Cherokee is located on the Qualla Boundary and home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). Cherokee is divided into two counties, Jackson and Swain, but they are governed by their own Tribal government as a sovereign nation. Cherokee is located at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with over 10 million visitors each year. Before the casino was built, the Cherokees were known for its tourism and hand-made baskets and craft stores. This remains true today.
Only enrolled members of the EBCI tribe can own property on the Reservation, or ‘Boundary’. However, you may lease businesses to operate from tribal members.
Discover the History of the Cherokee
Cherokee traditions and generations of history are alive and well in this area. From events to art and everything in between, Cherokee’s historic sites and museums offer visitors the unique opportunity to experience the culture of this Native American tribe. Visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian to learn about the traditions and history of the Cherokee, find traditional art on display at Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual, and experience the Cherokee narrative at a gripping performance of “Unto These Hills.”
Top Attractions in Cherokee
This mountain community, rich with tradition and culture, offers more than an opportunity to experience history. Its modern attractions, too, are well regarded, with plenty of entertainment options set within the beauty of the North Carolina mountains. Waterfalls, elk viewing, trails fly-fishing in trout streams stocked by the EBCI are just some of the outdoor entertainment you’ll find in Cherokee.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort
Perhaps the top attraction that makes Cherokee famous throughout the region is Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, a full entertainment experience that features table games and slots, live music performances and stand-up comedy, top restaurants, and other things to do. The casino resort features:
Sequoyah National Golf Club
Experience the beauty of the Western North Carolina mountains on a challenging, enjoyable golf course. Sequoyah National, designed by Robert Trent Jones II, is an 18-hole par-72 course located in nearby Whittier. In addition to the golf course itself, Sequoyah National also offers a driving range, putting greens, chipping area, and golf shop.