Hayesville : North carolina


What It Is Like to Retire in Hayesville

Hayesville is a beautiful and friendly but very small town (less than 400 people) with a surprising amount of culture and many activities. Walk to the beautiful Town Square without downtown auto traffic. Hayesville is near the mountains and lakes. There is hiking, golf, bicycle trails, mild climate, and cool summers. Hayesville combines small-town charm with the beauty of mountains, lakes, rivers and streams. Opportunities for camping, golf, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and water sports are plentiful.  Lake Chatuge has over 130 miles of shoreline, much of which can never be developed. The artists' community in Hayesville is diverse and growing. Plus it is only 2 hours to Atlanta, Asheville and Chatanooga. Photo of courthouse courtesy of Wikipedia and Warren LeMay in the public domain.

Where to Retire in Hayesville and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in the area, both in Hayesville and towns like Murphy, Andrews, and Hiawassee. The Median price in mid-2022 was $262,787, a rise of over 20% from a year earlier, according to Zillow


What Is Special about Hayesville

Lovely small town in the fast-growing and highly desirable southwest corner of North Carolina. The people who live here and the people who move here all seem to like its small town charm.

What Is Not Special about Hayesville

No big town here, so Hayesville won't appeal to everyone. Some of the locals complain that too many people from Florida are moving here.

Who Will Like Retirement in Hayesville

People who want to live in a small town in the mountains with a big lake nearby. People who live here or want to move here often say they are Christian. 


Local Economy Is Driven by

Hospitality, tourism, and (at least in the recent past) construction. Jobs are hard to find except in those industries.

Climate and Physical Environment

Hayesville is tucked in the extreme southwestern corner of South Carolina near Tennessee, Geogia, and South Carolina. The average July high temperature is 86 and the average January low is 25. The wettest month is January (7")


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are a number of artists who live in and around Hayesville. The Clay County Historical & Arts Museum is housed in the Old County Jail Museum. Licklog Players is a volunteer organization of children and adults who are committed to the theatre arts. Lilith Lidseen Performing Arts Center is the home to the Peacock Playhouse.


The crime rate in Hayesville is a little below the national average.


Medical Facilities

Three Hospitals within 20 miles


The nearest airport is in Chattanooga, Tennessee about 100 miles away.  The town is a little above average in walkabilty when compared to other communities.


Valuable Links

Best small town retirement guide
Historic Hayesville NC

Town of Hayesville


What people are saying about Hayesville

My boyfriend and I stayed 8 days in October. It is a beautiful location. The home we stayed in had a beautiful view of Lake Chatuge and some surrounding farm land. Lake Chatuge is a gorgeous lake. It is TVA controlled and they don\'t come much nicer than this one. And Yes it is small town America. They had a very nice Walgreens and Ingels. What more do you want? You are close enough to Franklin and Murphy if you need more. And then you are just a hop-skip to N Georgia. Could I see myself living there FT? YES. Especially if I had a home overlooking Lake Chatuge and the mountainside. I currently live in Middle TN in one of the fastest growing counties in the country. And boy do you know it every time you leave the house. And with that comes crime. This is also a beautiful area, but I am looking for small town America. I love the Waynesville/Maggie Valley the most, but I could settle in Hayesville.
Posted by msdelta on December 31, 2015

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