Cherokee Indian Reservation
The Cherokee Indian Reservation, much of which is in the eastern part of Swain County, is the ancestral homeland of the Cherokee Indians. Officially known as the Qualla Boundary, Cherokee offers natural beauty, family attractions, outdoor activities and the rich history of the Great Smoky Mountains.
|There are two spectacular waterfalls on the Cherokee Reservation. Mingo Falls is about 5 miles out Big Cove Road from Saunooke Village. And Soco Falls – a double waterfall – is on US 19 eleven miles east of the US 441 intersection in Cherokee.
|Unto These Hills. The legendary outdoor drama of the Cherokee Nation’s forced removal to Oklahoma along the “Trail of Tears”. June thru Mid-August
|Take a step back in time with a self-guided tour that combines computer-generated imagery, special effects and audio with an extensive artifact collection.
|Founded in 1946, Qualla Arts and Crafts is the nation`s oldest Native American Cooperative, and it continues to uphold a standard of excellence when it comes to the traditional arts and crafts of the Eastern Cherokee.
|US 441 North at Drama Rd, Cherokee NC
|Tour the authentic working Village with dwellings, residents, and artisans right out of the 1760`s. Experience traditional medicine and interact with villagers as they hull canoes, make pottery and masks, weave baskets and beadwork, and participate in their daily activities. May – October.
|Drama Rd., Cherokee NC
|Every Thursday, 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. 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Cherokee`s Island Park.
|US 441 at US 19, Cherokee NC
|150,000 square feet of gaming space featuring over 130 traditional table games such as black jack, roulette and craps, as well as 3,700 slot games.
|Amusement park. One admission price covers all rides, zoo and entertainment. Over 60 things to see and do. Ride the Rudicoaster, Santa`s favorite ride.
|US 19, East of Downtown Cherokee NC
|Family entertainment center complete with arcade, go karts and miniature golf. Located near the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
|US 441 N, Cherokee NC