Departure Location


April the 4th Sunday

Branton & Lower Noland

Parking Lot Noland Creek
then drive to campground

10:00 AM

May the lst Sunday

Woody & Hoyle

Wilderness Marina
Directions at bottom

9:30 AM

May the 2nd Sunday

Payne & Orr

 Cross Dam (old Hwy. 288)

10:00 AM

May the 3rd Sunday


Cable Cove

9:30 AM

June the 1st Sunday

Pilkey & Posey

Cable Cove

9:30 AM

June the 2nd Sunday

Postponed at this time

Calhoun, Walker & Wike
This decoration has been postponed due to road being washed out at the present time.  As soon as it is repaired and approved for travel, we will reschedule the date- Watch this site or our facebook page or email

Cable Cove

Postponed in 2018 due to Road being washed out.  Watch for future date as soon as road is repaired and inspected.

   Also June the 2nd Sunday

Conner & Styles

Road to Nowhere

2:00 PM

June the 4th Sunday

Bone Valley & Hall

Cable Cove

9:30 AM

July the 1st Sunday

Proctor & Bradshaw

Cable Cove

9:30 AM

July the 3rd Sunday

Fairview & Cook

Cable Cove

9:30 AM

August the 1st Sunday

Cable Branch

Cable Cove

9:30 AM

August the 3rd Sunday

Higdon & McCampbell Gap

Cable Cove

9:30 AM

September the 1st Sunday

Welch & McClure

Cable Cove

9:30 AM

September the 3rd Sunday




Sept. the 4th Saturday

Mitchell Cemetery

Cable Cove

9:30 AM

October the 2nd Sunday

Wiggins & Noland Creek

Parking Area Noland Creek

10:00 AM

2016 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.

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. 


                          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
                                     or email us at

SPECIAL NOTICE - This note is for those attending Cable Branch Cemetery in Swain County, NC Sunday, August 5, 2018, departing from Cable Cove at Fontana Lake between 9:00am and 10:00am.

Due to the engine problems with the large barge, the National Park Service will not be able to transport any large vehicles across for the Cable Branch Decoration. They have tried to get it repaired for us but still having problems.

Transportation will be limited at Cable Branch this year to 2 gators to hopefully take those that need assistance getting to the cemetery. Others be prepared to walk the mile to the cemetery if you go to the decoration. Also, just another note- if it keeps raining, there is a chance that even the gators will not be able to make it up the hill to the cemetery, so we may all be walking this year. At this time, they are getting a lot of rain in Swain County according to members of association with more expected Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is a year that we will all have to play it by ear. Thanks to the Park for the heads up on the situation and keeping us informed as you have done for the past 40 years. We truly appreciate it and glad to work with you any way we can

Thanks to all of you for your understanding.

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



Just got a call from Capt Carl at Fontana Marina and Mason, from Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

We will have to leave for Cable Branch Decoration from FONTANA MARINA not Cable Cove. This is due to excessive water levels at Cable Cove which leaves no parking for vehicles.

You may back your vehicle down the lake to ramp at Marina to unload and if needed, someone will drive your car back to the parking area for Marina. There is also a golf cart available if needed.

We have had a lot of rain, so we all must adapt. Henry said that he thinks there may be a vehicle across the lake for transportation as he believes they got the large barge fixed in time. Hope So! Please pass the word along to any that you know will be attending tomorrow.

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
 and now on sale.
For more information about this book and how to obtain one for you and your family, go to BOOK INFO page.

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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

Welcome to the official site of
The North Shore Cemetery Association and North Shore Historical Society

2017 NEWS and INFO
We have a couple of exciting things going on in the Association.  Keep Watching.  We will be sharing the NEWS with you as time progresses.  We are excited about this spring.  Will Share AS SOON AS WE CAN.