Area Attractions

Historic downtown Murphy is the county seat of Cherokee County and the location of the Beaux-Arts style … Cherokee County Courthouse built in 1927 out of local regal blue marble. The Cherokee County Museum, located next door, houses 2000+ artifacts of the Cherokee Indians along with an extensive collection of minerals and dolls.  The Harshaw Chapel and Cemetery is just a short walk from the courthouse and museum.  Graves date back as early as 1840 where many notables are reportedly buried.

Downtown Murphy has many shops where you can find antiques, clothing, natural body products, gifts and outdoor supplies.  There are also many fine dining establishments.  All of these are an easy walk from Angels Landing Inn Bed and Breakfast.  If you enjoy flea markets, there are two huge flea markets, Decker’s and Foster’s, which are open year-round.

The John C. Campbell Folk School, founded in 1925, is a world-renowned center located in nearby Brasstown, N.C. The school offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes in crafts, music, dance, blacksmithing, woodworking, jewelry making and various arts.  Special dances and concerts are held throughout the year and the public is always invited to attend these events.

The Main Campus of Tri-CountyCommunity College is located between Murphy and Hayesville.  It is an accredited two-year, post-secondary institution and serves commuter students from Cherokee, Clay, and Graham Counties.  Providing college transfer, vocational, technical and educational programs.

The Western Carolina Regional Airport is conveniently located between Murphy and Andrews.  It is a public airport for both private and commercial single and multi-engine planes. It features tie-down and hangar space along with fuel and service.

Murphy’s geographic location makes it an ideal place to stay while you explore the Western Carolina Region. No matter what you are interested in, an easy day trip can satisfy your sense of adventure.

A short drive west of Murphy lies the community of Hiwassee Dam.  Here you will find the 3rd highest hydroelectric dam built by the Tennessee Valley Authority in the late 1930s. The dam created Hiwassee Lake, with its 180 miles of shoreline and 6000 acres of beautiful water for both boating and fishing.  If you want to take in the world’s largest display of the Ten Commandments and other Biblical monuments, Fields of the Wood Bible Park is also located in this portion of the county. This park was DiscoverTheSmokies 2003 Number One Family Attraction in the entire Smokies Area.  If whitewater rafting is what you are interested in, the Ocoee River, sight of the 1996 Olympics whitewater events, is a challenging course just over the state line in Ducktown, Tennessee.

To the east of Murphy is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  This is the most visited national park in the United States with an abundance of both flora and fauna species.  The Appalachian Trail passes through the center of the park on its route from Georgia to Maine.  The Nantahala River near Bryson City is another great whitewater rafting location.

While in Bryson City you can take a train ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad for spectacular views of mountains and scenic gorges. Travel an hour further to Asheville and take in the Biltmore Estate or do some hiking in the Smokies.  Asheville has an abundance of unique shops and restaurants for your enjoyment.

Whether your interests are canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, hiking, horseback riding, biking, fishing, sight seeing, shopping or dining out, you will find a wide variety of adventures all within a short distance of Angels Landing Inn Bed and Breakfast in Murphy, NC.  Come join us for some great Southern Hospitality and adventure!

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