"Cherokee County invites you to find your 'peace' of the mountains." This county has a lot of history and is the home of seven sites listed on the National Register of Historic places. They include the Cherokee County court house, made completely of marble, Harshaw Chapel and Cemetery, and the John C. Campbell Folk School, founded in 1925 and located in Brasstown, North Carolina. The school offers week-long and weekend courses in crafts, music and dance, blacksmithing, woodcarving, art and more.
Cherokee County has three public lakes. Lake Hiwassee which has 163 miles of shoreline and whose dam is the highest overspill dam in the world at 307 feet. Appalachia Lake is surrounded by US Forest Service land and public access is limited, which leads to more enjoyment for the residents who do own the small amount of private land available to purchase there. Then there is Cherokee lake which is about a mile in circumference and offers an easy handicap access fishing pier. A third of the county's total land mass is comprised of the Nantahala National Forest where tracts are set aside for camping, horseback
With two main townships, Cherokee County has a larger population then nearby Clay County. Dispersed throughout the large county, the population according to the 2000 census was 24,298. The county seat, Murphy, has a population of about 1568 and the township of Andrews has about 1602. /p>
Of the many recreational things to do in the county one of the long standing annual events is the Wagon Train which was started back in 1958 with 67 wagons and 325 riders who wanted to emphasize the need for road improvements. Today it is just for fun as every forth of July riders relive the event.
Cherokee county wouldn't be complete without their four huge flea markets. Shopping deals abound in these year round markets, and is a lot of fun for the whole family.
This county is rich in natural beauty with many lakes, rivers, streams and mountains. Mountain hospitality awaits all who visit and makes Cherokee County an ideal place to live, work and play.
So visit Murphy's historical sites, and drive the scenic byways or just sit back and enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains. Find your "peace " of the mountains.
Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
805 West US 64 • Murphy NC 28906
(828) 837-2242 • fax (828) 837-6012