Some of the Smokies' most beautiful views and waterfalls are just a short drive from downtown Cherokee. You'll find more information here.
Cherokee is not affected by the Smokies wildfires
The tragic wildfires that have devastated Gatlinburg and closed US 441 through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have not affected Cherokee and the North Carolina side of the Park. Our air quaility and visabiity is good. The Park's Oconaluftee Visitor Center is open and the Oconaluftee River is looking better from the rain and Fisheries and Wildlife continue to stock.
With 30 miles of well-stocked freestone trout streams, Cherokee is a fisherman's paradise. Our catch and release trophy waters were the site of the 2011 U.S. National Fly Fishing Championship. Tribal waters (PDF map) are now open for fishing year around. No license is required to fish in Reservation waters, however a tribal permit is required. More info
To experience the Cherokee Indians' rich history, don't miss these signature Native American attractions —
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual
Oconaluftee Indian Village
'Unto These Hills' Outdoor Drama
At the Bonfire
Every Friday and Saturday evening throughout the summer, Cherokee storytellers relate tales of Indian lore around the bonfire. Kids roast marshmallows and you might be invited to join a Cherokee Friendship Dance. 7-9 pm at Island Park.
With many shops offering genuine native American art and crafts, Cherokee offers a unique shopping experience. More info.
Don't miss the Visitors Center at the Cherokee entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A new museum focuses on the Smokies rich cultural history, from the Cherokee 'early people' to the European Settlers to the creation of the National Park. More info.
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
More than just gaming, the resort is a 21-story luxury hotel, 15,000 square foot conference center, fine restaurants and headliner entertainment. More info.