Great Smoky Mountain and Cherokee Attractions
Cherokee is not so much an attraction as home to a collection of attractions worth a day trip. It is the westernmost point on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and easternmost edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Foremost, Cherokee is home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and their reservation.
One attraction is Oconaluftee Indian Village, a re-created Cherokee Village of the 1750s. Regular tours by Cherokee guides present history, crafts, early homes and mountain forest demonstrations of beadwork, pottery, blowguns, and much more in a beautiful forest setting.
Another cultural attraction is the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, which details the advanced culture of the tribe. At the time before the tribe was split and marched on the Trail of Tears, its members excelled in weaving, pottery and agriculture, and had their own written language. Their story is told in an outdoor drama, Unto These Hills.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers round-trip excursions through some of the most spectacular scenery in western North Carolina, including views of the Great Smoky Mountains and Fontana Lake. Steam- and diesel-powered trains carry visitors along 53 miles of track, through two tunnels and over 15 bridges.
Excursions include half day to full day round trips, dinner trains, mystery theatre dinner trains, and raft/train combos. We can help arrange your trip.
For a calendar of upcoming events, visit ExploreAsheville.com.
To learn more about local attractions, visit RomanticAsheville.com, WNCguide.com, AshevilleNC.com, AshevilleNow.com and CarolinaGetaways.net. Also see AshevilleGuidebook.com with exerpts from the Ultimate Guide to Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains by Lee Pantas, the “Best Selling Guidebook To Asheville & The Western North Carolina Mountains.” To learn more about North Carolina attractions, see North Carolina Division of Tourism or North-Carolina-Tourism.com