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. This is the place to “Find Your Balance of Rest and Adventure.”
With its small town feel, warm Southern hospitality there are plenty of things to explore among the mountains, lakes, rivers and streams, providing breathtaking landscapes and an unlimited amount of outdoor activities. Bordered by Tennessee and Georgia, Cherokee County is conveniently located within 2 hours of four major cities: Chattanooga, TN; Knoxville, TN; Asheville, NC, and Atlanta, GA.
Unique to Cherokee County is Field of the Woods, a Bible theme park with the 10 Commandants on the side of a mountain. Murphy is located between two whitewater meccas – the Nantahala to the east and the Ocoee to the west. There is plenty of shopping, museums, restaurants, breweries, galleries and wineries to visit. Close by is the world renowned John C. Campbell Folk School where the arts and crafts of the Appalachians are being preserved.
Farmers markets, art walks, festivals are a part of year around offerings along with seasonal celebrations such as Fourth of July and a Hometown Christmas.
Whether we are the “first or last” stop in the Tarheel State, pitch a tent or check into one of our cabins, hotels or B&B’s, and stay a while! You’ll be happy you did!
Murphy Visitor Center
20 Tennessee Street • Murphy, NC 28906
Andrews Visitor Center
US 19-74-129 • Andrews, NC 28901