Climate & Elevation


Average Weather: Celsius | Fahrenheit | Monthly

Cherokee County, NC is located in the Appalachian temperate rainforest. Cherokee County gets 64 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Cherokee County averages 6 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 204 sunny days per year in Cherokee County. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Cherokee County gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 126 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted, you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

Temperature Averages
Summer High: the July average high is 83 degrees
Winter Low: the January average low is 25


The Western North Carolina Regional Airport is listed at 1,699. The county’s highest elevation is at 5,139 feet. (Where Cherokee and Clay counties meet near Tusquitee Bald at Fires Creek.) The county’s lowest elevation is listed as 1,170 feet. (Where Apalachia Lake crosses into Tennessee.)

County Land

The 466-square-mile county encompasses 300,100 acres, with 92,363 of that U.S. Forest Service Land.

The acreage of the county encompasses 7,190 acres of lake, 3,887 acres of farmland, and 6,000 acres of Cherokee Indian Land.

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