A lot of people have been asking now that we finished all 50 states if we are still roaming around, and we absolutely are, but our recent trips have a bit more intention to them...
For those of you asking "Do you guys still camp?" the answer is yes! We are still enjoying getting out and exploring new places, but we are looking to move to a new area and most of our trips the last few months have been to different parts of the Carolinas to find where feels like "home." After seeing lots of houses and land we thought we might enjoy, we decided to head to Murphy, NC. For those of you unfamiliar with NC geography, Murphy is the farthest town in Western NC. It's right on the Tennessee and Georgia line in the mountains.
We booked a spot at Clay County Rec Park for the entire week, which is actually in Hayesville, NC, the town next to Murphy. We were unsure what to expect or if we would even have service. From what we could tell, the area looked pretty remote.
After a 4 hour drive down the windy mountain roads we arrived at the park. It was right on beautiful Lake Chatuge. The campground was a decent size and most of the awesome waterfront sites were claimed, but we had a spot up on the hill that overlooked the rest of the campground. We could already feel the mountain air, it was much cooler than Charlotte, exactly what we wanted!
We settled in, and it wasn't long before we noticed a paved walking trail behind our campsite. It looked like the went all the way around the campground and around a bend into the trees. We made note to explore it, but at that moment it was dinner time, and you never explore trails on an empty stomach!
Since our mission was to get to know the area as best we could, we decided that rather than cooking all our meals like we typically do camping, it might be good to explore what there was locally. We hopped in the truck and drove the 5 minutes into downtown Hayesville.
The next morning we took our coffee and strolled the popular walking trail that was right behind the campsite. We were unsure where it went, but we saw lots of people on it, so we figured it must lead somewhere. After rounding a bend we came to an opening and saw this:
As it turns out, that trail is actually the Chatuge Dam Trail and is several miles long through the campground and around part of the lake. It was a beautiful, albeit busy trail, that we enjoyed walking all week.
He likes pizza.