Locale

Location

Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, Iron Horse Farm is located near Hiwassee Lake just east of the North Carolina and Tennessee border and only 17 miles from Murphy, NC, a quaint mountain town located at the confluence of the Hiwassee and Valley Rivers. Murphy has a population of 2,000 and is a quaint yet rich township with an historic downtown filled with quality restaurants, shops, and galleries. The property is in the northwestern portion of Cherokee County, NC. Cherokee County is known as the “Gateway to the Smoky Mountains”.

 

Iron Horse Farm has convenient access to the following metropolitan areas:

  • 30 minutes      Murphy, NC

  • 2 hours            Chattanooga, TN

  • 2 hours            Knoxville, TN

  • 2.50 hours       Asheville, NC

  • 2.75 hours       Atlanta, GA

Locale

Local Rivers: Rivers in and near Cherokee County include the Hiwassee River, Valley River, Nottely River, and the Ocoee River and Nantahala River Gorges. All rivers are popular for many outdoor activities that include white water rafting, kayaking, hiking, canoeing and camping. Within an hour’s drive we have 3 delayed harvest streams with Nantahala being a Trout Unlimited Top 100 Stream. There is wild water in this area that is just waiting for a dry fly to be floated across it.

 

Hiwassee Lake: This 6,090-acre mountain lake is 22 miles long and has over 163 miles of shoreline of which 93% is not developed. It collects water from a 968 square mile watershed. With the exception of private development located near the dam, the U.S. Forest Service and TVA own the land around Hiwassee. It is an unspoiled lake that offers great boating and water recreation.

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Appalachia Lake: Located a stone’s throw from Iron Horse, Appalachia Lake is a small deep, cool-water lake just below the Hiwassee Lake. Also pristine in nature, it offers another nearby water venue.

Hiwassee River

Climate

Iron Horse Farm has an elevation of 1700 – 2000 feet, which provides for very pleasant summertime weather. It offers an escape from the hot humid weather found in nearby southern metropolitan areas. This area of western North Carolina has four distinct seasons, and Murphy receives regular rainfall and afternoon showers keep the landscape lush and thriving. On average, the area receives 60 inches of rain and 4 inches of snow every year. This area is part of the Appalachian temperate rainforest known for a cooler and milder climate.