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Oconaluftee Indian Village

Date(s): May 01, 2015 - Oct 17, 2015

When: Mon-Sat, 10 am - 5 pm. Closed Sundays.

Where: Oconaluftee Indian Village

Mon-Sat; closed Sundays. As you step into the Oconaluftee Indian Village, you’re transported back to witness the challenges of Cherokee life at a time of rapid cultural change. Tour guides help you explore the historic events and figures of the 1760's. Visitors can interact with villagers as they  participate in their daily activities. The Village also hosts live reenactments, interactive demonstrations, and Hands-On Cherokee Pottery for Kids classes. More info

Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama

Date(s): May 30, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015

When: Mon-Sat, 8:00 pm performance. Closed Sundays.

Where: Mountainside Theater, Cherokee

Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama

Mon-Sat, closed Sundays. This acclaimed outdoor drama traces the Cherokee people through the eons, through the zenith of their power, through the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears, finally ending, appropriately, in the present day, where the Cherokee people, much like their newly re-scripted drama, continue to rewrite their place in the world ...a place based on traditional Cherokee values and modern sensibilities.  Preshow at 7:30 pm. Main performance at 8:00 pm. More info & ticketing

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 22, 2015 - Jun 26, 2015

When: 6:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You'll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! Duration: 30 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 23, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

#findyourpark. Join a Ranger for a look into National Parks across the country and find out which one might be yours! Duration: 1 hour. Accessible

Swain County Farmer's Market

Date(s): Jun 23, 2015

When: 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Swain County Farmer's Market

Tuesdays, June 16 - Sept 15, 5-8 pm. Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge. Stop by the old barn on the river to support our local farmers and enjoy their produce. Also, every Friday morning, May - October.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 23, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Mingus Mill Parking Area

Join a Ranger to explore the world of salamanders! Participants explore salamander habitat in search of salamanders. Duration: 1.5 hours. Mingus Mill is about 1 mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 in the Park.

Andrews Bald Hike for Families

Date(s): Jun 23, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Clingmans Dome Parking Lot

Forney Ridge Trailhead. Toss your day pack in the car and join a Ranger on a 3.6 mile round trip stroll through one of the Smoky Mountains most well-known ecosystems. This hike will take you out to Andrews Bald on a moderate trail losing about 600 feet in elevation. Leisurely hike back to the parking lot on your own after reaching the bald. Sturdy footwear, a snack, and water recommended. Duration: 3 hours. Difficulty: Moderate, 3.6 miles. Follow Newfound Gap Road (US 441) from Cherokee to Clingman's Dome Road. 7 miles from there to trailhead.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 23, 2015

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Mountain Farm Museum, Cherokee

Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet.
Duration: 1.5 hours. Difficulty: Easy. Adjacent to the Park Visitor Center.