Local Area Attractions Near Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA Holiday
Cherokee, NC is an outdoors paradise, with stunning natural landscapes all around our campground. There are ample opportunities to fish in the tribal waters that surround our campground (purchase your fishing license at our General Store). If you're an avid hiker, you can't miss tackling the path to the top of Clingman's Dome. The paved path is surprisingly steep, but the stunning panoramas from the observation tower at the summit make it worth the hike. Looking to avoid the crowds of the national park? Ask our staff about nearby Mingo Falls! This waterfall is one of the most spectacular in the area, and it's one of the least visited - plus, it's just a few minute drive from the campground.
Call ahead and make your reservations early so you can enjoy some of the great activities that the Cherokee area has to offer.
Our Tours Office can help with information concerning the attractions in the area and if you are staying on the campground we will shuttle you to many of them.
**Tours Office and Shuttle ONLY AVAILABLE Between Memorial Day and Labor Day**
Cherokee boasts 30 miles of streams, which is arguably the Eastern U.S.'s largest stretch of managed private fishery. What's more, the streams are teeming with trout, including rainbow, golden brook and brown. The area has more than 40 stores and shops that offer authorized fishing permits and an increasing number of tackle shops that supply flies, bait and tackle for both experts and novices.
This beautiful hidden treasure is arguably the region's most stunning waterfall. It's an incredibly short drive from our campground. Towering 200 feet above the base, these falls make for a breathtaking photo backdrop. Although the parking lot is not far away and the path to the falls is not long, the hike can be slightly challenging, with about 150 steps to climb. Fortunately, the view makes it all worth it!
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.
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
Unlike any casino you'd find in Las Vegas, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort is surrounded by beautiful, green mountains. This resort is massive, with more than 1,000 guest rooms and a wide selection of facilities.In addition to enjoying the popular gaming machines and tables in the casino, you can also treat yourself to a refreshing spa session, work out in the on-site gym or just kick back by the resort's indoor or outdoor pools. If you're a lover of live music, you can attend one of the resort's concerts, where big-name musicians regularly perform.
At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the park — and in the entire state of Tennessee. If you're visiting between April and November, you can take the scenic access point from Newfound Gap and then walk a short distance to the summit. The peak includes a futuristic observation tower that offers stunning views. As Clingmans Dome is popular, we recommend that you beat the crowds by leaving early in the day. If you're coming during the winter and would like some guaranteed solitude, you can access the summit by cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
Local Area Recreation Near Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA Holiday
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Check out these interesting spots around our campground: Mingo Falls (1/2 mile from the campground) Riverside Trail (5 miles from the campground) Blue Ridge Parkway (5 miles from the campground)
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.