Walking trail from Mountain Majesty: Walk up road to top of mountain and then start down and turn right on Indian Gap road (.8 miles from MM). Turn right at top of hill at dead end onto Tsali Drive. Follow road and stay along left side (i.e. another road veers sharply right. You’ll dead end into the Whitehouse cabin. They’re directly below Mountain Majesty. There’s a trail up to MM along the east side of MM. (MM points north)
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Lake Winnepesaukah, or Lake Winnie, was rated a Top 10 family park by Travel and Leisure. Located in Chatanooga, TN. $3 gate admission, with $17 for unlimited rides. http://www.lakewinnie.com
The trail travels 2096 miles from Amicalola Falls, Georgia to Maine covering 14 states with it crossing Highway 19/129 south of Blairsville on Blood Mountain (elevation 4461 ft.). There are day trips available here. The trail also is accessible at Wesser Creek in the Nantahala Gorge, near the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) (www.noc.com)
Apples are in season from late August through late October. You can buy them from the Flea Market (in Murphy) or from the orchards. Stalcup Orchards in Murphy on Little Brasstown Road. Mercer’s Orchard just south of Copperhill or on Hwy. 5, Panorama Orchards in Ellijay on Hwy. 76.
Bikes can be rented through the Nantahala Outdoor Center. www.noc.com Call 888-905-7238.
This Asheville, NC 250-room mansion has a museum, winery, and gardens. Cost is around $50 daytime and kids under 9 are free. Open 7 days a week except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours and admission prices change with the seasons. Call 1-800-411-3812 for hours, rates, and special events. Allow 4 to 6 hours to tour. www.biltmore.com
Nottely Marina – Blairsville. Located on Hwy. 19/129 3 miles north of Blairsville. Pontoon and fishing boats. Call 706-745-3638. www.nottely.com
Mountainview Marina is located on the north end of Lake Hiawassee through Bear Paw subdivision. Covered slips, pontoon boat, ski boat, and fishing boat rentals, jet-wet rentals, fishing rods, knee boards, and skis. Small hamburger grill at marina. Call 828-644-5451 for rates and availability.
Boat rentals available at Cozy Cove on Lake Nottely toward Blairsville. Call 706-745-2468 for rates and availability. www.cozycoverealty.com
Lake Blue Ridge Marina – Call 706-632-2618. www.lakeblueridgemarina.com
Cherokee Lanes in Murphy has 16 lanes. On Hwy. 64. Call 828-837-8075.
The highest point in Georgia at 4784 feet. On clear days, a 360 degree view of three states (Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina) from the lookout tower on top. Approximately 35 miles. Follow Hwy. 19/129 south of Blairsville to Rt. 180. Turn left and follow Rt. 180 to Brasstown Bald. Drive to parking area almost to top. Parking lot is ½ mile from top. Walk is fairly steep but paved to top. A shuttle (small fee) is available spring, summer and fall. Call 706-896-2556 or 800-858-8027. http://ngeorgia.com/travel/brasstown.html
CABBAGE PATCH KIDS
Babyland General Hospital is located in Cleveland, GA about an hour and fifteen minute drive. Free tours of the hospital and watch a cabbage patch kid being born. Open year round. Combine this trip with one to Helen, GA. Call 706-865-2171. http://www.cabbagepatchkids.com/
In Tennessee just west of Gatlinburg. Go to Maryville, TN and then east on Hwy. 321. Cades Cove is an early settlement in a valley cove. Hiking, log cabins, and a national park in the area. In the early morning or around dusk, hundreds of deer come out of the woods. Also, bear, skunk and raccoon are often seen. See the drama Christy, visit Tuckaleechee Caverns and stop by Apple Valley Farms Gift Store. http://www.cadescove.net/
World famous white water rafting river made famous from the 1970’s movie Deliverance staring Burt Reynolds. Approximately 1 ½ hours from MM just east of Clayton, GA. The Chattooga is the border river between Georgia and South Carolina. The Chattooga will provide exhilarating rafting and intense hikes along the banks. Rafting trips are available from Southeast Expeditions. www.southeasternexpeditions.com Call 800-868-RAFT.
New 40+ mile two lane skyway connects Tellico Plains in southeast Tennessee to Robbinsville, NC. Full of scenic overlooks. Take Hwy. 129 to Robbinsville and turn left on Hwy. 143. http://www.cherohala.com/
CHEROKEE INDIAN RESERVATION
This is home for a large population of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee and the source of this county’s name. It is located 60 miles NE of Murphy. In the summer, the nation’s oldest drama “Unto These Hills” is a story of the Trail of Tears. The Oconaluftee Indian Village is open mid-May through mid-October where you can tour for $9 adults and $5 children and learn the heritage, traditions, and crafts. The reservation also has a Casino (828-497-7777). Call 828-497-2111. http://www.cherokee-nc.com/main.htm
Also, visit the Cherokee Historical Museum in downtown Murphy (87 Peachtree St.). Largest collection of Cherokee Indian info. Free. http://www.cherokeecounty-nc.gov/departments/museum/
Chimney Rock Park, Lake Lure, Bat Cave, and Gerton are all 25 miles southeast of Asheville and 2 ½ hours from MM. The 1000 acre park and visitor center is open year round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Cost is $6 in the winter and $10 in the summer. Kids 6-15 are half price. This was the film location for The Last of the Mohicans. Call 800-277-9611. http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/
Mountain Country Christmas Celebration with festival of trees, tours of homes, craft sales, plays, dramas, etc. from Thanksgiving through the first week of December. Young Harris College, Blairsville Call (706) 379-3111 www.yhc.edu
The Biltmore Estate is decorated for Christmas. www.biltmore.com
Our favorite Christian/non-denominational church in the area is The House of Prayer. www.godisgood.info
Baptist: The First Baptist Church of Murphy is across from McDonald’s. Sunday school at 9:45 and services at 11:00a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Call 828-837-2615. www.murphyfirst.org
Catholic: St. William’s of Murphy. Turn left at McDonald’s, follow through town. Church is 6 blocks past downtown near Oak Barrel Restaurant. Services Sat. 6:00 p.m. and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Call 828-837-2000. www.st-william.net
Presbyterian: Providence Presbyterian of Murphy. www.providencepcamurphy.org 828-837-9412
Tri County Community College, Murphy. Community courses, continuing education, and a 2 yr. Associate degree. School of cosmetology, nursing, computer. www.tricountycc.edu
Young Harris College, Young Harris, GA. Methodist college located on Hwy. 76 about 45 minutes from MM. Two year college. www.yhc.edu
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. 4 yr. Degree. 1 hour 45 minutes from MM. www.wcu.edu
Haywood Community College, Waynesville, NC. 2 yr. Degree in forestry and wildlife management. 2 hours from MM. www.haywood.edu
University of Tennessee – Chattanooga. 1 hour 45 minutes from MM. www.utc.edu
Covenant College 2 hours from MM. www.covenant.edu
City is known for their artisans, crafts, and hospitality. Home of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. The Jarrett House restaurant provides home style dining for $10. Try the cobbler! Call 800-972-5623. http://www.jarretthouse.com/
FALL MUSIC FESTIVAL AND FIDDLER’S CONVENTION
In mid-October enjoy music shows, midway, gospel show, fiddlers convention, arts & crafts and more at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee, GA. Call 706-896-4191. www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com
FIELDS OF THE WOOD
The 10 Commandments 5 feet high! On a mountainside, a tablet the size of two football fields! The flags of 60 nations outline a 150 foot cross at the top. With history back to 1896, the Church of God of Prophecy built the park because they believed that by engraving biblical truths on marble plaques, the stones themselves would inspire the tourist to a greater awareness of God. No admission fee. Open every day sunrise to sunset. Take Hwy. 64 west to Hwy. 294 North. Follow to left at split. 15 minutes from split. Giant stonework, lots of walking trails, gift shop, book store, baptismal pool, Gospel Theatre, Puppet Shows, beautifully maintained property, and the top of the mountain has a panoramic view that you can drive to or walk up the 354 steps to the Place of Prayer. Peaceful, tranquil. Take a picnic and continue on to the Hiawassee Dam for a tour of the dam and picnic beside the lake in the park. Stop at Cherokee Lake on the way back for some quiet fishing, swim, or picnic. Clean restrooms. Call 828-494-7855. www.fieldsofthewoodbiblepark.com
Swim in the creek, fish up stream, picnic areas, hiking trails. Hwy. 64 East from Murphy (turn right at Econolodge) toward Hayesville and turn left at gas station. Follow Forestry signs for Fires Creek.
Lake and stream fishing is abundant. NC fishing licenses are available at Wal-Mart in Murphy. You can buy day, annual, or comprehensive (lake and trout) licenses. Lake fishing includes crappie, large and small mouth bass, catfish, white bass, spotted bass, striped bass, and wall-eye pikes.
Tuesday: King’s Flea Market in Murphy diagonal from McDonald’s under the bridge behind Haywood Savings Bank. 7:30 a.m. to noon.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: Decker’s Flea Market and Foster’s Flea Market a the intersection of Hwy. 19/129 and Hwy. 64. 7:30 a.m. until dark during the summer. Closes around 2:00 in winter.
Other North Carolina Flea Markets: http://www.keysfleamarket.com/fleamarket/state/north_carolina.htm
Georgia Flea Markets: http://www.keysfleamarket.com/fleamarket/state/georgia.htm
Discount Furniture next to McDonald’s in Murphy. Owner is Hoyt Palmer. Good furniture, reasonable prices, will ship.
Town & Country Furniture in Blairsville. Hwy. 19/129 to Hwy. 76 then left. One block on left. Call 706-745-9410.
Moose Hollow Trading in Murphy. 828-837-4940 www.moosehollow.net
Badcock Home Furniture 828-837-2338 www.badcock.com
Ritz Furniture 828-837-7130
Prices are much lower in Georgia. Texaco gas station on Hwy. 19/129 toward Blairsville 4 miles from MM. They carry the Atlanta Journal newspaper on Sundays and basic groceries. There is also a Marathon station at the Georgia/North Carolina state line on Hwy. 19/129
GEORGIA MOUNTAIN FAIR
Usually, two weeks in mid-August in Hiawassee, GA (45 minute drive from MM). Quilting, crafts, music, blacksmithing, pioneer village, carnival food, etc. Call 706-896-4191. www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com
GIFT SHOPS AND CRAFTS
Shoppes of Murphy – A downtown mall that has several shops, such as coffee and wine shop, full service salon, mens store, art gallery, studio and a local newspaper office. A variety of evening events such as live music, wine tasting, and gallery exhibits take place in the mall. On Valley River Ave. Call 828-835-5840.
See also: Flea Market, John C. Campbell Folk School
Andrews Valley Artist’s Gallery - A professional, yet casual, gallery where visitors can purchase fine artwork and prints produced by talented local artists. On Main Street in Andrews. Call 828-321-9553. www.avartistsgallery.com
There’s gold in them thar hills! In Dahlonega, GA on US 19 south of Blairsville. Guided tours of mines, museums, go 70 feet below the earth into tunnels. Open year round Monday to Saturday 9 to 5 and Sunday 10 to 5. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Visit the Smith House Restaurant (family style) www.smithhouse.com while in Dahlonega (closed Mondays). Call the Dahlonega Chamber of Commerce at 706-864-3711. www.dahlonega.org
Old Union. This course opened in May, 2009. It’s about 5 miles from Mountain Majesty and it’s a jewel!!! www.olduniongolf.com 706-745-4653. Follow the mountain road to the bottom. Turn left on Moccasin Creek. Take the first right onto Moccasin Road. Follow about 2 miles to the dead end. Turn left on Ivy Log Road. The course is about 2 miles on the right.
Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Murphy – 18 hole championship golf course, par 72 and driving range. Greens fees are $15 for 18 holes to walk or $25.60 with cart. Tennis Courts, swimming pool and health spa. Turn right at the McDonald’s in Murphy and follow 2-3 miles. Call 828-837-5853. www.cherokeehillsgolfandcountryclub.com
Brasstown Valley Resort, Young Harris, GA – 18 hole championship links course associated with Brasstown Valley Resort. Take Hwy. 76 east of Blairsville, through Young Harris. On right after Young Harris. Call 706-379-9900 or 800-201-3205. http://www.brasstownvalley.com
Butternut Creek Golf Course, Blairsville – 18 hole golf course on Hwy. 19/129 across form the KFP. Call 706-439-6076 or 877-745-5153. www.butternutcreekgolf.com
The Ridges, Hayesville. www.ridgeslife.com. Very nice!
Chatuge Shores – 18 hole, par 72 in Hayesville. Greens fees are $18 to walk and $30 with cart. Driving range. Take Hwy. 76 east of Blairsville. Continue through Young Harris. Turn left at first stoplight (Hwy 17) upon entering Hiawassee. Golf course two miles on right. Call 828-389-8940. www.chatugeshoresgolf.com
Copper Basin Golf Club – 9 hole, off Hwy. 64 west just over TN state line. http://www.golflink.com/golf-courses/course.aspx?course=1034856
Innsbruck – 18 hole mountainous course and driving range in Helen, GA. Call 800-642-2709. www.innsbruckgolfclub.com
Walk the mile high swinging bridge! Watch hang gliders exhibition 4 times daily (weather permitting), picnic area, trails. 3-4 hour drive from MM. From Boone, NC, take Hwy. 105 to Linville, NC. Turn left on US 221 and the entrance is 2 miles on left. If traveling on the Blue Ridge Parkway, exit US 221 to Linville, NC and the entrance will be 1 mile on the right. Call 800-438-7500. http://www.grandfather.com/
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
America’s most popular national park with over 520,000 acres for sight-seeing, camping, hiking or fishing. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm
Murphy- about 12 miles:
Blairsville – about 12 miles:
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The Alpine Village of the Blue Ridge Mountains. An old gold town in 1878, lumbering town in 1928, today is a prime tourist stop offering shopping, German restaurants and pubs, and tubing. The Oktoberfest starts in mid-September and runs through October and is very popular (and crowded). Take Hwy. 19/129 south through Blairsville, over Blood Mountain, and follow signs. About 1 ½ hours from MM. Call 800-858-8027. See Anna Ruby Falls or play GOLF at Innsbruck golf course while here. www.helenga.org
See CADES Cove, Joyce Kilmer Park, Smoky Mountains National Park, Appalachian Trail, Brasstown Bald, Vogel State Park, Unicoi State Park, and Fire’s Creek.
Trackrock Stables – Blairsville. South on Hwy. 19/129 through Blairsville. A few miles out of Blairsville, turn left at Owl Town Grocery. Follow signs. 1 and 2 hours rides. Beginner and advanced horses. Call 706-745-5252. http://www.trackrock.com/stables.html
Nantahala Village Riding Stables – Open April/May through Sept./Oct. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Hour trips, day trips, and overnight trips. Located on Hwy 12/74 in the Nantahala Gorge. Call 828-488-9649 or 828-488-2903. http://www.nvridingstable.zoomshare.com/
Thundering Hooves Riding Stables– Open 7 days a week, April – November. Located West of Bryson City on 19/74 West. Call 828-488-0446
License required! Wild Turkey, fox, deer, squirrel, dove, bear. http://www.huntingsociety.org/NCarolina.html
JOHN C. CAMPBELL FOLK SCHOOL
70 year old school patterned after the Danish Folk Schools. Originally established to educate natives in domestic and agricultural arts to improve living conditions. Today it operates as a craft and folk arts center. Classes are available on a weekly basis ($250 to $750 per student) and some weekends in banjo making, quilting, blacksmithing, music, dance, folklore, photography, and yes, basketweaving. A gift shop of student’s is open to the public. The school is located very close to MM. At the bottom of the mountain turn right to Hwy. 19/129. Take the first right onto Martin’s Creek Road. Follow past grade school and turn right immediately after school onto Brasstown Valley Road. Follow 4-5 miles and you will see the school on both sides. Craft shop is on right on lower level of large white building. Most Friday nights at 7:30 the school offers entertainment in the hall. Check the Cherokee Scout newspaper for details or call 828-837-2775. http://www.folkschool.org/
JOYCE KILMER MEMORIAL FOREST
Enjoy the deep woods of this natural treasure where hiking trails weave through the wilderness. The back side has a trail called Slick Rock Creek that you can hike to a waterfall. http://main.nc.us/graham/hiking/joycekil.html
There are 8 major lakes in the area with 8700 acres of clear water allowing swimming, fishing, water skiing, boating and camping.
Hiawassee, Apalachia, and Cherokee are the most scenic. Nantahala, Santeelah, Chatuge, Fontana Reservoir, and Nottely are also close. The TVA lakes are drained in the late fall and winter.
The exact time of fall peak color is difficult to predict. Usually between October 15 and early November a spectacular array of color can be enjoyed.
Murphy Public Library and Nantahala Regional Library are both in the same location in Murphy. Open Monday through Fridays 9 to 5, Thursday 9 to 9, and Saturday 9 to 3. Call 828-837-2025. www.nantahalalibrary.org
Tri-County Community College library in Murphy is open Monday through Thursday, 8 to 10 and Friday 8 to 3. http://www.tricountycc.edu/library.php
Largest underground lake in the world! Caverns also. Good rainy day trip. Near Sweetwater, TN. Rain or shine open every day except Christmas from 9 to dusk. The cavern’s temp. is 58 degrees year round. Cruise the lake in glass bottom boats and view some of the world’s largest rainbow trout. Only a few caves contain Anthodites “Cave Flowers” and these beautiful crystalline formations are abundant at the lost sea. Guided 1 hour tours. Visit Orr Mountain Winery nearby. Call 423-337-6616. http://www.thelostsea.com
Henn Theatre in downtown Murphy. Turn left at McDonald’s. Turn left at next
light. On right. Call 828-837-2618.
The Cherokee County Historical Museum in Murphy has over 2000 exhibits describing the mountain Indian’s lifestyle. Also, doll collection. Open Monday through Friday 9 to 5. 87 Peachtree Street. Free. Call 828-837-6792. http://www.cherokeecounty-nc.gov/departments/museum/
Official home of Mountain Majesty! Population less than 1,600. Cherokee County population is about 25,000. Murphy is the western-most city in North Carolina and the County Seat. Great information about Murphy, NC: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murphy,_North_Carolina
NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES
Cherokee County Courthouse in Murphy. This courthouse is the fifth courthouse in U.S. history. The blue marble was quarried in Cherokee County. http://www.cherokeecounty-nc.gov/
2 ½ hours from MM. Over 75 restaurants and 44 family attractions. Shopping at over 200 factory outlet stores. Home of Dollywood – Dolly Parton’s Tennessee mountain home and theme park. 35 miles southeast of Knoxville, five miles north of Gatlinburg, TN and 5 miles north of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Call the Department of Tourism at 800-251-9100. Dixie Stampede dinner and show. www.dollywood.com or http://www.mypigeonforge.com
Quilts can be found at most antique stores. Great display at Unicoi State Park, GA. On Hwy. 19/129 south toward Blairsville, Mrs. Raper’s home on right has “hand-made quilts” sign out front. http://www.gastateparks.org/info/unicoi/
Tri County Raceway is a dirt track off Hwy. 64 East between Murphy and Hayesville. Races most Saturday nights. Sometimes the car rumbling can be heard from MM. Call 828-837-3815. www.tricountyracetrack.com
The Great Smoky Mountain Railway has excursion trips from March through New Years Day over some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Southeast. One trip option includes lunch at a restaurant in the Nantahala Gorge. Departures from Andrews, NC (25 miles from MM), Bryson City, and Dillsboro. Call 800-872-4681 for information and reservations. http://www.gsmr.com/
Dining out in the mountains is usually an evening out. Call ahead to confirm restaurant hours. Restaurants close earlier in the area, often around 9:30 and are often not open every day.
Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant – Murphy. To Murphy. 8 blocks past McDonald’s. Left at Lowe’s. Follow to end. Turn right. Doyle’s will be one block on the left. (next to Catholic Church). Meals run $9 to $17. Nice to sit on porch during nice weather. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. 828-837-3400 www.doylescedarhill.com
Murphy’s Chop House – opened in 2009. Upscale. www.murphyschophouse.com Located downtown. Follow Hwy. 64 toward town. Turn left at McDonald’s. Follow through stoplight at Peachtree Street. Restaurant is two blocks on the right after the road curves to the right.
No Name Deli – Murphy. Great lunch. Closed weekends and nights except Friday night. Great ice cream parlor next door (open most nights except Sunday). Next to McDonald’s. Call 828-837-9138.
ShoeBootie’s – Downtown Murphy Left at McDonald’s, turn right at light, on left. Great atmosphere, friendly service, good food, reasonable prices. Open for lunch and evenings Tuesday through Saturday. Live music and dancing Friday nights. Saturday night is a more formal setting with live music. Call 828-837-4589. www.shoebootiescafe.com
Brother’s – Hwy. 64 west just west of the Hwy. 19/129 intersection (by Decker’s Flea Market). 828-835-9100 www.brothersrestaurantinmurphy.com
Gaston’s – Downtown Murphy. 828-837-0530 Lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch
Rib Country – On Highway 64 on the right going into Murphy. 828-837-4444 www.ribcountrybbq.com
The Daily Grind – Coffee shop offering specialty drinks. Also has wine by the bottle and live music. Call 828-835-7322. www.thedailygrindandwine.com
Monte Alban – Mexican – on Hwy. 64 on the right side heading into Murphy. 837-835-9767
Sweet Tooth – Ice cream, shakes, and smoothies. Call 828-837-8615.
Long House – At Cherokee Hills Golf and Country Club in Murphy. All you can eat seafood buffet Friday nights. Open Wed. through Sunday nights from 4:30. Call 800-334-3905 or 828-837-1762. www.thelonghouserestaurant.com
New Happy Garden –Murphy. Chinese open 7 days. Very good! Just into Murphy on the left. Call 828-837-0711. www.hgbuffetandgrill.com
Mountain View Marina Grill Call - 828-321-1802
Parker’s Lunch Counter – 14 Valley River Avenue. 828-837-1395 Old fashioned lunch counter. BBQ, burgers, etc.
Arby’s – Just into Murphy on Hwy. 64 on the right.
McDonald’s – Murphy on Hwy. 64 Call 828-837-7093
Burger King – Murphy off Hwy. 64 across from Wal-Mart
Taco Bell – Murphy on Hwy. 64 on right in front of Ingles
KFC – Murphy off Hwy. 64 across road from Wal-Mart.
Wendy’s – Murphy on Hwy. 64 on left as you enter town.
Pizza Hut – Murphy on Hwy. 64 as you enter town.
Captain D’s – Murphy on Hwy. 64 on left as you enter town
Quizno’s – Murphy on Hwy. 64 on left before getting to town. In strip mall before ACE Hardware
Zaxby’s – Murphy on Hwy. 63on the left as you come into town.
Blairsville Restaurant. Located on Earnest Street, Downtown. From Hwy. 19/129 and Hwy. 76 intersection, turn left onto Hwy. 76 East. Take first right onto Earnest Street. Call 706-745-6921.
Cook’s Country Kitchen. Good cooking. Turn left onto Hwy. 76 east. Take second right and Millie’s is at the top of the ramp. Call 706-745-1332.
Sicily’s Pizza and Subs Pasta. Located in the strip mall on Hwy. 19/129 just north of Hwy. 76. (706) 745-0232
The Aviator Café. (706) 781-1043 www.theaviatorcafe.com
Grinds and Glazes. (706) 745-0748
Fatz’s – on Hwy. 76 three blocks east of Hwy. 19/129. www.fatzcafe.com 706-781-1643
Zaxby’s – On Hwy. 76 two blocks east of Hwy. 19/129
Blimpie’s – Located on Hwy. 76 three blocks east of Hwy. 19/129 intersection.
Wendy’s – One Hwy. 76 about a mile east of Hwy. 19/129 on the right past the Home Depot
Monte Alban – Mexican. Located on Hwy. 19/129 on left a few blocks before reaching Hwy. 76. Just before Butternut Creek Golf Course.
Riverside Restaurant at Pappy’s Market Place. 20 miles from MM. Take Hwy. 19/129 south of Blairsville. About 5 miles south of Blairsville. Open Tues/Wed 11-8, Thur/Fri 11-9, and Sat/Sun 7-9. Call 706-745-9885.
Rib Country Barbeque – on Hwy. 76 about 8 blocks east of Hwy. 19/129…past Home Depot on the left.
I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt – Located with Blimpie’s on Hwy. 76 three blocks east of Hwy. 19/129 intersection.
McDonald’s – on Hwy. 19/129.
Burger King – on Hwy. 76 and 19/129 intersection.
KFC – on Hwy. 19/129.
Chestnut’s Café Great food, atmosphere and value. Dinners around $8 to $12. Take Hwy. 64 west to Murphy. Continue straight to Andrews. Turn right at the stoplight past the Murphy/Andrews airport (on your left). Restaurant is a few blocks on the left. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. Call 828-321-4566.
Cole House Fine Dining – 828-321-0874 www.cole-house.com Early 20th Century home. Great view from deck. Aged steaks, mountain trout, fine wines.
Elsie’s Steak and Seafood – burned down in 1999 but rebuilt across from Ingles. Open for dinner until 9pm. Call 828-321-4915.
Toccoa Riverside Restaurant – Blue Ridge, GA. Turn south/east at the Conoco station on Hwy. 515 in Blue Ridge, turn left and proceed to stop sign (next to Pizza Hut). Turn left and go ¼ mile to Aska Road. Turn right and follow 8 miles to restaurant on left. Delicious, family operated, overlooking Toccoa River……Best around. 40 miles from MM. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Lunch 11:30-3pm, Dinner 4:30pm – on. Call 706-632-7891. www.toccoariverside.com
Victorian House Restaurant. www.victorian-house-restaurant.com (706) 258-2275
Cucina Rustica – Italian. Located two miles north of Blue Ridge on Hwy. 76 about a mile before the left turn onto Loving Road. Located on right side of road in Forge Mill Crossing. 706-374-7474
Blue Ridge Brewery – www.blueridgebrewery.com 706-632-6611
McDonald’s – on Hwy. 515.
Burger King – on Hwy. 515.
Taco Bell – on Hwy. 515.
Wendy’s – on Hwy. 515.
Arby’s – Blue Ridge on Hwy. 515.
Zaxby’s – Blue Ridge on Hwy. 515
Other locations - North Carolina
River’s End Restaurant at the Nantahala Outdoor Center – Hwy. 74 past Andrews at the east end of the Nantahala Gorge. http://www.noc.com/index.php/rivers-end.html 888-905-7238
Nantahala Village Inn Restaurant – Bryson City, NC Superb dining in a neat lodge type atmosphere. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, depending on the season. Closed December, January, and February. Hour drive from MM. Call 800-438-1507. http://www.nvnc.com
Relia’s – At the Nantahala Outdoor Center, left across the bridge. Closed in the winter. Call 828-488-2175 or 800-232-7238.
The Country Cottage – Hayesville. Good food. Large menu. 30 minute wait often after 5:30. Take Hwy. 76 east of Blairsville through Young Harris. Turn left at first stoplight as you enter Hiawassee (Hwy. 17). Follow about 3 miles and restaurant on left. (828) 389-8621
Other locations - Georgia
Brasstown Valley Resort. East of Young Harris on Hwy. 76. About 25 miles from MM. Take Hwy. 19/129 to Blairsville. Turn left at stoplight onto Hwy. 76 East. Follow through Young Harris and turn right into Brasstown Valley Resort. Open 7 days a week. Has a main dining room and sports bar. Call 706-379-9900. http://www.brasstownvalley.com
Watercrest at Fieldstone Restaurant – Hiawassee, GA. Next to marine and the Fieldstone Inn. Take Hwy. 76 east from Blairsville through Young Harris to Hiawassee. On left off Hwy. 76. Call 706-896-4141. http://www.fieldstoneinn.com
Smith House – Dahlonega, GA. Excellent family style restaurant located downtown. Call 800-852-9577. www.smithhouse.com
Dillard House – Dillard, GA. North of Clayton, GA. Good family style restaurant. Great stop after a day on the Chattooga. Call 800-541-0671. www.dillardhouse.com
Tanglewood Restaurant – Sautee, GA. Located 4 miles from Helen on Highway 356, 1 mile from Unicoi State Park. Call 706-878-1044.
ROCK CITY GARDENS
Rock City Gardens is located atop Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, TN. Self guided tour along the trail to see spectacular natural scenery. See seven states from Lover’s Leap. 2 hour drive from MM. Take Hwy. 64 West and follow past Ocoee River to Interstate 75. Call 706-820-2531. http://www.seerockcity.com
Located at Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, TN. Cavern tour with 145 foot multicolored waterfall inside. Open every day but Christmas. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. rain or shine. Take Hwy. 64 west to Cleveland, TN. South on I-75 to Chattanooga. West on I-24 to Exits 174, 175 or 178 and follow signs to Lookout Mountain. While in area, visit Rock City Gardens, Incline Railway, Southern Belle, Riverboat, Tennessee Aquarium. Call 423-821-2544. http://www.rubyfalls.com
Franklin, NC. Only natural ruby deposits in North America. Buy buckets of mining earth and wash the contents in the flumes provided. Garnets, sapphires, rubies, etc. Take Hwy. 64 East from Murphy to Franklin. Follow signs to mines. Call Chamber of Commerce at 800-336-7829. http://www.sheffieldmine.com/ http://www.masonsrubyandsapphiremine.com/
Cherokee, NC. Family park and zoo. Call 828-497-9191. http://www.santaslandnc.com
Snow skiing at Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley, NC. 2 ½ hours from MM. Beginner chair lift and slope, tow rope, and J Bar. 9 slopes and trails. Ski school. Call 800-768-3588 for ski report or 800-768-0285 for office. www.cataloochee.com
Backpacking and canoeing in the Joyce Kilmer – Slickrock Wilderness is an excellent day trip. Joyce Kilmer Park is near Robbinsville, NC and Slickrock is on the back side of it. http://www.wilderness.net/index.cfm?fuse=NWPS&sec=wildView&wname=Joyce%20Kilmer-Slickrock%20Wilderness
Take Hwy. 64 East to Hwy. 74 to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Waynesville, NC. About 2 ½ hours from MM. Giant rock formation that you can slide down with the water into a large pool at the bottom. Also, hiking trails, fish hatchery, and Looking Glass Falls are nearby continuing south on Hwy. 276. Wear old sturdy shorts and take a picnic. Bathhouse available to change. Call Chamber of Commerce at 706-745-5789. http://ncnatural.com/NCUSFS/Pisgah/lkglass.html
Blairsville, GA the last 3 weekends in October. Annual road run, car show, parade, biscuit eating contests, square dance, greased pig contest, pole climbing contest, and tobacco spitting contest. Have the BBQ! Watch the cooking and jarring of pure golden brown sorghum syrup. Call Blairsville Chamber of Commerce at 706-745-5789. http://sorghum.blairsville.com/
In Chattanooga. Wonderful aquarium and educational experience. All ages! Follow water life from swamp to stream to lakes to rivers to the ocean. Over 7000 animals in one of the world’s largest aquariums. Self guided tours that can be done in 2-3 hours. Call 800-262-0695. http://www.tnaqua.org
City courts in Murphy. 5-6 lighted courts. Free. Turn left at McDonald’s and follow a mile to courts on left. Courts also at Cherokee Hills Country Club in Murphy, Tri-County Community College behind building B, Union County Recreation Park on Hwy. 19/129 toward Blairsville, Young Harris College, and Pied Piper Campgrounds.
Unto These Hills – Fantastic outside drama in Cherokee with the story of the Trail of Tears about the Cherokee Indians. Open mid-June to late August. http://www.cherokee-nc.com/index.php?page=9
Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville offers plays throughout the year. Home of the LickLog Players. Call 828-389-8632. http://www.licklogplayers.org/
The Trout Pond, Morganton, GA http://www.thetroutpond.com/ (706) 374-2389
UNICOI STATE PARK
A Georgia State Park near Helen, GA. Great quilt display, cafeteria style restaurant, and hiking. Tent, trailer, and RV sites. Cottages and 100 room lodge and conference center. 53 acre lake and beach. Canoe and boat rentals. Lighted tennis courts. Call 706-878-3982 (park) or 706-878-2201 (lodge). http://www.unicoistatepark.org/
VOGEL STATE PARK
A Georgia State Park south of Blairsville on Hwy. 19/129. 40 minutes from MM. Miniature golf, pond with ducks, pedal boats, beach, hiking trails, camping. See Helton Creek Waterfalls nearby (just south of Vogel on Hwy. 19/129). http://www.gastateparks.org/info/vogel/
Murphy has one of the oldest wagon trains in the area with approximately 1000 participants. The wagon train circles up in Murphy or Andrews usually during the July 4th parade. It is definitely a sight to see!
North Carolina: http://www.ncwaterfalls.com/
Cullasaja Falls – near Franklin, NC on the way to Highlands. Take Hwy. 64 East from Murphy. http://www.ncwaterfalls.com/cull1.htm
Anna Ruby Falls – Set high on the slopes of Tray Mountain and surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest, this unique set of twin waterfalls is surrounded by a 1600 acre scenic area. Formed by Curtis Creek dropping 153 feet and York Creek dropping 50 feet to form the Anna Ruby Falls. Near Helen, GA and Unicoi State Park. http://georgiatrails.com/trails/annaruby.html
Amicalola Falls – Near Dawsonville, GA. The highest waterfall in the Southeast at 729 feet. Take a trip 8 miles to Springer Mountain for the start of the Appalachian Trail. 3 miles of nature trails, 3 playgrounds, 5 picnic shelters. Drive to the top of the falls for spectacular view down. Lodge with restaurant and hotel at top. “Amicalola” means tumbling waters. Approximately 1 ½ hours from MM. Take Hwy. 19/129 south to Blairsville. Take Hwy. 76 west to Hwy. 52 east. Follow Hwy. 52 to Amicalola. http://www.amicalolafalls.com/
Helton Creek Water Falls – Vertical drop of 100 feet, deep in hardwood forest with easy access. Go south on Hwy. 19/129 through Blairsville. Turn left on Helton Creek Road just before Vogel State Park. Pavement ends and parking on right. Trail leads to the right and take all the way to the end! Easy walk. http://www.greatgeorgiaproperties.com/Outdoor-adventures/Helton-Creek-Falls.htm
White water rafting is an adventure! Rapids are rated by class (I to VI) based on drop, water flow, danger, etc. Class IV and V rapids are intense and class VI are not passable.
Chattooga River, GA – An hour and a half from MM. Border river of Georgia and South Carolina. Take Hwy. 19/129 to Hwy. 76 East. Follow east to Clayton, GA. Follow Hwy. 76 past Clayton and after 10 miles you will cross the Chattooga over a bridge (SC on the other side). The Chattooga is world famous for the movie Deliverance (see MM movie library). The river is naturally flowing and complete wilderness. Only for serious adventure seekers! No building is allowed within a ¼ mile area on both sides of the river. The river trips are regulated with a group of 5-6 rafts going down every hour. Variety of trips and different levels for 7 hours or overnighters. Usually the trips include lunch on the river. Must be 13 years old to raft sections III and IV (Many class V rapids). Life preservers, helmets, raft, and guides are provided. Southeastern Expeditions is the outfitter I recommend. They are located 2 miles before the river on the right. Trips are approximately $80 on weekdays and $95 on weekends. Worth every penny! Call 800-868-RAFT (Southeastern Expeditions) in advance for reservations. Only two other outfitters are licensed to run the Chattooga: Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) at 800-232-7238 and Wildwater Ltd. at 800-451-9972. www.southeasternexpeditions.com http://www.noc.com or http://www.wildwaterrafting.com
Ocoee River, TN – A forty-five minute drive from MM. Take Hwy. 64 west from flea market. Follow to Ocoee River (on left). Home of the 1996 Summer Olympic Kayak and Canoe competitions. Cost is approximately $30 a person with age limitations. Contact Ocoee Adventure Center at 888-RAFT-OAC. Lisa Waggoner is the sales agent and a good friend. She and her husband Brad gave me a kayak lesson and referred me to Dan Adams who sold me the property and built Mountain Majesty. Or contact Southeastern Expedition (800-868-RAFT) or Nantahala Outdoor Center (800-232-7238) for guided trips. A few class V rapids. River is regulated by a dam. During the day, you’ll see many rafts and people. Hwy. 64 runs alongside the river which takes away from the wilderness effect. http://www.ocoeeadventurecenter.com/ http://www.ocoeerafting.com/ www.wildwaterrafting.com www.noc.com
Nantahala River, NC – A 45 minute drive from MM. Near Topton, NC on Hwy. 19. Less intense river. One class IV rapid at the end. People are allowed to go down without a guide. Takes about 3 hours down the river. There is a 60lb. Minimum to raft. Brookside Campground is a good place to rent a raft. They’ll also drop off and pick up and they provide hot showers at the end of the day. Approx. $12 per person. Call 828-321-5209. www.noc.com www.paddle-inn.com www.white-water.com
Calaboose Cellars – Andrews, NC (828) 321-2006 www.calaboosecellars.com
Crane Creek Vineyards – Young Harris (706) 379-1236 www.cranecreekvineyards.com
Frogtown Cellars, Dahlonega (706) 865-0687 www.frogtownwine.com
Wolf Mountain Vineyards, Dahlonega (706) 867-9862 www.wolfmountainvineyards.com
Habersham Winery, Helen, GA 706.878.9463 http://www.habershamwinery.com/Orr Mountain Winery in Madisonville, TN. See vineyards, see how processing is done from press to vat, to tank to bottle. Tasting room and free tours. Halfway between Knoxville and Chattanooga. Beautiful drive out Hwy. 68 . Turn on CR 117 between mileposts 8 and 9. Open July/August: 7 days a week, other months Wednesday – Sunday. Call 423-442-5340. http://www.tnvacation.com/vendors/orr_mountain_winery/