Directions to Cherokee, NC

Directions to Cherokee NC from Asheville (approximately 1 hour)
Take I-40 west to exit 27 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue west on U.S. 74 past Waynesville, Sylva, and Dillsboro to exit 74, Cherokee. U.S.Hwy 441 will take you into Cherokee.
 
Directions to Cherokee NC from Knoxville, TN (approximately 2 hours)
Take I-40 east into North Carolina to exit 27 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue west on U.S. 74 beyond Waynesville, Sylva, and Dillsboro to exit 74, Cherokee. U.S. Hwy 441 will take you into Cherokee.
 
Directions to Cherokee NC from Atlanta, GA (approximately 2.5 hours)
Take I-85 north to I-985 which becomes U.S. 23 north, and eventually becomes U.S. 23/441 north. You will travel through the towns of Clayton, GA, Franklin, NC, and Dillsboro, NC. Just beyond Dillsboro, take U.S. 74 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway) west to exit 74, Cherokee. U.S. Hwy 441 will take you into Cherokee.
 
Directions to Cherokee from Sevierville and Pigeon Forge, TN
Motorists from the Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Knoxville areas can easily and quickly detour around the landslide. Detours are sourced from Google Maps, and all times are estimates. Actual detour times are subject to traffic and weather conditions.
From the Sevierville/Pigeon Forge areas, take U.S. 411 to I- 40 East into North Carolina to Exit 20/U.S. 276 South and follow U.S. 19 South into Cherokee. Or, take Exit 27/U.S. 74 West to Exit 74/U.S. 441 North to Cherokee. This route will add approximately 30 – 45 minutes to the drive.
 
Directions to Cherokee from Gatlinburg and Maryville, TN
From Gatlinburg, take U.S. 321 N (East Parkway). U.S. 321 makes a left turn (Crosby Hwy). Turn right onto Foothills Parkway and stay right at fork. Follow signs to I-40 East, driving into North Carolina to Exit 20/U.S. 276 South. Follow U.S. 19 South into Cherokee. Or, take Exit 27/U.S. 74 West to Exit 74/U.S. 441 North to Cherokee. This route will add approximately 45 – 60 minutes to the drive.
 
An alternate route for those coming from Maryville, Tenn., is to take U.S. 129 South through Robbinsville, N.C. Head east on U.S. 19/74 through Bryson City into Cherokee. This route will take approximately two hours, which is the amount same time it takes to drive from Maryville, through the park and into Cherokee.
 
***BREAKING NEWS ABOUT THE ROUTE 441 LANDSLIDE***
We are pleased to announce that all routes are currently open between Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, TN and Cherokee, NC!
 
Nearest Airports to Cherokee NC:
Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), Asheville, NC
McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), Knoxville, TN