Retire in Murphy, North Carolina

by John Dlibeck

Many years ago, when I lived near Atlanta, I discovered the beauty and a sense of peace while canoeing the rivers and lakes in western North Carolina. It would be great to retire in Murphy, North Carolina.


For years, I carried a canoe on my truck, just about everywhere I went, and over time, I kept returning to this charming little town in the southwestern corner of North Carolina.

Murphy, North Carolina is conveniently located between five cities and numerous small towns. As some of the folks say around here, "We're two hours from anywhere."




Murphy North CaroinaWhen my dad retired, I helped him find a small cabin near a lake, just north of Murphy. He and mom lived there for the rest of their lives and enjoyed the peace and quiet of living in these mountains.

I moved here about a quarter-century ago, and just can't imagine moving away.

As with many rural small towns, it can be hard to earn a living here, and many young people choose to move away, to support their growing families. Many others, however, enjoy living in this area, and happily raise families here, even though it can be difficult, at times.

For people who are looking for a getaway from the cities, or a second home, or a place to retire, there are many good reasons to choose Murphy.

We are surrounded by the southern Appalachian mountains. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is about an hour away by car, and any road you take out of Murphy will provide great vistas where you can appreciate the scenic splendor of these mountains.

Rivers and lakes abound and many people travel to our area for
canoeing, kayaking, rafting, boating, camping, hiking, fishing, and just walking through the national forest that surrounds us.

The Nantahala River is about a half-hour to our east and the Ocoee River (the whitewater venue for the Atlanta Olympics) is about a half-hour to the west. The former is a gentler river with some whitewater, the latter is for the more adventuresome.





Lake HiwasseeI could go on for hours, but I'll stop here.

I've been semi-retired for a few years and love running my marketing business from the comfort of my home in the mountains, near Murphy, NC. If I ever decide to retire, I'll enjoy living right here for the rest of my life.


If you're looking for malls and exciting city life, we're the wrong place to visit. If you're looking for peace and quiet, seclusion, natural beauty, and friendly people, Murphy is a great destination.

If you haven't already figured it out, I'll say it plainly, "I love living hear and I would happily retire near Murphy, NC. It's the hometown I found and adopted."

©2011 John Dilbeck Used by permission. If you visit or retire in Murphy, North Carolina, get a preview (and save some money) on John's site Murphy Gold.

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