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Oconaluftee Islands Park

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“bamboo forest”(43 reviews)
“ducks and geese”(11 reviews)
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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 area few hours beautiful scenery lazing bonfire wade fishing benches creek
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This park is great. It’s a group of islands in the middle of the river w/ a very large stand if natural bamboo. Very cool & nice and neat the Museum if the Cherokee.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank klamborj
Reviewed January 17, 2019

This was and is the best find in Cherokee. It can be very commercial but right center in town is this gem. A great place to stroll, sit and watch the fly fishermen. We spent several hours enjoying the sunny fall day. But right near...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Barbara K
Reviewed January 13, 2019

Tourists love to swim and sun bath here. I am a local so we use the Island for summer birthday parties and family picnics. My kids have always loved the ducks. The atmosphere is so relaxing that you forget your practically in downtown.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Denise B
Reviewed January 5, 2019

We visited on a rainy afternoon in December after a morning of hiking in the Park. The Museum is staffed by tribal members, including a friendly gentleman who answered questions while working traditional arts/crafts at a table in the lobby. The visit starts with a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank EnochWallace
Reviewed December 21, 2018

There were a lot of Christmas decorations (lights) as I had hoped to see this year, but the Oconaluftee Islands Park solved that problem for us! We only sat in the car looking at them, because it was so cold, but they were beautiful! If...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jessandmac
Reviewed December 13, 2018

I think the park and the shallow, rocky river that goes through it may have been one of the highlights of our trip! We stayed about 45 minute drive away and yet we came back here twice over the two week period. Swimming and wading...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

The park is beautiful to walk around, and it's decorated with some holiday lights right now which add to it. The river runs right through the park, and there is an island, before the streams merge. Really neat stand of bamboo too, which makes for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Noodist
Reviewed December 10, 2018

We come here every year to get a Christmas tree but we happened to come for a train ride in the summer. The kids were able play in the water and they had so much fun. Clean bathrooms and very safe feeling area. Tip: bring...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank courtneyf705
Reviewed December 7, 2018 via mobile

My family always stops here when visiting the GSMNP. This is a clean, beautiful island park with a crystal clear mountain stream. Kids love to wade or tube in the stream. Fishing here (tribal permit required) is also popular. There are also Gazebos and picnic...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Q8105RDdan
Reviewed November 12, 2018

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.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Darnell 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 dmads26 | 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