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
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.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 828 497-3481 x207.)
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)