Often visitors to North Carolina come for relaxation and fresh air. And why wouldn’t they? Covered in vast forests, mountain ranges and wide open space, North Carolina boasts some of the best areas for outdoor recreation including rivers, hiking and biking trails and parks.

One of the most popular national parks in the country is in North Carolina. The Great Smoky Mountains receive millions visitors a year and it’s easy to understand why. Covering more than 520,000 acres of land, Smoky Mountain National Park has something for everyone including hiking, camping, tubing, and wildlife spotting. Just be sure to watch out for the park’s resident black bears.

North Carolina is home to four national forests as well including Pisgah National Forest which is just a short drive from Cherokee County. A popular spot in the forest is Rocky Bluff Recreation Area which is a popular park for hikers, fishermen, and campers.

The Murphy River Walk & Canoe Trail is a beautiful greenway which follows the Valley River and the Hiwassee River surrounding the historic town center of Murphy, North Carolina.  The 2 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.

Fields of the Wood is a Bible Park open daily from sunrise to sunset.  From Prayer Mountain to Ten Commandments Mountain and to the All Nations Cross, God's Word unfolds through marble and stone.  Gift Shop & Cafe' hours vary according to the season. 

The great outdoors are calling from North Carolina. If you’re planning a vacation be sure to check out all of the outdoor adventures Cherokee County, North Carolina has to offer. 

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Andrews Recreational Park
Andrews Recreational Park
Recreational Activities
Address 160 Park Street | Andrews, NC 28901
Phone: 828-321-2135
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
Fields of the Wood
Fields of the Wood
A Bible Park with cafe and gift shop
Address 10000 Hwy 294 | Murphy, NC 28906
Phone: 828-494-7855
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
Harold H.  Hall Memorial Park
Harold H. Hall Memorial Park
Memorial Park
Address First Street | Andrews, NC 28901
Heritage Park Disc Golf
Heritage Park Disc Golf
Heritage Park Disc Golf
Address Behind the Andrews Recreation Park located on Main Street | Andrews, NC 28901
Murphy River Walk & Canoe Trail
Murphy River Walk & Canoe Trail
Murphy River Walk & Canoe Trail
Address P.O. Box 1152 | Murphy, NC 28906
Valley River Park
Valley River Park
Recreational Park
Address Wilhide Street | Highway 19/74 (Nantahala Byway), right on Robbinsville Road, left on Wilhide Street. | Andrews, NC 28901