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.

Let the Summer Road Trips Begin

Fastop Market #309 is located in Murphy on what is locally known as “the four lane”. While the highway number may change, this road goes from the Ocoee White Water Center in Tennessee to the Nantahala Outdoor Center, running right through Cherokee County. We’re the perfect place for a road trip to take in the mountains where North Carolina begins, so visit our Cherokee County Welcome Center for free local maps and fuel up at Fastop Market!

This carnival style grand opening of Fastop Market was free to the community and dedicated to one of the founders and owners, Steven Walker Isaacs who passed away about a month after the actual project started. Steve was well respected in the industry and is missed daily. Bobby Moore- District Manager and Randy Byers- Director of Retail (center with scissors) hope to keep his legacy alive with this dedication. Joining them are (L to R) Will Higgs-Murphy Store Manager, Sherry Palmer-Chamber Ambassador, Tom Maynard-USHealth Advisors, Elo-ly Bailey-Chamber Ambassador/ Cherokee County Arts Council, Sherry Raines-Chamber Director, Lawrence McNabb-McNabb Properties, Corey Bailey-Chamber Ambassador/ Master Gardeners, Murphy High School cheerleaders, and Linze Valle-Murphy Assistant Manager. Stop by to fill up, grab a bite, and ask about their loyalty program at 650 US Hwy 64 West in Murphy.