Hello T.O. & fro readers, I'm Whitney from Southern Hope, so excited to guest post for Mar. I grew up in the South, in an antebellum town, and Mar wanted me to tell y'all about one of my favorite Southern destinations.
If you ever drive up through the Great Smoky Mountains, travel into North Carolina.
Stop into the beautiful mountain town of Murphy, North Carolina. There you will find a downtown rich with the culture of crafters, artists, locals, farmers, and travelers. You'll find inspiration at the John Campbell Folk School where music plays, baskets are weaved, paintings painted, and creative arts are sold.
One of the many aspects that makes me proud to be a Southerner is the rich history that seeps out of every town especially ones like Murphy. The above photo from the 1970s is of their Depot, it still stands in the middle of town.
While you're in town there, you are likely to stumble upon the Murphy River Walk, a 3 mile stretch from Konehete Park winding down with the Hiwassee and Valley River waters.
The trail is great for short walks, bike rides, and fishing. Railroad tracks always have a story to tell and you’ll find them in Murphy. All those trains, bare footed walkers trying to get to the next town, and rebellious teenagers getting an adrenaline rush. Stories are told here in the South.
Another fun destination located where the Hiawassee River dumps into Lake Chatuge, is a hidden treasure for art lovers. An art glass studio and gallery where the world-renowned artist, David Goldhagen, sculpts glass art in front of guests. While he scuplts, guests have picnics with friends, listen to music, and browse his collection. More about our visit to his studio HERE.
For the inner outdoorsman, Fires Creek located in the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina is a great destination. The great outdoors, ahhhhh I love it! Can’t you smell the fresh air? Our hike included a waterfall, creeks, and wildlife.
The mountains are callin' you so come on down for a visit!
This is my happy place and I'd love to hear about some of your adventures.