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About the Cherokee Area

Home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee

Cherokee exists as a crossroads of regional and Native American history at the eastern entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park  (where you’ll find the Oconaluftee Visitor Center) and the southern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is an excellent stop for learning more about tribal history and culture. Oconaluftee Indian Village is a full-scale reproduction of a Cherokee village in the late 18th century – with performers, interpretive exhibits and interactive displays, including special programs for children. And Unto These Hills is an outdoor drama performed almost nightly that portrays the Cherokee story.

Beyond these popular attractions, many events and festivals also take place in Cherokee from the award-winning Festival of Native Peoples and Memorial Day and July 4th Powwows to fishing tournaments, sports events, and carnivals.

Area Visitor Centers

Stories from Cherokee

October 16, 2018
The Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding mountain communities in both Virginia and North Carolina have a long and storied history as an arts and culture destination. Traditional artisans practice their crafts to this day, while up and coming artists forge ahead in new techniques and cutting edge creativity.
November 27, 2017
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Recommended Itineraries

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