Cherokee and the Great Smoky Mountains
Cherokee, North Carolina
is home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). There are about 13,400 EBCI members, most of whom live on the Reservation. Properly called the Qualla Boundary, the Reservation is slightly more than 56,000 acres held in trust by the federal government specifically for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The Qualla Boundary, the 100-square-mile sovereign nation of the EBCI, encompasses parts of five Western North Carolina counties: Cherokee (Andrews/Murphy), Graham (Robbinsville), Jackson (Sylva), Haywood (Waynesville/Maggie Valley), and Swain (Bryson City).
People choose to live in Western North Carolina because of beautiful surroundings, recreational opportunities, pleasant climate, excellent schools, up-to-date health care and close-knit communities that emphasize family life. Residents have access to wilderness areas, while living within easy driving distance of major urban areas.
Cherokee is one hour west of Asheville; two hours from Greenville/Spartanburg and Knoxville; and 3 hours from Atlanta, Chattanooga and Charlotte.
Year ‘Round Great Climate
Cherokee has four distinct seasons, however the lack of seasonal extremes allows for frequent outdoor activities and comfortable living throughout the year. Winter always brings some snow to the mountains; however the amount of snow at any one time is rarely a major inconvenience. Cool summer nights have lured visitors to the area for generations.
Things To Do
Cherokee is well-known for its cultural attractions: Cherokee Indian Museum, Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama, Oconaluftee Indian Village, and Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual. The area is also known for traditional arts and crafts and great music festivals. And for crystal clear rivers, waterfalls, streams and majestic mountains. You’ll enjoy exploring our in-town Island Park, and our neighbor, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Get To Know Western North Carolina
Visit these helpful websites:
Chamber of Commerce Sites
- Cherokee NC
- Swain County
- Graham County
- Cherokee County
- Jackson County
- Haywood County
- Great Smoky Mtns. National Park
- Blue Ridge Parkway
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