Graham County Museum of Prehistoric Relics/The Hike Inn, Fontana Dam – North Carolina Thursdays October 3, 2019

Updated October 10, 2019 to correct some link issues.

I generally find looking for theme posts the most challenging. Not always as sometimes I will check out one of my favorite sites (Roadside America, Atlas Obscura, etc.) and a choice will pop out right away. I switched to going with different areas of the state for the state theme posts.

Last week, I was in central/eastern North Carolina. This week I decided to focus on far western North Carolina. I went to Wikipedia to see what was in Cherokee County, nothing sparked my interest so I checked out Graham County. To my surprise, I found Graham County Museum of Prehistoric Relics; it’s not listed with links on Wikipedia. That was intriguing as usually there’s a link to a website even if there’s not a Wikipedia article. It’s located in Fontana Dam, North Carolina. I chose Graham County Museum of Prehistoric Relics/The Hike Inn as this week’s North Carolina Thursdays post.

The Inn is cash or personal check only. Initially, it was hard to find information on my least favorite search engine about the museum. Note: the Inn is only for hikers and requires reservations. It is pretty small (4 rooms with 1 – 2 hikers/room). It is not a hostel.

Not seeing a lot on the museum.

Not to be confused with Hike Inn in Georgia:

Official website: (seems to be broken when I tried it on my laptop and cell phone) Wayback Machine to the rescue yet again – According to one of the Wayback Machine links, don’t use Car or Truck GPS based on the Street Address – GPS coordinates below under Location; I used the street address on Google Maps: Google Maps Fontana Dam, North Carolina (Street View available that shows how small it is).

Related site, based on information from the Wayback Machine:

The Hike Inn is located on Highway 28 just 3.5 miles north of the intersection of Hwy 28 and 143.

Please do not use THE HIKE INN address for “Car or Truck GPS units”; as they are not accurate here in the mountains. We will gladly email you directions, just ask!!!

Actual G.P.S. Coordinates: N35′-24.948 W83′-43.498

Hours: Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (for the museum)

For the Inn:

Q: What time is check-in and check-out?
A: For section/day hikers; arrival between 3 p.m. and by 9 p.m. unless prior arrangements are made. For long distance/thru hikers, we begin pick up for new arrivals at 11:30 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. with return to the dam from 7 a.m. till 9 a.m.. Check-out for ALL hikers is by 9 a.m. (no exceptions).

Phone: 828-479-3677  or

Asheville Guidebook: (some information needs updating!)

Atlas Obscura: No listing located

Facebook: (not seeing much)


Foursquare: No listing located

Google Maps: Google Maps Fontana Dam, North Carolina (same link as above)

Historical Marker DataBase (HMDB): No listing located; closest was this one for Fontana Dam:

Inspirock: No listing located; closest thing was the Fontana Store:

Instagram: (mix of Hike Inn in Fontana Dam, NC and the Georgia Hike Inn)

Linkedin: No listing located

Only In Your State: No listing located,


Roadside America: (No location listed)

RoadTrippers: No listing located

Silly America: No listing located

Smoky Mountain News:

Snapchat: No listing located

Strange Carolinas: (No listing located)

This is my South: No listing located

Trip Advisor: No listing located; closest was and

Tumblr: No listing located

Twitch channel or search: No listing located  –

Twitter: No listing located, but for the Dam

Vimeo channel or search: (close)



Wikipedia: (no listing located)

briefly mentioned on (same link as above)


YouTube: (may have to look through as some are the Georgia Hike Inn and others are the North Carolina Hike Inn)

Past North Carolina Thursdays posts:

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About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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3 Responses to Graham County Museum of Prehistoric Relics/The Hike Inn, Fontana Dam – North Carolina Thursdays October 3, 2019

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Love your posts on various museums around the country

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you. For the state theme posts (NC, MS, KS) I try to do a mix of museums and non-museums. I also do some non-state themes. A church member likes to wear T-shirts and one was a museum in Oklahoma – Woolaroc so I checked it out. I also go looking for some of the more interesting or unusual museums, both U. S. and non-U.S. I need to get back to doing some of the ship/sub museums I have run across.

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