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Cherokee Chamber of Commerce

Cherokee Chamber
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516 Tsali Boulevard
PO Box 1838
Cherokee, NC 28719

Amy Watkins Parker
Executive Director


9 am – 5 pm (Mon-Sat)
Closed on Sunday

Note: January and February hours subject to change. Please call before visiting.  

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Nantahala Outdoor Center Whitewater Rafting

13077 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC 28713
Toll Free 888-905-7238
Named one of the "Best Outfitters on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure, NOC has been recognized as a leader in the whitewater rafting industry for more than 40 years. Our Nantahala Adventure Resort is just a short drive from Cherokee and is home to our famous Paddling School, popular Mountaintop Zip Line Tour, renowned Outfitter's Store, restaurants, lodging and more.

Fontana Village Resort

400 Woods Rd
Fontana Dam, NC 28733
Toll Free 800-849-2258
Fontana Village Resort Located in Fontana Dam, North Carolina, Fontana Village Resort offers a range of accommodations, including rooms and suites in The Lodge, cabins, and RV and tent camping along the Little Tennessee River. The resort also features a marina and supply store, boat rentals, convention and event space, restaurants, shopping, massage and fitness center, pools, championship disc golf course, whitewater rafting, and miles of on-site trails for bikers and hikers.

Road and
Off-road Biking

Cycling is a popular yet demanding sport in the Smokies, primarily due to the scarcity of flat terrain. But if you you love the challenge of mountain biking there's no better place.

Some of the best-known Smoky Mountains mountain biking trails are the famous Tsali trails, overlooking Fontana Lake just west of Cherokee. Named after the 19th century Cherokee Indian martyr, the 42-mile network of multi-use trails offers a variety of challenges, from mild to extreme.

Hikers may use the Tsali trails any day of the week, but bikers and horseback riders must share the trails on alternating days. A schedule is posted at the trailhead. Download a Tsali map.

Biking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only allowed on the roads where vehicles are permitted.

For road biking, there are many miles of uncrowded back roads in the Cherokee area. The least-mountainous of those routes are generally the ones that follow a river, including the river trail along the Oconaluftee north of Cherokee (above).

Road & Trail Guides – For detailed descriptions of roads and trails throughout the Smokies, we recommend one of Jim Parhams' excellent guides. Website.