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Explore 6.............................................. Welcome 8................................................ Culture 12...........................Explore the Outdoors 16........................................Take a Drive 19............................................... Fishing 22........................Affordable Family Fun 28...................................................Map

Member Directory 33................................ Accommodations 39......................................... Attractions 48........................................... Shopping 51...............................Dining & Nightlife 53........................................ Community

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Welcome! On behalf of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, I would like to welcome you to Cherokee, North Carolina, and encourage you to “Meet Me in the Smokies.� When visiting Cherokee, you are in the center of a beautiful cultural and recreational region with the Great Smoky Mountains Amy Parker, Executive Director serving as the backdrop. & Tunie Braun, Manager While vacationing in Cherokee your family can play miniature golf, visit an amusement park, pan for gold and precious gems, take a scenic ride on a train, play in a creek or river, or visit the tallest dam in the Eastern United States. Again, I want to extend a warm welcome to you and your family on your visit to Cherokee. I hope this guide helps you plan and enjoy your visit to our area. Visit CherokeeSmokies.com for additional information and to see why we call this area home.

Meet me in the Smokies! Amy Parker

Executive Director Cherokee Chamber of Commerce 6

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Culture The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is a federally recognized tribe that occupies the Qualla Boundary. The Qualla Boundary has 56,000 acres primarily in Swain and Jackson counties and smaller sections in nearby Cherokee and Graham counties. The tribe has 14,000 members. The Qualla Boundary is not a reservation, but a “land trust� supervised by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. The land is a fragment of the extensive original homeland of the Cherokee Nation. The people had to purchase their land to regain it after it was taken over by the federal government. 8

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Oconaluftee Indian Village The Oconaluftee Indian Village features a sampling of Cherokee life during the mid- to late 1700s. Visitors will learn about the culture through re-enactments, classes, dances and more. They also can meet tribal members and watch tribal members hull canoes, make pottery and baskets, and do bead work.

Museum of the Cherokee Indian The Museum of the Cherokee Indian features computer-generated imagery, special effects and audio with a large artifact collection. Installed in 1998, this $3.5 million project tells the story of the Cherokee and their ancestors from 12,000 years ago through the present. The selfguided tour begins with the Story Lodge, where ancient Cherokee myths appear through computer animation. Visitors can continue through the Paleo period when mastodons were killed with spears. Through the Archaic and Woodland periods, people got into agriculture, and created trade and villages. The ceremonial activities of the Mississippian period echo throughout today’s traditions, but also brought disease, war and many cultural changes.

Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual The Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual at 645 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee, features artwork made by the Cherokee Indians, including pottery, bead work, baskets, wood carvings, paintings and prints, masks, pipes, finger weaving, home goods and weaponry.

“Unto These Hills” “Unto These Hills” is an outdoor drama facility in the 2,100-seat Mountainside Theatre that allows visitors to learn about the history of the Cherokee. One of the longest running outdoor drama centers, “Unto These Hills” has entertained more than six million since 1950. Shows are nightly except Sunday from June through mid-August. The theater is located at 688 Drama Road Cherokee. cherokeesmokies.com 9


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Explore the


Located in the heart of the Smokies, Cherokee is the perfect place for anyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors. From an easy riverside stroll to a challenging mountain bike trail, there are ample opportunities to get out and smell the fresh mountain air. We’ve included some ideas for getting outside here.

Clingmans Dome

Mingo Falls

At 6,642 feet, Climgmans Dome is the highest peak in the Smokies. From the parking lot, 7 miles west of Newfound Gap, walk the steep half-mile path to the 54-foot observation tower for a 360-degree view of the Park. The Appalachian Trail crosses Clingmans Dome, marking the highest point along its 2,144-mile journey. The Clingmans Dome road is closed from December 1 through April 1.

Mingo Falls on the Qualla Boundary just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cherokee is worth the 1/4mile hike, which is considered moderate to difficult. Visitors must walk up 150 stairs to a wooden bridge that crosses Mingo Creek. The 120-foot waterfall is one of the tallest in Southern Appalachia and is most exciting after heavy rains. There is no fee.


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Soco Falls Just east of Cherokee on US 19 towards Maggie Valley you’ll find Soco Falls – a double waterfall – on your right. There’s a small unmarked pull-off, and a short walk leads you to a viewing platform for Soco Falls and another smaller fall. The pull-off is 11 miles from the intersection of US 441 Bus. & US 19. (From Maggie Valley, it’s about 1.5 miles west of the Blue Ridge Parkway on your left.) cherokeesmokies.com



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Take a Drive in the Smokies When it comes to taking in breathtaking vistas, by car is one of the best ways to enjoy the view. From Cherokee, there are several great drives that offer stunning views.

Newfound Gap

Blue Ridge Parkway

Highway 441 will take you directly from Cherokee through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and to Gatlinburg, Tenn., in less than an hour. The highway offers plenty of stops along the way where you can get out to stretch your legs and view the diverse plant life and mountain views. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a black bear.

The beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway stretches 469 miles from Cherokee to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. The Parkway was designed for a leisurely drive with plenty of pullovers to enjoy the incomparable views. Yet it’s the southernmost section of the Parkway, near Cherokee, that provides some of the most spectacular vistas. Two overlooks near Cherokee are among the most popular. Balsam Knob (mile marker 431), the highest point on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway, is a favorite of sunset watchers. Enjoy stunning views of the Great Smokies right from the parking lot at Waterrock Knob (mile marker 451.2), which sits at nearly 6,000 feet elevation.

Tail of the Dragon This road is legendary and rightfully so. With 318 curves in just 11 miles, Tail of the Dragon is a dream for motorcyclists. Located outside of Robbinsville, just a short drive away from Cherokee, the dragon is a must-do for motorcyclists. 16

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Fishing There are ample opportunities for quality trout fishing within the Qualla Boundary. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Tribal Management stocks over 400,000 trout a year and helps conserve forest waterways, stream banks, stream entry points, and bridges.

Look for these trout: Brook Trout

Golden Trout

The brook trout, a familiar jewel, is the only native game fish in these mountain waters and ranges between 6-8� fully grown. It has brilliant red spots in circles of contrasting colors, light red fins with white edges and is found mostly in small, narrow streams where water runs cold and crisp.

An unmistakably bright, flashy fish, the stocked golden trout species were recently introduced for enjoyment and variety. Originally spawned in 1954, the golden trout has unique value as a trophy fish. Expect the golden to behave like browns and rainbows.

Brown Trout Browns, stocked by the tribal hatchery, are brown to olive in color with green, orange and sometimes red spots encircled in yellow or white. They are found around fallen trees or boulders in large pools and can be found under shaded banks. Large browns reach 18-26.�

Rainbow Trout The most populous stocked fish, the rainbow trout displays a wide lateral pink to red strip on its side, is dark olive on its back, light-colored at the belly and speckled overall. The rainbow will be found in riffles and swift runs as well as open waters. cherokeesmokies.com



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Family Fun Cherokee offers an array of activities for the young at heart — no matter what your age. What’s the best part? It’s affordable too!



Mountain Museum


In a field behind the Oconaluftee Visitor’s Center, the Park Service has recreated a late 19th century mountain farm with authentic log structures moved from their original locations throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. See the museum and dip into the area’s past.

Play in the river Oconaluftee Island Park near U.S. Highways 19 and 441 in downtown Cherokee is free and a great place for picnics, fishing and playing in the shallow water of the Oconaluftee River. 22

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Enjoy a bonfire Cherokee storytellers present bonfire programs at Oconaluftee Island Park. Children can roast marshmallows and join in on a Cherokee Friendship Dance. The bonfires, which are free, are held throughout the summer at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Float the river There are lots of options for tubing and kayaking if you are looking to spend a little time on the water. The Big Cove Route is the most popular and the longest trip in Cherokee. A bus transports visitors two miles up Big Cove Road for a two-hour float down the Oconaluftee River. Be sure to check out cherokeesmokies.com to find one of the multiple companies that offer adventures with pick-up and drop-offs so your trip is covered!




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Fire Mountain



Oconaluftee River

Tsali Blvd

Mingus Mill



On Big Cove Road 5 miles north of the intersection at Saunooke Village

Mingo Falls

Big Cove Road

Mingo Falls

Raven Fork River

Oconaluftee River

Acquoni Expo Center

Oconaluftee River Trail

Park Visitors Center & Mountain Farm Museum

AHA Fishing Pier catch & keep Tribal permit required

Qualla Arts & Crafts Unto These Hills Mountainside

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

US 441 North to Newfound Gap, Clingmans Dome & Gatlinburg

Blue Ridge Parkway



Tsalagi Road


Hospital Road


Acquoni Road

River Trail



Whitewater Drive

To US 74 Dillsboro (east) Bryson City (west)

Casino Trail

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

19 To Maggie Valley

Santa’s Land

AHA Fishing Pier catch & keep Tribal permit required

Cherokee Visitors Center

Unto These Hills Ticket Office

Oconaluftee Islands Park


To Sequoyah National Golf Course

Cherokee Phoenix Theatre


Seven Clans Road

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Oconaluftee River

To Kituwah Mound & Bryson City


Oconaluftee Indian Village Museum of the Cherokee Indian Cherokee Hospital

Bike Trails


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Accommodations Bed & Breakfasts The Chalet Inn 285 Lone Oak Dr Whittier 800-789-8024 chaletinn.com Folkestone Inn 101 Folkestone Rd Bryson City 828-488-2730 folkestoneinn.com Fontana Village Resort Hwy 29 North Fontana Dam 800-849-2258 fontanavillage.com

Fontana Village Resort Hwy 29 North Fontana Dam 800-849-2258 fontanavillage.com Frontier Motor Lodge & Cabin Rentals 55 Casino Trail Cherokee 828-497-9293 Land’s Creek Log Cabins 3336 Balltown Rd Bryson City 888-346-9793 landscreek.com

Cabins/ Vacation Rentals

Nantahala Outdoor Center Cabins 13077 Hwy 19 W Bryson Cit 888-905-7238 noc.com

Carolina Mountain Vacations 40 Greenlee St Bryson City 828-488-7500 carolinamountainvacations.com

Panther Creek Lodge & Cabins 3542 Wrights Creek Rd Cherokee 828-497-2461 panthercreekresort.com

Creekside Cabins 1044 West Deep Creek Bryson City 828-488-2235 creeksidecabinsnc.com

Qualla Motel and Cabins 125 Tee Pee Whittier 828-497-5161 quallacabinsandmotel.com

Smoky Mountain Cabins 162 Everett St Bryson City, NC 828-307-0603 Smcabins.com Two Rivers Lodge and Cabins 5280 Ela Rd Bryson City 828-488-2284 828-488-1275 tworiverslodgenc.com Watershed Cabins 162 Everett St Bryson City 888-604-3075 watershedcabins.com Watershed Resort 137 W Watershed Rd Bryson City 877-784-0688 watershedresort.com Whispering Winds Log Cabins 231 Pams Way Bryson City 828-736-6443 brysoncitylogcabins.com Wildwater Falling Waters Resort P.O. Box 190 Almond 800-451-9972 fallingwatersresort.com cherokeesmokies.com


Cabins/ Vacation Rentals cont. Yellow Rose Realty 203 Slope St Bryson City 800-528-0760 yellowroserealty.com

Campgrounds Adventure Trail Campground PO Box 1673 Cherokee 828-497-3651 atcampground.com Cherokee KOA 92 KOA Campground Road Cherokee 800-562-7784 koa.com/campgrounds/cherokee

Cherokee Lodge 1593 Aquoni Rd Cherokee 888-207-4929 cherokeelodgenc.com

Qualla Motel and Cabins 125 Tee Pee Whittier 828-497-5161 quallacabinsandmotel.com

Econo Lodge US 19 & 441 North Cherokee 828-497-4575 choicehotels.com/north-carolina/ cherokee/econo-lodge-hotels/ nc475

Rivers Edge Motel Hwy 441 North Cherokee 828-497-7995 riversedgecherokee.com

Fontana Village Resort Hwy 29 North Fontana Dam 800-849-2258 fontanavillage.com

Rolling Hills Lodge 739 Tsali Blvd Cherokee 800-255-5371 rollinghillslodge.com

Frontier Motor Lodge & Cabin Rentals 55 Casino Trail Cherokee 828-497-9293

Flaming Arrow Campground 283 Flaming Arrow Dr Cherokee 877-497-6161 flamingarrowcampground.com

Great Smokies Inn 1636 Aquoni Rd Cherokee 828-497-2020 greatsmokiesinn.com

Fontana Village Resort Hwy 29 North Fontana Dam 800-849-2258 fontanavillage.com

Hampton Inn 185 Tsalagi Rd/US 19 Cherokee 828-497-3115 cherokeehampton.com

Happy Holiday RV Village 1553 Wolfetown Rd Cherokee 828-497-9204 happyholidayrv.com

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel 777 Casino Trail Cherokee 828-497-7777 harrahscherokee.com/hotel

Yogi In The Smokies 317 Galamore Bridge Rd Cherokee 877-716-6711 jellystonecherokee.com

Panther Creek Lodge & Cabins 3542 Wrights Creek Rd Cherokee 828-497-2461 panthercreekresort.com

Hotel/Motels Chalet Suites 285 Lone Oak Dr Whittier 828-586-0251 chaletsuites.com Chestnut Tree Inn 37 Tsalagi Rd Cherokee 828-497-9181 chestnuttreeinncherokee.com 34

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Smoky Mountain Inn & Suites 344 Seven Clans Rd Cherokee 828-497-1649 thesmokymountaininn.com Stonebrook Lodge 436 Painttown Rd Cherokee 828-497-2222 stonebrooklodge.com Two Rivers Lodge and Cabins 5280 Ela Rd Bryson City 828-488-2284•828-488-1275 tworiverslodgenc.com




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Attractions Attractions Cherokee Bear Zoo Tsalagi Rd (Hwy 19) Cherokee 828-497-4525 The Factory 1024 Georgia Rd Franklin 866-482-2386 franklinfun.com Great Smoky Mtn Railroad P.O. Box 1490 Bryson City 800-872-4681 gsmr.com Oconaluftee Indian Village Drama Rd Cherokee 828-497-2111 cherokeehistorical.org Santa’s Land 571 Wolfetown Rd Cherokee 828-497-9191 santaslandnc.com

Smoky Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine 971 Tsali Manor Blvd Cherokee 828-497-6574 smgrm.com Stecoah Valley Cutural Arts Center 121 Schoolhouse Rd Robbinsville 828-479-3364 stecoahvalleycenter.com

Gaming Casino Harrah’s Cherokee Casino 777 Casino Trail Cherokee 828-497-7777 harrahscherokee.com

Guided Tours

UltraStar Multi-tainment Center 777 Casino Drive
Cherokee 828-497-8249 cherokee.ultrastarnc.com

Cherokee Helicopters 264 Casino Trail Cherokee 828-497-5797 flythesmokies.com

Unto These Hills Drama 564 Tsali Blvd (Drama Rd) Cherokee 866-554-4557 cherokeehistorical.com

Jeep Tours with Wildwater 10345 Hwy 19 Bryson City 800-451-9972 wildwaterrafting.com/jeeptour. html


Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours P.O. Box 309 Long Creek 877-398-6222 nantahalagorgecanopytours.com

Cherokee Fisheries & Wildlife Management P.O. Box 455 Cherokee 828-359-6110 fishcherokee.com



Guided Tours cont. NOC Mountaintop Zip Line Tour & White Water Rafting 13077 Hwy 19 West Bryson City 888-905-7238 noc.com Rolling Thunder River Company 10160 Hwy 19 West Bryson City 800-408-7238 rollingthunderriverco.com Wildwater, LTD P.O. Box 190 Almond 800-451-9972 wildwaterrafting.com

Horseback Riding End of the Trail 103 Guy Bark Rd Cherokee 828-497-4803 endofthetrailhorsebackridingstables.com


Smokemont Riding Stable P.O. Box 1432 Bryson City 828-497-2373 smokemontridingstable.com

Movies Cherokee Cinema 91 Sequoyah Trail Cherokee 828-497-7384 cherokeecinemas.com

Museums Museum of the Cherokee Indian Drama Rd & Tsali Blvd Cherokee 828-497-3481 cherokeemuseum.org Sequoyah Birthplace Museum P.O. Box 69 Vonore,TN 423-884-6246 sequoyahmuseum.org

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Spa Moonlight Spa & Retreat 129 Moonlight Drive Sylva 828-477-4357 moonlight-spa.com

Sports Asheville Tourists 30 Buchanan Place Asheville 828-258-0428 theashevilletourists.com




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Shopping Native American Bearmeat’s Indian Den 4210 Wolfetown Rd Cherokee 828-497-4052 bearmeats-indian-den.com Art & Jewelry by Traditional Hands 1045 Tsaligi Rd Cherokee 828-554-5884 traditionalhands.com Indian Summer Trading 833 Tsali Blvd Cherokee 866-317-2975 www.moccasinsdirect.com 48

Medicine Man Crafts 482 Tsali Blvd Cherokee 828-497-2202 medicinemancrafts.com

Unique Gift Outlet 1655 Acquoni Rd Cherokee 828-497-2559 cherokeesmokies.com/ uniquegiftoutlet

Qualla Arts & Crafts 645 Tsali Rd Cherokee 828-497-3103 quallaartsandcrafts.com

Whiskey Tattoo 1350 Tsali Blvd Cherokee, NC 28719 828-554-1016

The What’s Hot Shop 989 Tsaligi Rd Cherokee 828-497-9500 cherokeesmokies.com/whatshotshop

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General Shopping Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn 510 Paint Town Rd Cherokee 828-554-0431 alanspawn.com Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Rivershops 828-497-7777 harrahscherokee.com




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Dining & Nightlife Dairy Queen Hwy 441 N Tsali Blvd Cherokee 828-497-4461 Fontana Village Resort Hwy 20 N Fontana Dam 800-849-2258 fontanavillage.com

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Restaurants 828-497-7777 harrahscherokee.com

Relias Garden/NOC 13077 Hwy 19 West Bryson City 888-905-7238 noc.com

Peters Pancakes 1384 Tsali Blvd Cherokee 828- 497-5116

Slow Joe’s Café/NOC 13077 Hwy 19 West Bryson City 888-905-7238 noc.com

Kentucky Fried Chicken Hwy 441 N & Hwy 19 Cherokee 828-437-8000

Pizza Inn 920 Tsalagi Rd Cherokee 828-497-9143

Granny’s Kitchen 1098 Paint Town Rd Cherokee 828-497-5010 grannyskitchencherokee.com

River’s End Restaurant/NOC 13077 Hwy 19 West Bryson City 888-905-7238 noc.com




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Community Banking United Community Bank 3273 US Hwy 441 N Whittier  828-497-3734 ucbi.com

Community Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion P.O. Box 500 Whittier 828-497-9798 archiewatkins.com Cherokee Division of Commerce P.O. Box 455 Cherokee 828-359-6467 visitcherokee.com Cherokee Historical Assoc. 564 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee  828-497-2111 cherokeehistorical.org

Cherokee Preservation Foundation P.O. Box 504 Cherokee 828-497-5550 cpfdn.org

Stecoah Valley Arts & Ed. Center 121 Schoolhouse Rd Stecoah 828-497-3364 stecoahvalleycenter.com

Harris Regional 68 Hospital Rd Sylva 828-586-7000

Event Planning

Swain Community Hospital 45 Plateau St Bryson City 828-488-2155 myswaincommunity.com Qualla Sanitizing Company 125 Tee Pee Drive Whittier 828-736-9029 quallasanitizing.com

Education/Career Southwestern Community College 447 College Dr Sylva 828-339-4000 southwesterncc.edu

Embassy Media Group 740 Hiawassee River Road Murphy 828-835-2359 bbtvn.com

Home Cherokee Home Center 1623 Acquoni Rd Cherokee 828-497-8980

Internet Services Dnet Internet Services 189 E. Palmer St Franklin 828-349-3638 dnet.net cherokeesmokies.com


Marketing Print/ Web Deep Creek Arts 87 Heather Lane Whittier 828-497-2574 deepcreekarts.com Embassy Media Group 740 Hiawassee River Road Murphy 828-835-2359 bbtvn.com

Newspapers/ Magazine Bryson City Magazine 300 Everett Street Bryson City 828-788-2020


Office Supply

Visitor Information

Cherokee Office Supply P.O. Box 1746 Cherokee 828-497-7907 cherokeeofficesupply.com

Vacation Information Channel Cherokee 706-878-3335 visitorsinfotv.com


Smoky Mountain Host 4437 Georgia Rd Franklin 800-432-4678 visitsmokies.org

Bryson City Realty P.O. Box 1277 Bryson City 828-508-4391 brysoncityrealestate.com Yellow Rose Realty P.O. Box 326 Bryson City 800-528-0760 yellowroserealty.com

Transportation Cherokee Cabs 125 Tee Pee Drive Whittier 828-269-8621 cherokeecabs.com

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Moonlight Spa and Retreat 129 Moonlight Drive Sylva 828-477-4357 moonlight-spa.com Panther Creek Cherokee Wedding Chapel 3415 Wrights Creek Road
Cherokee 828-497-2461 panthercreekresort.com/weddings-in-cherokee-nc




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