"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. Hiawassee lake 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 riding, nature trails and many other recreational purposes.
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.
Of the many recreational things to do in the county two of the long standing annual events are the Wagon Train and the Jeep Jamboree. The Wagon Train 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.
The Jeep Jamboree had it's 20th year last fall and is so popular that it now scheduled twice a year, spring 2005 is still be announced. The next fall Jamboree is scheduled for October 9th and 10th. Jeep owners from all over the country come to Murphy to ride some of the best jeep trails around, rated from 5 to 9 in difficulty. Rock climbing, hill climbing and stream crossing are all part of the fun.
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.
So visit Murphy's historical sites, or 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
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