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 Places of Interest - Lakes & Rivers  

There are over 8,700 acres of lakes, large and small, within Cherokee County. A number of rivers also traverse the county. In addition, the surrounding areas have abundant scenic mountain lakes and rivers.

For your enjoyment, activities on these waterways include boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, canoeing, white water rafting, kayaking, tubing, waterfalls, sightseeing and other aquatic pastimes.


 Largest Lakes in Cherokee County  

  • Hiwassee Lake — located west of Murphy, between Highways 294 and 64
  • Apalachia Lake — located northeast of Murphy, along the Tennessee-North Carolina border
  • Cherokee Lake


 Within a Short Drive There are Eight Other Large Lakes  

  • Nottely Lake — located south of Murphy, off Highway 19/129 in Union County, GA
  • Chatuge Lake — south of Highway 64 and Hayesville in Clay County, NC
  • Nantahala Lake — located approximately 15 miles east of Andrews, NC
  • Santeellah Lake —about 35 miles from Murphy near Robbinsville, NC
  • Fontana Reservoir — 35 miles north of Andrews, NC
  • Blue Ridge Lake — near Blue Ridge, GA
  • Parksville Lake — in Polk County, Tennessee
  • Lake Burton — south of Hiawassee, GA


Many of the lakes in this territory were created by the Army Corps of Engineers, Tennessee Valley Authority or other agency for flood control, power generation and recreational purposes.

Marinas on a number of the lakes offer boats for rent, including pontoon and ski boats. Public boat ramps are numerous and easily accessible. Public swimming is allowed at all lakes within designated areas.

For the avid angler, various species of fish, including large and small mouth bass, walleye, catfish, brim, bluegill, crappie, and kokanee (fresh water) salmon (Nantahala Lake) populate the lakes. Licenses are required from the states where the lakes are located and can be obtained at public campgrounds, marinas and the Wal-Mart in Murphy. One or three day permits are available for visitors not wishing to purchase an annual license.

Scenic mountain rivers abound in every direction from Murphy. From the Nottley River fronting the cabin, to the Hiawassee River running through downtown Murphy, beautiful rivers flow majestically throughout the region. For the outdoor enthusiast, these rivers offer a great deal of adventure and sporting activities.


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