The Cherokee Heritage Trails project directs visitors to sites that are significant in Cherokee history and culture in North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Museums, village sites, places of myth and legend, and events featuring Cherokee people are all identified in the Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook and website.
Tour guides are members of the Eastern Band, and they can accompany small groups or large tour buses, providing interpretation of sites, storytelling, and directions. All guides have gone through an intensive-ten day training program and have been certified by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.
The Cherokee Heritage Trails are a project of the Blue Ridge Heritage Initiative and its partners, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association, the North Carolina Folklife Institute, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, National Park Service. Research on Cherokee Heritage Trails led to the designation of western North Carolina as the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area in 2003.
Guides are available for a half-day or multiple days. Some guides are also storytellers, some are artists, and can provide additional programs. A fee for guides is charged through the Museum, and their expenses for overnight stays should also be met. Gratuities are accepted.