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Oconaluftee Islands Park

Hwy 441, Cherokee, NC
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Peaceful. serene park

Stopped to have lunch in the pavilions. Sat by the water and watched people tubing . Water was very... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
PurpleAnkh
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Fort Washington, Maryland
July 4 th mini vacation

We spent Sunday afternoon here. It was so peaceful. There was an area where our grandson could use... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Irene M
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Atlanta, Georgia
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“bamboo forest” (40 reviews)
“feed the ducks” (15 reviews)
“shallow water” (9 reviews)
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Hwy 441, Cherokee, NC
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"bamboo forest"
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"feed the ducks"
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"shallow water"
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"trout"
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"kids play"
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"great place for a picnic"
in 6 reviews
"plenty of picnic tables"
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"skipping rocks"
in 5 reviews
"picnic lunch"
in 7 reviews
"peaceful place"
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"middle of town"
in 5 reviews
"story telling"
in 4 reviews
"beautiful scenery"
in 4 reviews
"beautiful area"
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"walk around"
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"few hours"
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"cherokee culture"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Stopped to have lunch in the pavilions. Sat by the water and watched people tubing . Water was very shallow but was deep enough to allow standing in up to about your knees as an adult. bathroom needed some housekeeping work.

Thank PurpleAnkh
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We spent Sunday afternoon here. It was so peaceful. There was an area where our grandson could use his inner tube and come down the river and it be safe. ( he’s only 8) he did this for hours by himself. We were at the...More

Thank Irene M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My Husband and I visited here today. Beautiful park. The Bamboo forest is gorgeous! The bamboo is so tall, I was a little disgusted though how some of them were all carved up by people carving their names and other things. The river is great...More

Thank Misty E
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a KFC across from the Center so we got a picnic and walked across the street and ate next to the Oconaluftee. We could let the kids play in water and listen to the stories they were telling at the Center. Plenty of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here twice during our three-day stay, it was about all my 11 and 9 years old children cared about doing. Will say that this is a mountain river so water is cold and there are plenty of rocks, but my kids loved it and...More

Thank Jonathan J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Oconaluftee Islands Park is in the center of Cherokee NC. It is a very shallow river that is perhaps 20 yards wide and at the park may be 100 yards long or so. On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, when we were there, there were...More

1  Thank John D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful location! Nice outside market! Storytelling is perfect ending to an amazing vacation loved the stories, music, dancing with new friends, and the marshmallow roast was the best! The best part of all is that it was free! 😊

Thank Cristy71198
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The kids absolutely loved playing in the river. Had to drag them out when it was time to leave. Park was clean and we enjoyed a great picnic lunch there.

Thank Jeffrey F
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Reviewed June 4, 2018

This is a good park that you can walk from one end to the other and it is surrounded by water. There are a few shelters for use. In summer months they have a bonfire close to the KFC side and parking lot. They tell...More

5  Thank tikidd46
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Reviewed May 29, 2018

The trail meanders through river cane and picnic areas in this park. In the warm weather many families like to cool off wading in the creek. Fishermen also frequent these waters (you'll need a special fishing license to fish on the Cherokee Reservation).

1  Thank Wunder3
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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
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naew31
May 23, 2015|
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Response from ManningAvenger | Reviewed this property |
We picked up food from a local restaurant, so I'm not positive about if there are grills there. However, I just saw in "The Insiders Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains" that they do have grills in the park.
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