Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA

92 KOA Campground Road

Cherokee, NC 28719

Reserve: 800-562-7784

Info: 828-497-9711

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Local Area Attractions

Call ahead and make your reservations early so you can enjoy some of the great activities that the Cherokee area has to offer all year long. Our Tours Office can help you book most of the attractions in the area and if you buy the ticket from us, it will include the shuttle as well. Box Lunches available for your hikes, train rides or a picnic.

Great Smoky National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway Photo

Great Smoky National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway

Set in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and in the heart of Cherokee tribal country, the Cherokee KOA is located 6 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and only 4 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway--named one of the most scenic drives in the nation..

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Great Smoky Mountains Railway Photo

Great Smoky Mountains Railway

The Great Smoky Mountains Railway provides a full season of over 500 tourist railway round trip excursions. The history of this rail line dates back to the 1840s when the railroad created passage through this scenic rural mountain land. Passengers ride in comfortable, reconditioned coaches, crown coaches, club cars, dining cars, cabooses, and open cars which are ideal for viewing and picture taking. All excursions take you through the beautiful Smoky Mountains foothills of North Carolina with views of forests, countrysides, rivers, and small towns.

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Downtown Cherokee Photo

Downtown Cherokee

Visit Cherokee's newly renovated downtown district to enjoy Native American art and craftwork and shop local artisans.Free shuttle offered between Cherokee KOA and downtown Cherokee. Check at front desk for details.

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Museum of the Cherokee Indian Photo

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

At the Museum of the Cherokee Indian explore the exciting history of the Cherokee people. The story of the Cherokee unfolds before your eyes through the magic of electronics, audiovisual displays and priceless artifacts, some more than 10,000 years old. The museum is exciting, entertaining and educational for the young and old.

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"Unto These Hills" Outdoor Drama Photo

"Unto These Hills" Outdoor Drama

Americas most popular outdoor drama, "Unto These Hills," is the tragic and triumphant story of the Cherokee. Set against the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains, the drama is presented under the stars on three stages in the beautiful Mountainside Theatre. Since opening on July 1, 1950, "Unto These Hills" has been seen by over five million people. Cherokee descendants play important roles in the drama and in the many dances, highlighted by the colorful and world-famous Eagle Dance. The emotional impact of this tragic and yet triumphant story is supported by a strong musical score, recently recomposed to offer a richer, fuller orchestral sound.

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Local Area Activities

Centrally located in the Great Smoky Mountains and just one mile from the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherokee KOA makes an excellent base camp as you explore the rich cultural tapestry of the area. The Cherokee KOA is also located close to downtown, Cherokee, where you can shop local artisans or play at Harrah's Cherokee Casino. Its also just a one hour through the Great Smoky National Park to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, or an hour East to Asheville and the Biltmore House and Garden. During your stay, enjoy attractions and events. Visit the Recreation Outpost at Cherokee KOA for tickets to local attractions.

Visit the Recreation Outpost at Cherokee KOA for tickets to:
• Horseback riding
• Tubing rentals
• Zipline canopy tours
• Whitewater rafting
• The Museum of the Cherokee Indian
• Oconaluftee Indian Village
• Reenactment of the Trail of Tears
• and more!
Shuttle provided for FREE with purchase of any ticket!

Area Fishing Photo

Area Fishing

The Raven Fork River flows along one side of the campground with miles of excellent stream fishing. If you prefer pond fishing, you'll find three Tribal-owned trout ponds framing the west boundary of Cherokee KOA. All are stocked twice weekly (tribal license required). There's also a new area on the river that is strictly for catch-and-release fly fishing (additional license required).

Fishing at Cherokee Indian Reservation does not require a state fishing license, but you do need to purchase a daily tribal fishing license and a special additional license if you are going to the Catch and Release only sections. Fishing is permitted on the Reservation from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

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Whitewater Rafting on the Tuckasegee River Photo

Whitewater Rafting on the Tuckasegee River

Whitewater rafting is great fun with the group from Cherokee KOA! The bus leaves Cherokee KOA each day at 12:30 p.m. Sign up at the Recreation Outpost in advance to be assured of a seat on the bus and the raft. The rapids are class 1 and 2 with a class 3 at the end. The Forest Service has a minimum weight limit for children of 60 pounds. Life vests are provided. Wear shorts or bathing suit, t-shirt and tennis shoes. A change of clothes and towel are recommended for after your trip. Changing facilities and KOA Lockers for keys and watches are available.

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Tubing on the River Photo

Tubing on the River

Wind down the Raven Fork river on a 2 to 3 hour float while relaxing and looking at natures wonders. Free shuttle to tubing location 3.5 miles from camp available with rental of tube at the Cherokee KOA campground.

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Nantahala Gorge Zipline Canopy Tours Photo

Nantahala Gorge Zipline Canopy Tours

Enjoy a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual elevation change at Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours (NGCT). More than a zip line ride, NGCT takes you through multiple ecosystems, past hemlocks, into hardwoods, and through a deciduous forest packed with native flowering plants such as mountain laurel, dogwood, rhododendron, giant Frazier magnolia, rare umbrella magnolia, silver bells and many more. Book your tickets at the Cherokee KOA Recreation Outpost.

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Horseback Riding Photo

Horseback Riding

Take in the beautiful Great Smokes on horseback! The morning trip includes a trail ride in the National Park that takes you up to a small waterfall. The afternoon trip takes a different hour-long route into the National Park. All horseback rides are escorted. Weight limit for horseback rides is 200 pounds.

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Local Area Events

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Maggie Valley Oktoberfest Photo

Maggie Valley Oktoberfest

Oct 3 - 4, 2014

The nearby Maggie Valley Oktoberfest has food, drink, contests and dancing for all ages!

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Cherokee Indian Fair Photo

Cherokee Indian Fair

Oct 7 - 11, 2014

The Cherokee Indian Fair is in full swing, featuring art, crafts, traditional foods and music, a carnival, fireworks and much more.  Final day features the Trails of Tears Memorial Walk.

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Big Rigs Antique Truck Show Photo

Big Rigs Antique Truck Show

Oct 11, 2014

Trucks big and small pour into Cherokee for this unique event.  Show and shine like you have never seen before, all in downtown Cherokee! Trucks big and small pour into Cherokee for this unique event. Show and shine like you have never seen it before. This event comes complete with a parade of trucks in downtown Cherokee. You must see it to believe it!!

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Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon Photo

Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon

Oct 18, 2014

13.1 mile half marathon that benefits the Madison Hornbuckle Children's Cancer Foundation. Great run in the mountains of the Qualla Boundary-gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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The Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament Photo

The Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament

Nov 7 - 9, 2014

$225 entry fee
$10,000 in prize money awarded to 1st place team ($5,000), 2nd place team ($3,000) and 3rd place team ($2,000) This two person team fly fishing competition is held on the 2.2 miles of Trophy, Catch-and-Release water on the Cherokee Reservation. A modified fips mouche format will be used with a tag out system being incorporated as only one team member may fish at a time. Fishing sessions are three hours long. Registration fee includes tournament registration for two people, competitor swag, several meals during the competition and more.
Please visit www.fishcherokee.com for details
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT THE CHEROKEE KOA EVENT

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