The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

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Murphy

(Including nearby Brasstown)

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Murphy, North Carolina

Murphy NC is the county seat of Cherokee County and is the westernmost county seat in North Carolina. It is closer to the capitals of six other states (Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, and West Virginia) than to Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, and occupies a serene corner of the mountains highlighted by hundreds of creeks, waterfalls and deep lush forests. This delightful mountain city offers  to visitors a quaint downtown for shopping, an historic courthouse (the Murphy County Courthouse), a public library and an historical museum -the Cherokee County Historical Museum    The "Town of Murphy" was founded in 1835. On this date the first post office was opened under the name of Huntington, with Col. H.R.S. Hunter the first Postmaster. Huntington later became Murphy, named after Archibald D. Murphey, state senator and advocate of education in Western North Carolina. Later, in 1851 Murphy became the county seat.
      Murphy is also home to an historic movie theater, the Henn Theater, built in 1934. This little single screen, 174-seat theater combines modern cinema technology with a classic setting. Another historic highlight of the village is the L&N Depot (circa 1887), a remnant of the Southern and Louisville & Nashville railroad, which ran through Murphy prior to 1974. The Murphy Pyramid (circa 1930) is also of interest, and is a wooden pyramid erected by Hitchcock Coit in honor of her grandfather, ARS Hunter, who was the first white settler in the area.
      
 West of Murphy are the beautiful and pristine  Hiwassee Lake  and Apalachia Reservoir, both deep, cool-water lakes that were created by building dams on the Hiwassee River for the generation of  hydropower during World War II. Today, these TVA lakes, surrounded by the  Nantahala National Forest also provide wonderful recreational areas for fishing, boating, canoeing, hiking and  camping. Easy access for boaters and kayakers can be found at the Hanging Dog Recreation Area in Murphy, which has a boat launching ramp.
       Cherokee County has several unique communities sprinkled throughout its mountains and valleys, the best known is the nearby crafts-oriented community of Brasstown which is home to the famous John C. Campbell Folk School.

 

Resources
City Website: 
Murphy: 5 Wofford Street, Murphy NC 28906, 828-837-2510
Location: Western Mountains, 21/2 hours west of Asheville
County:
Cherokee

Elevation & Population:
1,604 feet, 1,600+
Murphy Visitor Center: Murphy Visitor Center 20 Tennessee Street, Murphy, NC 28906; 828-557-0602
County Chamber of Commerce:
Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, 805 West Highway 64, Murphy NC 28906, 828-837-2242
Newspaper: Cherokee Scout, 89 Sycamore Street, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-5122
Movie Theatres: Henn Theater, 110 Tennessee Street, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-2618
High School: Murphy High School, 234 High School Circle, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-2426 and Hiwassee Dam High School, 267 Blue Eagle Circle, Murphy NC 28906; 828-644-5916
Colleges and Universities:
Tri-County Community College, 21 Campus Circle, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-6810
Hospitals: Murphy Medical Center
: 3990 East Highway 64 Alternate, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-8161
Area Major Festivals:
Spring Festival (June), Heritage Walk & Festival (July), Hometown Christmas Celebration Parade and Christmas Festival (December)
Area Natural Attractions:Hiwassee Lake,
Apalachia Reservoir,  Chatuge Lake, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Lake Santeetlah, Nantahala National Forest
Area Cultural Attractions:
Cherokee County Historical Museum, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, John C. Campbell Folk School

Wineries:
Valley River Vineyards, Nottely River Valley Vineyards


Real Estate

Fine Dining in Western North Carolina
Dining
Fine Dining
Doyle's Cedar Hill Restaurant: (International) 925 Andrews Road, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-3400
Murphy's Chophouse: (American) 130 Valley River Avenue, Murphy NC 28906; 828-835-3287

Casual & Family Dining
Brother's Restaurant: (American) 1466 Andrews Road, Murphy NC 28906; 828-835-9100
Zaxby's: (American) 826 US Highway 64, Murphy NC 28906; 828-835-3331

Overseas & Exotic
Captain D's
: (Seafood) 580 Highway 64 West, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-9388
China Town Buffet: (Chinese) 212 Tennessee Street, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-9898
New Happy Garden: (Chinese) 1164 Highway 64 West, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-0711
Mama Mia's Italian Kitchen: (Italian) 269 Valley River Avenue, Murphy NC 28906; 828-557-5401
Monte Alban Mexican Restaurant: (Mexican) 865 W US Highway 64, Murphy NC 28906; 828-835-9767
Rib Country: (BBQ) 2121 Highway 64 West, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-4444


Cafes & Grills
Chevelles 66: (Grill) 66 Hiwassee Street, Murphy NC 28906; 828-835-7001
Shoebooties Cafe: (Cafe) 25 Peachtree Street, Murphy NC  28906; 828-837-4589

The Daily Grind & Wine: (Cafe-Coffeehouse) 46 Valley River Avenue, Murphy NC  28906; 828-835-7322

Pizza
Downtown Pizza: (Pizza) 52 Hiwassee Street, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-0500
Papa's Pizza to Go: ( Pizza) 530 US Highway 64 W, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-3335

Coffeehouses
The Daily Grind & Wine: (Coffeehouse) 46 Valley River Avenue, Murphy NC  28906; 828-835-7322


Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC
Accommodations
Bed & Breakfasts
Angels Landing Inn Bed & Breakfast: (B&B) 94 Campbell Street, Murphy NC 28906; 828-835-8877
Bella Luna: (B&B) 215 Peachtree Street, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-1515

Motels
Best Western: (Motel) 1522 Andrews Road, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-3060
Days Inn: (Motel) 754 Highway 64 West, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-8030
Hampton Inn: (Motel) 1550 Andrews Road, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-1628
Holiday Inn Express: (Motel) 130 Holiday Drive, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-1111

Cabins, Cottages & Chalets
Appalachia Lake Wilderness Vacations: (Cabins & Homes) 36 Lake Point Drive, Murphy NC 28906; 888-865-2537
The Alpaca Ranch at Cobb Creek Cabins: (Cabins) 106 Cobb Circle, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-0270
Hiwassee River Cabins: (Cabins) 152 Monroe Lane, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-7787
River Cove Cabins: (Cabins) 1305 Hilltop Road, Murphy NC 28906; 828-644-9979

Campgrounds
Hanging Dog Creek Campground: (Campground) 629 Ed Graves Road, Murphy NC 28906; 828-837-1800
Murphy PeaceValley KOA  Campground: (Campground) 117 Happy Valley Road, Murphy NC 28905; 828-837-6223


Rental Agencies
ERA Carolina Mountain Homes Vacation Rentals: (Rentals) 5530 Highway 64 West, Murphy NC 28906; 800-747-7322
 

 

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