The real Cold Mountain in the North Carolina Mountains
Deep in the heart of North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains you will find the Cherokee Indian Reservation. Each year, visitors from across the country and around the world come to discover this ancinet land of the Cherokee and to share the natural mountain beauty the Cherokee have revered for centuries. The 56,000 acre reservation, the Qualla Boundary, is home to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and is located next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Approximately 8,000 Cherokee Indians live on the reservation. The town of Cherokee, North Carolina, within the reservation, offers many attractions such as The Museum of the Cherokee Indian, "Unto These Hills" Outdoor Drama, the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual and the Oconaluftee Indian Village which is a recreated Cherokee Village of the 1750's. The newest addition to the reservation is the Harrah's Cherokee Casino which offers 24 hour casino action and top-notch entertainment.
The Santa Express
Road to Nowhere Bryson City 6 mile trip into Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Wild West family fun entertainment surrounded by the beauty of the Smoky Mountains featuring a thrilling mile-high roller coaster ride, Wild West staged gunfights, live music and shows, shops, incline railroad, chairlift, crafts, food and lots of amusement.
264 Casino Drive
Cherokee, NC 28719
Harrah's Cherokee Casino
Open 24 hours with plenty of action and top named entertainment. Located in Cherokee, NC on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. The only casino, close to Atlanta, in the southeast outside of Mississippi and Louisiana.
Fontana Dam is the highest dam in the eastern United States. It rises 480 foot high and stretches 2,365 feet across the Little Tennessee River forming the 10,230 acres of Fontana Lake. The Lake stretches 29 miles in length and has 238 miles of unspoiled shoreline. Fontana offers great lake fishing it provides recreational water activities including swimming, water skiing, jet boating and motor boating.
Fontana Lake Charter Boat Service
Charter a 4, 6 or 8 hour personally guided tour or fishing trip on beautiful Fontana Lake aboard the "4 PLAY," a 22' luxury Leisure Craft pontoon boat. Daily boat rides, wet and wild rides and fishing trips are offered.
Smoky Mountain Jet Boats
22 Needmore Road, Bryson City, NC
828-488-0522 or 888-900-9091
Their 12 passenger jet boats take all ages for exhilarating and scenic rides on beautiful Lake Fontana. Year round, daily boat rides will take you where you will do the unique Hamilton Spin, view a 50-foot waterfall and view wildlife. Ask about their special combination hiking trip in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. website
A must-see drama, the exciting outdoor drama, Unto These Hills, is performed nightly from early June through mid-August and depicts the real life drama of the what is means to be a Cherokee Indian according to Cherokee history, not the history read in white man's textbooks. Recognized as one of the top outdoor dramas in the United States with over 5,000,000 visitors since its opening in July 1950. The Drama tells the history of the Cherokee people from about 1540 through their forced removal from this area in the late 1830's.
2007 dates and show times:
Beginning June 8 June 8 thru August 18, shows are nightly, except Sundays.
Show times: Pre-show entertainment begins: 8:00 p.m. Performance begins:
Darnell Farms Corn Maze Bryson City
Darnell Farms Produce Stand Bryson City
Santa's Land is an family Christmas theme park where everyone can enjoy and celebrate Christmas in the summer. Have fun riding the Rudi-Coaster, ferris wheel,train, and paddle boats. Visit with Santa, his elves and reindeer, and shop in the Christmas shops. Bring a picnic lunch or eat at the park. US Hwy 19 North, one mile from Harrah's. Open May through October.
Mountain Farm and Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center Cherokee entrance of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Blue Ridge Parkway meets at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. At the visitor center, you can tour the Mountain Farm Museum. The farm buildings, most dating around 1900, were moved from their original locationswithin the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to create an living history museum. These structures, include a log house, woodshed, corn crib, barn, and blacksmith shop, providing a picture of early settlers' lives and a greater appreciation of the history oft he smoky Mountains. A short distance past the Visitor Center on Highway 441 is located the Mingus Mill, a working grist mill built in 1886.
You can get a real picture of of what life was like among the Cherokees over 250 years ago at the Oconaluftee Indian Village on the reservation. The Oconaluftee Indian Village recreates the early life and contains the structures of woven cane and clay (as used in baskets) used by the earliest Cherokees. You will also see dirt-floored cabins later introduced to the Cherokees by white traders. view blowgun demos, watch craftmanship demonstrated in beadwork, pottery, weaving, mask carving, canoe making, arrowhead carvings. Learn about the language and medicinal plants and herbs as used by the Cherokee.
Cherokee Tribal Hatchery, Straight Fork in the Big Cove Community.
Visitors are welcome from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Carolina Nights Dinner Theatre in Maggie Valley Nightly family fun-filled entertainment and delicious dinner feature the humor, dance and songs America and the North Carolina Smoky Mountains.
Eaglenest Entertainment Maggie Valley The newest, and many say the best, music concert venue in Maggie Valley featuring music entertainment with nationally known musicians who play all genres of music which include bluegrass, country, pop, oldies, gospel and Christian music as well as comedy and variety shows
Gatlinburg is an extremely popular, busy action packed tourist destination located within an easy drive along a picturesque drive through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Shopping, games, restaurants, entertainment, tourist activities and unfortunately traffic jams are in Gatlinburg.
Wayah Bald 372 Wayah Bald Road, Franklin, NC 828 524-7472, On Wayah Bald, climb up an old stone firetower built in the days of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The firetower has breathtaking views of the North Carolina Mountains and 4 states.
Cowee Bald Fire Tower Cowee Creek Road, 828-524-3161, Cowee Bald Firetower is an active fire tower used by the NC Division of Forest Resources, this firetower gives the visitor some great views.
Wilderness Taxidermy and Outfitters 5040 Highland Road, Franklin, NC 828-524-3677, An art wildlife museum, Wilderness Taxidermy and Outfitters, a modern 6,000 square foot facility, contains a museum, wildlife art gallery, and a working taxidermy studio. This state of the art wildlife museum contains collections of animals from all throughout the world. Art and creations from around the world are on display including paintings, woodcarvings, and original pieces of animal art. Visitors have the opportunity watch demonstrations on the process of taxidermy.
Silohouse Vineyard and Winery
950 Walker Road, Waynesville, NC
828-456-5408, Situated on 3 acres on the eastern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains at an elevation of 3,200 feet, this North Carolina Mountains winery specializes in Cabernet, Sauvignon, and Chardonnay varietal wines with wine tastings available.
Flower's Horse and Carriage Tours
Bryson City, NC
Enjoy a romantic, historic, or leisurely tour of Bryson City with horse and vintage carriage. You can be picked up from any city location. In a vintage carriage with the driver dressed in turn of the century attire, you can enjoy the tour of Bryson City with the Smoky Mountains as a backdrop.
Lost Sea Tennessee
Hot Springs Spa
Mayfield Dairy Athens Tennessee
Take a free and educational plant tour of Mayfield Dairy and be sure to taste their delicious ice cream.
Wheels Through Time Maggie Valley
Located on Highway 19 South, 828-926-6266, A fantastic collection of over 250 rare antique American vintage automobiles and motorcycles are on display at this wonderful museum that also features automobile and motorcycle related art and memorabilia
Minneapolis Grand Prix 1110 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC 28751, 828-926-6277, Entertainment for families is provided at this go-kart course that features four unique tracks including a Nascar track, a junior racer, a rookie roll, and a family track. Picnic tables are on site, as well as bumper cars for the little ones.
Pursuit Field 1110 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC 28751, 828-926-6277, This wonderful paintball field provides hours of fun for children 12 and older and also features a sitting area for observers. Prices include a gun, jumpsuit, goggles, and 100 paintballs. Play until your paintballs are gone.
Soco Gardens Zoo 3758 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC 828-926-1746
An entertaining zoo in the North Carolina Mountains which features fun, unique gift shops, snake shows, guided tours, and many interesting wild animals including a three legged alligator and a black leopard.
Maggie Valley Opry House
Christus Gardens Gatlinburg, TN
Complimentary tour and wine tastings. . Open daily year-round 10am.
At Ober Gatlinburg ride the aerial ramway,go-karts, alpine slide, indoor ice skating, black bear habitat, shops, restaurant, winter skiing
Christus Gardens Gatlinburg TN At Christus Gardens, experience the life of Christ and Bible stories with a series of life-size scenes with over 100 realistic life-size figures.
Appalachian ATV Adventures
Dellinger Grist Mill on Cane Creek, located at Hawk, NC, just four miles east of Bakersville on State Road 1211 ( Cane Creek Road )
Altapass, North Carolina The Orchard at Altapass is an Appalachian cultural and historical center celebrating the culture and history of the North Carolina Mountains people, music, crafts, art. The Blue Ridge Parkway goes right through the orchard. Visit for apples, produce, jams, fudge, country products.
One of the most incredible gorges in the eastern United States, Tallulah Gorge is 2 miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a free permit (limit 100 per day) to hike down to the gorge floor. A new suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing awesome views of the Tallulah River that runs under the bridge and the waterfalls. Exhibits in the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center highlight the rich history of this Victorian resort town, as well as the rugged terrain and fragile ecosystem of the area. Tallulah Gorge is located 20 minutes south of Franklin, NC in Tallulah Falls, Georgia.
POLAR EXPRESS™ The POLAR EXPRESS™ comes to life when the train departs from Bryson City for a journey to the North Pole. Read along with the magical story and meet Santa. Enjoy Christmas caroling, hot cocoa and cookies and a special memento for the children. Daily departure times vary. 1-800-872-4681
Located in the Nantahala National Forest, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is one of the few remaining tracts of virgin hardwood forests in the Appalachian Mountains. It consists of 3800 acres of primeval forest and was dedicated in 1936 as a living memorial to Joyce Kilmer the poet, who was known for his poem "Trees". The most famous line of the poem is "I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree". Take a walk through the forest in an old growth virgin forest with towering trees as old as 400 years. Some ancient poplars are over 20' in circumference and stand over 120 feet tall. The floor of the forest is carpeted with wildflowers, ferns, and moss-covered logs from fallen giant trees.
George Vanderbilt built the Biltmore Estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1895 to be a mountain retreat. The Biltmore House is a magnificent 250-room French style chateau filled with a collection of priceless art and antiques. The estate is home to the award-winning Biltmore Estate Vineyards and Winery. The fabulous Biltmore Estate offers over 8,000 acres of forests, farmlands, and rivers.
Visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee where you can view the largest collection of artifacts of the Cherokee nation that tell the story of the ancient tribe up until the Trail of Tears. Ancient artifacts include spear points on exhibit predate the bow and arrow by centuries, and the pottery is said to been fashioned by unknown people at least 10,000 years ago.
Highway 294, 18 miles west of Murphy, NC
Prayer Mountain, the Psalms of Praise, the world's largest Ten Commandments spread across the mountainside, the All Nations Cross, with Bible passages are presented in marble and stone in an outdoor park. Open every day from sunrise to sunset. Eat at the Solid Rock Cafe. Free.
The Scottish Tartans Society is the governing body for tartans globally and maintains the official Register of All Publicly Known Tartans. The Society has two museums. One is located in Keith, Scotland and the other one in Franklin, NC. The display of Scottish Tartans is interesting and the history of the Scottish experience of culture, history, dress, migration and military from Scotland to America is well displayed. If you are of Scottish descent, you can look up your family crest and plaid.
Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, Located in Stecoah features live music including blue grass and gospel music,a large variety of local artisians crafts, arts original art and works. Offers cultural events, music and classes and if definitely a must see location to experience the culture of the inhabitants of the North Carolina Mountains.
John C. Campbell Folk School
Established in 1925 and modeled after the Danish Folk school "folkehojskole" concept, the Folk School features courses in music, dance, time-honored crafts and contemporary creative skills, hands-on courses ranging from blacksmithing to broom making. A place where you get as much affirmation from the experience itself as you do from the finished product. Most of today's Folk School students come for a week or two to learn a craft, pick up an instrument or learn to dance.
Nantahala River Gorge
The Nantahala River flows through the scenic Nantahala River Gorge in the Nantahala National Forest of western North Carolina. The 8 ½ mile stretch of the river from the Beechertown Power Plant to Fontana Lake is home to very popular whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking in the Southeast. Stop at the Nantahala Outdoor Center or any where along the road where there is a pull-off to view the kayakers and whitewater rafting on the Nantahla River. In addition to the whitewater rafting and kayaking, the Nantahala River Gorge provides for a multitude of recreational activities which include fishing, hiking, gemstone mining, picnicking, and and wildlife viewing. Nantahala means "land of the noon-day sun."
Cowee Harmony Gardens
301 Matlock Creek Road, Franklin, NC 828-524-0725, Cowee Harmony Gardens (Matlock Creek Farm) is an extensive operation combining old farming methods with new farming research. The garden store at Cowee Harmony Gardens is located in a giant open air barn. Fresh produce, homemade jams and jellies, heirloom seeds, Cowee Harmony Gardens' own fresh, free-range, organic and vegetarian fed eggs, specialty oils, wheat grass juicers and organic gift baskets are just a few of the items you'll find at the farm store. In addition to all this, Cowee Harmony Gardens supplies all of the soil amendments and supplies you need to operate your own bioauthentic garden. Tour the farm, take a class and spend an afternoon on the rocking porch at the farm enjoying the surroundings.
3160 Coweeta Lab Road, Franklin, NC 28763, Otto, 704-524-2128, This Southeastern Forest Experiment Station at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory is a cooperative effort between the USDA Forest Service and the University of Georgia. The study of the long-term dynamics of the ecosystems of the forests, is researched at this laboratory with a focus on environmental and human disturbances and their influences and effects. Guided tours given.