Brasstown Bald in Blairsville GA

Brasstown Bald TowerA short drive away is Brasstown Bald in Blairsville GA. It is managed by the US Forest Service and is the highest point in the state of Georgia. At 4,784 feet in elevation, it is home to some incredible mountain views in every direction. You can see four states from it’s peak: Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Incredibly enough, Cherokee County NC has two points on the county corners that reach 5,040 feet in elevation (the highest points in the county), yet none are easily accessible. That makes Brasstown Bald that much more of a treat because it can easily be reached by car on a paved road with a transport van taking you to the summit. There are many more miles of trails you can walk to really enjoy all that nature has to offer.

Directions to Brasstown Bald from Murphy NC: Take 64 West to a left on 19/129 at the traffic light by the Flea Market and Hot Spot gas station. Follow into GA and Blairsville. Go straight through the traffic light to pass McDonalds. Take a left on the next traffic light on Blue Ridge Street. Go to the traffic circle and take the 2nd exit on GA-11/19/129. Go to a left on State Route 180. Go to a left on 180 Spur to top. You’ll see many signs to guide you, especially once you turn on 180.

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Brasstown Bald Panorama
Although an overcast day, it made for a stunning picture! Especially the rain in the distance!

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Cabin Styled Home for Sale in Murphy NC that Adjoins US Forest Service Land

Here’s a great home in the mountains that you simply won’t find every day! This home located at 543 Brown School Gap Road in Murphy, NC is absolutely a fine home and extremely well cared for. It rests on approximately 1.63 acres – and the best part is that it adjoins US National Forest Land! It’s like having a back yard in the thousands of acres that you can enjoy yet don’t have to pay taxes on!

The home itself is wonderful. The main level features the spacious kitchen, living room, and awesome wood burning stone fireplace that commands attention, and the master bedroom. The ceiling is a vaulted tongue and grove that is stunning! The front of the home has large glass windows that let in lots of natural light. That gives it a very open, spacious feel. You also have a loft upstairs that you can use for anything you like!

The basement leaves you with lots of opportunity! You have room to make an office, a sleeping quarters, craft area, truly, it can be whatever you like. It’s finished and has a full bathroom so it’s a perfect opportunity to use.

If you step outside, there is a wonderful covered porch and also a deck so you can enjoy your days. The land itself is very gentle and is useable. You certainly won’t be disappointed in the property!

This is one extraordinary home that you won’t find every day! It’s unique features and great price make it a tremendous opportunity. Be sure to schedule to see this one because with all it offers, it truly could be your new home!

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Chalet Styled Home for Sale in Murphy NC Adjoining US Forest Service Land on more than 7 Acres

Here’s one amazing FULLY FURNISHED home that you couldn’t find another one like it if you wanted – and I mean that in a good way! This two bedroom, one and a half bath home is truly unique! It has an A-frame flair but it’s no typical A-frame! Not only that, it has 7 1/2 acres and adjoins the United States Forest Service land! That gives you basically thousands of acres of playground and close access to Lake Hiwassee!

It’s open and spacious floor plan gives you tons of room. The kitchen is completely comfortable and all the major appliances are included.The great room is something to brag about! It has tall, vaulted ceilings and the large fireplace stretches all the way to the top. It is beautiful! Not only that, as you look up the fireplace chimney, you see the loft and the guard rail is gorgeous hand made iron rails decorated with Dogwood tree touches – all handcrafted at the John C. Campbell Folk School! It’s an impressive feature that can’t be imitated. Turning around, you can walk out to the brick patio right from the living room. It has a very pretty mountain view you can enjoy year around.

The bedrooms are all on the main level – making it so you don’t have to climb any stairs! There’s also an enclosed sunroom thats one great space that can be used for anything! It’s HUGE so your opportunity is endless! There’s also a loft that can be anything you like – sleeping quarters, game room, library, office – you name it!

The land is stunning! It is two tracts put together. You can even build another house on the property if you want to! It is extremely private, so you can enjoy the great outdoors without worrying about someone watching over your shoulder.

This home is one that you won’t want to leave once you see it in person!


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Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Licenses in Murphy, North Carolina

Lots of folks like to hunt and fish when they come to Murphy, NC. With all the land, US Forest Service, and Lake Hiwassee around us, it gives you a lot of opportunity to find a great hunting or fishing spot and bag the animal you’re searching for.

North Carolina Wildlife Commission issues a wide variety of hunting and fishing licenses. The Sportsman’s license allows you to both hunt and fish most game. They offer excellent rates! And if you are retirement age, the price is dirt cheap. Here are the lifetime Sportsman hunting license rates in NC as of this writing for NC residents:

  • Ages 12 and older: $500
  •  Ages 1-11: $350
  •  Ages Under 1: $200
  •  Age 65 or Older: $15
  •  Disabled Veteran (50%+ disabled): $100
  •  Totally Disabled Person: $100

To learn more and verify up to date costs and requirements, you can visit the NC Wildlife Commission’s website at . There website is a huge resource with tons of information. You can verify current license costs under the main header, “Licensing.” You can even buy your license online!

Not a NC Resident and want to become one? Take advantage of our Real Estate offerings! We can help you buy your home in Murphy NC! Feel free to search our listings or real estate for sale, Search the entire Murphy NC MLS, or use our Dream Home Finder and let us do the work for you! Remember – we’re here for you!

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5 Bedroom 4 Bath Home for Sale in Murphy NC on 51 Acres adjoining US Forest Service Land

This home is an impressive 5 bedroom, 4 bath rustic country home resting on 51 stunning acres that adjoins US Forest Service Land.  This home features beautiful hardwood floors and great woodwork throughout.  From the foyer you have access to the formal dining room, with rich pine accents and chair rails.  As you enter the large country kitchen, you are welcomed by the gleam of luxurious cabinets, a beamed ceiling, and even a fireplace.   It’s easy to imagine cooking in this well equipped kitchen! The main floor even features a bonus room and one great living room! There’s even an awesome wood burning stove in the living room that can practically heat the entire home!! My favorite feature is the floors… they are amazing! It’s got the old floors with a true reclaimed timber look.

As you take the staircase, it leads to the 2nd floor where the bedrooms are and a nice den that would make a great place to watch movies and spend your time.

It even has a loft that is currently being used as a game room and it would make a perfect retreat to curl up with a good book on lazy afternoons. 

To top it off, the home has central heat and air conditioning to ensure comfort, no matter the season.

With 51 unrestricted acres, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.  Hike the mountain trails, explore the fields, grow your own garden, raise a few animals, or check out the pond and creek. The opportunity is endless!  Also outside is a 3 car garage, a barn, and another storage building! This exceptional property makes it easy to visualize your own little piece of Heaven.

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Mountain Chalet Adjoining US Forest Service Property Home for Sale in Murphy NC

Here’s one awesome chalet for sale right here in Murphy NC! This 2 bedroom, 2 bath home is situated on approximately 2.52 super private acres! It adjoins the US Forest Service land, so you have the ultimate privacy available!

The home itself is one incredible place. It has the master suite on one level so you have the ultimate privacy. Not only that, you’ve got an open kitchen and living room so you can truly enjoy the mountains. It feels like you’re in the trees! There’s even this neat loft area that you can use for just about anything!

Stepping on to the deck is stunning. It has a deck like no other! You’ve got a hot tub, covered sitting area, a “tree bar” that you’ll have to see in person, another covered sitting area complete with ceiling fan for those warm days, and more! You’ll really want to enjoy it outside more than anything! Plus, you can see the US Forest Service Property right from your deck, so you’ve got the ultimate privacy and get away!.

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Mountain Chalet for Sale in Murphy NC Adjoinging US Forest Service

This is one unique home that you’re bound to fall in love with! It’s a chalet style that has a different feel to it – it’s mountain living at its finest! It has all the outdoor amenities you could want and so much more.

When you step into this home, you’ll notice its incredibly comfortable in the sense that you immediately feel “at home.” You’ve got a full kitchen, dining area, living room, and even one very unique loft that everyone just falls in love with!

The master suite is on a level all to itself – which is awesome! You’ve got all the privacy in the world. It has a large, open bedroom and quite the bathroom! There’s even a jetted whirpool bath tub! With the laundry being on the same level, it makes for the ultimate convenience since its right there where you generate most of your dirty laundry!

When you step outside, this is where this home really shines. Its on approximately 2.52 acres that is incredibly private. You back up to US Forest Service – and that’s a great neighbor! You’ve got tons of privacy nestled in the woods and even a beautiful seasonal mountain view. The decks…. Oh the decks. They are great! You’ve got a hot tub, lots of places for company and relaxing, and its something you won’t believe till you see it for yourself! Its like relaxing in the trees!

This is one great home that you’ve got to see in person – it’s incredible! Not only that, at this price its destined to sell fast.

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Great Creek Lot for Sale in Murphy NC

Here’s one spectacular creek lot! You’ve hit a goldmine of land for sale in Murphy NC with beautiful creek frontage, water rights, paved road access, underground utilities, great mountain views, and best of all US Forest Service! That’s right – this property is a stone’s throw away from tens of thousands of acres of Forest Service Land! You can enjoy the bold rushing waters of Bald Creek that front on the land and even hear Davis Creek. Then, walk to all the Forest Service Land you could want! This is one great property, so if this sounds like what you’re looking to buy, you’d better act quick!

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Murphy’s Best Kept Secret – Lake Hiwassee

Whether you live in an area, are moving to an area, vacationing, or are planning to buy a vacation home somewhere, an important question to ask is, “What is there to do?” While we have many great resources and places to go here in Murphy, North Carolina, there’s one major asset that deserves attention – especially this time of year.

Lake Hiwassee.  Yes, many areas of the entire United States have lakes, and beautiful ones at that. So why would Hiwassee be any different or better than another? Why should it influence a decision to move to Murphy or spend your days here in Western North Carolina?

Fisherman, skiers, boaters, swimmers, and all those who spend time on the water – have you ever been on a lake where the boats are so thick in the water you can’t get a truly relaxing moment? What about a place where the water is so choppy it beats you to death when you’re moving or skiing? What about a lake with so many homes and people along the shoreline that you can’t “get away?” That describes many of the lakes in the United States. They’re incredibly commercialized to the point you can’t enjoy the water in the way you hoped and intended.

That’s what makes Lake Hiwassee different. It’s surrounded by US Forest Service on 93% of Lake Frontage, so you can enjoy the lake as God and nature intended it. When you consider the lake itself, it is roughly 6,280 acres – that’s a lot of natural lake! To top this off, the fact the mountains of Western North Carolina surround the shoreline of Hiwassee and act as a barrier to holding back winds. This creates glasslike water and the perfect environment for water skiing, wakeboarding, knee boarding – you name it. Smooth water is sought after and found regularly on Hiwassee.

For fishermen, Hiwassee provides many great opportunities. Swimming within the waters, you’ll find Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Pike, Brim, Bluegills, and many more varieties of fish. With so many coves branching off the main channel, you’ll find lots of great fishing spots to spend your day with friends, family, or just a peaceful evening to yourself.

Four marinas bless the banks of Lake Hiwassee. If you would like to rent a boat or if you need gas and/or supplies, you’ll find them there. Duke’s Hideaway Marina, Shook’s Marina, Mountain View Marina, and Harbor Cove Marina are the four you’ll find. They’re all excellent places to start your day on the lake and you should certainly get going while the water is high and the temperature is perfect!

Murphy’s Top Ten Reasons – and article in The Cherokee Scout by John Poltrock

Here’s the most recent article I wrote for the Cherokee Scout’s magazine, Country Roads. This is one of my favorite’s and honestly, all Jessica’s idea! Enjoy! 🙂

Murphy attracts people from all over the United States. From Florida, to Alabama, to New York, to California, to Alaska, and just about every other state in the Union. Some folks show up to rent a cabin for a while and never leave. Some come for the thousands of acres of US Forest Service land. Some find themselves here for the love of downtown, for family, and hundreds of other equally important reasons.

You may know that I didn’t grow up in Murphy and that my wife was born and raised right here. I was born in Georgia and grew up near Fayetteville NC and don’t miss it in the least. When Jessica and I got married, I moved right away and can’t imagine being anywhere else. And in case you’re from here and know the history, Jessica’s family has been here several generations – she’s a Ritz and her mom is a Cook. With that said, I get to hear a lot of reasons why being in Murphy is the best place to be in the world.

I have the benefit everyday of being able to help people come to Murphy and find their personal, favorite part of being here. And because of that, I wanted to share with you some of the few reasons why folks absolutely love it here. Not just transplants, or locals, or vacationers – a little bit of everyone. Here’s what I’ve found. Enjoy!

“The people. The people of Murphy are the best people you’ll ever meet anywhere in the U.S. It doesn’t matter if you’re at a friend’s or a local bank. They treat you like a neighbor and remember your name. You’re not a number, you’re a neighbor.”

-Bill Robbins and Kathy Pasick, Bradenton, FL and Murphy, NC

“The reason I love Murphy is simple, I’ve lived in here for 71 years and I just can’t imagine living in a better place. The temperature is cooler and the people are amazing. I’m a better person for making their acquaintance and knowing them. The people are sincere, honest, hard working, good Christian people and it doesn’t get any better than that.”

-Mayor Bill Hughes, Murphy NC

The weather. When the rest of the country is getting record breaking heat with a heat index in the triple digits, I’m sitting on my porch enjoying the comfortable temperatures and cool nights.”

-Donald and Marilyn Blane, Florida and Murphy, NC

“Its hard for me to nail down one thing because we just LOVE it here. If I had to say one thing… locale… and temperature. I absolutely love the location. Its close to us to get to and not just that, Murphy’s close to everything. Anything we need for shopping, restaurants, you name it, Murphy’s got it.”

-Tom and Chris Barnes, Byron GA and Murphy NC

“I was born and raised in Murphy, and honestly, I’ve never left because I’ve never found anywhere better than here.”

-Tony and Susie Godfrey, Murphy NC (Parker’s Drug Store)

“I love the wildlife. We see deer, turkey, and all sorts of different animals right on our land. The nature here in Murphy is spectacular and everyday we’re thankful we moved here.”

– John and Annie Faulkner, now Murphy NC residents

“Super people. No question about it. We love coming here and the value [of real estate] is amazing. We looked for homes all over the mountains and Murphy was by far the best value we saw anywhere. Top it off with great quilting, and Murphy is our half-the-year home!”

-Stanley and Monica Stein

“The peace and quiet. There’s something about Murphy that relaxes us unlike anywhere we’ve ever been. We love it and always look forward to coming in. The hardest part is leaving!”

-James and Cheryl Palmer, Chapin SC

“Family brought me to Murphy, and to this day, that keeps me here. I love the beauty and tranquility of the area – there’s nothing like it. Coming from a fast-paced corporate job in California was certainly a change of speed, and I simply can’t imagine going back to it. I’m able to slow down and genuinely enjoy life. I love this area and everything it offers and look forward to many more years here.”

– Mike Webb, Murphy NC (Duke’s Marina)

“The seasons. There’s nowhere in the entire United States that offers the perfect blend of the seasons like Murphy does. The Spring is unbelievably comfortable as all the foliage comes back to life. The Summer is warm without the thick humidity. The Fall is one of my favorites with the change of the colors on the leaves. Even the Winter is quite mild and offers just the right amount of snow – not too much and not too little. You won’t find a more wonderful place with so much to offer.”

– Mark W., now a Murphy NC resident

If you’d like to come to Murphy and join us, give us or your Realtor a call. There’s no better place on Earth and we’re always looking for a new neighbor.

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