Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA

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Set in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and in the heart of Cherokee tribal country, the Cherokee 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. Or 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 Tent Sites, 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 means 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
  • 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 so much more

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.

 Cherokee 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.
 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! If you're an avid angler, be sure to plan your camping trip to KOA Cherokee so that you can take full advantage of this East Coast fishing destination.
 Explore the Heart of Cherokee Tribal CountryA 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 take in one-of-a-kind attractions only found in Cherokee, such as:


Special Campground Amenities You'll Love at the Cherokee KOATrying 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:

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.

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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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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

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WHEN: May 8-9, 2020

WHAT: Stay Friday night, May 8th at a participating campground, and get Saturday night, May 9th for just $20.

WHY: The Big Weekend helps raise funds to send kids with cancer to medically-supervised camps all across North America. Kids fighting cancer deserve a chance to attend a summer camp and to just be a kid again. Funds raised from May 9 support the KOA Care Camps Trust which distributes more than $1 million dollars annually to support 125+ Care Camps each year. Learn more at koacarecamps.org.

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Local Area

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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