Heritage Partners of Cherokee County

Murphy, NC

Project Background


Initiated as a multi-phase master plan concept in July of 2002, the Murphy River Walk project was formally

 endorsed by the Mayor & Town Council of Murphy, and by the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners,

 in January 2003. Phase 1 opened in the fall of 2003 at Konehete Park, and a master plan for its future phases

 was completed by the fall of 2004. Step by step, the River Walk was completed all the way in to the

 Old L&N Depot on Railroad Street at the Hiwassee Street river bridge in 2010.


Enhancement and improvement activities continue on with the trail surfaces, native landscaping

 and interpretive markers along the way. The approximate 3-mile trail carries the potential of far reaching benefits

 to the community- health and recreational enhancements to Konehete Park and the Wellness center facility,

 economic renewal stimulus for the historic town center, eco and heritage tourism, environmental conservation,

 cultural and historic preservation, native plant and wildlife education, and more.




Student Projects - Earth Day on the River Walk [photo collage courtesy of Phil Mattox]


The project master plan has been completed from Konehete Park all the way to the Old L&N Depot

 in town. The approximate 3 mile walking trail (6 miles round trip, or however you wish to take it)

 follows the Hiwassee River and the Valley River, which meet to form the back waters

 of Lake Hiwassee and surround the historic town center of Murphy, the Cherokee County seat.


As the seasons change, and as the river and lake waters rise and recede, the River Walk & Canoe Trails

 tend to change character as well. You'll find it a beautiful connection with native plant life, bird and fish species,

 and the waters of two rivers meeting to form a lake. The natural wonders are breathtaking any time of year.


Fund-raising for the care and maintenance of your River Walk is a constant need.

 You can help.

Your tax deductible contribution is gratefully accepted at any time,

  and in any amount, payable to:


River Walk

 attn: Heritage Partners Treasurer

 P. O. Box 1152

 Murphy NC 28906




Heritage Partners is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and your contributions to its good works for the community

 are tax deductible. All projects, publications and events are made possible by private contributions and matching grants.

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Heritage Partners of Cherokee County

P.O. Box 1152

Murphy, NC  28906