Murphy, North Carolina, is the county seat of Cherokee County located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Murphy is an old town with its origin dating back to 1839. Downtown is beautiful with tree lined streets and many historic buildings restored to their original state. Murphy has restaurants, many unique shops, and other interesting establishments all within walking distance in the heart of town.
Cherokee County, situated in Western North Carolina encompasses the communities of Murphy, Andrews, and Brasstown. Beautiful mountains, sparkling lakes, and cool crisp air. It is a quiet area located in the south-western corner of North Carolina and has come to be known as the “Gateway to the Smoky Mountains.”
The area is filled with mountains, lakes, rivers and streams providing us with breathtaking landscapes and an unlimited amount of outdoor activities to try out. Whether you are just wanting a little fresh mountain air or want to experience something exciting, such as hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting or another outdoor activity, we have hundreds of opportunities for you to satisfy your outdoor cravings. If you aren’t up for the outdoors, don’t worry! We also have plenty of shopping, museums, restaurants, breweries and wineries for you to check out. Although Cherokee County is known for its great outdoors, there are also plenty of things to do around our towns. We promise you won’t be bored!
We have several restaurants throughout Murphy and Andrews ranging from classic American delis, to genuine Chinese and Mexican cuisine to our famous North Carolina barbeque. You will find an excellent selection of North Carolina style pulled pork, barbeque ribs, and baked beans. You can also find cafés and coffee shops for those times when you’re just looking for a place to grab a cup of coffee and relax, and sports bars and grilles for the times when you want to eat some wings and watch a big game. For those who are in a hurry, there is also a selection of fast-food places.
After you’ve got your belly full, come check out one of our local wineries or breweries. Seeing how some of your favorite beverages are made is a fun way to spend your afternoon. Cherokee County North Carolina is fortunate to have rich soil and mild winters in which to grow a variety of grapes. We are happy to be home to several Wineries/Breweries. Both offer tastings and tours for you to enjoy and make for the perfect weekend outing. Each Winery/Brewery brings a new taste and a new experience, having their own unique ambiance.
If you aren’t into breweries or wineries, visit our historical museums, where you’ll find information about Cherokee County’s history and how we came to be the amazing destination that we are today. We also have theaters around town if you want to catch a movie.
Since Cherokee County is bordered by Tennessee and Georgia, it is conveniently located within 2 hours of four major cities: Chattanooga, TN, Knoxville, TN, Asheville, NC and Atlanta, GA, giving residents and visitors the best of both worlds. You can easily enjoy a quiet escape without being too far away from anything the city has to offer.
With its small-town feel, warm Southern hospitality and plenty of things to explore, Cherokee County, NC is the perfect destination to unplug and get away from the stress of everyday life.