County Land & Elevation

County Land

The 466-square-mile county emcompasses 300,100 acres, with 92,363 of that U.S. Forest Service Land.

The acreage of the county encompasses 7,190 acres of lake, 3,887 acres of farm land and 6,000 acres of Cherokee Indian Land.


The Western North Carolina Regional Airport is listed at 1,699. The county's highest elevation is at 5,139 feet. (Where Cherokee and Clay counties meet near Tusquitee Bald at Fires Creek.) The county's lowest elevation is listed as 1,170 feet. (Where Apalachia Lake crosses into Tennessee.)