The Oconaluftee Indian Village is a living history museum that portrays a 1760s Cherokee village. This is the place to learn about their culture and traditions. Take a guided tour and interact with villagers as they hull canoes, make pottery and masks, weave baskets and beadwork, and participate in their daily activities. Plus, learn some of their dances!
The outdoor walking tour meanders through authentic reconstructions of Cherokee buildings, including houses constructed of woven saplings plastered with mud, early log cabins, and brush arbors. Go inside a council house and dance grounds, where guides lecture on Cherokee history, culture, language, government, and dance. Don't miss the blowgun demonstration! You can also visit an original nineteenth-century cabin and Cherokee garden.
It's a must-stop for an authentic Cherokee experience. It's located adjacent to Unto These Hills outdoor drama and near the Museum of the Cherokee.
The Cherokee did not live in teepees! Friendly guides are delighted to answer your questions as you tour the buildings after your guided tour. Buy local crafts in their shop. Also, walk the nearby half-mile trail to the Botanical Gardens with a historic cabin. No ticket is needed for that.
Hours & Admission
Admission is $18.50/adult, $10.50/children, children under 5 are free. 30-minute guided tours start every 15 minutes, except from 11:30-12:30. No reservations are needed. Save with a combo ticket that includes Unto These Hills and the Museum of the Cherokee.
- Open Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM through October
- Time of War will be performed starting June 18 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
- Arts and crafts classes for children are held daily Monday through Saturday.
- Closed all Sundays
- Masks are required in the Village at all times. Refusal to wear a mask will not be subject to a refund.
- Go to their website for tickets and updates.
Cherokee is just 50 miles from Asheville via I-40 West to Exit 27, then U.S. 19 to U.S. 441 in Cherokee (one hour drive). Street address: 218 Drama Road, Cherokee.
July 4th Weekend: Attend the Cherokee Pow Wow. October: Go to the Cherokee Indian Fair.
Watch our Video from Oconaluftee Indian Village
Join the Cherokee Friendship Dance!