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Cherokee NC is a fascinating blend of modern tourism and a traditional Indian community - can one survive today without the other? Don't let Cherokee's many strip shopping centers or casino distract you from the beauty of a people whose lifestyle began over 8,ooo years ago. Visit the Cherokee Indian Museum, the Oconaluftee Indian Village and Unto These Hills, a live theatre re-telling the Cherokee history. Stay in a Cherokee NC cabin and enjoy the pristine beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.
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Authentic log cabin on the Cherokee Indian Reservation Dancing Stones Log Cabin is an 1800s restored mountain view log cabin with wood-burning fireplace, AC, waterfall fountain, rocking chairs, cable TV/ DVD, full kitchen, WIFI. Sleeping loft with 1 full-sized bed. Located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. $75 night, $450 week.
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cabin rental with hot tub and mountain stream Cabin retreat near Cherokee and the Great Smoky Mountains -  3 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 6. Great view of a mountain stream from the hot tub. Fireplace, WIFI, video games, swing set. Located on a rushing creek with a beautiful view of the distant mountains.   Get details 
cherokee cabin in the Smokies Cherokee Cabin with hot tub - 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps 6. Beautiful views of the Smokies, hot tub, wood-burning fireplace, charcoal grill.  See photos and check availability 
Additional Cabins and Vacation Rentals:
Crystal Creek Cabins  with Hot Tubs near Harrah's Casino (Whittier)

Cabin in the Smokies
- 2 bds, 1.5 ba, hot tub, fireplace, from $79.95
Camp Davis Vacation Home - large mountain view home, $200 night

Carolina Mountain Vacations - a variety of Smoky Mountain cabin rentals
Cherokee Cabin Rentals - 2 bd log cabin rentals, hot tubs
Craig's Cabins at Cherokee Campgrounds - walk to downtown
Great Smoky Mountains Log Cabin Rentals - 1-4 bd rentals from $89
Mountain Laurel Hideaway - 2 bd + loft, porch, from $75 night
North Carolina Getaway – 3 bd, fireplace, from $75 night
Panther Creek Resort - creekside decks, firepits, trails, picnic tables
Smoky Mountains Getaways - a variety of rentals throughout the area
Yellow Rose Realty - a variety of rentals throughout the area
get links for these rentals from  info@ClimbEveryMountain.com
Cherokee NC Mountain Inns,  Lodges, B&Bs
Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Hotel Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Hotel - The 21 story hotel offers 1108 guest rooms including hair dryers, coffee makers and 42-inch HDTVs.  There are eight suites in the Mountain Tower, 21 suites in the Soco Tower and 78 suites in Creek in Creek Tower opened in April 2011. Common amenities include indoor swimming pool,  fitness room, free parking, onsite restaurants. Restaurants include Paula Deen's Kitchen and the Lobby Cafe. Casino action ranges from brand-new games and slots to dazzling favorites like Digital Blackjack and Baccarito. Rates from $79. 
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Hampton Inn in the heart of Cherokee Hampton Inn Cherokee - Guest rooms, complimentary breakfast, seasonal outdoor pool, laundry facilities, WIFI, express check-in and check-out. Rates from $76.
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Family-operated Motel on the Oconaluftee River River's Edge Motel - 21 recently remodeled guest rooms with coffee maker, some with balconies overlooking the Oconaluftee River. WIFI, pet friendly. Located in the heart of Cherokee.
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CHerokee's Baymont Inn offers seasonal outdoor pool Baymont Inn Cherokee 67 guest rooms with WIFI, microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker and free continental breakfast. Seasonal outdoor pool, complimentary lobby newspaper, microwave, elevator, wheelchair-accessible.  Check current rates
Comfort Suites in Cherokee Comfort Suites Cherokee - 91 guest suites with microwave, mini fridge, coffee maker, in-room safe, phone, WIFI. Complimentary breakfast, seasonal outdoor pool and a spa tub, laundry facilities. Rates from $80.
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Charming 50s style motel on the river Pink Motel - 20 guest rooms with pink tiled bathrooms and pink sheets - a charming throwback to the 50s and referred to as "the best little hotel in Cherokee". All rooms located on the Oconaluftee River, Pet friendly, porch and picnic tables overlooking the river.
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Holiday Inn Express in CHerokee is handicapped accessible Holiday Inn express Hotel and Suites - 93 guest rooms with 18 suites. Room windows open. Seasonal outdoor pool, common area Internet, Fitness facilities, business services, Handicapped accessible. Rates from $85.
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Microtel Inn Suites Microtel Inn Suites Cherokee - Guest rooms with coffee makers, windows that open, safes, WIFI, desks, phones, premium cable TV. Complimentary breakfast. Seasonal outdoor pool, picnic tables, laundry facilities, elevator.
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Magnuson Hotel in Cherokee has an onsite restaurant
 Magnuson Hotel Great Smokies - guest rooms with coffee makers, hair dryers, flat panel TVs with movies, phone, WIFI, some with fridge and microwave. Onsite restaurant, seasonal outdoor pool, business center, room service during limited hours.                              Check rates
complimentary breakfast included Quality Inn Cherokee   Guest rooms with coffee maker, WIFI, phone, newspaper, cable TV. Complimentary breakfast, seasonal outdoor pool, gift shop / newstand, lobby fireplace.  Check availability and current rates
Cherokee Lodge Motel    1593 Acquoni Road Cherokee NC
Frontier Motor Lodge & Cabin Rentals  55 Casino Trail Cherokee, NC

Cherokee NC Campgrounds, RV Parks, Camping
Adventure Trail Campground   Cherokee NC
Cherokee KOA   92 KOA Campground Road Cherokee, NC
Craig's Cabins and Cherokee Campground   US 441, Cherokee NC
Happy Holiday RV Park & Campground 1553 Wolfetown Rd Cherokee NC
Indian Creek Campground   1367 Bunches Creek Road, Cherokee NC
River Valley Campground    Big Cove Road, Cherokee NC
Yogi Bear's Camp Resort   317 Galamore Rd Cherokee NC
 Restaurants, Entertainment in or near Cherokee NC
Chestnut Tree Restaurant   Highway 19 N, Holiday Inn Cherokee NC
Granny's Kitchen   1098 Painttown Road Cherokee NC
Happy New Restaurant  1655 Acquiona Road, Cherokee NC
Hard Hat Cafe  778 Painttown Road  Cherokee, NC 828-497-3233
Ice Cream Station  45 Big Cove Rd.- Saunooke Village Cherokee  828-508-1735
Old Fashioned Soco Diner   858 Paint Town Road, CHerokee NC
Newfoundland Lodge Restaurant   1301 Tsali Blvd, Hwy 441 N, CHerokee NC

Peter's Pancakes and Wafflesspan 1384 Tsali Blvd  Cherokee, NC  828-497-5116
Paul's   1111 Tsali Blvd., Hwy 441 S, Cherokee NC
Tribal Grounds Coffee  938 Tsalagi Rd (Main Shop)Cherokee NC
Unto These Hills  is an outdoor drama presenting the history of the Cherokee Indians in a beautiful Mountainside Theatre, mid-June thru late August each year.  2011 Season Dates: June 3 - August 13, Monday - Saturday at 7:30 PM.  In 2006, “Unto These Hills” began a new script, new director, new score, new choreography, new set design, new costuming and new cast members ­ all aimed at conveying a more culturally authentic, historically accurate and Cherokee-centered experience. The new play traces the Cherokee people through the aeons, through the zenith of their power, through the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears, finally ending, appropriately, in the present day, where the Cherokee people, much like their newly re-scripted drama, continue to rewrite their place in the world.
Cherokee Bear Zoo & Exotic Animals   1204 Tsalagi Road, Cherokee NC
Cherokee Phoenix Theatre     91 Sequoyah Trail, Cherokee NC
Harrah's Casino    777 Casino Drive, Cherokee NC
Cherokee NC Shops, Services
886 Old Mill    3082 U.S. Hwy 441, Cherokee NC
Buck & Squaw Crafts Inc.  100 Main St (US 19N)  Cherokee, NC 828-497-9351
Cherokee Outpost   498 Tsali Boulevard. Cherokee NC
Great Smokies Gifts  14 Big Cove Rd Cherokee, NC  828-497-7585
Heavenly Fudge Shoppe, Inc.   27 Big Cove Road, Cherokee NC
Indian Summer Gifts & Tube Rentals   833 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee   866-317-2975
Little Bear Leather  983 Tsalagi Road Cherokee, NC  828-497-7276
Saunooke's Mill  located at the Cherokee entrance to the GSMNP
Southwest Sales/Qualla Jewelers    498 Tsali Boulevard, Cherokee NC
Smoky Mountain Trader Inc. 498 Tsali Boulevard, Cherokee NC
Unique Gift Outlet 1655 Acquoni Rd., Cherokee NC
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Events in or near Cherokee NC
3/24            KOA Opening Day Trout Fishing

3/31-4/1   Cherokee's Annual Opening Day
                    Fishing Tournament 
4/30           Oconaluftee Indian Village OPENS
                     FOR THE SEASON
5/11           Cruise the Smokies Spring Rod
5/12           Mothers'Day 5K
5/19            Cherokee Customer Celebration
5/25-27      Cherokee's Memorial Day trout
5/26            Strawberry Festival
5/27            Cherokee Outdoor Drama "Unto
                     These Hills" OPENS FOR THE SEASON
5/31-6/2     15th Annual Gourd Artist Gathering 
6/5-9         Cherokee Summer Carnival
6/7-9         Cherokee Blue Grass Festival 
6/9             Cherokee Voices Festival
6/29-7/1    42nd Annual Cherokee 4th of July
7/4              July 4th Fireworks

7/13            Blueberry Festival 
7/14            Cherokee Heritage Day

7/14-15      The Tim Hill Memorial trout
7/21            Cherokee's First Annual Tractor Pull
8/3-4           Talking Trees Children's Trout Derby

8/11            Cherokee Heritage Day
8/18            KOA Summer Fishing Tournament
Kananegsi Fashion Show
8/25            Qualla Arts and Crafts Open Air
                      Indian Art Market

8/31-9/2     Qualla Country Trout Tournament 
9/7-9            Cherokee Blue Ridge Run
9/8               Cherokee Heritage Day
9/20-22       Veterans' Day Festival  
10/2-6         Annual Cherokee Indian Fair
10/13          Cherokee Heritage Day
10/19-20    Cruise the Smokies Fall Rod Run
10/20          Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon
                      and 5K

11/3             Kananegsi Basket Festival
11/3-4         The Rumble in the Rhododendron
                      Fly Fishing Tournament

11/10           Cherokee Heritage Day
11/17           Turkey Strut 5K Run/Walk
12/8             Cherokee Heritage Day
12/31           New Year's Eve Fireworks 

                            Ongoing Events:
Cherokee Bonfire  Every  Fri., Sat.  from 7 PM - 9 PM
 May  - Aug  - roast marshmallows and enjoy an evening of drama, suspense, beauty and wisdom as Cherokee storytellers weave their ancient stories against the summer’s night sky at the Cherokee Bonfire. Located at Oconaluftee Islands Park. FREE event, seasonal only.

Music on the River  - May through September on Friday and Saturday evenings

Cherokee Rodders Cruise In   every Thursday evening.   May  - August

Unto These Hill Outdoor Drama
   June  - Aug  at Mountainside theatre.
for more NC events see the Events Calendar
Map of Cherokee NC

Sports, Outdoor Activities
Trout Fishing on the Cherokee Reservation   Some of the best fishing in the North Carolina mountains can be found int Cherokee NC. 30 miles of streams on the Cherokee Indian Reservation are regularly stocked to add nearly 400,000 to the naturally existing population of fish. Throughout the season, fishing is allowed from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Creek limit is ten trout per day per permit holder. For those interested in experiencing fishing on the reservation other than in  the streams, three well-stocked ponds are located on Big Cove Road in front of the KOA Campground.
Mingo Falls is on the Cherokee Indian Reservation (Qualla Boundary), just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 120 foot tall waterfall is one of the tallest and most spectacular in the southern Appalachians. The hike to the waterfall is  0.4 miles, but considered moderate in difficulty. Access Trail: Pigeon Creek Trail Trailhead: From Oconaluftee Visitor Center, drive south (toward Cherokee) on US-441 and take the second left onto Big Cove Road. At the first stop sign turn left and drive 4.5 miles to Mingo Falls Campground, where the trail begins. No special permits are required for access to the reservation.
Blue Ridge Outing Company
Cherokee Rapids  Tubing, kayaking
End of the Trail Horseback Riding 
Sequoyah National Golf Club
79 Cahons Road, Whittier NC
Oconaluftee Islands Park
Smokemont Riding Stables
135 Smokemont Riding Stable Rd, Cherokee
Smoky Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine
HYW 442 N, downtown Cherokee NC
Smoky Mountain Tube and Raft
1847 Tsali Boulevard, Cherokee NC
Cherokee NC area Attractions
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian  So begins your trip through the Museum of the  Cherokee Indian. Totally renovated in 1998, the new  museum tells the story of the Cherokee people using high-tech wizardry along with an extensive artifact collection.  Follow the "Trail of Tears"  and learn about the  language, customs and crafts of a remarkable civilization and people.  
Oconaluftee Indian Village The wood smoke drifting on the breeze isn't like any you've smelled before. It's not the pure tang of hardwood burned  for heat. Nor is it the aroma of a cooking fire, fragrant with baking bread or bubbling broth or roasting meat. There's something earthy about this fire, because it's smoldering pitch pine, firing local Cherokee clay into gleaming blackware pottery. Then again, all the sights, sounds, and scents surrounding you today are novel. In the Oconaluftee Indian Village, it's 1750.
Cherokee Heritage Trail - From the serene peaks of the Balsams to the muddy banks of the Little Tennessee River, Cherokee Heritage Trails wind through the southern Appalachians, telling the story of the Cherokee people, Ani-Kituhwa-gi, who once commanded all of the Southern Appalachians. Although most of the Cherokee were forcibly removed to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears in 1838, a small group remained in their homeland, becoming the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Today they own about 57,000 acres - the Qualla Boundary, a remnant of their ancestral lands.
great smoky mountains national park3.jpg (41109 bytes)Great Smoky Mountains National Park  -  2009 was the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ridge upon ridge of endless forest straddles the border between North  Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park. 

Mountain Farm Museum at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center is a unique collection of farm buildings assembled from locations throughout     Mountain Farm  Museum shows farm life 100 years agothe Park. Explore a log farmhouse, barn, apple house, springhouse, and a working blacksmith shop to get a sense of how families may have lived 100 years ago. Most of the structures were built in the late 19th century and move to the current location in the 1950s. The Davis House offers a rare chance to view a log house built from chestnut wood before the chestnut blight decimated the American Chestnut in our forests during the 1930s and early 1940. The Oconaluftee River Trail begins at the farm and follows the River for 1.5 miles to Cherokee.
Cades Cove  Cades Cove is a lush valley surrounded by mountains and one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. A wide array of historic buildings dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries is scattered through-out the cove. These include a grist mill, a variety of barns, three churches, and a collection of log homes and outbuildings. A wide array of historic buildings dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries is scattered through-out the cove. A visitor center (open daily), restrooms, and the Cable Mill historic area are located half-way around the 11 mile loop road.
Old fashioned family fun at Santa's Land Park Santa's Land Family Theme Park & Zoo  Open May through October, 7 days a week. See a magic show in the Jungle Bell Theatre, Get a photo made with Santa,. Visit the zoo with sheep, llamas, mccalls, turkeys, deer, servals, rabbits, pigs, peacocks and the bears. Hand feed the friendly deer. Ride The Rudicoaster and Santa's Express Train. Kids can drive in the Kiddie Car Race, Santa's Helicopter ride, the carousel, the big wheel or Whitebeard's Lake paddle boats. This is an old style fun park that the little ones love.
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Cherokee NC Galleries, Crafts
wpe2C.jpg (9438 bytes) Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual - Founded in 1946 with the purpose of preserving and advancing Cherokee arts and crafts, the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual, Inc., is today the oldest and leading Native American Arts cooperative in the United States. If practice makes perfect, the beauty of Cherokee arts and crafts today should come as no surprise. The Cherokees practice of pottery, basket weaving, and tool-making go back ten thousand years. Of course, we all descend from ancestors who made the needed items of daily life and celebration. Otherwise, we wouldn't be here. Unlike most of us today, the Cherokees are still in touch with their ancient art and craft traditions. Now you can be in touch as well, by bringing home the available, affordable work of contemporary Cherokee masters. 
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