Other Things to See and Do in Cherokee, N.C.

Museum of the Cherokee Indian
589 Tsali Blvd. (Hwy 441) PO Box 1599
Cherokee NC 28719
828-497-3481

Open year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas,
and New Year’s Day. Discounts for groups and AARP members.
Daily hours 9 am — 5 pm. Summer hours 9 am –5 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day.

  • Tour two exhibits at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian
    • The Cherokee Story: 13,000 Years
    • Emissaries of Peace: 1762 Cherokee & British Delegations
  • Hike to the quiet beauty of Mingo Falls on Big Cove Road about 7 miles north of town
  • Stroll through the living history c. 1750 of the Oconaluftee Indian Village, open April–October
  • Experience the peaceful beauty of the Kituhwa Mound, once mother town of the Cherokees located on old Rt. 19 along the Tuckaseegee River.
  • Enjoy the outdoor drama “Unto These Hills” June–August
  • Camp at Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Photograph the elk herd at the Mountain Farm Museum or at Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Visit Soco Gap, Hwy 19 site of Tecumseh’s speech to the Cherokee
  • Take a leisurely drive to Clingman’s Dome, elevation 6,634
  • Fish more than thirty miles of tribal trout streams.
  • Picnic at Talking Trees on Oconaluftee Island Park
  • Walk the Oconaluftee River Trail from the Mountain Farm Museum to the Qualla Boundary: 3 miles round trip.  Dogs, strollers, and bicycles are allowed.

Insider Tidbits

  • For fry bread and Indian tacos, along with quail, buffalo, trout, and homemade desserts, try Paul’s Diner on Hwy 441 North (828-497-9012).
  • Where the locals eat breakfast: Peter’s Pancakes and Waffles (1384 Tsali Blvd. 828 419-0023)
  • Where the locals love the buffet: Granny’s Kitchen (Highway 19 just north of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino 828-497-5010)
  • If your group will be touring the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, call ahead to arrange a Cherokee Experience for in-depth cultural immersion.  For an additional fee, your group or family can have a traditional Cherokee dinner, storytelling performance, dance workshop, hands-on craft instruction, nature walk, and more.  Contact Dawn Arneach, Box Office Manager (Email: dawn@cherokeemuseum.org. Phone: 828 497-3481 x207.)

Shopping

The following locally owned and operated shops carry authentic hand-made Cherokee arts and crafts.

Near the intersection of Tsali Blvd. (Hwy. 441) and Drama Rd.:

  • Museum of the Cherokee Indian Gift Shop (589 Tsali. Blvd. 828-497-3481 x208)
  • Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. (645 Tsali Blvd. 828-497-3103)
  • Medicine Man Craft Shop (482 Tsali Blvd. 828-497-2202)
  • Native American Craft Shop (1895 Tsali Blvd. 828-497-6790)

On Hwy 19 north of town:

  • Bear Meat’s Indian Den (going up the mountain towards Maggie Valley 4210 Wolfetown Rd., Cherokee NC 828-497-4210)

Parks and Resources

498 Tsali Blvd. (Hwy 441)
Cherokee NC 28719
1 800 438-1601
visitcherokeenc.com/itinerary-builder/poi/cherokee-welcome-center

Oconaluftee Visitors Center and Mountain Farm Museum
150 Hwy. 441 North, Cherokee NC 28719
828 497-1940
www.nps.gov/gsrsm