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Lake-Hiwassee is located just four miles from the town of Murphy in the Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina. A dam built by the Tennessee Valley Authority is also named Hiwassee, and is the highest over spill dam in the world at 307 feet. This beautiful mountain lake covers over 6,000 acres and has almost 188 miles of shoreline. The Hiwassee, Nottley and Valley Rivers feed it, and along with Appalachia Lake and Lake Chatuge, the three lakes are often referred to as the "Chain of Lakes." All three offer activities such as swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing and fishing against some of the most splendid scenery in the state. Appalachia Lake is the more private of the lakes because it has no developed recreation areas. Lake Hiwassee is well known for its' fishing for striped bass, bluegill, yellow perch and muskie. In fact, The National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame lists a record 54-pound striped bass caught in the lake. The Hanging Dog Recreation Area, located at Lake Hiwassee, provides picnic areas, hiking trails and a boat-launching ramp. Nearby, the Hiwassee River offers Class I and Class II whitewater rafting, plus it has a three-mile long stretch that is designated as a Trophy Trout Stream. Access to the river can be found in the town of Murphy. Other attractions near Lake Hiwassee include Fort Butler, the John C. Campbell Folk School and a Bible-based theme park.

Surrounding areas: Murphy, North Carolina (3.7 mi), Brasstown, North Carolina (8.9 mi), Marble, North Carolina (11.4 mi), Warne, North Carolina (13.6 mi), Hayesville, North Carolina (16.3 mi), Andrews, North Carolina (17.3 mi), Lake Chatuge Village, North Carolina (20.1 mi)

Lake Hiwassee Vacation Rentals

Lake Hiwassee Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Days Inn754 Hwy 64 WMurphy, NC3.7 mi.(828) 837-8030
Econo Lodge100 Ter StMurphy, NC3.7 mi.(828) 837-8880
Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites130 Holiday DrMurphy, NC3.7 mi.(828) 837-1111
Best Western Murphy1522 Andrews RdMurphy, NC5.2 mi.(828) 837-3060
Trails End CabinsRt 1 Box 253Turtletown, TN14.5 mi.(704) 494-4610
Best Western Copper InnUS Hwy 64Ducktown, TN16.5 mi.(423) 496-5541
Holiday Inn Express333 Fisher StBlairsville, GA17.0 mi.(706) 745-6844
Seasons InnBox 10 On The SQBlairsville, GA17.0 mi.(706) 745-1631
Andrews Valley InnBeavercreek RdAndrews, NC17.3 mi.(888) 777-7901
Days Inn1100 BurkemontMorganton, GA17.5 mi.(828) 430-8778
Comfort Inn & Suites83 Blue Rdg OverlookBlue Ridge, GA20.3 mi.(706) 946-3333
Douglas Inn & Suites1192 Windy RDG RdBlue Ridge, GA20.3 mi.(706) 258-3600
Ramada Ltd-blue Ridge30 Overview DrBlue Ridge, GA20.3 mi.(706) 632-4444
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites300 Big Sky DrHiawassee, GA21.8 mi.(706) 896-8884
Ramada Inn Lake Chatuge Lodge653 Hwy 76Hiawassee, GA21.8 mi.(706) 896-5253
Microtel Inn & Suites Robbinsville107 Rodney Orr By-PassRobbinsville, NC22.9 mi.(828) 479-6772
San-ran MotelRobbinsville, NC22.9 mi.(828) 479-3256
Sleep Inn & Suites600 N Tennessee AveEtowah, TN28.8 mi.(423) 263-4343
Sleep InnTennessee Ave Us Hwy 411Etowah, TN28.8 mi.(423) 263-4343
Bed & Breakfast
Angels Landing Inn94 Campbell StMurphy, NC4.0 mi.(828) 835-8877

Lake Hiwassee Weather & Climate

The Mountains, due to their mild summer temperatures, have always been a welcome escape from the heat at the lower elevations. Midsummer afternoon temperatures average only around 80 degrees at elevations of 3,000 feet or higher. Nights are crisp and cool, but seldom too cold for outdoor activities or camping. In winter, snowfall is likely most years, but ski resorts use snowmaking equipment to ensure a reliable supply. Large amounts of snow and extreme low temperatures are rare except at the highest peaks. Rainfall is common in spring and summer. In spring, storm systems that bring cold weather southward reach North Carolina less often and less forcefully than in other parts of the country. Occasional invasions of cool dry air from the north continue during the summer, but are of short duration. Fall has warm days and cool nights and is the driest period.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 48°F 25°F 5.81 in. -
February 52°F 27°F 5.07 in. -
March 60°F 33°F 5.86 in. -
April 69°F 40°F 4.58 in. -
May 76°F 49°F 4.85 in. -
June 82°F 58°F 4.76 in. -
July 86°F 62°F 4.94 in. -
August 85°F 62°F 4.66 in. -
September 80°F 56°F 3.92 in. -
October 71°F 42°F 3.13 in. -
November 60°F 34°F 4.57 in. -
December 51°F 27°F 4.91 in. -

Lake Hiwassee Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Andrews Murphy airport (RHP) located about 15 miles east of Lake Hiwassee in Andrews, North Carolina, the Mc Minn County airport (MMI) located approximately 33 miles northwest of Lake Hiwassee in Athens, Tennessee, the Pickens County airport (JZP) located roughly 48 miles southwest of Lake Hiwassee in Jasper, Georgia, the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located around 49 miles north of Lake Hiwassee in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Dalton Municipal airport (DNN) located about 50 miles west of Lake Hiwassee in Dalton, Georgia, the Mark Anton airport (2A0) located approximately 54 miles northwest of Lake Hiwassee in Dayton, Tennessee, the Lee Gilmer Memorial airport (GVL) located roughly 58 miles south of Lake Hiwassee in Gainesville, Georgia, the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge airport (GKT) located around 61 miles northeast of Lake Hiwassee in Sevierville, Tennessee, Lovell Field (CHA) located about 62 miles west of Lake Hiwassee in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Tom B David Field (CZL) located approximately 64 miles southwest of Lake Hiwassee in Calhoun, Georgia, and finally the Rockwood Municipal airport (RKW) located roughly 66 miles northwest of Lake Hiwassee in Rockwood, Tennessee.

Lake Hiwassee Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC51.5 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC51.5 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN57.0 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN57.0 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN61.5 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC63.7 mi.
Lake WinnepesaukahRossvilleGA67.5 mi.
American AdventuresMariettaGA82.9 mi.
Stone Mountain ParkStone MountainGA88.9 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA63.4 mi.
White Water ParkMariettaGA82.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Cherokee Hills Golf & Country ClubMurphyNC4.0 mi.
Chatuge Shores Golf CourseHayesvilleNC16.3 mi.
Mountain Harbour Golf & Yacht ClubHayesvilleNC16.3 mi.
Butternut Creek Golf CourseBlairsvilleGA17.0 mi.
Copper Basin Golf ClubCopperhillTN17.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC44.7 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC63.7 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC100.9 mi.
State Parks
Chatuge State ParkGA18.8 mi. 
Vogel State ParkGA27.3 mi. 
Unicoi State ParkGA33.6 mi. 
Moccasin Creek State ParkGA34.3 mi. 
Amicalola Falls State ParkGA37.7 mi. 
Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonoreTN35.2 mi.(History)
Farragut Folklife MuseumFarragutTN54.8 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN60.8 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN68.5 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN68.5 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC93.9 mi.
Zoo AtlantaAtlantaGA94.3 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC98.0 mi.

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