2018   Schedule






Departure Location


April 4th Sunday

Branton & Lower Noland

Parking Lot Noland Creek
then drive to campground

10:00 AM

May lst Sunday

Woody & Hoyle

Wilderness Marina
Directions at bottom

9:30 AM

May 3rd Sunday
This date was set by families of Payne and Orr-Since it requires no transportation across the lake.

Payne & Orr

 Cross Dam (old Hwy. 288)

10:00 AM

May 3rd Sunday


Cable Cove

9:30 AM





June 1st Sunday

Pilkey & Posey

Cable Cove

9:30 AM

June 2nd Sunday

Calhoun, Walker & Wike

Cable Cove

9:30 AM

 Also June 2nd Sunday

Conner & Styles

Road to Nowhere

2:00 PM

June 4th Sunday

Bone Valley & Hall

Cable Cove

9:30 AM





July 1st Sunday

Proctor & Bradshaw

Cable Cove

9:30 AM

July 3rd Sunday

Fairview & Cook

Cable Cove

9:30 AM





August 1st Sunday

Cable Branch

Cable Cove

9:30 AM

August 3rd Sunday

Higdon & McCampbell Gap

Cable Cove

9:30 AM

September 1st Sunday

Welch & McClure

Cable Cove

9:30 AM

September 3rd Sunday




Sept. 4th Saturday

Mitchell Cemetery

Cable Cove

9:30 AM





October 2nd Sunday

Wiggins & Noland Creek

Parking Area Noland Creek

10:00 AM

This years Schedule of Cemetery Decorations
Please bring flowers for each cemetery.  Contact a committee member if you want to buy a grave marker.   $45.00 for head marker  $10.00 for foot marker.

                        Contact information for officers of The North Shore Cemetery and Historical Association
    Helen C. Vance                      Mildred C. Johnson                 Leeunah V. Woods                     Verna Kirkland
                          Sylva, NC                            Andrews, NC                          Waynesville, NC                       Bryson City, NC                
    828-586-4898                      828-321-4951                         828-421-1332                          828-736-5650
                                   or email us at info@northshorecemeteries.com

PETS  are not allowed on the trails to the cemeteries in the GSMP.

If you attend one of the decorations, be sure and bring a covered dish to share with everyone.  We do have some individuals who bring their own picnic lunch - but they really miss out on some great food.
If you plan on attending the decoration and can play a musical instrument such as a banjo or guitar--please feel free to bring it with you and accompany our singers.  We are so sadden to say that a lot of our original musicians are now unable to attend the decorations due to health and the difficulty in access to the cemeteries at their advancing years.  We would love to have someone step up and become our new musicians. Thanks


Directions to Wilderness Marina
Take the Bryson City Exit on Hwy. 23/74
Will pass McDonalds on left- go under the first redlight.  At the 2nd redlight, turn LEFT - will pass Ingles on your right.
Go to top of hill, turn RIGHT on to road toward Mountain View Manor Nursing home
Stay straight on this road for about 3 miles
Turn RIGHT on a road that goes up the mountain.
Go approximately 2 miles, take the next paved road to the RIGHT.
(at this point you might see a Wildlife sign) this road leads to the lake
(If anyone sees anything wrong in these directions, please email us)
 It is hard to give directions, like David said, when the roads are not named. 


Christina Cook, a freelance reporter had an article published in Oxford American Magazine in fall of 2015.
To read this article in its entirety go to


We are proud to announce that Lee’s book
 “Growing up on Hazel Creek”
is published
Order yours today. Call
Lee Woods
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Located on the north shore of Fontana Lake in Swain County, NC.  Now part of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

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North Shore Cemeteries

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The North Shore Cemetery Association and North Shore Historical Society