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Oconaluftee Islands Park

Hwy 441, Cherokee, NC
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Perfectly placed in the middle of town!

This park is beautifully placed smack dab in the middle of town! The river runs right though the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Malden, Missouri
Annual Cherokee trip

I live two and a half hours away from this place, but I have to visit this place twice a year... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Naomi H
Greenville, South Carolina
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“bamboo forest” (33 reviews)
“kids play” (7 reviews)
Hwy 441, Cherokee, NC
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This park is beautifully placed smack dab in the middle of town! The river runs right though the middle of it and is perfect for wading, swimming or simply sunning or sitting under shade trees. The park was busy with a steady stream of locals...More

Thank Davis63863
Reviewed 1 week ago

I live two and a half hours away from this place, but I have to visit this place twice a year. This park is very beautiful with clean creek. The creek is safe for kids( my son is 9 years old and I can let...More

Thank Naomi H
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I enjoyed a picnic lunch here while in the area and then allowed the kids to play in the river and the small bamboo forest. We saw numerous tubers in the river which was not deep at all (Oconaluftee means waist-deep) but...More

Thank Running_waters_54
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nice little park where people can visit to just set and watch the duck and geese. Kids play in the water and people trout fish. The water is so clear here you can see the bottom almost all of the way across.

Thank LeeCoe72
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I look forward to wandering on the island every time I am in Cherokee. The connection with the water and the quiet and spiritual aspect of the bamboo grove is magical.

Thank gourdgal2000
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My kids love going here to play in the water and stack the rocks. We spend about 2 hours there playing in the water. It is a great place to go to just relax, put your feet in the water and watch your kids have...More

Thank Mindy S
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Simply put it is beautiful! Love it. Standing on the bridge and watching the water run and seeing the different paths it takes is amazing!

Thank Connie C
Reviewed 17 May 2017

We were attending a five-day conference at Harrah's in Cherokee and took a morning break in the park. We had a great time with the very friendly resident ducks. It was great to just sit and watch the creek flow by. So refreshing...

Thank bubblesbubbles
Reviewed 13 May 2017

We walked from one end to the other. Very nice paved paths or wooden walkways & bridges. Beautiful scenery!

Thank Krr1975
Reviewed 8 May 2017

beautiful country awesome day trip...streams ....quiet ...reasonable...can eat at the park as well as shop ...play games..etc...

Thank janniesavage
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Michael C
Are there rv spaces?
12 September 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
Do they have grills so that you can bbq here??
24 May 2015|
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.