US Route 64, the longest road in North Carolina, runs through Cherokee County. Whether you are traveling from Chattanooga, Asheville, or even Raleigh, the US Highway 74/64 is one of the most scenic roads to take through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
US Highway 74/64 splits in Murphy, NC. US Highways 74 takes a scenic route through the Nantahala National Forest. The trip from Murphy to Asheville, NC includes breathtaking views along the beautiful Nantahala River Gorge. Highway 64 is also a scenic drive and can take you all the way to the coast of North Carolina.
The Blue Ridge Parkway, just one hour north of Cherokee County, is a favorite drive for all travelers. Many visitors enjoy driving the Blue Ridge Parkway during leaf-changing season in autumn. A journey through the Parkway is unforgettable and likely to include sightings of wildlife and expansive views of mountain valleys.
Along the parkway there are opportunities for hiking, shopping, fishing, bicycling, golfing and camping. Nature attractions include Craggy Gardens, full of pink and purple rhododendron blooms in the spring, and Mount Pisgah, which has a hiking trail with a spectacular view at the top. There are also cultural exhibits, programs and craft shops that highlight the local heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Complete Scenic Circle - Your guide for 12 scenic drives all within a 50 mile radius of Murphy, NC. Scenic drives, local information, historical locations, waterfalls, nature trails, river and lake acceess and area photos. Available in print at local stores or online through Amazon in e-book form. .