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Located in the very south-west corner of North Carolina on the state line with Tennessee, Hiwassee Lake is a man-made reservoir covering around 6,000 acres. The lake is named after the Hiwassee River that feeds the reservoir, and the name comes from the Cherokee word for savanna.

Built to prevent flooding in the area, the Hiwassee Dam is also a hydroelectric power station supplying power to many local towns. Set in a beautiful location, surrounded by the Nantahala and Chattahoochee National Forests, the lake also provides a wonderful recreation area.

The nearest town is Murphy, NC, at the southern end of the lake, while the Tennessee city of Chattanooga is a short drive west. To the south is the Georgia state capital of Atlanta. When you book an RV in Cherokee County, a beautiful area of forests and lakes is opened up to you.

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Getting Outdoors

At almost 22-miles long and with a shoreline of around 180 miles, there is certainly plenty of space at Lake Hiwassee when you are exploring in a rental RV. Boating, water-skiing, jet-skiing and other water sports are all allowed on the lake, and in the town of Murphy, there is also access to the Hiwassee River. There are boat rental companies in Murphy and a public boat ramp in the Hanging Dog Recreation Area. There are four full-service marinas on the lake, providing boat rentals, fishing gear, and bait.

The 18-mile stretch of Hiwassee River flows through Murphy and empties into Lake Chatuge, with the town of Hiawassee on its shoreline. It has been classed as a grade I and II whitewater river and is perfect for tubing and rafting. Guided rafting tours are available from companies in the town.

Anglers will love the space and tranquillity at Hiwassee Lake, and of course, the variety of fish. Along with many species of bass, you can also catch yellow perch, crappie, and catfish. The lake often holds trophies for the largest smallmouth and striped bass catches, so you could end your RV camping vacation with more than just fish to take home.

Camping at Hiwassee Lake

There are no RV campgrounds at Hiwassee Lake, but plenty within a few miles drive of the lake. Persimmon Creek Campground could be just the spot for a quiet camping getaway. The campground only has a few campsites, but with a beautiful location surrounded by forest and next to a small pond, it could be idyllic. All the sites have water and electric and free WiFi, the washrooms are modern, and there is a laundry on site. While motorhome camping here, you can learn to sift for gems at the gem mine or spend a day at the well-stocked trout pond.

Should your family would prefer a campground with more facilities, then the Murphy / Peace Valley KOA campground, just a couple of miles west of the lake might be for you. Here, you’ll find not only full hook-up RV camping sites but also a large swimming pool, plenty of outdoor activities, and a games room for those damp days. If you enjoy a spot of fishing, the campground is alongside a trout river, and they can even lend you a rod.

Exploring the area

Murphy is the ideal spot to prepare your rental RV before heading to your chosen campground, with gas stations, plenty of stores and restaurants. While in the town, downtown Murphy has a good selection of antique and craft shops to explore, many with items made locally.

In the town, you can find the Cherokee County Historical Museum. The museum is dedicated to the long history of the Cherokee nation, including the arrival of European settlers in the area. There are over 2,000 Cherokee artifacts to look at, plus antique farm and household items used by the settlers.

When you need to stretch your legs a little, try the Murphy River Walk that follows the river as it winds its way through the town. It’s a great way of exploring the town, and at just 4-miles long is perfect for the kids as well. Along the way are signboards giving local information and describing local plants and animals that you may see. The trail is dog-friendly, but they must be kept on a leash at all times.

Close to the town of Murphy is the Fields of the Wood, a 200-acre bible-based theme park. Admission is free. It is known for the 300-foot wide Ten Commandments Mountain, with the commandments spelled out with 5-foot-high letters.

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