Unto These Hills Drama, Cherokee, North Carolina

Unto These Hills Drama, Cherokee

May 28 - August 20, 2022

America's most popular outdoor drama, Unto These Hills, is the tragic and triumphant story of the Cherokee Indians. Set against the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains in Cherokee, the show is presented in the forest under the stars at the Mountainside Theater. Broadway shows could only dream of a 71st season! Tickets start at just $28/person for the 8 PM show that runs Monday-Saturday (closed Sunday).

Unto These Hills Cherokee

This story has action, bitter disappointments and broken agreements. You’ll see triumph and tribulation with both dances of celebration and battle scenes.

Unto These Hills Drama 2017, Cherokee

Each year, they continue to improve the story telling and overall experience.

Unto These Hills Cherokee

To upgrade the pageantry of the beloved drama, new projections, pyrotechnics and sound effects have be added.

Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama

Since opening on July 1, 1950, "Unto These Hills" has been seen by 6.5 million people.

Theatre Unto These Hills

The 2,100-seat open-air theatre includes general and reserved seating (not a bad seat anywhere), free parking and food concessions. Complimentary golf-cart shuttle service transports anyone that cannot negotiate the steps.

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  • To purchase tickets ($28/adult general admission and $31/adult reserved) by phone, call toll free 1-866-554-4557. Tickets are also available at the Cherokee Historical Association Box Office on Tsali Blvd., across the street from the Museum of the Cherokee Indian (off Highway 441 N), 9 AM-4 PM, and at the Mountainside Theatre (during the summer season - also located off Highway 441 N), 4 PM until show time. Or, order online. Paid reservations are held for late arrival. All tickets are held at the box office. Since the theatre seats 2,000+ people, a show seldom sells out, which is great for last minute planners. Group rates for 15+ tickets.
  • We recommend buying combo tickets that include the Drama, the adjacent Oconaluftee Indian Village and nearby Museum of the Cherokee.
  • Preshow starts at 7:30 PM with local dances and music. The drama begins at 8 PM. Performance runs two hours including intermission. Appropriate for all ages.
  • Handicapped accessible parking and seating are available with golf cart shuttle service.
  • The show goes on rain or shine. They will cancel if lightning.
  • Plenty of free parking.
  • Theatre address: 688 Drama Road, Cherokee, NC. 
  • Cherokee is just 52 miles from Asheville via I-40 West to Exit 27, then U.S. 19 to U.S. 441 in Cherokee (Just over an hour's drive). Or, you can take the more scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, but this could take three to four hours. A great day trip is to ride the Blue Ridge Parkway to Cherokee and return the faster way via I-40.

Each July, experience the Cherokee Pow Wow weekend.

More Cherokee Things to Do

Home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee, NC offers a variety of ways to experience the cultural heritage and long history of the tribe. Tour the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and the Oconaluftee Indian Village. Watch "Unto These Hills." Shop for local crafts, see their painted bears, attend a pow wow or try your luck at the huge Harrah's Casino. It's also a major gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Museum of the Cherokee
Museum of the Cherokee
Discover the story of the Cherokee people in this impressive museum that sets the scene for the Cherokee Heritage Trails. The Cherokee community presents its perspective on its own history and culture.
Oconaluftee Indian Village Cherokee
Oconaluftee Indian Village
This living history outdoor village portrays eighteenth-century Cherokee life on the mountainside above the town. Interact with villagers as they hull canoes, make pottery and masks, weave baskets and beadwork, dance and participate in their daily activities. Open late April through early November.
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