Working with me as a buyers agent. 

I believe that communication is key when you are on the search for your new home.  No matter if you’re looking for a second home or a full-time home, knowing the area is key to your success.

I generally recommend planning at least a three-day trip to search for your home.  The first day I recommend you take your prepared list and drive around to each location.  This will allow you to see the area and the roads leading to the home.  Keep in mind we have a mild four seasons here but we do get occasional snow in the area.  Pay attention to the steepness, the width of the road and how likely the road will be to stand up to rain and snow.

The second day we will see homes you have shortlisted.  I like to limit our search to five or six homes per day.  If we see many more you will be worn out and likely have trouble recalling details of each home.  We will start the day in the afternoon and make our way around to see the area and the homes you’ve chosen. I also recommend having a pen and pad to make notes.  I will print out details of each home for you to use for your notes and to review them at the end of the day.

Day three we will discuss your thoughts from the day before.  What did you like about each home and area?  What did you not like?  We will then head out to see additional homes or revisit the home you’ve decided to make an offer on. 

Once we are in the offer phase we will discuss your goals and the area comparables and then begin the offer writing process.   Depending on the home, this process takes about an hour.  I will usually send you off to grab some food while I work on the offer.  All the documents will then be available to you online to review and sign and send back to me.  I am also available to print and sign if you prefer reviewing and signing in person.  

This is when the fun starts!  Call me today to make an appointment and I will share the rest of the story with you.





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Jackrabbit Mountain
Recreation Area

Open May through September, Jackrabbit Mountain Recreation Area lies on a peninsula of Lake Chatuge – a TVA reservoir that boasts more than 130 miles of shoreline. This destination recreation area offers a large campground and numerous day use activities such as swimming, picnicking, mountain biking and hiking trails, fishing and motorized boating access to the lake.


Three campground loops offer 92 wooded sites, most of which provide views of Lake Chatuge. Several sites in Loops A and B can accommodate RVs, but no hook-ups are available.

Registered campers may access the on-site RV dump station. Reserve a site at visit or by calling (877) 444-6777. A few sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring and lantern post. Accessible flush toilets, hot showers and drinking water are available. In the campground, a large picnic pavilion offers lakeside views and room to gather.

Holly Flats Campground

Holly Flats is located along the banks of Bald River and has 15 campsites.  Each rustic site has a picnic table, camping pad, grill, and lantern post.  It is in a remote location and has excellent fishing and hiking opportunities.


Black Mountain Campground

The campground offers 37 primitive campsites with 3 campsites with electric hookups. The campsites are equipped with picnic tables, tent pads, lantern posts and campfire rings with grills. The facility provides hot showers and restrooms with flush toilets. Campers can purchase firewood, ice, tee shirts and souvenirs.

Hiking Boots
Mountain Bikers

Follow the Trail.  Ride your mountain bike along the area’s 15-mile stacked-loop system. Many of the trails border Lake Chatuge, while others meander through the woods or ridge-top. These trails appeal to riders of all skill levels.  

If you are interested in hiking, try the Jackrabbit Mountain Trail. With a trailhead just outside the campground, this 2.4-mile easy trail loops through open woods and offers glimpses of Lake Chatuge.

Panther Top Lookout Tower – Hiking And Biking

The Panther Top lookout tower is the westernmost tower in North Carolina, located in the southwest corner of the state near Murphy and Hiwassee Lake. Although the mountain appears little more than a hill on a topographic map, the 30-foot tower affords spectacular 270° views of the region. A short, easy walk on gravel FR 85 takes you to the summit of Panther Top (2,293 feet) where you can see the Unicoi, Snowbird, Valley River, Tusquitee, and Georgia Blue Ridge Mountain ranges from the stairs. If you are in the region this easy and accessible hike is a perfect capstone after a day of adventure.

Fires Creek Picnic Area and Trails

The 25-mile Rim Trail follows the ridge around Fires Creek Wildlife Management Area—a mecca for backpackers and those who like primitive camping. The trail, marked with blue blazes, has several access roads and trails. Camping is offered at Huskins Branch Hunter and Bristol Horse Camps. Dispersed camping sites are along Forest Service Road 340. Two picnic areas are near the Rim Trail. Fires Creek Picnic Area offers 10 tables and a restroom. Other trails in the Fires Creek area are Chunky Gal and Bald Springs. Along Rim Trail are rhododendron and spring wildflowers, such as trillium, lady slipper, and Solomon’s seal. Grouse, warblers, deer, bear, Russian boar, and hawks roam the area. Camping is not allowed in the marked wildlife openings, and off-road vehicle use is prohibited.

Sunset on the Beach

Get in the Water.  At Jackrabbit Mountain Recreation Area, a designated swimming area and sandy beach are surrounded by picnic tables on a large grassy lawn. A picnic pavilion offers group picnicking with views of the lake. A short trail connects the campground and beach. The lake is filled with a bounty of fish ranging from spotted, white and striped bass to catfish, crappie and sun-fish. Launch your boat and fish from the lake, or try the accessible fishing pier located near the swim beach.

Don’t have a boat? There are several marinas to rent boats and other small craft. For details, call the Clay County Chamber of Commerce at (828) 389-3704.


Link to National Forest Site


North Carolina 

Cherokee County 

Clay County 



Fannin County 

Union County 

Towns County

Wayne Peacock, Realtor®

Coldwell Banker High Country 

4290 US Highway 64 Murphy, NC 28906

850-380-6874 cell 

828-835-8501 office 

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