Some of the Smokies' most beautiful views and waterfalls are just a short drive from downtown Cherokee. You'll find more information here.
Museum of the
Visit Cherokee’s newest museum conveniently located next to the Visitor Center and across from the Fairgrounds. Through exhibits and videos visitors learn about early fly fishing legends, basic knots, fly-tying, types of gear, types of fish, regional fishing waters, and the history of fly fishing in the South. There’s even a Kid’s Corner with fun games and activities. The museum and gift shop are open 10 am - 7 pm (Mon-Sat); and 10 am - 5 pm (Sun). 828-788-0034. More info.
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.