Nestled among mountains and valleys in western North Carolina, Cherokee County is home to many lakes that offer abundant outdoor activities and scenic views for travelers of all ages. Perhaps one of the most notable is the Hiwassee Lake in Murphy, North Carolina, which is surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest. Complete with ample opportunities for canoeing, picnicking, boating, camping and hiking, the Hiwassee is set against a beautiful mountain backdrop.

Built in 1942, Cherokee Lake is used for recreational purposes such as fishing and also serves wildlife protection purposes. It is supported by the Persimmon Creek Dam and Persimmon Creek and offers 50-acres for boating and fishing.

Apalachia Lake is a remote lake in Cherokee County. Covering only 1,100 acres, the small size of Apalachia Lake lends itself to a variety of sport fishing including smallmouth bass, spotted bass, redbreast sunfish, largemouth bass and white bass.

Many other lakes are in close proximity to Cherokee County, so travelers can make a short day trip to explore more scenic and recreational spots. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend getaway or simply wanting to feed your adventuresome spirit with hiking, boating, fishing and swimming, Cherokee County’s lakes have something for you.

Cherokee Lake Picnic Area
Cherokee Lake Picnic Area
Cherokee Lake Picnic Area
Address 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
Phone: 828-837-5152
Dukes Hideaway Marina
Dukes Hideaway Marina
NESTLED IN THE HEART of United States Forest Service - Dukes Hideaway Marina is the "Perfect" way to spend your time in Murphy North Carolina!
Address 555 Duke Lodge Road | Murphy, NC 28906
Phone: 828-835-3332
Hanging Dog US Forest Service Recreation Area/Campground
Hanging Dog US Forest Service Recreation Area/Campground
Hanging Dog US Forest Service Recreation Area
Address Take Joe Brown highway (SR 1326) northwest out of Murphy for 5 miles. Turn left at the entrance sign, into the Park. | Murphy, NC 28906
Phone: 1-877-444-6777
Mountain View Marina
Mountain View Marina
To access the relaxing waters of Lake Hiawassee, visit Mountain View Marina.
Address 200 Dean Aldrich Drive | Murphy, NC 28906
Phone: 828-644-5451
Shook's Marina
Shook's Marina
Shook's Marina
Address 11003 Joe Brown Highway | Murphy, NC 28906
Phone: 828-837-2863