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Oconaluftee Islands Park

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“bamboo forest”(44 reviews)
“ducks and geese”(11 reviews)
“kids play”(10 reviews)
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All reviews bamboo forest ducks and geese kids play shallow water trout great place for a picnic plenty of picnic tables skipping rocks picnic lunch picnic area middle of town story telling beautiful scenery few hours beautiful area cherokee culture bonfire
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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
Thank trvlwrldgrl
Reviewed 6 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 5 weeks 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.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Darnell W
Reviewed November 6, 2018

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.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank sunlyt2018
Reviewed November 1, 2018

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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Karen P
Reviewed October 31, 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Paul U
Reviewed October 22, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tour194268
Reviewed October 16, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank planocj
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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