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Cherokee is a small town located in Swain County, west of the city of Asheville and near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located just two miles before the park's entrance, Cherokee is a popular stop for many tourists. A part of the Cherokee Indian Reservation, there are several places to get a glimpse of authentic Cherokee culture in this tiny town. At the Oconaluftee Indian Village, the 18th century Cherokee way of life is authentically re-created. Cherokee guides explain pottery-making, finger weaving, weapon making, cooking, basket weaving, wood carving and other daily activities that were carried out here over 200 years ago. Visitors can attend lectures at the Ceremonial Grounds and Council House or hike the nature trails on the grounds of the botanical gardens. The area surrounding Cherokee includes 43 hiking trails, 7 horseback riding trails, 7 biking trails and numerous waterfalls, rivers for rafting and streams for trout fishing. It's a place steeped in Native American history, natural beauty, arts and crafts and old-fashioned fun. Cherokee is also just minutes to Tribal bingo and casinos, the Smoky Mountain Jamboree, Cherokee Fun Park and Santa's Land Park and Zoo.

Surrounding areas: Whittier, North Carolina (3.7 mi), Bryson City, North Carolina (8.0 mi), Dillsboro, North Carolina (8.1 mi), Sylva, North Carolina (8.6 mi), Alarka, North Carolina (11.1 mi), Cullowhee, North Carolina (13.6 mi), Maggie Valley, North Carolina (13.9 mi)

Cherokee Vacation Rentals

Cherokee Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Baymont Inn-Cherokee/Smoky MTNS1455 Acquoni RdCherokee, NC (828) 497-2102
Best Western Great Smokies Inn1636 Acquoni RdCherokee, NC (828) 497-2020
Comfort Suites35 Hwy 441 NorthCherokee, NC (828) 497-3500
Days Inn Smokey Mountain Inn660 Painttown RdCherokee, NC (828) 497-2300
Econo LodgeUs Hwy 19Cherokee, NC (828) 497-4575
Fairfield Inn & Suite - Cherokee568 Painttown RdCherokee, NC (828) 497-0400
Hampton Inn185 Tsalagi RdCherokee, NC (828) 497-3115
Holiday Inn CherokeeHwy 19 WCherokee, NC (828) 497-9181
Holiday Inn Expres Hotel & Suites376 Paint Town RdCherokee, NC (828) 497-3113
Holiday InnHwy 19 SCherokee, NC (828) 497-9181
Microtel Inn & Suites674 Casino TrlCherokee, NC (828) 497-7800
Quality Inn-cherokeeUS 441 N BypCherokee, NC (828) 497-4702
Ramada Limited196 Painttown RdCherokee, NC (828) 497-4231
Sleep InnHwy 441 Pob 1956Cherokee, NC (828) 497-4730
TravelodgeAcquoni RdCherokee, NC (828) 497-2226
Ela Motor Court5280 Ela RdBryson City, NC4.2 mi.(828) 488-2284
Lloyd's On The River5370 Ela RdBryson City, NC4.2 mi.(828) 488-3767
Nantahala Village Mountain Resort9400 Hwy 19 WestBryson City, NC8.0 mi.(828) 488-2826
Sleep Inn500 SPG StBryson City, NC8.0 mi.(828) 488-0326
Best Western River Escape Inn And Suites248 Wbi DrDillsboro, NC8.1 mi.(828) 586-6060
Mountain Creek Cottages162 Dicks CRK RdDillsboro, NC8.1 mi.(704) 586-6042
Charleston Inn208 Arlington AveBryson City, NC8.4 mi.(828) 488-4644
Comfort InnHwy 23/74Sylva, NC8.6 mi.(828) 586-3315
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn1021 Soco Rd Hwy 19Maggie Valley, NC12.6 mi.(828) 926-3962
Maggie Valley Holiday Motel Inc851 Seco RdMaggie Valley, NC12.6 mi.(828) 926-1186
Balsam Mountain InnBalsam MTN Inn RdBalsam, NC13.3 mi.(704) 456-9498
University Inn563 N Country CLB DrCullowhee, NC13.6 mi.(828) 293-5442
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn3811 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC14.9 mi.(828) 926-3962
Meadowlark Motel2878 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC14.9 mi.(828) 926-1717
Microtel Inn & Suites3777 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC14.9 mi.(888) 771-7171
Ramada LTD4048 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC14.9 mi.(828) 926-7800
Comfort Inn848 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC15.1 mi.(828) 926-9106
Quality Inn70 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC16.0 mi.(828) 926-0201
Best Western Smoky Mountain Inn130 Shiloh TrlWaynesville, NC18.4 mi.(828) 456-4402
Grandview Londge809 Valleyview Cir RdWaynesville, NC18.4 mi.(828) 456-5212
Econo Lodge1202 Russ AveWaynesville, NC18.5 mi.(828) 452-0353
Jack Huff's Motor Lodge204 Cherokee Orchard RdGatlinburg, TN19.5 mi.(865) 436-5171
Park Vista Resort Hotel705 Cherokee Orchard RdGatlinburg, TN19.5 mi.(865) 436-9211
Days Inn1320 E Main StFranklin, NC19.6 mi.(828) 524-6491
Shoney's Inn & Suites515 Airport RdGatlinburg, TN19.6 mi.(865) 436-5883
Bed & Breakfast
Freeze House Bed And Breakfast71 Sylvan HeightsSylva, NC8.6 mi.(828) 586-8161

Cherokee Weather & Climate

The Mountains of North Carolina range from 800 feet to over 6,600 feet and topography affects the local weather. Expect temperatures to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops. Spring is unpredictable, particularly at the higher elevations. Snow may fall in March, but by May, things warm up with daytime highs in the 80s. Summer is warm and humid, but more pleasant at the higher elevations. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms are common in the summertime. Winter is generally moderate, but extreme conditions can occur in the mountains. It's not unusual to have warm temperatures in the valleys and snow in the higher areas. In the lowlands, snows of one inch or more occur just 1-5 times per year. More frequent and deeper snows fall at the higher elevations.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 21°F 5.97 in. -
February 52°F 23°F 4.94 in. -
March 60°F 29°F 6.13 in. -
April 69°F 36°F 4.57 in. -
May 76°F 45°F 5.48 in. -
June 82°F 53°F 4.71 in. -
July 85°F 57°F 4.79 in. -
August 84°F 56°F 4.34 in. -
September 80°F 50°F 4.07 in. -
October 71°F 37°F 3.42 in. -
November 60°F 29°F 4.75 in. -
December 51°F 23°F 5.21 in. -

Cherokee Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 43 miles east of Cherokee in Asheville, North Carolina, the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located approximately 44 miles northwest of Cherokee in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Donaldson Center airport (GYH) located roughly 72 miles southeast of Cherokee in Greenville, South Carolina, and finally the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located around 73 miles southeast of Cherokee in Greer, South Carolina.

Cherokee Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC 
Santa's LandCherokeeNC 
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC12.6 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN25.5 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN25.5 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN30.5 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA98.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Smoky Mountain Country ClubWhittierNC4.0 mi.
Lake Junaluska Golf CourseWaynesvilleNC18.9 mi.
Laurel Ridge Country ClubWaynesvilleNC18.9 mi.
Franklin Golf CourseFranklinNC20.6 mi.
Mill Creek Country ClubFranklinNC20.6 mi.
Gatlinburg Municipal Golf CoursePigeon ForgeTN26.1 mi.
Trillium Links & Lake ClubCashiersNC27.8 mi.
Laurel Valley Country ClubTownsendTN28.4 mi.
Highlands CoveHighlandsNC29.7 mi.
Eagles Landing Golf ClubSeviervilleTN30.0 mi.
Ski Areas
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC12.6 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC32.0 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC49.4 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC93.8 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC93.8 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC95.4 mi.
East Tennessee Discovery CenterKnoxvilleTN47.8 mi.(Science)
Ewing Gallery of Art & ArchitectureKnoxvilleTN47.8 mi.(Art)
Knoxville Museum of ArtKnoxvilleTN47.8 mi.(Art)
East Tennessee Historical Society MuseumKnoxvilleTN47.8 mi.(History)
Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonoreTN52.7 mi.(History)
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC53.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Farragut Folklife MuseumFarragutTN55.0 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC43.7 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN47.8 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC67.5 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN116.4 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN116.4 mi.

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