Located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, Murphy, North Carolina, is an old town with roots dating back to the 1800s. Tree-lined streets and historic buildings decorate this picturesque small town, with its population of under 2,000. Despite its modest size, the town abounds with recreational activities, unique shops, restaurants and other noteworthy establishments to explore. In addition, it’s proximity to the capital cities of six other states makes Murphy an ideal starting or end point from which to launch cross-city travels.
Murphy is full of history just waiting to be explored. The town has the smallest railroad in the country, with just a short spur of tracks, a boxcar and a caboose. But that wasn’t always so. The L & N Depot in Murphy, used to be a grand station until the late 1900s, but two railroads at a crossroads led to the last train departing town the summer of 1992. Learn the full story and the town’s plan to restore the train cars at the site of the original depot. The Murphy Pyramid also comes with a tale: one of a great traveler who contributed to the success of the town. See what roles ARS hunter and his niece Hitchcock Coit had in Murphy, and the legend that locals tell of their burial. Koneheta Park is a lovely stop in Murphy, with its river walk, sports fields, pool and gym complex. A choice destination for outdoor recreation, Koneheta also has a kiddie park and a picnic area as well. The park is home to Murphy River Walk, which follows the Hiwassee River and Valley River for about three miles. Along the walkway, hikers will find picnic areas with grills, a fishing pier and swings under the trees. Downtown Murphy also has an array of shops, art galleries and restaurants to explore. The historic town brings back “old-fashioned” in the best way possible: from comfort fare and drinks, to the laid-back, welcoming atmosphere.
Murphy is surrounded by a wealth of natural wonders to explore. Apalachia Lake is nestled in the mountains, located less than 25 miles from Murphy. The lake has 31 miles of shoreline, most of which is carefully preserved by the Nantahala National Forest. Ideal for canoeing or kayaking, the lake and its surrounding area is an optimal place to seek solitude. Lake Blue Ridge is another breathtaking lake, about 23 miles from Murphy. Located in north Georgia, the lake is perfect for a day or overnight camping trip, with facilities including campsites, picnic areas and a full-service marina. But before traveling across state lines, visit Lake Hiwassee, which is right on the Hiwassee River in Murphy. The stunning scenery, hiking trails and camping spots make it a fine destination to spend the day.
Murphy is so far west in the state that it’s closer to the capitals of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky and West Virginia than it is to North Carolina’s own state capital of Raleigh. Atlanta is the closest, at about 119 miles away. Travelers willing to put in anywhere from two to five hours of driving time could visit any of the neighboring states’ capitals. Those looking for a closer cityscape from Murphy could head west to Chattanooga, Tennessee. As the birthplace of the tow truck, Chattanooga is home to the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, in addition to numerous other attractions such as the Creative Discovery Museum, the Tennessee Riverwalk and the historic Tivoli Theater.
Accommodations in Murphy are about limiting fuss and frill. The inns or motels, such as the Best Western, Days Inn or Rainbow Motel are straightforward and clean. Some options include breakfast, while others have facilities including swimming pools and fitness centers.
The nearest major airport is Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport in Tennessee, about 83 miles from Murphy. The next closest is McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennesee, around 93 miles away. Renting a car, utilizing a ride hailing application or taking a shuttle service are options for getting into Murphy. Murphy Shuttle Services offer provides airport transportation, as well as local and long distance taxi service. Rental car agencies are also available both at the airport an in Murphy.
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