Bear Paw Lakefront Mountain Resort in Murphy, NC

Real Estate Agent with Country Homes and Land Murphy NC Realtor

Do you dream of spending your summer in the cool mountains, on the shores of an uncrowded wilderness lake? Bear Paw Lakefront Mountain Resort in Murphy, NC may be one of the best kept secrets in the Southern Mountains. 


Located on Lake Hiwassee and surrounded by 500,000 acres of US Forest Service, the Bear Paw community has over 1,000 lakefront and lake access lots.  With only about 250 homes and cottages, it's an unspoiled and undiscovered treasure.

Resort amenities include 2 marinas, a community pool, playground, tennis courts and 24 hour gated security.  Lakefront lots start at around $200,000 and a chalet on the lake can be yours for under $500,000.  Wooded lots with access to all the resort amenities are available starting at less than $10,000. You can still find a cottage in the woods with lake access for around $100,000.


Bear Paw Lakefront Resort began as part of the TVA Dam projects designed to put people to work during the Depression back in 1936.  Construction on the Hiwassee Dam continued until 1956.  Durning that time, a portion of the US Forest Service was set aside to provide housing and services for over 1,000 workers needed to build and operate the dam, which provided electricity through the Tennessee Valley Authority.

There were 42 permanent houses built, some of which are still standing.  Here and there you'll see one of those original log cabins on Village Road, which winds through the woods along a ridge above the entrance gate.  The workers also had a school, hospital and even a bowling alley. 

In later years, additional lots were subdivided and marketed to city dwellers from Atlanta, eager to find a cool summer vacation spot.  Only 2 hours from downtown Atlanta, Bear Paw became a popular weekend destination. 

With a mild 4 season climate, Bear Paw Lakefront Resort has become a favorite year round retirement destination as well.  The warm days and cool nights of Fall color season make the lakefront resort a prime tourist spot and its location halfway between the Midwest and Florida in the mountains of Murphy, NC is ideal for extended family gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

For more information on mountain lakefront homes and lots for sale or lake access building sites at Bear Paw Resort, check out our listings at .  Or give me a call at 828-837-9989.  I look forward to helping you find your dream getaway here in the mountains!



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are there any fishing guides for the lake ? can u  recommend?

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I'm ipremssed! You've managed the almost impossible.
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