Murphy, North Carolina

Top Spots in and near Murphy

  • Murphy, North Carolina

    Hike to Panther Top Fire Tower

    1.5 mi / 450 ft gain
    The Panther Top fire tower is located in the Nantahala National Forest outside of Murphy, NC. To get there you get off of US 74 then turn onto panther top rd and continue till you see the signs for the tower. Once you get there the hike is about .75 there mostly up on the way to the top of the to...
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  • Blairsville, Georgia

    Nottely Reservoir Trail

    2.53 mi / 335 ft gain
    Nottely Reservoir Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Blairsville, Georgia.
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  • Young Harris, Georgia

    Hike the Miller Trek

    5.0
    6.3 mi / 1325 ft gain
    This is an awesome trek with views of both Young Harris and Hiawassee, GA! The trail starts from the parking area where there is the Miller Trek A-Frame (see photo for reference)! There are several different trails within the trail system on the mountain, but if you take 5 minutes to read the map...
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  • Robbinsville, North Carolina

    Hike Hooper Bald

    1 mi / 250 ft gain
    Hooper bald is one of the highest points in Graham County so the views from the top can be spectacular year round.  The trail-head starts at mile marker 8 on the Cherohala Skyway. From the trail-head you start your accent on a semi-paved trail and walk about a half-mile before reaching the edge o...
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  • Lake Santeetlah, North Carolina

    Huckleberry Knob

    4.8
    1.77 mi / 295 ft gain
    Huckleberry Knob is the highest point in the Cheoah Ranger District at 5,560 feet, and it offers expansive views of the surrounding Cherokee and Natahala National Forest. The hike is 2.4 miles roundtrip and begins at the parking lot between mile 8 and 9 up an old dirt road. You will go up the di...
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  • Tellico Plains, North Carolina

    Hike to Whiggs Meadow

    3 mi / 700 ft gain
    You will start your hike off of the Cherohala Skyway. The trail-head is a small asphalt pull-off on the right if you are coming from Tellico Plains. From the trail-head the trail starts up and almost all of the trial is an uphill incline on the way there with about 700 feet of elevation change ov...
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  • Tellico Plains, Tennessee

    Camp at North River Campground and Dispersed Campsites

    North River Road is located in the Nantahala National Forest near Tellico Plains. To get to North River Campground you can either drive up the Cherohala Skyway about 6 miles then turn when you see the sign for the campground and bald river falls. Another way to get to the campsites along North Ri...
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  • Arkaquah Trail, Georgia

    Hike the Arkaquah Trail to Brasstown Bald

    11 mi / 3756 ft gain
    The Arkaquah Trail is unique as far as North Georgia trails go for any reasons.  Its elevation gain and distance puts it near the top for most challenging day hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  If the 11 miles round-trip sounds a bit daunting, this hike can also be done as a 5.5 mile point-to-po...
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  • Tellico Plains, Tennessee

    Explore North River Road

    4.7
    If you're looking to get off the beaten path and take the road less traveled, North River Road is your ticket to solitude.A popular loop for the locals is starting on Tellico River Road, then getting on North River Road to make your way up the mountain all the way to the Cherohala Skyway. Take th...
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  • Farner, Tennessee

    Turtletown Falls Trail

    3.45 mi / 377 ft gain
    Turtletown Falls Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Farner, Tennessee.
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  • Tellico Plains, Tennessee

    Hike to Falls Branch Falls

    5.0
    2.6 mi / 540 ft gain
    To get to the trailhead, drive 22.5 miles on the Cherohala Skyway from Tellico Plains, Tennessee. If you are coming from the North Carolina side, drive 20.5 miles to the trailhead. The trailhead parking area is marked by a large green sign saying West Rattlesnake and is surrounded by a low stone ...
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  • Tellico Plains, Tennessee

    Exploring Bald River Falls

    4.8
    If you're looking to check out a secnic waterfall in East Tennessee, Bald River Falls is sure to be on your list. At 90 feet, you can't miss this roaring beauty during any season. Also, Tellico Plains is an awesome mountain town in itself; check it out before or after your hike.To get to Bald Riv...
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  • Morganton, Georgia

    Camp at Morganton Point

    Morganton Point Campground is one of the most well-maintained campgrounds in North Georgia. There are sites available for both RVs and tents, but the tent section is separate from the RV area so don't worry about any noisy generators!  I camped at Site F, a tent-only campsite. This campsite (and ...
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  • Blairsville, Georgia

    Hike to the Brasstown Bald Peak

    4.3
    1.42 mi / 430 ft gain
    Once you make it to the parking area (parking fee required) to Brasstown Bald you will be at about 4284 feet elevation. From there you will have a short (0.6 mile) but steep hike to the tower that sits atop Brasstown Bald. Along the path you will see Rhododendron and various other blooms dependi...
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  • Robbinsville, North Carolina

    Hike Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Loop

    5.0
    2 mi
    The beauty of this trail starts at the parking lot. Before you start the trail, you will find a picnic table near the parking lot and go down to the edge of the rolling stream. Its a great spot to hear the stream and take some pictures. If you are feeling adventurous you can try to hop from rock ...
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  • Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, North Carolina

    Backpack Slickrock Creek Trail #42

    30 mi / 3700 ft gain
    8:30 a.m. and we’re winding our way down Highway 129 near Robbinsville, NC. The fog is still thick over the Little Tennessee River as we slow down crossing the bridge into Graham County. “I think we missed it,” I say as we continue onward. Within minutes the Tapoco Lodge comes into view. My pre-h...
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Camping and Lodging in Murphy

Murphy / Peace Valley KOA Holiday
Marble, North Carolina

Murphy / Peace Valley KOA Holiday

Jackrabbit Mountain
Hayesville, North Carolina

Jackrabbit Mountain

Mcnabb Creek Group
North River Road

Mcnabb Creek Group

Donley Cabin
North River Road

Donley Cabin

Swan Cabin
Cheoah, North Carolina

Swan Cabin

Morganton Point
Morganton, Georgia

Morganton Point

Guides, Insights and Stories from Murphy

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