Local Area Attractions Near Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA
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**
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.
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.
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.
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 Theater. 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. Concerts throughout the year and great restaurants, Ruth
Christie's Steakhouse, Brio Italian restaurant and a buffet. Free shuttle offered between Cherokee KOA and Harrah's Cherokee Casino. Check at front desk for details or visit www.harrahscherokee.com.
Cherokee Tribal Bingo
Come on out and try your luck at Cherokee Tribal Bingo. An Enterprise of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Tribal Bingo takes place Wednesday - Sunday.
Highway 19 North
91 Bingo Loop Road
Cherokee, NC 28719
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.
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Take a beautiful drive through the Smokies and visit Pigeon Forge for a day trip. Enjoy shopping at the outlets, fun at Dollywood or Splash Mountain and more at your fingertips in Pigeon Forge.
Cades Cove is an isolated valley located in the Tennessee section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA. The valley was home to numerous settlers before the formation of the national park and usually can view some wild life.
Gatlinburg Space Needle
The Gatlinburg Space Needle is a 407' observation tower that overlooks beautiful Gatlinburg and the surrounding Smoky Mountains. Our tower is served by two elevators with a capacity of 20 persons each. Ride our safe and comfortable glass elevators over 400' to our observation deck for a 360° view of the Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg.
Smoky Mountain Opry
For some of the best live entertainment, makes plans to visit the Smoky Mountain Opry! The Smoky Mountain Opry is the largest musical variety show in the area. Sit back, relax, and watch a talented cast of singers, dancers, comedians and musicians, along with incredible special effects, laser lights, pyro, dazzling costumes and more! It's guaranteed to be a performance you'll never forget.
Smoky Mountain Rafting
Whitewater Rafting offering the longest trips in the area priding themselves on having knowledgeable, fun, experienced guides that are focused on making your trip down the river the best it can be. With two parts of the river offering both mild and wild rides or a combination of both for a fun filled day.