Murphy is an old town in Cherokee County nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. The town, established in 1839, is set on the confluence of the Hiawassee and Valley Rivers in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Because of its location, Murphy is a wonderful place to experience the splendor and serenity of nature.
Besides offering opportunities for outdoor recreation, Murphy is a beautiful town with a historic downtown area. Unique shops, gourmet restaurants, and historic buildings restored to their former glory all find their place amid the tree-lined streets of historic downtown. If you’re looking to spend time relaxing and unwinding in a small mountain town, a camper rental in Murphy is the way to go.
The Great Outdoors
Lake Hiwassee in Murphy is considered one of the most scenic lakes in North Carolina. Surrounded by the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forest, the natural lake is fed by the Hiwassee, Nottely, and Valley Rivers and covers approximately 6,090 acres. In some places, the lake is more than 200 feet deep. Recreation activities at Lake Hiwassee include boating, fishing, swimming, and water skiing. All of this set against a stunning mountain landscape makes Lake Hiwassee one of the most spectacular lakes in the Carolinas.
If you’re looking for something a bit more intense, you might enjoy white water rafting in the popular Ocoee River. The Ocoee River is located in Ducktown, Tennessee and is known for hosting the canoe and kayak events during the 1996 Olympics. Winding through the Cherokee National Forest, the Ocoee River has several sections of class III and class IV rapids. Book a rafting trip with a local outfitter, or, if you’re up for the challenge, launch into the river yourself and put your paddling skills to the test.
When you book an RV rental in Murphy, you’ll also be in proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The North Carolina entrance to the park is not as busy as the entrance near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, so this is the way to go if you’re looking to escape the crowds a bit. The national park — which is the most visited in the United States — has over 850 miles of backcountry trails and is home to a variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer, elk, turkeys, river otters, and more.
Search for an RV in Cherokee County and you can stay at one of the several RV parks in the area. One option is Rivers Edge Mountain RV Resort. The RV park is located along the banks of the Nottley River and the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. The resort has several back-in and pull-through sites, each with full hookups and 50 amp electrical service. Each campsite is outfitted with a picnic table, fire ring, and concrete parking pad. Amenities include an outside picnic pavilion and barbecue area, laundry facilities, and a private bathhouse with hot showers. Should you encounter an issue with your RV, full service certified RV mechanics are on site and provide services via appointment. Bring your pets, too, because they are welcome here.
Another option, in Marble, North Carolina, is Valley River RV Resort. Less than a 20-minute drive from Murphy, this RV park is located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. From your campsite, you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains, nibble on a picnic at the picnic facilities, or cozy up to a campfire in one of the communal firepits. You can also fish in the private pond, swim in the swimming pool, take a hot shower in the bathhouse, wash clothes in the laundry facility, or just take a walk along the scenic grounds. Each full hook-up site is outfitted with 30 and 50 amp electrical service, WiFi, and cable TV.
Exploring the City
Interested in learning more about Cherokee County? Then stop by the Cherokee County Historical Museum. In downtown Murphy, the museum displays the colorful history of Native American and pioneer settlers. The exhibits showcase more than 2,000 Cherokee artifacts, interpretations of local Cherokee culture and history, and vintage farm implements and household items. The museum also serves as the interpretive center for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.
Up for some gambling and entertainment? Check out the famous Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino in Murphy. The casino has a 60,000 square foot gaming space, over 1,000 popular slot machines, and several quick-bite restaurants as well as some casual dining facilities. When you’ve had your fill of dining, drinks, and dice, you can spend the night in one of the rooms in the resort or park your Murphy camper rental nearby.
Another unique thing to experience in Murphy is Fields of the Wood. This biblically-based theme park encompasses over 200 acres of rolling valleys, mountains, streams, and dense forests. Concrete markers are placed throughout the park depicting Bible stories in a most unique way. There are also several replicas of Biblical structures, including a baptismal pool, the Garden Tomb, and Golgotha Hill. But perhaps the park’s most notable feature is an enormous depiction of the Ten Commandments, which is best seen from an aerial view. Whether you have religious convictions or not, it might be worth checking out when you book a motorhome rental in Murphy.
Looking to escape and unwind? Book a travel trailer rental in Murphy, and let your next vacation begin.