Scenic Camping Near Cherokee, NC & The Great Smoky Mountains

Set in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and in the heart of Cherokee tribal country, the KOA in Cherokee, NC, boasts 360-degree views of the mountains, exciting activities for the whole family and an unforgettable camping adventure. Our quiet campground offers a serene getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life where you and your family can enjoy the best that nature has to offer. Cherokee KOA has a little something for everyone.

- Head out for adrenaline-fueled adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains.
- Test your fishing skills either at our family campground or at one of the thousands of fishing spots found throughout Cherokee.
- Set out for a day of fun in nearby Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. If it's quality time with the family you're after, you'll find it right here.
- Roast marshmallows around the campfire or enjoy some of our family-friendly activities, like an outdoor movie feature, our fun playground, swimming pools and more.

No matter what kind of camping getaway you're looking for, we offer a variety of ways to stay, including RV Sites and even Camping Cabins and Deluxe Cabins, some nestled along the Raven Fork River. If you're looking for a place to unwind as you listen to the rushing river or gaze up at the starry skies, book your stay at Cherokee KOA today.

What to Do While Camping in Cherokee, NC
Camping in Cherokee you have access to an endless number of activities, attractions and adventures. Whether you're a thrill-seeker looking to try something new or your family needs a more kid-friendly activity, you're sure to find something for everyone. Cherokee KOA is a great base camp to enjoy a Smoky Mountain vacation. We'll put you up close to all the action:

  • Enjoy a scenic drive of the Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Take a trip over to the Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
  • Visit the local artisan shops
  • Try out an exciting new adventure like white water rafting or tubing
  • Head to one of the area's numerous hiking trails
  • And many more attractions in Cherokee, NC

Plus, we're just one hour from the world-class attractions found in nearby Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN. These cities are known for their family-friendly attractions like Dollywood. We're also an hour east of Asheville, NC, and the luxurious Biltmore House and Gardens. There are also numerous museums located in Bryson City, only 30 minutes from our campground.

Staying in Cherokee, NC Means the Perfect Combo of Camping and Fishing
Whether you're a pro fisher looking for new challenges or an amateur who's just picking up a rod and reel, Cherokee, NC is an angler's paradise. In Cherokee, we're passionate about fishing. Cherokee has a 30-mile clear, clean and beautiful stream system that's always stocked with an array of trout. Plus, around every bend is another jaw-droppingly beautiful fishing spot. There are more than 40 shops throughout town, which can provide you with authorized fishing permits. Plus, area tackle shops can outfit you with novice or expert gear if you don't have your own. We've also put together a fishing guide for you if you're planning to fish during your stay!If you want to do a little trout fishing during your vacation, you do not have to look any farther than our cozy campground. KOA Cherokee campground is bordered on one side by the serene Raven Fork River and on the other side by three tribal trout ponds. Bring your rod and reel for some great fishing! Our fishing spots are the perfect locations to introduce your kids to this peaceful and fun-filled pastime. If you're an avid angler, be sure to plan your camping trip around one of the local fishing tournaments or contests. You might find yourself bringing home more than just the catch of the day.Book your stay at KOA Cherokee so that you can take full advantage of this East Coast fishing destination.Explore the Heart of Cherokee Tribal Country
A trip to Cherokee, NC, wouldn't be complete without exploring this area's rich Native American history. Cherokee is the ancestral home of the Cherokee people. In fact, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians still reside here. The area boasts 11,000 years of history and culture just waiting to be discovered by you and your family. Be sure to explore Cherokee's one-of-a-kind attractions, such as:


Special Campground Amenities You'll Love at the Cherokee KOA
Trying to find the perfect place to stay during your family vacation can be challenging. After all, it's the details that make a getaway memorable, so you need a place that has something for everyone. Fortunately, there are endless things to do at Cherokee KOA campground! We strive to provide you with experiences guaranteed to create memories that last a lifetime. Your kids can burn off their abundance of vacation energy, and parents will get the time they need to relax and release the stress of everyday life. You don't even need to leave our campground to find great amenities such as:
  • Themed weekends
  • Indoor or outdoor pool and hot tubs
  • Playground
  • Outdoor movie theater
  • Bounce pillow
  • Game room
  • Kamp K9® off-leash dog park for your furry friend
  • And the Campfire Grill where you can grab a bite to eat

If that isn't enough, there are plenty of activities not far from the campground. Be sure to call our office to get your tickets in advance for exciting pursuits like:
  • Horseback riding
  • Tubing rentals
  • Zipline canopy tours
  • And whitewater rafting

Camping Sites Available at KOA in Cherokee, NC.
Whether you are just here for a few days with the kids or need space for a big group, we have plenty of ways to stay at Cherokee KOA:

RV Parks Near Cherokee, NC
If you're planning a road trip in your RV to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee KOA is the perfect place to drop in and stay a night or two or 10. Our RV park has all those big-rig friendly amenities that ensure your stay is as cozy and comfortable as possible. Pull-Thru and Back-In RV Sites make parking your RV a cinch. Our Deluxe RV Sites have cozy fire pits and full hookups, including water and 50/30 amp plugs to get your rig up to full power. Even our standard RV Sites have water and electric hookups that will get you road ready and raring to go. 

Tent Camping in Cherokee, NC
To introduce your kids to the joys of camping, there's not a more beautiful or serene place in the country than Cherokee, NC. Tent camping is the more traditional way to escape into the great outdoors, and our Cherokee County campground has two excellent tent camping experiences to choose from. 

For those looking to rough it, our standard Tent Sites are nestled among the towering trees with a pad of grass you can call your own during your time with us. We also offer Deluxe Tent Sites, with water and electric hookups and a KOA PatioTM perfect for enjoying a leisurely meal. 

Smoky Mountains North Carolina Camping Cabins
If you love the idea of camping but hate to leave all your creature comforts behind, Camping Cabins give you the best of both worlds. Our rustic log cabins don't have bathrooms, but they do include a roof over your head and a cozy bed where you can rest after a day of adventuring in Cherokee, NC. Deluxe Cabins are perfect for family getaways and include kitchens where you can rustle up some grub. Their full bathrooms are a great option for those who don't like the idea of communal commodes. 

Book Your Stay Today at Cherokee KOA
Each of our campsites at Cherokee KOA offers campers lovely sites with beautiful views, a convenient location and friendly service. Book Your Stay Today at Cherokee KOA. We would love to be a part of your family vacation here in lovely Cherokee, NC, so book your campsite today. If you love the Smokies, make sure you extend your trip to our other Smoky Mountain properties at Townsend/Great Smokies KOA Holiday or Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA Holiday.

Campground Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 136' Max Length
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Pool (Open Year-Round)
  • Hot Tub/Sauna
  • Snack Bar ($)
  • Propane ($)
  • Fishing ($)
  • Firewood ($)
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Ways to Stay

KOA Holiday

KOA Holiday Campgrounds

Whether you’re exploring the local area or hanging out at the campground, KOA Holidays are an ideal place to relax and play. There’s plenty to do, with amenities and services to make your stay memorable. Plus, you’ll enjoy the outdoor experience with upgraded RV Sites with KOA Patio® and Deluxe Cabins with full baths for camping in comfort. Bring your family, bring your friends, or bring the whole group – there’s plenty of ways to stay and explore.

KOA Holidays Feature:

  • RV Sites with a KOA Patio®
  • Deluxe Cabins with full baths
  • Premium Tent Sites
  • Group meeting facilities

Latest Hot Deal

KOA Rewards Appreciation Weekend

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WHEN: September 9-10, 2022

WHAT: KOA Rewards holders stay as a paying guest on Friday, September 9 at any participating KOA campground and get Saturday, September 10 for FREE*.

WHY: KOA Rewards Appreciation Weekend is designed exclusively for KOA Rewards holders to say thanks for your loyalty and for trusting your camping memories to us. On this late-summer weekend, we gather to celebrate friends, family and fun in the great outdoors we all adore.

*Only at participating KOA locations. Applies to one site per a KOA Rewards account, for two consecutive nights at the same KOA. Sites may be limited. Not valid with other discounts.

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Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is America's most visited National Park unit and is known as “America's favorite drive.” Its 469 miles connect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Along the way, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers stunning views of the Blue Ridge mountains, forests, and pastoral landscapes, with abundant hiking trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, and interpretive signage.

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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, countryside, rivers, and small towns.

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Downtown Cherokee

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

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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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