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The North Carolina mountains westernmost county, Cherokee, is a natural vacation destination for any traveler. These beautiful mountains are steeped in heritage and local culture. From 1540, when Hernando DeSoto passed through the area in search of gold, to the infamous and tragic "Trail of Tears."
This area has played numerous roles in American History. Located on the southern tip of the Great Smoky Mountains, Cherokee County is just two hours driving time from four major metropolitan cities.
Some of the quaint towns to visit are Murphy, the county seat, which began as an Indian trading post, and was home to Fort Butler or Andrews, where the Richmond and Danville Railroad was completed in the spring of 1890.
The nearby community of Brasstown, is the home of John C. Campbell Folk School, a national treasure and resource for traditional music, dance, crafts, and folklore.
Today, Cherokee County still offers up a plentiful supply of hometown hospitality. Whether you're looking for an Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, an Antique Car Show, Appalachian Highland Games, a Fall Festival with crafts, music and storytelling or the National Appalachian Jeep Jamboree, Cherokee County is a great place for your next vacation.