Oconaluftee Islands Park, Cherokee

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  • August 7, 2017
    Probably the best part about our day trip to Cherokee. Our 5 year old had a grand ol' time playing with the rocks on the river. There was even a little workout area where my husband got in a few exerc...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    A shallow flow of water that is fun for playing in or tubing. We saw lots of both going on, but mainly kids playing and having a good time. We've also seen elk walk through the water heading towards t...  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    Wonderful place for kid to play in the shallow water. The bamboo forest was our favorite. Clean bathroom on site. Lots of places to have a picnic. Parking was free and easy to access. Plan to spend a ...  more »
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  • July 10, 2017
    Beautiful island park. There are gazebos to use for picnics, birthday parties or just to sit and get out of sun. There is a walkway around the park and sand volleyball court. People fish here or tube and play or swim in the river.
  • June 14, 2017
    It was a nice place to cool off. The water is clear and shallow and you can ride it on a pool float. I didnt like that there was trash and ciggarettes everywhere though and the very large garbage cans were over flowing it was NOT a clean, well maintained park like other reviews claim. The bathrooms were not clean and there are no drinking fountains or vending.
  • June 21, 2017
    A great place for the kids to cool off and run out some energy. Bring your tubes too.
  • June 3, 2017
    Great place to cool off and walk around. It's also free.
  • May 28, 2017
    Clean and relaxing park. The bamboo forest is really neat.

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Cherokee has no shortage of hotels, motels, and inns. Accommodations range from basic and affordable to lavish and extremely expensive. A towering casino downtown offers many rooms, but rustic cabins and cottages are more characteristic of the area. These places offer mountain views as well as fully equipped kitchens and in-room fireplaces and hot tubs. If you wish to explore the Great Smoky Mountains on your own terms, consider one of the area's campgrounds. Most are full-service, featuring both trailer and tent sites as well as hot showers, electric hookups, and on-site grocery stores.
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