is used for whitewater rafting about 17 days per year, based on a water-release schedule from Santeelah Dam.

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