Oconaluftee Indian Village | Cherokee, NC

How will Cherokee affect you?

Cherokee history isn’t musty and mothball covered. In Oconaluftee Indian Village, it’s alive, well, and amazing.

As you enter the soft trails of the village, it’s no longer the 21st century: you’re immediately transported to the 1760s. You won’t need your robotic-voiced GPS here. The faint tang of wood smoke wafts by as you are led by a Cherokee cultural expert on an interactive journey through Cherokee lifestyle and history. Your guide will show you the way through the winding paths, flanked with traditional Cherokee dwellings, work areas, and sacred ritual sites. Delight in cultural dances amid the swaying oaks and sycamores. As you wander, interact with villagers as they hull canoes, sculpt pottery and masks, weave baskets, and fashion beadwork. Watch as a village prepares for war. Be amazed by a blowgun demonstration. Oconaluftee Indian Village is much more than just a place; it’s living history. 

Hours of Operation

The Village opens on June 10 and operates Wednesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with tours limited to 10 people per group and only 70 people are allowed in the Village per hour. Online ticket sales will allow guests to purchase by desired times. All guests are required to wear masks and to have temperature screenings in order to visit. 

Special hours for leaf looking season start on October 22 and end November 7.

Oconaluftee Indian Village is closed on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday and the season ends on November 7.

For the safety of guests and staff, there will be no art classes, social dances, or special programming this season. 


Oconaluftee Indian Village is located at 218 Drama Road, Cherokee, NC.

Purchase tickets here. 

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