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Murphy is the county seat of Cherokee County, located within the Nantahala National Forest southwest of Asheville. In Murphy, visitors find a peaceful, small town filled with history and Native American folklore. The county has seven sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places, which includes Fort Butler, a 19th century frontier fort and stockade for the Cherokee Indians, the Cherokee County Court House in Murphy, the Harshaw Chapel and Cemetery and the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown. Murphy is also the site of a Bible based theme park, which features the world's largest set of the Ten Commandments and other Biblical monuments. The Hiawassee Lake, near Murphy, covers over 6,000 acres with almost 180 miles of shoreline. Lake Hiawassee feeds into Appalachia Lake, and along with Lake Chatuge, these three lakes are often referred to as the Chain of Lakes. Enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, water-skiing, rafting or tubing against a picturesque mountain backdrop. In Murphy, there is easy access to the Hiawassee River, which is a Class I and II whitewater rafting river, with a 3-mile stretch designated as a Trophy Trout Stream. Whitewater rafting and kayaking are also available on the Nantahala and Ocoee Rivers. Appalachia Lake has no developed recreation areas, and makes an excellent choice for those seeking the solitude and tranquility of a quiet mountain lake.

Surrounding areas: Lake Hiwassee, North Carolina (3.7 mi), Brasstown, North Carolina (5.5 mi), Marble, North Carolina (8.7 mi), Warne, North Carolina (10.3 mi), Hayesville, North Carolina (12.6 mi), Andrews, North Carolina (14.3 mi), Lake Chatuge Village, North Carolina (16.4 mi)

Murphy Vacation Rentals

Murphy Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Murphy1522 Andrews RdMurphy, NC (828) 837-3060
Days Inn754 Hwy 64 WMurphy, NC (828) 837-8030
Econo Lodge100 Ter StMurphy, NC (828) 837-8880
Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites130 Holiday DrMurphy, NC (828) 837-1111
Andrews Valley InnBeavercreek RdAndrews, NC14.3 mi.(888) 777-7901
Holiday Inn Express333 Fisher StBlairsville, GA15.2 mi.(706) 745-6844
Seasons InnBox 10 On The SQBlairsville, GA15.2 mi.(706) 745-1631
Trails End CabinsRt 1 Box 253Turtletown, TN18.2 mi.(704) 494-4610
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites300 Big Sky DrHiawassee, GA18.4 mi.(706) 896-8884
Ramada Inn Lake Chatuge Lodge653 Hwy 76Hiawassee, GA18.4 mi.(706) 896-5253
Days Inn1100 BurkemontMorganton, GA19.3 mi.(828) 430-8778
Best Western Copper InnUS Hwy 64Ducktown, TN20.0 mi.(423) 496-5541
Microtel Inn & Suites Robbinsville107 Rodney Orr By-PassRobbinsville, NC20.7 mi.(828) 479-6772
San-ran MotelRobbinsville, NC20.7 mi.(828) 479-3256
Comfort Inn & Suites83 Blue Rdg OverlookBlue Ridge, GA22.5 mi.(706) 946-3333
Douglas Inn & Suites1192 Windy RDG RdBlue Ridge, GA22.5 mi.(706) 258-3600
Ramada Ltd-blue Ridge30 Overview DrBlue Ridge, GA22.5 mi.(706) 632-4444
Bed & Breakfast
Angels Landing Inn94 Campbell StMurphy, NC (828) 835-8877

Murphy 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. -

Murphy Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Andrews Murphy airport (RHP) located about 12 miles northeast of Murphy in Andrews, North Carolina, the Mc Minn County airport (MMI) located approximately 36 miles northwest of Murphy in Athens, Tennessee, the Pickens County airport (JZP) located roughly 49 miles southwest of Murphy in Jasper, Georgia, the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located around 50 miles north of Murphy in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Dalton Municipal airport (DNN) located about 53 miles west of Murphy in Dalton, Georgia, the Lee Gilmer Memorial airport (GVL) located approximately 57 miles south of Murphy in Gainesville, Georgia, the Mark Anton airport (2A0) located roughly 57 miles northwest of Murphy in Dayton, Tennessee, the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge airport (GKT) located around 60 miles northeast of Murphy in Sevierville, Tennessee, Lovell Field (CHA) located about 66 miles west of Murphy in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Tom B David Field (CZL) located approximately 67 miles southwest of Murphy in Calhoun, Georgia, and finally the Rockwood Municipal airport (RKW) located roughly 68 miles northwest of Murphy in Rockwood, Tennessee.

Murphy Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC48.6 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC48.6 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN55.5 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN55.5 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN60.1 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC60.6 mi.
Lake WinnepesaukahRossvilleGA71.2 mi.
American AdventuresMariettaGA83.7 mi.
Stone Mountain ParkStone MountainGA88.8 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA62.8 mi.
White Water ParkMariettaGA83.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Cherokee Hills Golf & Country ClubMurphyNC 
Chatuge Shores Golf CourseHayesvilleNC12.6 mi.
Mountain Harbour Golf & Yacht ClubHayesvilleNC12.6 mi.
Butternut Creek Golf CourseBlairsvilleGA15.2 mi.
Copper Basin Golf ClubCopperhillTN20.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC41.0 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC60.6 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC98.0 mi.
State Parks
Chatuge State ParkGA15.5 mi. 
Vogel State ParkGA25.7 mi. 
Moccasin Creek State ParkGA30.9 mi. 
Unicoi State ParkGA31.0 mi. 
Black Rock Mountain State ParkGA37.7 mi. 
Amicalola Falls State ParkGA38.3 mi. 
Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonoreTN36.6 mi.(History)
Farragut Folklife MuseumFarragutTN55.5 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN60.7 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN72.2 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN72.2 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC90.7 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC94.3 mi.
Zoo AtlantaAtlantaGA94.7 mi.

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