Andrews in Cherokee County NC
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Andrews North Carolina - Valley River Country

In the northeastern region of Cherokee County along US 19/129 near the town of Andrews, there is a long open valley floor that appears to be almost perfectly level against its towering mountainous horizons. A phenomenon when you consider this is in the midst of a land where nothing is flat. The valley is encased within long mountain walls on either side that seem to rise straight up to the clouds as each mountain range races to meet at the valley's end. To the south are the towering Valley River Mountains; to the north the rolling Snowbird Mountains, both mountain ranges are part of the Nantahala National Forest.

The Valley River snakes it way along this broad valley floor on its way westward to converge with the Hiwassee River at the town of Murphy. The Cherokee called this place "Gunahita," meaning long and later changed it to "Konehetee," meaning valley.

Rafting on the NantahalaThe 4-lane highway (US 19/129) with its wide medium dissects the center of the valley floor offering outstanding views of the valley from the roadway. The shoulders of the roadway are often lined with wildflowers spring, summer and fall. The Valley River region's older two lane roads along the valley generally hug the long mountain ranges on either side, winding along the valley edge, offering only views of the mountains across the way. At the point where the mountains meet at the eastern end of the valley, the four lanes becomes the two lanes of US 19/129 due to the two mountains range narrowing at the eastern end of the valley. Here the roadway between the giants mountain walls continue their race along either side as the roadway gradually gains altitude up a rather straight path to the low mountain gap in the community of Topton, this is the east end of Cherokee County, beyond here to the east you enter the deep Nantahala River Gorge country.

In the central section of the Valley River along the four-lane you'll find the Western Carolina Regional Airport along the north side of the valley. The runway is 5,500-feet in length and capable of handling small jet engine planes or if you prefer aircraft. On the south side of the highway across from the airport is the valley town of Andrews, North Carolina.

Murphy Andrews Airfield

Like Murphy, the town of Andrews has a wealth of history along with interesting turn of the century architecture for an "out of the way" mountain town. Andrews was not incorporated until 1905 and didn't really get its start until 1890 when the railroad was completed at present day Andrews. During that time this depot stop was called Valley Town until it took its name in honor of the railroad's second vice-president Colonel A. B. Andrews.

Andrews Welcome CenterWhat makes the town of Andrews so special is that it has a nice laid-back, feel good mountain town atmosphere with a backdrop I can only call, "outstanding." The Valley River borders the north side of town, beyond that the valley flows north towards the lower slopes of the Snowbird Mountains. To the south of Andrews, rolling foothills and meadow lands create a spacious hideaway for mountain escapes.

Downtown Andrews ShoppingThe historic downtown district is lined with brick buildings and storefronts that date back to the turn of the 20th century. Large historic homes dot the downtown district reminding us of a time when the railroad and local natural resources brought prosperity to this out of the way mountain rail town.

You can access Main Street off of US 19/129 using Business Route 19 on either end of town. Business Route 19 becomes Andrews' Main Street, which will take you into the heart of the historic downtown district. Shops and eateries are located in the downtown district; B&B's, cabin rentals and other lodging are available within the town and outlining areas.

Andrews Historic HomesSeveral structures in Andrews are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The First Baptist Church constructed in 1900 and is currently known as the Valley Town Cultural Art Center was designed in the Classical Revival style.

There's the Queen Anne style Franklin Pierce Cover House constructed in 1900. The Walker's Inn, built in 1825 and the ancient Andrews Mound, built in prehistoric Native American style is also on the list (mound is not opened to the public). Several other buildings in the downtown district are on the Cherokee County list of Historical Places.


The Western Carolina Regional Airport lies in the most perfectly flat valleys in the Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains. It's almost surreal to see it stretched out against a beautiful mountain backdrop. Some contribute its levelness to being shaped by the last ice age; I believe the valley in itself is unique no matter what the explanation. Along the south side of the runway there are a set of railroad tracks running straight as an arrow west, parallel to the airfield. South of the rail line in the center of the valley, the broad 4 lane super highway travels through this natural mountain corridor like destiny deemed it, what a statement in time, history and transportation.

Valley River CountryBefore leaving the Valley River Country, there's more history that needs to be shared. Up until 1838 this was all Cherokee land from the rising to the setting sun. The county was established in 1839, the same year Fort Delaney was constructed in the Valley River region for the removal of the Cherokee people in accordance to the Treaty of the New Echota.

Tatham Gap RoadThe difficult mountainous terrain of the Snowbird Mountains between Fort Delaney in the Valley River region, and Fort Montgomery located in what is today's town of Robbinsville in neighboring Graham County was nearly impossible. A road had to be cut through the treacherous wilderness backcountry of the Snowbird's steep mountains and it was done without any instruments, in a terrain where you often can't see the sun or stars for the trees, but the trees are the key, moss grows on the north side of trees, giving something to go by. General Winfield Scott gave the orders and the US Army's troopers carried out the feat, the road is considered the first government built road in the region. The soldiers using axes, picks and saws cut this road by hand and horse team, the road is known as Tatham Gap Road, a now popular primitive forestry road that's off the beaten path. The unpaved road winds up and down along a path with curves that often seem to small to transport anything but pack mules, and to think they used wagons. You can find Tatham Gap Road across the main highway US 19/129 north of Andrews. A local county map of Cherokee and Graham Counties would be helpful on your journey.

The Valley River region is just as it appears, laid back and serene in a remarkable setting of Cherokee County's Blue Ridge - Smoky Mountains.


Cherokee County Welcome Centers

Cherokee County Welcome Centers

Murphy, Andrews & Brasstown North Carolina
One of the best kept secrets in Western North Carolina is Cherokee County with its three towns – Andrews, Murphy and Brasstown. Tucked as far south and west in North Carolina, Cherokee County is known as the “Gateway to the Smoky Mountains.” Visitors will find outdoor adventures that include fishing, boating, hiking and more. This is a place where time stands still where one can put aside the pressures of the business and political worlds, sit on a deck, rock away your worries and gaze at a glorious sunset.

Murphy Visitor Center  •  828-557-0602  •  20 Tennessee Street  •  Murphy, NC 28906
Andrews Visitor Center  •  828-557-1185  •  US 19-74-129  •  Andrews, NC 28901

Blue Ridge Highlander's Gallery

Highlander Fine Arts, Authentic Mountain Photography and Fine Crafts

The Highlander Gallery
When you are visiting the Blue Ridge - Smoky Mountains, a stop by the Highlander Gallery is well worth your time. The Highlander Gallery represents some of the finest artists in the mountains.  With a large assortment of Fine Art Photography and Fine Crafts as well.

Here are a sampling of the artists you will find....Anthony Abreu • John Mac Kah • Ruthanne Kah • Michael Bedoian • Keith Moore • Juanita Greenspan • Robert Levin • Tonya Fowler • Jason Fowler • Jo Kilmer • Les Smith • Chuck Waldroup • Joe Waldroup • Billy Reynolds • Bob Crisp • Randy Rowe • Thomas Payne • Sarah Long Dauchez • January Tiberius • Frances McCord • Rita Poole • Clive Poole • Richard Cranford

Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:00
10079 Old Highway 64  •  Brasstown, NC  • 828.835.9982  •

World Renowned Folk School in Brasstown NC

Food & Drink in Murphy NC

Parson's Pub in Historic Downtown Murphy NC
Lunch •  Dinner • Great Beer

The Parson's Pub
We believe in old fashioned, face to face, friendly conversation. You will not find any televisions or loud music. Just a warm place to feel at home and enjoy...

We pride ourselves on our extensive beer menu (over 50!). Talk to one of our "Beervangelists" to help you try a new favorite! If you request a beer we do not carry, we will attempt to get it!

Monday - Saturday    11 am - 10 pm
19 Tennessee Street • Murphy, NC 28906 • 828-837-4151  •  Parson's Pub Web Site

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White Water Rafting Mountains

Rafting on the Ocoee River

White Water Rafting on the Ocoee
The Ocoee River is often described as the roller coaster of the southeast. Come experience what has been called the greatest white water center in the world.

Professional river outfitter with over 30 years experience. Our safety record is unsurpassed in the industry. We believe our staff is simply the best in the business. Guides are chosen for their character and enthusiasm for sharing the outdoors with you.

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Rafting on the Nantahala River

White Water Rafting on the Nantahala

Experience this unforgettable whitewater adventure through the gorge. The Nantahala is exciting, and a great time, but not as wild as the Ocoee.  This is a river that you can bring children on as young as seven years old.

Experience the excitement of Patton's Run, the fun and splash of Tumble Dry, the rush and roar of riding Class III Nantahala Falls. For a bigger thrill, try taking one of our Duckies down the river!

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Zipline Canopy Tours

Zip Line Canopy Tours...Nantahala Gorge • Chattooga Ridge • Asheville • Pigeon River

Canopy Tours on the Nantahala Gorge, Chattooga Ridge and Pigeon River

Whichever course you choose you are sure to enjoy the newest outdoor adventure to hit the US.

All our courses offer a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual drop in elevation. All trips offer fully guided tours with 2 or more Rangers on at least 10 zips, 4 bridges beginning with a training course at each location.

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Adventure Camps in the Mountains

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Real Estate & Property Management in Cherokee County North Carolina

Property & Cabin Rental Management

Great Mountain Properties & Cabin Rentals in now accepting additional cabins

Great Mountain Cabin Rentals

Whether you purchased your mountain home as an occasional getaway, an investment, or the destination of your future retirement, we realize the importance that it be respected as your home first and foremost.

It is our objective to provide you with both quality property management as well as a rental program to help offset some of the expense of owning a 2nd home. Through the combined knowledge of all of us at Great Mountain Cabin Rentals, we have the expertise to help you understand and create a Great Mountain Cabin Rental.

896 Green Cove Road  •  Brasstown, NC 28902  • 828.835.3275  •

Cabin Rentals & Lodging in Cherokee County North Carolina

Great Mountain North Carolina Mountain Cabin Rentals

Great Mountain Cabin Rentals
We are proud to represent the finest cabin rentals in Murphy North Carolina and the surrounding area. We have a nice selection of cabin and vacation rentals with excellent amenities in beautiful and peaceful mountain settings, at very reasonable prices. It is our pleasure to help you find the perfect cabin or vacation rental whether you are looking for a romantic weekend, a girlfriend's getaway, fishing trip for the guys or a family retreat. It is our goal to help you plan the best mountain getaway available.

828.835.3275  •  Great Mountain Cabin Rentals in the North Carolina Mountains

Perfect View Luxury Pet Friendly Cabin Rental

Perfectview Hideaway
Luxury "Pet Friendly", Hot Tub Cabin located in Murphy NC.  Perfect View Hideaway offers great views with lots of covered and uncovered decks. This cabin has upscale furnishing and exceptional decor throughout.   Perfect View Hideaway has 2 full living/great rooms both with large flat screen TV's and satellite service. Both living areas also have gas fireplaces.

828.835.3275  •  Perfect View Pet Friendly Luxury Cabin

Fox Den Pet Friendly Rental in Murphy NC

Fox Den Getaway
Luxury Pet Friendly, Cabin Rental located in Murphy NC. Fox Den is a recently built cabin offering mountain views with covered and uncovered decks. This custom designed cabin has upscale furnishing and exceptional decor throughout. Fox Den has 2 Master Bedrooms with private baths. King master has a rustic stone shower in the bathroom. Second Master has a Queen Bed. There is also a Queen size sofa bed in the living room. Fox Den has a 3 large flat screen smart TV's with Cable one in each bedroom and one in the living room, also wireless Internet service throughout. If you are looking to get away to the mountains in style, this is the cabin for you.

828.835.3275  •  Fox Den Pet Friendly Cabin Rental

My Mountain Pet Friendly Cabin in Murphy NC

My Mountain Cabin
This sweet cabins offers 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 2 fire pits. Just .2 miles of pavement (not gravel here) from Highway 64 and 5 miles from the Tennessee lines allowed quick access to the Ocoee Recreation Area for a great deal of adventure fun. One bedroom (queen) is located on the first floor and the second is the loft (king) offers and additional 1/2 bath and small office area/reading nook. The kitchen is well equipped and has beautiful granite counter-tops. The Flat screen TV offers satellite service and the cabin comes equipped with Internet and wifi. The first fire pit is located in a gazebo off the main deck and is gas for easy convenience.  The second fire pit it down a short walking deck staircase and is wood.  Great for making s'mores and telling stories.

828.835.3275  •  My Murphy Vacation Cabin Rental

Cozy Mountain Cabin

Peaceful Creek Hideaway
This cozy cabin has everything you need to make your stay one you will remember forever. Sit back, relax and leave your cares at home. Soak in the hot tub, take in the fresh air on the porch, or even cuddle up in front of the fireplace.

828.835.3275  •  Cozy Mountain Cabin Rental


North Carolina Campground

Murphy/Peace Valley KOA

Peace Valley Campground
The beauty and solitude of the Mountains make our KOA an ideal spot to settle in and relax for a while. Located one mile from Harrahs Cherokee Valley River Casino, we offer spacious RV Sites, fully furnished Deluxe Cabins, and Tent Sites along the scenic Valley River. At the campground, guests can wade into the water to cast their lines for trout in the stocked river, take a dip in the pool, catch up on news and sports in the game room, spend time with family and friends, and simply relax. Then get settled in and head out to explore our beautiful area. You're just a short ride to the Cherohala Skyway and Tail of the Dragon. Visit Fields of the Wood Park, hop on a mountain train, or join in a class at the famous John C. Campbell Folk School. Piney Knob Hiking Trails are just around the corner. Fires Creek, Lake Hiawassee, Nantahala, and Fontana are great natural areas to visit.

800-562-9382   •   117 Happy Valley Road   •   Marble, NC 28905  •  Murphy Peace Valley KOA Campground



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