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Oconaluftee Islands Park

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“bamboo forest”(43 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 great place for a picnic trout plenty of picnic tables skipping rocks picnic area story telling few hours beautiful scenery beautiful area cherokee culture lazing bonfire wade
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks 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 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
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
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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