Located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains in the county of Cherokee, Murphy, North Carolina is a nature lover‘s dream. Vacation rentals in Murphy provide all of the perks of small-town living, making it a perfect vacation choice for escaping the hustle and bustle of city life. Your family will enjoy tree-lined streets, historic buildings, quaint shops, and access to a variety of recreational activities. Unspoiled rivers and streams make it easy for your family to enjoy stunning views and a few water activities. Here are 10 family-friendly activities to put on your vacation itinerary.

1. Go Boating

people riding the speedboat

Multiple lakes call Murphy, North Carolina home, making it a great destination for a day of boating. Some of the lakes in the area include Lake Hiwassee, Blue Ridge Lake, Nantahala Lake, Nottley Lake, and Lake Chatuge. Bring your boat from home, or rent one at Shooks Marina or from any local outfitter. You can find all types of watercrafts for rent in the area, including high-speed boats, pontoons, kayaks, and canoes.

2. Enjoy the Murphy Car Show

retro car

If you have a family filled with car enthusiasts, schedule your vacation in late April so you can enjoy the town‘s annual car show, where you‘ll see a plethora of stunning new vehicles, vintage vehicles, and everything in between. The hot rod show at this event gets so packed that the streets of downtown Murphy close down completely. Food vendors line the streets to ensure visitors have plenty of meal options, and an ice cream parlor downtown stays open during the event, so take your kids there after the show.

3. Hit the Cherohala Skyway

highway in the mountains

Enjoy a scenic view on the Cherohala Skyway, which takes you through the North Carolina and Tennessee National Forest and offers a gorgeous drive in the region. The Skyway rises to more than 5,400 feet in elevation, giving everyone in your vehicle the chance to take in some jaw-dropping views. Motorcycle riders love hitting the Cherohala Skyway, so if you‘re feeling adventurous, bring your motorcycles along as well.

4. Go Fishing

little boy fishing at the dock

If your family loves fishing, you‘re in for a real treat in Murphy. Head to Shook Marina for your fishing supplies, and then hit Lake Hiwassee, Nottley River, Valley River, or Davis Creek, which are all filled with local trout and bass. Let your kids attach the bait to the line, and help them reel in each catch. After a relaxing day of fishing, take your catch back to your vacation rental, and enjoy a fresh seafood meal.

5. Fields of the Woods

stone tablets

Fields of the Woods attracts visitors of all backgrounds and faiths to view the world‘s largest set of the Ten Commandments. Families enjoy taking photos in front of this huge, stunning landmark. Other biblical landmarks at Fields of the Woods include a replica of Joseph‘s tomb. A gift shop on-site is filled with souvenirs, and a cafe is a handy spot to enjoy lunch.

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6. Murphy River Walks

trees in the woods

If you come from a family of hikers, head to Murphy River Walks. This popular hiking trail is perfect for a relaxing hike, as it‘s just 3 miles long and features a plethora of native plants and vibrant birds. The picturesque walk is beautiful and peaceful, and it gives your entire family the opportunity to truly reconnect with nature.

7. Fire Creek Falls

people under the waterfalls

If you prefer a longer hike, head to Fire Creek Falls, which features trails as short as 1 mile and as long as 20 miles. Walk or bike these beautiful trails; a handicapped-accessible trail is also available. This hiking destination offers swimming locations and picnic spots along the way, with views of stunning waterfalls and local wildlife as you hike or bike the trails. Fire Creek Falls is approximately 20 miles from Murphy, and the ride there is scenic and beautiful.

8. Ye Old Goat Farm

a goat chewing grasses

Your little ones will love Ye Old Goat Farm, where they can get up close and personal with a group of friendly, affectionate goats. Some of the goats are rescues receiving medical care at the facility. The goats have their own outdoor play equipment, and your children will have a blast playing along with them. Kids and adults can also feed the goats, and their meals are provided by the owners. There is no charge to gain access to this goat farm, but the family who runs the business gladly accepts donations.

9. Horseback Riding

horse riding on the road

Contact Chunky Gal Stables or A Step Above Stables to schedule a horseback riding tour with your family. You can tour the beautiful forest and mountains while sitting on the back of the horse, while the tour guide provides some history about the area.

10. Visit a Local Farmers Market

apples at the market

Tuesday Farmers Market is the perfect spot to grab local produce, homemade cookies, and many other treats for your family to enjoy during your stay in Murphy. Your kids will love trying the free samples offered by vendors. The market is open every Tuesday, as the name suggests, and you must get there early to beat the crowds. Decker‘s Flea Market is another local hot spot that offers fresh items throughout the week.

 
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