My family and I recently took a weekend trip to a popular spot in the Cherokee National Forest and I had to share! Bald River Falls is in the Cherokee National Forest just outside Tellico TN. It’s only a 23 mile distance, yet takes about an hour and a half to get there. When you’re looking for things to do in and around Murphy, NC, this should definitely make your list! This was a rare treat – the waterfall is completely frozen! Watch the video below to see more!
If escaping to the mountains has been on your bucket list, and you’ve finally cleared your calendar for the weekend, program your GPS for beautiful Cherokee County, North Carolina. Specifically, plan a trip to Murphy, NC, where you can experience peace and quiet, small-town charm, and drop-dead-gorgeous vistas everywhere you look.
Next, reserve that secluded cabin where you can ogle the wildlife and marvel at the stars while you relax on the deck. Contact the folks at Mountain Country Cabin Rentals to find that perfect getaway spot. To get the most from your Murphy weekend, plan to check in on Friday afternoon (or if you’re really lucky, Thursday afternoon so you have an extra day!).
After you arrive, take time to soak up the solitude and put yourself into slow-motion mode, or “mountain time” as we call it. Next, head into town for a glass of wine and Happy Hour entertainment at The Daily Grind in downtown Murphy. For dinner, Murphy’s Chophouse and Shoebootie’s are always good bets. Back at the cabin, settle down for a good night’s sleep, with your weekend still stretching ahead.
On Saturday morning, wake up with visions of a hearty breakfast dancing in your head. Make that dream a reality with a weekend breakfast buffet at Brother’s Restaurant, or fill up on the delectable pancakes at Blue Mountain Grill. After that, walk off your meal by browsing the downtown Murphy shops. You’ll find antiques and collectibles, art galleries, handcrafted baked goods and olive oils, and even a well-stocked outfitters store…plus much more. If you’re in the mood for lunch, the Red Brick Deli serves up hearty overstuffed sandwiches.
Or, take a spin through Foster’s and Decker’s Flea Markets, a few miles west of town at the Route 129 intersection. These almost-legendary establishments feature everything from handcrafted wood furniture to antique farm implements…and everything in between. If you find yourself with some extra time, head west into Tennessee’s stunning Ocoee Gorge, the site of the 1996 Olympics whitewater competitions. It’s well worth the short drive, and you’ll love the jaw-dropping scenery.
Now that you’ve worked up an appetite for dinner, head over to Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant for a delectable meal using many local ingredients. In fact, Doyle’s frequently hosts “Farm to Table” dinners featuring local farmers’ and growers’ bounty. After savoring your meal, stroll over to the Tiki Bar for some rousing live entertainment.
After a good night’s sleep, enjoy some R&R time on the deck, and then head off for another satisfying breakfast. Next, take a leisurely day to enjoy the mountain scenery. Ride through the Nantahala National Forest, which really is the “Land of the Noonday Sun.” Or, visit Hiwassee Dam and Fields of the Wood, both reachable via Route 294 west of Murphy. If you have some extra time, continue through Tellico Plains, Tennessee and return to Murphy, NC the long way. You’ll find that while you’re here, there’s no shortage of Things to do in Murphy NC so long as you enjoy the great outdoors, small town atmosphere, and enjoy a little exploring.
Sometime on Sunday, you’ll turn the car toward home and leave your weekend paradise. Of course, if you’ve been captivated by the mountains’ charm, you might consider living here. As luck would have it, we can help with that, too. You can search all the real estate for sale in Murphy NC right from our website and let us know what we can do to help 🙂 I will warn you – the more weekends you spend, the harder it gets each time to leave.
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Murphy NC can brag about one fine fire lookout station located here in Cherokee County. It is called the Panther Top Lookout Tower. Although it is not used as an active fire watch, it is used as a radio point for the Forest Service employees. It is normally gated off and cannot be accessed by vehicle, you can hike to it just about year around. They do open the road a couple times a year so you can check with the forest service with WKRK for availability. Even though it isn’t always open, it’s certainly a great Thing to Do when you’re here in Murphy NC.
The tower itself rises approximately 30′ in the air and was built in 1940. It has since been remodeled. It is situated on a summit that rises to 2,293 feet, so you get one amazing view. You can see all our pictures we took right here in this post. Amazing! Be sure to click the pictures to see larger images if you want. You can even see Lake Hiwassee in the distance.
To get to the fire tower, drive west on US 64 about 7 miles and turn right on Ranger Road. Drive 2.3 miles to a T and turn right on Panther Top Road. Continue 1.0 mi. until the pavement ends and the road forks. Take the right fork. And go toward the Panther Top Shooting Range. Zero your odometer and follow the gravel road 1.2 mi. to where FS 85 actually turns left and uphill and FS 85A continues straight. The junction can be missed easily if you are not watching for it. FS 85 is normally gated to the tower itself.
The Town of Murphy NC has some wonderful things for you to do. I personally love the Murphy Riverwalk and use it to walk and run as much as my schedule allows. It’s the perfect opportunity to get outside and see some gorgeous scenery and features of our area.
It has many different trails you can follow. It runs from the L&N Depot (which is a couple hundred yards to the left of Nantahala Bank and Chevelle’s Restaurant), along the Hiwassee River and the Valley River and all the way to Konaheeta Park. It then ties into the many different paths you can follow at the Park and even into downtown Murphy NC if you like.
*You can also click any picture above to open a larger view. Click the BACK button on your browser to come back to this page.
It’s such pretty scenery I thought I would share a few pictures I took one day. Enjoy and I hope you take the opportunity to check it out! 🙂
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has implemented a new regulation requiring any largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass kept to be 14 or more inches in length. The new regulation came into effect in most western North Carolina waters beginning August 1st. So next time you’re looking for Things to Do in Murphy NC and go fishing, make certain your catch is legal!
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Who doesn’t love a good movie?! I know we certainly do. When you are looking for things to do in Murphy NC, Take a step to the past and enjoy a good show. It’s not in Murphy NC, but you can be to the Swan Drive In Movie Theater in Blue Ridge GA. We’re here as I write this waiting for the movie! You can get in touch with to find out what’s playing at:
Swan Drive-in Movie Theater
651 Summit Street
Blue Ridge, GA
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There’s always lots of fun things to do in Murphy NC, and car shows are one of them! Here’s one awesome car and motorcycle show coming to Murphy NC! Not only that, all the proceeds go to benefit the American Cancer Society.It’ll be a lot of fun for car enthusiasts, bike lovers, kids and families! It’s going to be at Brother’s Restaurant in the Beechwood Plaza on May 6, 2011 starting at 6pm. Click the flyer to the left for more details and we hope you’ll be there! 😎