The Hazel Creek area inside the Great Smoky Mountains National park is rich with history about Western North Carolina and early Appalachia. The area was cut off from inhabitants when Fontana Lake was introduce to the region. Many of the original settlements in Western North Carolina were located in and around the Hazel Creek area. There were some settlements that were flooded by the lake water and others that still have their remnants standing.
This area is one of the most pristine in the park because of its difficulty to access. You must get there by boat, kayak, or canoe or spend a day hiking through the park, but once you are there you may never want to leave because of the natural beauty found there.