The Mission of the Clay County Communities Revitalization Association (CCCRA) is to stimulate economic growth, promote the assets, and preserve the heritage of Clay County.
CCCRA has four key areas of focus:
Historic Clay County Courthouse
Thanks to community-supported fundraising and a key benefactor, CCCRA saved and carefully restored the circa 1888 Historic Clay County Courthouse. Rededicated in July 2018 as the Beal Center, the icon of Hayesville/Clay County is now operated as a unique community and event venue. Visit www.BealCenter.org to learn more about visiting or renting this beautiful venue.
Key to preserving the heritage of Clay County, is preserving the Cherokee history. CCCRA developed and maintains key Cherokee heritage sites in Hayesville, NC: The Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, the Quanassee Path, Spikebuck Mound and the Cherokee Botanical Sanctuary. CCCRA hosts the annual Cherokee Festival, and provides education programs and workshops for children of all ages.
Trails & Greenways
CCCRA's Trails and Greenways program develops and promotes a hiking and mountain biking trail system that encourages tourism while protecting the natural environment. In partnership with the USFS and the SABA, the 15-mile (and growing) Jackrabbit Mountain Trail System is a treasured asset of Clay County, and favorite local for families and avid bikers alike.
CCCRA sponsors community events, including the Summer Concert Series on the historic town square/courthouse grounds, the 2017 Solar Feast in celebration of Hayesville being on 100% totality centerline of the Total Eclipse. Working in collaboration with other Clay County non-profits and organizations, we look for opportunities to grow Clay County's economy and improve the quality of life.