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Cherokee is a major destination for millions each year. It is a gateway to both the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, two of the most visited recreation areas in the United States.

Cherokee is an easy getaway from —

Asheville — 1 hour
Chattanooga — 2.5 hours
Greenville — 2.5 hours
Knoxville — 2-3 hours
Atlanta — 2.5 hours
Charlotte — 3 hours

A Note About GPS...

As 'smart' as today's GPS navigation systems may be, they don't always know our mountain roads as well as they should. They've been known to recommend extremely curvy back roads when a more-desireable four lane highway was available.

In other words, what appears to be the 'shortest' route may not be the fastest — or best — route. When in doubt, follow the directions on this page.

How to Get to Cherokee...

From Asheville, NC – approximately one hour. Take I-40 west to Exit 27 (the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue West on US 74 past Waynesville, Sylva and Dillsboro to Cherokee, Exit 74.


From Atlanta (West side) – approximately three hours. Take I-75 north to I-575 north, which becomes Georgia route 5. At Blue Ridge, GA, turn left (west) on to Route 60 and travel 1.5 miles to Mineral Bluff, GA. Turn right on to Route "60 Spur" and travel approximately 12 miles to the junction with US 19/74. Turn right (east) and proceed on US 19/74 through Murphy, NC, Andrews, NC and the Nantahala Gorge to Cherokee (Exit 74).

From Atlanta (East side) – approximately 2-1/2 hours. Take I-85 north to I-985, which becomes US 23, which becomes US 23/441.You'll pass through Clayton, GA, Franklin, NC and Dillsboro, NC. Just past Dillsboro, take US 74 (the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway) west to Cherokee, Exit 74.


From Charlotte – approximately three hours. Take I-85 west to US 74. Continue west on US 74 to I-26. Go north on I-26 to I-40. Take I-40 west to Exit 27 (US 74, the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue West on US 74 past Waynesville, Sylva and Dillsboro to Cherokee, Exit 74.


From Spartanburg and Greenville – approximately two to 2-1/2 hours. From Spartanburg, take I-26 north to I-40. Take I-40 west to Exit 27 (US 74, the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue West on US 74 past Waynesville, Sylva and Dillsboro to Cherokee, Exit 74.


From Chattanooga – Take I-75 north to US 64 (near Cleveland, TN). Drive east on US 64 (which becomes US 64/74) through Ducktown, TN and the Ocoee River Gorge into North Carolina. At Murphy, NC take US 19/74 east through Andrews, NC and the Nantahala Gorge to Cherokee (Exit 74). Approximately 2-1/2 hours.


From Knoxville, you have a choice of four routes. Driving time depends on route and traffic.

1. Via Interstate 40 - Take I-40 east into North Carolina to exit 27 (US 74, the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue West on US 74 past Waynesville, Sylva and Dillsboro to Cherokee, Exit 74. The drive from Knoxville to Cherokee is approximately two hours.

2. Via Maryville and US 129 - Take US 129 south through Alcoa and Maryville. After crossing into North Carolina, take US 28 south to US 74 (the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue east on US 74 approximately 20 miles to Cherokee. Note: the section of US 129 known as "Deal's Gap" and "The Dragon" is extremely curvy (318 curves in 11 miles). The drive from Knoxville to Cherokee is approximately three hours

3. Via Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Take I-40 east to exit 407 and proceed south. At Sevierville, TN, take US 441 south through Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Cherokee, NC. Depending on traffic, the drive from Knoxville to Cherokee can be from two to three hours.

4. Via Townsend and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Take US 129 south through Alcoa to Maryville. In Maryville, take US 321 east to Townsend, TN. From Townsend, take Little River Road east through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to US 441 (at the Park Visitors Center). Take US 441 south through the park to Cherokee. Depending on traffic, the drive from Knoxville to Cherokee is approximately three hours.