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Oconaluftee Islands Park

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Oconaluftee Islands Park

We played all day for 2 entire days. Free, clean, and very beautiful! You can fish (have to get... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Darnell W
Eden, North Carolina
Tubing on the river

It was a beautiful summer day and we took our 10 year old grandson there to "tube the river". There... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cherokee, North Carolina
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“bamboo forest”(41 reviews)
“ducks and geese”(11 reviews)
“kids play”(9 reviews)
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Hwy 441, Cherokee, NC
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Held in the Oconaluftee Park, the Cherokee Bonfire is one of the most unique historical programs I have ever had the privilege of attending. Every Friday and Sat during the summer, a small group of dedicated Cherokee men dressed in authentic clothes gather by the...More

7  Thank andromedaeve
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed September 2, 2009

Oconaluftee Islands Park is located just outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cherokee, North Carolina. It is located between Big Cove Road and 441 & just before you reach Route 19 (as you are headed away from the National Park). My husband...More

5  Thank daisyferret1
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All reviews bamboo forest ducks and geese kids play shallow water great place for a picnic trout plenty of picnic tables skipping rocks picnic lunch peaceful place picnic area middle of town few hours beautiful area walk around lazing wade
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We played all day for 2 entire days. Free, clean, and very beautiful! You can fish (have to get Tribal permit, yall), swim, play, walk, or just sit and enjoy it all! Gorgeous and so natural.

Thank Darnell W
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a beautiful summer day and we took our 10 year old grandson there to "tube the river". There were lots of other children and he had a great time.

Thank sunlyt2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a treasure in town of Cherokee. Easy walk beside a clear, mountain stream. Plenty of places to picnic and enjoy watching the ducks. Walk among the bamboo and native plants. Always felt safe in the park and on the trails.

Thank Karen P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located near the T junction from Cherokee main Street. Beautiful park with an island comprising relaxing walks, clear river running, people trying their luck at fishing, families enjoying the river and rock pools and some wildlife. Understated nature at its best.

Thank CDAussie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice walking area with paved walking trails, gazebos and picnic areas. The bamboo forest is a highlight of the park.

Thank Tour194268
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Found this place via Pinterest! We went over to find it and it was a unique and cool find to enjoy and explore. Lots of photo ops! Very different! Would love to know the back history on it. Worth a stop. Lots to see and...More

Thank planocj
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to picnic, and enjoy the beauty of nature. It was a 70 degree day, and people were out enjoying the park!

Thank mikeyt62
Reviewed September 23, 2018

Absolutely loved the walking trails that were clearly marked with distance markers. There were plenty of shallow areas in the creek that were nice to play in.

Thank wewantababy23
Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

Nice park with shallow water for children to play. Picnic tables, walking path and special events during peak season.

1  Thank H6303HOkathyc
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

We left camping and stopped in so we could eat lunch and let the kids play in the river. The park is very nice and clean. It is a very busy place but everyone is friendly. They have picnic tables and grills to use if...More

Thank Nathan W
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Leonora Leon M
August 13, 2018|
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Response from JohnD209 | Reviewed this property |
This is an open park (no fences) and you can enter 24/7, but basically, it is usable dawn to dusk. Parking is an issue if it is crowded. No camping, but sometimes there are self-contained RVs in the parking lot.
Michael C
September 12, 2015|
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Response from Daniel M | Reviewed this property |
If you are asking if there are RV spots to hook up and camp overnight, like a campground, the answer is no. It's not a campground. But like others have said, there are some parking lots very close that would accommodate a... More