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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 &: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 24, 2015

When: 11:00 am

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Join park staff on the porch to learn about three small animals found right here around the Mountain Farm Museum. As cute as they may be, you decide whether they are friend or foe! Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Junior Ranger Program

Date(s): Jun 24, 2015

When: 1:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

Scenic vistas, waterfalls, and home sites…Let’s hit the trail!  But, wait …what should we take with us?  Join a ranger and learn the knack of what to pack before you make tracks! Duration:  45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Return of the Elk

Date(s): Jun 24, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.

Ranger Program: Black Bears in the Smokies

Date(s): Jun 24, 2015

When: 5:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

There’s danger everywhere, high and low but always close especially if you’re an American ursis. Learn how we are the greatest danger to the American black bear. Duration: 45 minutes. Accessible.