Lake Days

There’s something therapeutic about days spent on the lake. Lazily floating with the mountains surrounding you and the sun reflecting off the water is truly good for the soul. We’re blessed to have Lake Hiwassee, Lake Appalachia, and Cherokee Lake right here in our county, not to mention more than 100,000 acres of Forest Service Land.

We have 3 marinas on Lake Hiwassee that offer slip rentals, both long and short term, as well as:

  • Pontoon Boat Rentals
  • Paddle Board Rentals
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Pedal Boat Rentals
  • Fishing/ Power Boat Rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Gasoline
  • Bait, Boating Supplies, Snacks, and Drinks

So if you own a boat, or simply want to rent for a day, you can live your best life right here where NC begins! So tell us, what’s your favorite thing about a lake day?

Rafting Adventures

Some come to the mountains to unwind and relax…others come for the adventure and thrill of our rivers. If you want to step away from the screen time and get that adrenaline rush, white water rafting is for you. If you’re not a thrill seeker, we have plenty of opportunities for you to take in the mountains, lakes, and rivers at your own pace.

Cherokee County is home to 160,000 acres of National Forest, Hiwassee Lake, Apalachia Lake, Nottely River, Hiwassee River, Valley River, and countless streams. We’re also centrally located between the Nantahala and Ocoee Rivers in the Great Smoky Mountains. The Ocoee was home to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics while the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) has been recently recognized by The New York Times as the “Nation’s Premiere Paddling School,” “The Best Place to Learn” by Outside, and as “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure. To say that we offer the best experiences would be an understatement.

We recommend that you explore the packages offered and make reservations. You can add paddling instruction, zip line tours, guided fishing and fly fishing, tubing, mountain biking, horseback riding, gemstone mining, stand up paddleboarding, and even a train ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

Authentic Italian

If you’re looking for authentic, Granieri’s Italian Restaurant is the place in Cherokee County. This family owned establishment is located on Main Street in the Andrews Valley where you can enjoy a delicious lunch on the patio or escape the summer heat indoors. Granieri’s offers New York style pizza delivery, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and catering. Whatever you choose, the portions and the service will satisfy you, bringing you back for more.

Join us at the 5th Annual Forks & Corks – Local Savor for a sampling of authentic Granieri’s Italian in the mountains of Cherokee County. Tickets are on sale now at Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce’s Welcome Center. Visit us Monday – Friday, 9:00-5:00, and Saturday, 10:00-3:00.

Class of 2019 Graduation Schedule

As our Cherokee County Students and teachers attend their last full day of school, our seniors prepare for their much anticipated graduation. We wish you all the best and hope you make the most of each moment of this celebratory weekend. That being said, the mom in me can’t go without adding the obligatory “have fun, but please be safe because you are loved!”

  • The Oaks Academy: Thursday 5/23 @ 5:30 pm (Marble Springs Baptist Church)
  • Andrews High School: Thursday 5/23 @ 8:00 pm
  • Tri-County Early College: Friday 5/24 @ 5:30 pm
  • Murphy High School: Friday 5/24 @ 8:00 pm
  • Hiwassee Dam High School: Saturday 5/25 @ 10:00 am

Fill Your Gills with Hoppy Trout Brewing

Hoppy Trout Brewing Co. was built by a couple passionate about craft beer. Thomas, the Master Brewer, spent three years practicing his recipes every weekend until his wife, Kristin, insisted the mounting kegs of beer be shared at last.  Hoppy Trout is now a well known and respected establishment in Andrews, with their delicious craft beer at a variety of eateries throughout Cherokee County and Western NC. You can get a taste of Hoppy Trout Brewing’s locally crafted beer at the 5th Annual Forks & Corks – Local Savor.

Beyond their beer, Thomas and Kristin are incredibly involved with the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and always supporting their neighbors. Can you imagine a better Veterans, Toys for Tots, or PTA fundraiser than dining at Hoppy Trout? Parenting win in my book! They are the epitome of a local business that gives back to their community in ways only locally owned businesses can.

Next time you’re in Andrews, enjoy a brick oven pizza and a flight of craft beer. Better yet, stop by for Pint Night on Thursdays or have some fun at their Wednesday Trivia Night!

5th Annual Forks & Corks

Everyone loves savory food, craft beer, and distinguished wines! As we prepare for the 5TH ANNUAL Forks & Corks – LOCAL SAVOR on June 6th, we want you to be a part of this community event.  This event allows restaurants, breweries, wineries, and food & beverage related businesses in our region to showcase their culinary, brewing, or wine-making expertise.

FORKS & CORKS – LOCAL SAVOR provides an opportunity for new and established food & beverage businesses to share the best of our local flavor to our eclectic mix of locals and tourists. You can visit us at the Welcome Center to sign up as a vendor or purchase your tickets for June 6th at 5:30-7:30pm at The Hackney Warehouse in Downtown Murphy. We’re open Monday – Friday, 9:00-5:00 and Saturday 10:00-3:00.

Follow our blog for a little spotlight on each establishment that will be at Forks & Corks. The best part, you can join us at the event to place your vote for the Best Food Vendor and Best Beverage Vendor!

Local High Schools on Time with Gunny

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of Gunny’s Cabin Creations & Gifts with a ribbon cutting Friday March 22, 2019 at noon. Owner and craftsman, Gunny Watson is pictured center with scissors and his mother, Helen Bostwick.

Joining them are Dr. Donna Tipton-Rogers of Tri-County Community College, Jason Forrister of Murphy High School, Tony Powell, Dave Stevens of Cherokee Scout, Brenda Mahoney of Rocking M Retreat, Chamber Ambassador Elo-ly Bailey, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Director Sherry Raines, Chamber Ambassador Corey Bailey, Aggie and Doug Heath, Rachel Grano of Mother’s Hemp, Bruce Lazarus of iServe Residential Lending, Becky McConnell, Shellee Hendricks, Ambassador Sherry Palmer, and Daniel McNabb of Hiwassee Dam Schools.

Tri-County Early College, Hiwassee Dam High School, and Murphy High School were gifted custom clocks for the school lobbies. Visit Gunny’s Custom Cabin Creations & Gifts at 516 West US 64 in Murphy for custom furniture, clocks, toys, knives, and more.