Cherokee ,NC is 67 miles, 1.4 hours west of Hendersonville. Visit and learn about the Cherokee Indian heritage. There are many shops offering genuine native American art and crafts.
Visit The Oconaluftee Indian Village – One of the Favorite Seasonal Attractions in Cherokee NC Tour guides will educate you about the Cherokee culture, native dress, crafts and lifestyles and the Cherokee history..
You can see cultural dances, pottery making, fashion beadwork, create masts and how to weave baskets.
Also, visit the Museum of the Cherokee and experience the 11,000 year old Cherokee story through priceless ancient artifacts, artwork, life-sized figures and more.
Explore the areas of Cherokee and visit Mingo Falls which is over 120 feet high and is rated one of the most impressive falls in Western North Carolina. Indian Creek Falls is a beautiful 25 foot high waterall and is located about 1 mile from the parking area at Deep Creek. Tom's Branch Falls is 80 feet high and is located approximately 3/10 mile from the Deep Creek parking area. Juney Whank Falls is 0.6 mile roundtrip hike. The trail starts near the end of Deep Creek Road near Deep Creek Campground.
Also visit Clingman's Dome which is the highest point along the Appalachian Trail and provides a 360º view of the surrounding mountains rising 6,643 feet above sea level
Other areas of interest are the Mountain Farm and Museum, Mingus Mill, and Museum of the Cherokee Indian. And, don't forget to see the outdoor drama "Unto These Hills" -- one of the longest running outdoor dramas in the U.S. with over six million tickets sold.