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 Places of Interest - National Forests & State Parks  

A number of national forests surround Cherokee County and the City of Murphy. A short drive to the north and west is the beautiful Cherokee National Forest, extending into the State of Tennessee. This forest encompasses the Ocoee River, the site of spectacular white water rafting and the 1996 Olympic Slalom Canoe/Kayak Competition.

Not far to the east is the breathtaking Nantahala National Forest, with its rafting, kayaking and Tsali mountain bike trails. And, to the south, right across the state line into Georgia, are the awesome Chattahoochie National Forest and the Cohutta Wilderness Area. All of these national forests offer a wealth of outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, boating, fishing, picnicking, and mountain biking.

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Within a short distance in nearby Georgia, there are many state parks and historic sites for your enjoyment. These include Amicalola State Park, Vogel State Park, Cloudland Canyon State Park, Chief Vann House, Fort Mountain State Park and a host of others. Please log on to for more information.

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