Visiting Cherokee

A recreated historic village, an outdoor drama, a cultural museum, craft shops and galleries, hiking trails, waterfalls, and trout streams are some of the many ways to explore and experience the ancient history and thriving culture of the Cherokee in the North Carolina's Blue Ridge mountains.

For a seasonal travel guide and further information on Cherokee attractions, contact:

Cherokee Welcome Center
498 Tsali Boulevard
PO Box 460
Cherokee, NC 28719
800-438-1601

Cherokee Heritage Trails

Seven Cherokee heritage trails, organized around seven geographical hubs of the original homeland of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, have been developed to help visitors enjoy an experiential tour of Cherokee culture and history in this area.

The Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook leads visitors along these trails with maps and suggested driving tours to both cultural and natural heritage sites. It introduces readers to the Cherokee people, providing an overview of tribal history from its beginnings over 10,000 years ago and describing the historic significance of each site along the trails.

Sidebars feature traditional Cherokee stories, anecdotes, poems, and historical sketches as well as information about arts, crafts, and heritage events. The guidebook provides recommendations for outdoor experiences on and off the Qualla Boundary, including hiking, camping, biking, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, and whitewater.

The Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook is available at many local bookstores in the region, from online booksellers, or directly from the University of North Carolina Press.

Visitor information, interactive maps, tour guide information, and a directory of Cherokee artists can be found on the Cherokee Heritage Trails website.

The Cherokee Heritage Trails were developed jointly by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, North Carolina Arts Council, North Carolina Folklife Institute, Tennessee Overhills Heritage Association, and the National Park Service.