Cherokee Outdoors

Explore the NC Mountains in the Cherokee Outdoors

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Nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina is an unforgettable place called Cherokee. Looking for gorgeous mountain views, hiking trails for people of all skill levels, a walkable downtown, easy access to swimming holes, beautiful waterfalls, and more outdoor activities? Look no further. Cherokee NC has everything you need for the perfect family vacation, romantic getaway, or weekend escape. Learn about some of WNC’s oldest history at the Oconaluftee Village or the Unto These Hills outdoor drama at the stunning Mountainside Theatre. Cherokee, North Carolina has something for everyone!

Outdoor Adventures in the Cherokee Outdoors


In search of a mountain adventure? The Cherokee outdoors are guaranteed to help you find the adrenaline pumping experience you’ve been searching for! Choose from a variety of outdoor sports beloved by locals and visitors alike including fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, tubing, snow skiing, swimming, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and much more. Celebrate the beauty of nature and the power of the elements by choosing an outdoor adventure you have always dreamed of in Cherokee.


Fishing in the Cherokee Outdoors
For more than 10,000 years the rivers and streams of Cherokee, NC were a major source of food and fun for the tribe and this is still true today! Experienced and beginner anglers will discover the 30 miles of rivers and streams on the reservation provide access to clear mountain waters stocked by the Cherokee Fish and Game Management with hundreds of thousands of trout each year including rainbow, brook and brown trout of all size. Tribal fishing permits are required for anyone over 12 years old and cost $10.00. Kids under twelve fish for free when accompanied by a permitted adult. Two-day, three-day, five-day and season permits are available. The ceremonial opening day for fishing in Cherokee is the last Saturday of March, but fishing is open year round.
A Poem: Wake Up in a Land of Dreams
There is a place with the greatest of outdoor waterfalls, mountain trails, river trails, country roads, wildlife and much more.
Come enjoy our land.
Share our outdoor culture of thousands of years.
Come and discover why we left the Trail of Tears.
Look at the majestic Mingo Falls where water rushes down 200 feet of scenic beauty.
Imagine a time years ago when love brought a young Indian couple together to this serene place of peace.
And where older couples come back to reminisce surrounded by beauty.
Come walk in our footsteps on the Oconaluftee River trail, where we walked many moons ago.
Take a breather as you walk and listen to the wind talk, the birds call and the sounds of wildlife that treasure their land.
There is even a chance you’ll get a glimpse of a black bear.
Close by are mountain trails where we once dreamed of adventurous trips into the unknown, exploring to hunt and sometimes to find a secret place we could call our own while enjoying the serenity as far as the eye could see.
Our rivers and streams are still the same ones we fished in long ago. Capture the same excitement that we did when our young caught their first fish.
Or just jump in and enjoy our fresh, clean water.
Come to our campgrounds-the same place where we watched the stars light up the sky.
Feel the cool breezes of the night winds.
Watch tree limbs dance with shadows on the water cast by the moonlight. Wake up in the morning of cool fresh air and watch the sun rise in places only in your mind.
Come enjoy our great outdoors and some time, in some place, you’ll feel the call of the wild.
We’ll be waiting for you on your return to share our land.
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