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Attractions and activities near Murphy, North Carolina

Attractions and activities near Murphy, North Carolina

Brasstown Bald Observatory elevation 4784 ft.
  • Brasstown Bald Observatory elevation 4784 ft.
  • John C. Campbell Folk School
  • Whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River
  • Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino
  • Lake Chatuge
  • Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest's old-growth trees

Things to Do in the Murphy Area

Valley River Vista is in the middle of one of the Southeast’s great playgrounds. The mountains, rivers and lakes of Western North Carolina offer a lengthy menu of outdoor diversions. Our quaint towns contribute to a uniquely mountain lifestyle — a quality of life that residents treasure…and others dream of.

Four nearby lakes — Chatuge, Hiwassee, Apalachia and Nantahala — offer boating and fishing. And two rivers — the Ocoee and Nantahala — offer exceptional whitewater rafting and kayaking. Other sections of the Nantahala provide some of the region’s finest trout fishing.

If golf is your game, exciting mountain courses abound, including Cherokee Hills in Murphy, and a championship course at nearby Brasstown Valley Resort.

For a relaxing break, enjoy one of the area's five wineries and three breweries.

For hiking, the Fires Creek Wilderness Area and the Appalachian Trail are nearby, as are the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And for a different way to travel, there's horseback riding along mountain trails and soaring over them on a zip line. Or choose mountain biking on the nationally-known Jackrabbit trails overlooking Lake Chatuge.

Murphy, Andrews, Brasstown and Hayesville are all charming small towns with a variety of shops and restaurants as well as performing arts groups and museums. And just up the road is the internationally known John C. Campbell Folk School offering classes year-round in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and much more.

Travel the Cherohala Skyway by car or take ride along the Toccoa River on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.

Just a few minutes away, Harrah’s new Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel offers 24-hour gaming with 1,000 slot machines and 70 traditional gaming tables.