Get to Know Murphy, North Carolina

Chevelle's Restaurant in Murphy NC
Downtown Murphy NC

     In 1836, during the Cherokee removal known as the Trail of Tears, the United States army built Fort Butler in what is today Murphy. Fort Butler acted as the main collection point for Cherokee east of the mountains. From Fort Butler the Cherokee were taken over the mountains on the Unicoi Turnpike to the main internment camps at Fort Cass (today Charleston, Tennessee). Fort Butler is no longer a structure, but the site can be visited with historical markers to read. The Cherokee County Historical Museum located in Murphy provides information about the Trail of Tears

     The town is located at the confluence of the Hiwassee River and Valley River in southwestern North Carolina, approximately halfway between Atlanta, Georgia and Knoxville, Tennessee. The location in the Blue Ridge Mountains has helped the community retain a fairly rural character, surrounded by wildlife such as bear, deer, fox and recently reintroduced elk.

     Today, whether you are a foodie, a nature lover or an adventure seeker, Murphy has it all. From locally owned restaurants and downtown stores to thrilling curves and winding curves, it's time to roll the windows down and sing with the radio. It's that kind of town in the mountains where you can breathe fresh air and say hello to a family of turkeys in the front yard. 

Unplug and find yourself lost in nature at Woods Upon A Time.

Downtown Nature Riverwalk

  • This beautiful greenway follows the Valley River and the Hiwassee River surrounding the historic town. It's 3.4 miles of heavily trafficked nature walk trail loop. Whether you take the trail on foot or paddle along the canoe trails, you'll enjoy the ecology and cultural heritage along the way. 

Tail of the Dragon Murphy NC for motorcycles and race cars
Appalachian Driving Experience in Murphy NC


Tail of the Dragon (Deals Gap) &

 Cherahola Skyway

Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap with 318 curves in 11 miles is America’s #1 motorcycle and sports car road. Designated US 129, the road is bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest with no intersecting roads or driveways to hamper your travel. It is considered “the destination” for thousands of motorcycle and sports car fans throughout the spring, summer, and fall with its heart racing curves and winding spirals.


Nearby Cherohala Skyway is quickly becoming a destination as well, with 60 miles of breathtaking scenic mountain highway. Other roads are Moonshiner 28, Smoky Mountain Loop, Foothills Parkway, Devils Triangle, Blue Ridge Parkway, Six Gap North Georgia, and several more. 

Checkout our Things to Do page for rental info.

Antiq​uin​​g & Shops

There are many wonderful, lo​cally owned shops in downtown Murphy, both established as well as newly reimagined and revamped. When you add in the pop-up flea markets and antiquing, you could explore for days. Check out their social media pages for the latest on offerings.

Farmers Markets & Flea Markets

Whatever your tastes are, farm fresh, locally grown  you will be sure to find what you are looking for in and around Murphy and Cherokee County.  

Check out the Oddities, Flea Markets, Farmers Markets & Antiques section and the Specialty Shops section on our Things to Do page.

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