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To reach the Hanging Dog Recreation Area , from Murphy travel 4.4 miles northwest on Peachtree Road (later becomes Joe Brown Highway). The entrance is on the left.
Camping, hiking, boating, water skiing, tubing, and fishing.
Three public docks and boat launching ramps; boat rentals; bait and equipment shop. Camping at Hanging Dog Recreation Area includes 66 sites on 4 loops in a wooded area along the shore with restrooms but no showers.
There is a charge for camping
Murphy, 4.4 miles
For more information:
201 Woodland Drive,
Murphy, NC 28906.
Phone (704) 837-5152.
Boating and canoeing/kayaking enthusiasts will find easy access to the water at the Hanging Dog Recreation Area on Lake Hiwassee with a campground, picnic area, hiking trails, and a boat launching ramp. In Murphy access is available to the Hiwassee River. This Class I and II whitewater river is 18.3 miles long with a 3-mile stretch designated as a Trophy Trout Stream. Family rafting and tubing trips can be arranged by outfitters in the area. Because Appalachia Lake has no developed recreation areas, it is an excellent option for those seeking solitude during the busy summer season.
The Unicoi Turnpike once ran by the source of the Hiwassee River in Unicoi Gap on its way to Great Echota, the ancient capital and sacred Peace Town of the Cherokee Nation. The Cherokees called the river Ayuhwa'si, meaning a "savannah or meadow."
The Tennessee Valley Authority dam, also named Hiwassee, was completed in 1940 for flood control and electric power. At 307 feet, it is the highest overspill dam in the world.
The National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame lists a record catch of a 54-pound striped bass from Lake Hiwassee. Other fish within the reservoirs include bluegill, yellow perch, and muskie.