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HICKORY NUT HIDE -A- WAY **Spring Blossoms and Starry Nights**

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,150 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

*** Spring Blossoms, Starry Nights and Lightning Bugs ****


Put away the GADGETS and RECONNECT with your family and friends.

A family vacation get away, a place where you can relax and get away from it all but still close enough to enjoy that small home town feel. The cabin is 2 miles away from the lake. This is a wooded 1.25 acre lot. Plenty of outdoor activities for the family to enjoy. We are only 8 miles away from Shooks Marina, to enjoy boating and fishing. Plenty hiking trails to take in the scenery. The Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino is 15 miles away, Nantahala Outdoor Center white water rafting is about 35 miles away. The cabin is about 1 hour and 20 minutes away from the Smoky Mountains National Park.

· This is a 2bedroom/ 2 bathroom cabin with 2 queen beds and a sleeper sofa (Sleeps six (6) people with sleeper sofa)

*Please Note-This is not Waterfront Property, The lake is about 1.5-2 miles away, most of the surrounding property is USFS land*

· No Smoking/ some pets maybe consider if kept in a kennel and for an additional non- refundable fee.

· No WIFI/ cell phones service breaks up in the mountains-Verizon seems to work best and texting-service is fine 12 minutes from cabin into downtown Murphy

· Cabin has well water

( Nightly rates do not include taxes, booking fees, service fees and cleaning fees as these are separate)


· Non Holiday - $60.00 per night with a two (2) night minimum stay

· Holidays- $75.00 per night with a three (3) night minimum stay

· Special Rates -minimum night stay subject to change

· Cleaning fee-$110.00 non-refundable


· Gas Fireplace

· Central Heat/Air

· Microwave

· Dishwasher

· Washer/Dryer

· Charcoal Grill

· Front Porch Swing and Rocking Chairs

· Satellite/ Dish TV

· Three (3) car parking maximum

· Coffee Pot

· All kitchen utensils

· Towels and Linens

· Outdoor Fire Pit-rustic


Credit to/By: Hangingdogcreekcampground for Legend

The Legend Behind Hanging Dog

It’s always fun to go into the Hanging Dog community and folks are always curious where such a bizarre name originated. It’s not a twisted tale of animal cruelty, rather it actually dates back to a legend from a Cherokee Indian who lived in the area. Sure, there are probably many variations to this local legend, however, here’s my version of where the name of Hanging Dog actually came from. Enjoy!

Take a step back in time… to a time when the Cherokee Indians ruled the region and there was no white man to be found. It was the middle of winter, and it was no ordinary winter. It was a long, bleak, and miserably cold. The brutal winter robbed the tribe of food. Much of the food reserves were depleted and the tribe was forced to find food or face starvation.

The brave’s hunting partner was his hunting dog. It was no ordinary dog; his innate skill made him a force in the field. Together, they ventured on an excursion to find a deer that could feed many hungry mouths with fresh venison. Dog-Crossing-River

Equipped with mere primitive weaponry of the time, the dog was instrumental in finding and pushing out deer that were well hidden from the naked eye. He pushed out a large buck that could provide the much needed meat for the tribe. He was able to draw his bow and arrow and hit the deer on the mark. The buck, being a large and strong animal, did not give in easily. He raced away from the duo with the dog close on its heels. The deer leaped across the creek and the determined dog would not let the deer escape so easily. He forged the creek only to be swept away in the strong current.

As he rushed down the creek, the dog was caught in a snag of briars and vines in the middle of the creek. Instantly realizing the predicament, the brave knew he, nor the tribe, could afford for his dog to perish. The dog was instrumental in successful hunts, and they could never find prey without the skill of the dog. He jumped into the creek to save his dog from a certain fate. He freed his dog and then the two were able to successfully track the dear and capture it.

Upon returning back to the tribe, the brave told his tribesman the story of the events that transcribed. In celebration of a meal and the survival of their prized dog, the Cherokee named the creek Hanging Dog.

As time drew on and Europeans entered the area, the name was popular. Ultimately, the large area north of Murphy NC became known as Hanging Dog – all thanks to a hunter and his dog.

The Nantahala National Forest -Cherokee meaning

Credit to/By Lee & Carol Barbour, R

Real Estate Agent with Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN

Look for our next Cherokee Indian Word...

The Nantahala National Forest was established in 1920 under authority of the 1911 Weeks Act. This act provided authority to acquire lands for national forests to protect watersheds, to provide timber, and to regulate the flow of navigable streams The forest took its name from the Cherokee word nondayeli, meaning "noonday sun." The Cherokee word is appropriate because of the number of steep gorges in the forest where the sun only reaches to the valley floor at midday.

Nantahala National Forest is the largest of the four national forests in the state of North Carolina with more than 530,000 acres which span from Murphy to Waynesville and Cashiers to Fontana Village. Nantahala National Forest has hundreds of waterfalls, as well as river valleys and lakes in the lower lands. Whitewater Rafting is a favorite adventure on the Nantahala River when you visit the Nantahala Outdoor Center. It ranges in elevation from a low of 1,200 feet along the Hiwassee River in Cherokee County to a high of 5,800 feet at Lone Bald in Jackson County.

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Murphy Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1150 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
rustic outdoor fire pit


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HICKORY NUT HIDE -A- WAY **Spring Blossoms and Starry Nights**
average rating of 4.72 based on 25 reviews

Loved our stay

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for sharing your home with us, We really enjoyed our stay!

We look forward to coming back soon!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy cabin

  • 4 of 5

Cozy and comfortable cabin close enough to downtown Murphy and local sights .

A great base for exploring the area or just relaxing on the porch .

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great family time!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in the cabin as well as going to all the close by areas to visit. My two young daughters loved being in the cabin so much that they didn't want to go home. I would recommend this place to anyone looking to really relax and spend quality time with their family. We enjoyed ourselves to the fullest and will be back to visit soon.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Loved the cabin!!

  • 4 of 5

We probably wouldn't stay there again because of the driveway. As steep as it is its also rough. And if you have more than one vehicle you have no choice but to back down it. We had a truck and a car. We are originally from the area so we weren't there for the scenery. The grandsons did enjoy playing in the leaves tho! Only other issue was the fireplace, it wouldn't light.

All in all, if you're looking for a mountain get away, go for it!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I’m glad your grandsons enjoyed playing in the leaves. We also just had the drive way re-graded in July 2017, so it should not have been so rough? So sorry you were not able to light the fire place sometimes you have to do it manually. We will definitely look into the fireplace issue. Thank you for letting us know.
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Hickory Nut Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time at this cabin, its in a great location very roomy and great views, and price is great!!!!! The colors where great and we even got some snow on this visit. Thanks for a wonderful cabin and we would love to stay here again

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay and for the wonderful feedback, would love to have you back again!
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Great Place To Stay In Murphy NC!

  • 5 of 5

My family thoroughly enjoyed out stay in the Hickory Nut Hide-a-way. It was very comfortable and easily accessible. There was so much to do this time of the year that we barely stayed in it except to sleep though. Hope to go back soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Melissa Cruz
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 24, 2018

About Melissa Cruz

After 28 years of working hard and sacrifice, finally a dream come true! We now have our family cabin. A place to get away from it all, reconnect with my family and friends. Also, close to my Tennessee and North Carolina Families, feeling blessed.

Melissa Cruz purchased this cabin in 2015

Why Melissa Cruz chose Murphy

My name is Missy and we live in Florida. We love the mountains and bought this cabin in 2015. We have rented many other cabins over the years and it was time to finally buy one of our own! My family and I always enjoy the beautiful mountains and can take a break from the heat in Florida by spending time in this beautiful area. When it's not being utilized by us, we have decided to rent it out and let others create their own memories with their family and friends. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


Shoe Booties Cafe
Deckers Flea Market
Rib Country
Mama Mia Italian Kitchen
Murphy's Chophouse
Shooks Marina
Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino
Valley River Vineyards
Big Ol' Fish Guiding Service
H & H Sports
Southern Highroads Outfitters
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Ocoee Outdoors
Bald River Falls
Tom Branch Falls
Cades Cove Visitor Center
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Mountain Valley Vineyards
Horseshoe Creek Riding Stables
A Step Above Stable
Bonnie DuPree
Appalachian Heritage Crafters
Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company
Downtown Bakery at Murphy
Fields of the Wood
Forbidden Caverns
Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine
Davy Crockett's -- CLOSED
Murphy River Walk
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Mercier Orchards
Hiwassee Dam
The Blue Otter Restaurant and Sports Bar
Brasstown Lookout Tower
Clingmans Dome
Mt Mitchell State Park
Apple Annies
Downtown Pizza Company
Daily Grind and Wine
Red Brick Deli
Car: recommended


· Nantahala Campground and swimming area (located less than 5 miles)

· Shooks Marina- motor boats, pontoons, paddle boats, canoe rentals, fishing pole rentals and tackle and bait. ( located 8 miles from the cabin) MARINA'S SEASON IS FROM APRIL 15-0CTOBER 15 ·

· 15 minutes from downtown Murphy

· Cherokee Winery in downtown Murphy

· Cherokee Casino- about 25 minutes from the cabin

· Antiques, Art and Craft Shops in downtown Murphy

· Eatery Cafes and Restaurants-local favorites Mama Mias, Shoebooties Cafe, MurphysChopHouse in downtown Murphy ·

· Rafting -River rapids

· Horseback riding

· Fly Fishing

· Cherokee Reservation

· Smokey Mountains National Park

· Great Smokey Mountain Railroad -

· Blue Ridge Parkway

· Waterfalls -


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $110
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $150

Some dogs maybe considered and must be kept in a kennel and a waiver must signed. (Owner has allergies)
There is NO-Smoking, NO WIFI and cell phone service is sketchy, Verizon works the best in this area so far.
VACATION TENANT(S) AND VACATION JOINT TENANT accepts exclusive and complete liability of all claims, injuries, losses and damages that may occur. That said Vacation Tenant(s) agrees and acknowledges that owner(s) and owner(s) insurance company will not be held liable for any injuries on said property or personal belongings left behind, lost or stolen.
• No Smoking, owner has allergies.
• No pets, some dogs consider if kept in a kennel and for a non-refundable pet fee.
Refundable Damage Deposit: The Property and an inventory review will be completed by the cleaning service company. Upon completion of the review, if there is no damage or missing inventory the damage deposit will be refunded to you 14 days after your check out date.
In the event that said Vacation Tenant(s) leaves any personal belongings behind that the Owner(s) of said property and/or any of Owner(s) affiliated parties will not be held liable for the disposal, discarding and/or liquidation of said Vacation Tenant(s) personal property left behind on said premises.
That said Vacation Tenant(s) agrees to follow all City and County Codes and Ordinances associated with said county of vacation rental property. Which can be located online for Murphy, NC.
That said Vacation Tenant(s) agrees and understands all terms of this agreement and in the event breaches and/or violates this agreement will be held liable for any and all damages over $150.00, attorney’s fees, court costs, cleaning fees, repairs, daily rental rate and fines that may occur from breach of this agreement and/or eviction with interest at 18% to accrue daily. Venue for this will be Hillsborough County, Florida
NO squatter rights on said property.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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