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
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..
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.
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.
"Unto These Hills" Outdoor Drama
America’s 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.
Oconaluftee Indian Village
Learn how the Native Americans actually lived over 225 years ago as Indian guides in native costumes lead you to primitive cabins and rustic arbors. See Indians making a dugout canoe with fire and ax. Watch Cherokee women stringing beads, molding ropes of clay into pots, weaving baskets; and observe the ancient art of finger weaving. Inside the seven-sided council house, learn of the Cherokee history, culture, social background and rituals handed down from generation to generation. Observe the timeworn methods of chipping flint into arrowheads, carving wooden spoons, combs and bowls and pounding Indian corn into meal.
Santa’s Land Fun Park and Zoo
Santa’s Land Fun Park and Zoo offers family fun with a Christmas theme. Visit with Santa and his elves, browse through gift shops and exhibits and be sure to visit the domestic and exotic animals in the zoo. Ride the rides or just relax on the one-mile train ride, take a cruise on a paddle boat, have a picnic or enjoy a meal in one of the eating establishments. During October on weekends, enjoy the Harvest Festival, featuring mountain craft exhibits, sorghum mill, fresh apple cider, moonshine still, fresh apple butter, mountain music and much more.
Harrahs Cherokee Casino
Don't miss the action and excitement at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort! Live table games like Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, upwards of 2,800 machines, and more. A free shuttle runs between the Cherokee KOA campground and the casino. Free shuttle offered between Cherokee KOA and Harrah's Cherokee Casino. Check at front desk for details.
Dollywood Amusement Park and Splash Country
For a variety of amusement park rides and attractions Dollywood is only an hour away from Cherokee KOA. Thrilling roller coasters, daring water excursions, family rides and kiddie rides all available at Dollywood. A separate water park offers family fun.
Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge Shopping
Love shopping, then hit the outlet malls just an hour ride over the mountain. Pigeon Forge has the Red Roof Mall with 70 shops owned by manufacturers like Nike, Pfalzgraf, Bass Shoes, Black and Decker, American Tourister and more.