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 202o season opening date has not yet been determined. Once open, the Village operates Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. with tours every 15 minutes except from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Children 12 and younger are FREE with a paid adult admission on Mondays.

Special hours for leaf looking season start on October 22 and end November 7,  10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday.

Time of War will be performed starting June 18 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

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

Arts and crafts classes for children are held daily Monday through Saturday. Check with the box office for times and prices.


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

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