1223 Tsali Boulevard
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone: (828) 497-3500
Fax: (828) 497-9375
To find out about all that the Cherokee Indian Reservation has to offer, be sure to check out the Cherokee Indian Visitors Center. If you are an outdoor person at heart, this place has all you need including a campground, cabins, gaming, fishing, mountain biking, tubing/rafting, and several trails for those who like to hike. For the little ones, Santa's Land Park and Zoo and the Cherokee Bear Zoo and Plaza are nearby and sure to entertain. Discover the Cherokee Indians and learn about their history and culture here.
You can enjoy live theatre, watch the baby bears being fed, ride the Famous Rudicoaster, pet the reindeer in the petting zoo, see exotic animals and birds, visit Santa and the Christmas shop, and ride a paddle boat to Monkey Island and see some of the largest golf fish in the country while visiting this very unique park and zoo.
Oconaluftee Visitor Center is one of the three visitors centers located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This place gives information on the Cherokee area of the mountain and is a welcome respite to the weary trekkers with its small refreshment coffee machine. You can get information on the local life and culture of the area as well. The center has several public restrooms. There are also public telephones from where you can reconnect with the world outside. The center organizes special cultural programs and local events regularly. The center is equipped with a bookstore and a shop where you can load up before heading ahead. After you are done here, step into the museum nearby to check out a astounding collection of farmhouse equipments. To know more about the place, check the website.
Built in the late 1800s, this well preserved mill at Great Smoky Mountains National Park allows visitors to study a slice of life lived centuries ago. The mill worked on a water turbine that powered its machinery. The old mill and the breathtaking greens that surround it make it a must see. For more information and timings, do check their website.
A haven for hikers, Mingo Falls situated near Big Cove road offers about half a mile of hiking trail around the waterfall that soars nearly 120 feet in height. Not very far from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this fall is a great tourist attraction and is nestled within the lush green surroundings. Considered to be one of the longest waterfalls in Southern Appalachians, this falls is a must see for those visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most traveled in the US National Park system. The scenic thoroughfare is 470 miles long and passes through the mountains of the Shenandoah to the Great Smoky Mountains in Western North Carolina. Some of the more popular stops in the area are Linville Gorge, Craggy Gardens and Graveyard Fields.
Located within the Deep Creek area, Indian Creek, also known as Toms Branch Falls are simply a delight to watch. About 25 feet in height, these waterfalls are simply magnificent and are a center of attraction for the visitors here. For all those, who come for hiking in Deep Creek area, these waterfalls are a must visit and can be reached easily by hiking trails surrounding the falls.
Surrounded by lush green environs, Deep Creek is reputed for its flowing streams and high waterfalls. An ideal place for hikers, several hiking trails lead to the popular Indian Creek Falls that has attracted a lot of interest amongst tourists. And in case you want to camp around here, this place offers many back-country campsites along the trails and also offers restrooms for a comfortable stay. Apart from hiking and camping, Deep Creek boasts of certain trails that allows mountain biking.
Situated in Deep Creek campground, Juney Whank Falls is about 90 feet in height and is nothing but a marvel in itself. Named after Mr Junaluska Whank, these falls offer a magnificent site and boasts several hiking trails around it. Easily accessible, this waterfall is divided into upper and lower sections. The trail surrounding the waterfall poses a challenge for the amateur and stretches for about a mile. A real delight to the senses.
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad has a very colorful history. This railroad, that stretches over 53 miles, was initiated in the 1880s and was completed by convicts! This heritage railroad runs tourist excursions throughout the year that help share a part of the wonderful and interesting history of the railroad and the people behind the scenes. This freight railroad has a depot at Bryson City and any tourist reservations are to be directed to the toll free number. This ride really will take you back in time. Chug away!
True to its name, Newfound Gap is a recently discovered mountainous pass that stretches from Sugarland to Oconoluftee. The huge 33 mile stretch connects the two states of Tennessee and North Carolina through a green mountainous trail. The central area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is covered by this lush green Newfound Gap. A scenic trail for a really long walk! Call ahead for more information.
This wonderful paintball field provides hours of fun for children 12 and older and also features a sitting area for observers. Prices include a gun, jumpsuit, goggles, and 100 paintballs. Play until your paintballs are gone.