Hiking Cherokee Lake Picnic Area Cherokee Lake Picnic Area From Murphy, take US 64 West, and go 8 miles. Turn right onto NC 294, and go 3 miles. Turn right onto Forest Service Road 313 to enter the picnic area., Murphy NC 28906 828-837-5152

Facilities:  Picnicking – 25 units, Drinking Water, Vaultl-Flush Toilets

Attractions:  Hiking, Fishing Pier (proper NC Fishing License required)

Enjoy the Peace and Quiet

Hanging Dog US Forest Service Recreation Area/Campground Hanging Dog US Forest Service Recreation Area Murphy, NC 28906, United States 1-877-444-6777

The Ramsey Bluff Bike Trail System is located at the Hanging Dog Campground area (offering overnight camping), and offers under-utilized adventure in Mountain biking, hiking, and cross-country running.  The eight mile labyrinth of trails is actually a group of connected loops, allowing an interesting variety of combinations for repeat visitors to explore.  The trail difficulty ranges from easy to moderate, and range from 1500 to 1900′ in elevation.  Some trails do contain a few obstacles, such as low hanging limbs, the occasional rock or stump, or a strategicallyl-placed mogul, reminding one that this is a National Forest and not a city park.


Appalachian Outfitters Appalachian Outfitters 104 Tennessee StreetSuite A, Murphy NC 28906 828-837-4165

We proudly stock a variety of gear for hiking, fishing, biking, camping, and paddling.  We have based our gear to the outdoor adventure that you are geared for.We are located in beautiful downtown Murphy, NC, just south of the confluence of the Valley River and Hiwassee River, where they join to form Lake Hiwassee

Murphy River Walk & Canoe Trail Murphy River Walk & Canoe Trail P.O. Box 1152, Murphy NC 28906

This beautiful greenway follows the Valley River and Hiwassee River surrounding the historic town center of Murphy, North Carolina. The 3 mile walking trail includes a center loop at the confluence of these two rivers on the backwaters of Lake Hiwassee. Whether you take the trail on foot or put in for an easy paddle along the canoe trails, you’ll enjoy the ecology and cultural heritage along the way.

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Piney Knob Trail Hiking and Mountain Biking Trail Murphy NC 28906

The town of Murphy, NC plans to construct 22.3 miles of recreational hiking and mountain biking trails on the 700+ acre Murphy Watershed property off of Piney Know Hill Road.  We are currently working on the first phase of this project that will rebuild Piney Knob Road, build two large entry bridges, and construct approximately 6 miles of trails.  This first phase will convert a preexisting logging road into a smaller, more sustainable natural surface trail suitable to foot traffic and cyclists of all skill levels.  All trails will be dirt single-track trails and will be build in accordance with International Mountain Bike Association standards.  In the future, this first phase trail will serve as the main access trail to the more advanced sections of the park.

DIRECTIONS TO PINEY KNOB TRAIL – Regal Street is across from the Casino on 19/74.  Turn on Regal Street and go straight for about 300 ft.  Piney Knob Road will be on your right.  Cross over railroad track and go straight up the little hill.  You will see a yellow gate.  Go thru gate and the parking lot will be about one (1) mile.  It is a narrow little road.


Wood's Outdoor Adventures Hiking, Canoeing and Fly-Fishing Guide Service in Cherokee, Graham and Clay County. 117 Little Wolf Creek Road, Murphy NC 28906 828-494-4510

Hiking, Canoeing and Fly-Fishing Guide Service in Cherokee, Graham and Clay County.