Just a short drive from my house is the perfect post-work watering hole, Fire’s Creek. I found barely any information on the area and my sister-in-law (also lives in Murphy) believes the locals just don’t want folks to find it. There is a waterfall straight off the parking area and a system of small trails that go up above the waterfall or follow the creek. The water is cold but crystal clear and deep in spots!
My husband and I took the Forest Service Road up a few miles past the waterfall/main parking area and found some great car camping spots you could easily make a weekend out of. There is also a small campground on the way in (primitive, not very private, and in a pretty meadow). 10/10 would recommend for a quick dip or picnic if you find yourself in my neck of the woods!