The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

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    Hiwassee Lake was formed in 1940 with the construction of the Tennessee Valley Authority dam, which currently has the highest dam overspill in the world at 307 feet. The dam was created for flood control and hydroelectric power generation, with the resulting 6090 acre lake which has almost 180 miles of shoreline,Map of Lake Hiwassee measures 22 miles long and is more than 200 feet deep in places. Hiwassee Dam is 307 feet high and stretches 1,376 feet across the Hiwassee River.
     Hiwassee Lake is surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest and offers extraordinary scenery, boating and lake activities. Easy access for boaters and kayakers can be found at the Hanging Dog Recreation Area, which also offers a campground, picnic area, hiking trails as well as a boat launching ramp. To get to the Hanging Dog Recreation Area from
Murphy, go 4.4 miles northwest on Peachtree Road which turns into Joe Brown Highway. Entrance to the lake is on the left.
Murphy, NC
Distance: From Asheville allow 2 -21/2 hours
Address: Murphy NC 28609
Resources: Tennessee Valley Authority/Lake Hiwassee, 221 Old Ranger Road, Murphy NC 28906;
                  Mountain View Marina, Bear Paw Resort, 200 Dean Aldrich Drive, Murphy NC 28906;
                  Nantahala National Forest, Cheoah Ranger District Office, 828-479-6431
Nearby: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Nantahala National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Directions: From Asheville take I-40 West towards Knoxville. Take Exit 27 to merge into US Highway 74/19 West towards to Murphy.









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