Murphy Area

Ideally located less than 2 hours from Atlanta, Chattanooga, Gatlinburg and Asheville. If casino gaming is your thing, we’re only 60 miles from Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee. If you like outdoor activities, visit our numerous lakes and rivers for boating, fishing, swimming, white water rafting and tubing. You can hike, bike, horseback ride, picnic and view waterfalls at nearby forests and state parks. Shoppers will enjoy exploring the quaint town of Murphy along with nearby Blairsville and Blue Ridge. The Cherokee golf course is only about a mile or two from the cabin and the John C. Campbell Folk School is just 5 minutes away. Thrill seekers will enjoy white water rafting, zip lining or cruising the “tale of the dragon”. If you are looking to take a drive, visit Helen GA, the Cherokee reservation, Harrah’s Casino, Biltmore mansion, and so much more. Take a shorter drive to Franklin to look for gemstones or ride the Smokey Mountain Railway train from Bryson City – both less than an hour away. We have lots of brochures for you to review in our cabin. Most folks might find it enjoyable to relax on our deck, listening to the creek and watching for deer and turkeys. Whatever you decide, life is good when you are at Up the Creek.

Here are just a few ideas to consider for your vacation activities:

John Campbell Folk School. Located just minutes from Up the Creek, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing. You’re welcome to explore their beautiful campus during daylight hours in a free and self-directed tour. On most weekdays and several weekends year-round, people like you are learning craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography, and writing in small classes scattered across campus. Have fun and take a class!

Decker Flea Market. Decker's flea market is the perfect place to go if you're looking for a fun and unique item for a gift or for a decorator piece for your home. The local produce is amazing, the prices are reasonable, the items are varied, and the boiled peanuts are fresh. Deckers is located at the junction of 74/119 and is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday. Among other things there is often music; not to mention terrific buys.

Historic Murphy NC. Downtown is beautiful with tree lined streets and many historic buildings restored to their original state. Murphy has restaurants, many unique shops, and other interesting establishments all within walking distance in the heart of town. Make sure to go on Saturday mornings for the local artists and farmers market.

Murphy River Walk and Canoe Trail. Hit the beautifully scenic Murphy River Walk at Konehete Park or the McClelland Street or the Old L&N Depot trail heads in town, and enjoy! Canoe and kayak put-ins can be found on Payne Street and Hiwassee Street just beyond the River Walk trail. The approximate 3 miles of trail surfaces start at the far end of Konehete Park along the Valley River, and end at the Old L&N Depot by the Hiwassee River bridge. View a map of the trail.

Mercier Orchards is more than just an orchard -- it is an apple lover’s dream. Anyone who loves sweets must try the  fried pies from their amazing bakery. The apple cider is like biting into an apple - delicious! 

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Their scenic rail excursions takes you from a historic depot through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina. A variety of train excursions and special event trains makes it perfect for making memories with your friends and families! Dine in First Class Cars with a private attendant and breathtaking views or take it all in while riding in an open air gondola!

Go White Water Rafting!  Western North Carolina has some of the best white water in the Eastern US. Just over the TN line (about 40 min away), the Ocoee River was the site of the 1996 Olympics. The Nantahala River is a popular destination too with many rafting companies to choose from for a thrilling day on the water.

Horse back riding is pretty popular around these parts and if you'd like to try it there are several places (below). Chunky Gal Stables is Western North Carolina's best horseback riding experience! Chunky Gal Stables offers trail riding, lessons, training, and boarding. 

Cherokee Hills Golf & Country Club. Cherokee Hills is beautifully located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and less than 5 minutes from Up the Creek. It is a very scenic and challenging course. This difficult course was built on hilly terrain. There are trees that can alter your shots, and water hazards come into play on many holes. The signature hole is #3, a 520-yard, par 5, which requires an approach shot over a pond. Cherokee Hills is a championship, 18 hole golf course, par 72. They also have a pool, tennis courts, driving range, practice putting green and fitness trail. 828-837-5853, 800-334-3905

Scenic Drives. With 318 curves in 11 miles, Tail of the Dragon at Deal's Gap is America's number one motorcycle and sports car road. The Cherohala Skyway is quickly becoming number two with its remote 60 miles of scenic mountain highway. If you are interested in a day trip, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers 469 miles connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia Stunning views, abundant hiking trails, picnic areas, campsites, and interpretative exhibits. There is ample recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities, and natural beauty featuring one of the world’s most diverse display of flora and fauna

Harrah's Cherokee. Located about 1.5 hours from Up the Creek, Harrah's Cherokee offers a whopping 150,000 feet of gaming. In addition to countless slot machines, Harrah's Cherokee now features live table games like Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and more of your favorites!