Historic Trails

Cherokee County Historical Museum

The Cherokee County Historical Museum in Murphy, North Carolina displays the rich history of Native American and pioneer settlers in the far-western corner of the state. The museum is housed in a historic Carnegie Library building in downtown Murphy.

Rich in Cherokee History

The Museum's exhibits include:

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Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

Thomas Jefferson called the victory of American patriots over British Major Patrick Ferguson's army at King's Mountain in October, 1780, the battle that "turned the tide of success" in the Revolutionary War.

Many of the militia men who achieved this stunning victory were known as the "Overmountain Men," citizen soldiers who came from southwest Virginia, today's eastern Tennessee, the piedmont of North and South Carolina, and as far away as Georgia, all joining to form an army that defeated Ferguson and his force at Kings Mountain, South Carolina.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Panthertown Valley

Panthertown Valley, near Cashiers, North Carolina, is a unique landscape, with a broad, flat valley floor flanked by granite cliffs which rise 200 to 300 feet. Located within the Nantahala National Forest, the scenic valley offers excellent hiking with a network of trails and old logging roads that lead to waterfalls and spectacular overlooks.

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Museum of North Carolina Minerals

The mountains near Spruce Pine, North Carolina are among the richest in minerals and gems in the United States. More than 300 varieties are showcased in the Museum of North Carolina Minerals, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Because of the Parkway's popularity, this museum may introduce more people to minerals and gems that any other such facility in the country.

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Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

Mount Jefferson, rising to more than 1,600 feet above the surrounding landscape, is an area landmark near Jefferson, North Carolina. On a clear day, from the Mount Jefferson Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway, visitors can see across most of surrounding county to the Blue Ridge Mountains in the west.

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Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway - One of the Most Popular North Carolina Attractions

Winter weather conditions can force temporary and fast-changing closures, stay up to date with the Blue Ridge Parkway road closure map.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is America's most visited National Park unit and is known as "America's favorite drive." Its 469 miles connect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Appalachian Trail

Eighty-eight miles of the Appalachian Trail run through the North Carolina mountains.  From through-hikers—backpackers who attempt the trail in its entirety—to hikers out for an afternoon stroll, those who love to walk rugged mountain terrain through dense woodlands find the Appalachian Trail among the most beautiful in the country.

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