Cherokee Indian Reservation
Discover 11,000 years of culture and adventure in Cherokee, North
Carolina, and the sovereign nation of North America's first people.
Experience daily life in an authentic 1750's Cherokee village,
surrounded by the sights and sensations of life lived "dyuktv" - The
Cherokee Way. Meet living masters of Cherokee arts, crafts,
life, skills and lore as they demonstrate their mastery and create
works you can own.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- With sixteen peaks over 6,000 feet and more than a half-million
acres of pristine primitive wilderness, the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park is the nation's most-visited national park. Clingmans
Dome —the highest point in the Smokies — and Cade's Cove are the
most popular landmarks.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
- The Nantahala Gorge Excursion from Bryson City is a 4 1/2 hours,
44 miles round trip ride. The train travels to the Nantahala Gorge
and returns. This magnificent trip offers highlights like the
Horseshoe Curve, Fontana Lake Trestle, Tennessee River and the
Nantahala River. Passengers ride in comfortable, reconditioned
coaches, crown coaches, club cars, dining cars, cabooses, and open
cars, which are ideal for viewing and picture taking. Special
excursions and group rates are available.
The Polar Express train runs throughout November and December each
year. (read the Polar Express article from
November 25, 2008)
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino
- 24-hour casino fun, featuring
2,700 video gaming machines, three great restaurants, live
entertainment, a gift shop, a culturally-themed educational child
care facility and all the friendly, first-class service that has
made Harrah's famous. 24 hours a day - 7 days a week!
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
- Totally renovated in 1998. By
combining high-tech wizardry and an extensive artifact collection,
the Museum of the Cherokee Indian is fun for the entire family and
an exciting, educational event.
Oconaluftee Indian Village
- Recreated Cherokee Village of the 1750s. Regular tours by Cherokee
guides present history, crafts, early homes and mountain forest
demonstrations of beadwork, pottery, blowguns, and much more in a
beautiful forest setting.
Santa's Land Fun Park and Zoo
- See Santa and his elves, browse through gift shops and exhibits,
and visit the domestic and exotic animals in the zoo. Santa's Land
also features rides, picnic facilities, and eating establishments.
Smoky Mountain Trains
- Their mission is to share the spirit of model railroading with
individuals of all ages. Smoky Mountain Trains is more than an
ordinary museum. With its collection of 7,000 Lionel engines, cars
and accessories, impressive operating layout, children's activity
center, and gift/toy shop, Smoky Mountain Trains has something for
"Unto These Hills" Outdoor Drama
- Recognized as one of the top outdoor dramas in the United States
with over 5,000,000 visitors since its opening in July 1950. The
Drama tells the history of the Cherokee people from about 1540
through their forced removal from this area in the late 1830's.
Wheels Through Time - Museum of
- It will sweep you back
in time with its astounding presentation of vintage transportation.
Located in the picturesque town of Maggie Valley, NC, the 38,000 sq.
ft. museum offers the world's largest collection of rare American
motorcycles and cars from each of the ten decades of America's
automobile history as well as related memorabilia and mementos.
The collection contains over 250 rare antique American motorcycles
and automobiles from 1903 to the present - 90% of which are still
Local Outdoor Activities
Deep Creek Tubing
(located within a
one hour drive of most cabins)
Mountain adventure of the most diverse kind awaits your visit to
Asheville, whether you’re planning a tour of restaurants and
culinary delights or coming to try out the area’s top-rated
outdoor sports activities. Plan
a trip of cultural discovery to explore the homes of our nation’s
great writers and take in the history of mountain music. Whatever
the season or the reason for your visit, Asheville is sure to have
something special to offer.
Biltmore House and Gardens
- George Vanderbilt’s 250-room mansion is virtually the same as it
was at the turn of the 20th century. Sculptures, paintings,
furnishing, and household items have been carefully preserved. Tour
the gardens and the winery, and enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal
or a sandwich in one of several restaurants.
Deals Gap (The Tail of the Dragon)
- U.S. Highway 129, connecting Western
North Carolina with East Tennessee, is world-famous among
motorcyclists and sports car drivers, for its eleven-mile section
with 318 continuous curves.
as its namesake Dolly Parton, Dollywood theme park is a
one-of-a-kind Smoky Mountain Family Adventure! Spanning 125 acres
and nestled in the lush foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, near Gatlinburg, Dollywood is one of the
most popular family vacation destinations.
Fun Factory in the Smokies
- A 56,000 square-foot family entertainment center with a variety of
arcade games, two miniature golf courses, bowling, go-carts, kids
play area, carousel, batting cages, laser tag, three restaurants,
Beneath the natural
beauty of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains lies the colorful
lore of Tennessee history
and times gone by, dating back to even before the founding of our
Country. Many of the specialty shops in the
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts
Community and other locales throughout the
town cling to that heritage in the utilitarian craftsmanship and
artistic renderings of their wares. Stop and browse through the
hundreds of shops; you'll leave with a newfound appreciation for the
assemblage of fine art available in the Smokies. Additionally, the
City's historic tour brochure and site markers will put you in touch
with Gatlinburg history
and the City's sometimes colorful past.
John C. Campbell Folk School
- A school dedicated to the preservation of time-honored crafts,
music and dance since 1925.
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
- This magnificent 3800-acre forest is a remnant of an old growth
cove hardwood forest. Enormous yellow poplar, hemlock, basswood,
beech and other trees tower over the two loop trails. This forest
stands as a living memorial to Joyce Kilmer — teacher, journalist,
soldier, and poet — best known for his poem, "Trees".
Located twelve miles northwest of Robbinsville, NC, off Hwy 143.
- In addition to the fun-filled attractions, Pigeon Forge is home to
music, magic and variety, making Pigeon Forge one of the best family
vacation spots around. The city's theaters present all styles of
music, high-energy dancing and magical illusions. On your Pigeon
Forge vacation, you'll see amazing horsemanship, racing ostriches,
mind-reading-pigs, fire-eaters, jugglers and the best Elvis
impersonator this side of Graceland! You'll find all this and more
on the stages of Pigeon Forge, where the theaters are dedicated to
presenting wholesome family entertainment.
Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center
- Dedicated to the history and heritage of the Scottish Tartan. It
contains the official registry of all publicly known tartans.
(located within a
two hour drive of most cabins)
Cradle of Forestry In America
- This major visitor attraction was once part of George Vanderbilt's
vast Biltmore Estate. It was here that Dr. Carl Schenck started the
first forestry school in the nation and first practiced forest
conservation. A visitor center, exhibits, guided tours, historic
buildings, and two paved trails lead you back to the era of the
first forestry school, established 1898.
- The spectacular 51-mile skyway connects Hwy.
143 in Robbinsville, NC to Hwy.165 in Tellico Plains, TN, traveling
through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests.
Chimney Rock Park
- Spectacular 75-mile views, sheer
cliffs and unique rock formations. Trails leading to the 404-foot
Hickory Nut Falls. Famous as the filming site for the climactic
scenes of The Last of the Mohicans.
of the Wood
- From the top of Prayer Mountain to the gigantic Ten Commandments
spread across the mountainside, to the All Nations Cross, Bible
passages are presented in marble and stone in an outdoor park. Open
every day from sunrise to sunset.
Folk Art Center
- Home of the Southern
Highlands Craft Guild. Changing craft exhibits in three galleries,
Daily demonstrations April thru December, Also the Allenstand Craft
North Carolina Arboretum
- Miles of nature trails, cultivated
gardens, and state-of-the-art greenhouse complex.
Sliding Rock -
Slide down Mother Nature's 60-foot smooth rock waterslide and plunge
into a pool of cool water at the bottom.
Located in the Pisgah
National Forest, north of Brevard, NC.
Western North Carolina Nature Center
- A living museum of plant and animal wildlife in the Southern
Whiteside Mountain - Named for its
sheer white cliffs, Whiteside Mountain rises above the Nantahala
National Forest. A two-mile loop trail leads to the 4,930-foot
- With a drop of 441 feet, Whitewater Falls is the highest falls in
the Eastern US. Located
off of Hwy 281 south of Cashiers, NC.
Swain County Chamber of Commerce