Local Area Guide: Things to do / Activities / Attractions
















  • Cataloochee Ski Area - Fourteen slopes and trails that are 25% beginner, 50% intermediate, and 25% advanced to expert.



  • NC Smokies Waterfalls - Easily accessible WNC waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, & Highlands NC areas.

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Did You Know? The First and Only Fly Fishing Trail in the USA is right here in Western North Carolina! With 15 spots, this is Fly Fishing Heaven. Click Here for a complete map of the Trail

We're also home to some of the best fishing -- The Oconaluftee River running through Whittier, NC, and Cherokee, NC, is the best stocked river in the Southeastern United States. Click Here for a Map of Cherokee Fly Fishing

Show your prowess and take a chance to win Thousands of Dollars at one of the upcoming tournaments.

If tournament fishing isn't your speed, one of the local trout farms is a great way to go -- especially for little ones.

Fly Fishing Tournaments:
For just an $11 entry fee and a $10 day permit, complete for tagged fish in the Qualla Boundary.  Prizes can be redeemed at the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians.

- The Rumble in the Rhododendron 
October 28, 29, & 30th 2016, $10,000 in prize money


Harrahs Cherokee Casino and Event Center

With 150,000 Feet of gaming, Harrahs Cherokee also has superb restaurants and great concerts and shows.

Harrahs Casino features:

- Live Table Games (Blackjack, Craps, Roulette)
- Video Poker
- Video Gaming
- "Le Fu Men" Table Games (Baccarat and Blackjack with an Asian Flair)
- Casino Poker

Upcoming Events for Harrahs include:

Looking for some great entertainment during your stay in the Smokies! Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Event Center has everything from comedy to country to rock & roll.
  • Gov't Mule with Blackberry Smoke on the Smokin' Mule Tour
    Gov't Mule with Blackberry Smoke
    -- The Southern rock jam band will play with very special guests Blackberry Smoke on September 30th. 
    Click Here for More Information. 
  • Gov't Mule with Blackberry Smoke on the Smokin' Mule Tour
    Styx  -- STYX is back!! Catch them live at the Event Center on October 15th! This will sell out so get your tickets before they're gone!
    Click Here for More Information. 
  • Martina McBride
    Martina McBride  -- On October 22nd Martina McBride will be at Harrah's Cherokee. Click Here for More Information. 
  • Gov't Mule with Blackberry Smoke on the Smokin' Mule Tour
    Three Doors Down -- 3 Doors Down's 13th Annual "The Better Life Foundation Concert" at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort - November 12. 
    Click Here for More Information. 


  • Bert Michales with Special Guests Warrant and Firehouse
    --  For the 2016 The Party Starts Now Tour, Bret Michaels and Special Guests will be visiting Harrahs Cherokee Casino on 11/19.
    Click Here for More Information.
  • Irish singing sensation
    Celtic Woman  -- Don't miss Home For Christmas - The Symphony Tour on December 9th at Harrahs Cherokee. Click Here for More Information. 

Harrahs Restaurants Include:

- Brio Tuscan Grille
With authentic Italian dishes, Brio offers causal dining with the motto of "to eat well is to live well".
Average Entrée Price is $25 - $40

Click Here for Brio's Lunch Menu
Click Here for Brio's Dinner Menu

- Ruth's Chris Steak House
The classic steakhouse with USDA prime steaks and a world-class wine list with 225+ choices.
Average Entrée Price is $40+
Click Here to Make a Reservation
Click Here for the Dinner Menu

- Noodle Bar
With dim sum, noodle soups, and house specialties, the Noodle Bar offers cuisine with Far East flavors.
Average Entrée Price is $15 - $25
Noodle Bar Menu


- Selu Garden Cafe
Your favorite dishes plus an all you can eat buffet a short walk from the casino floor.

Entrée Price is $15 - $55
Click Here for Selu Garden's Breakfast Menu

- Chef's Stage Buffet
With tastes from around the world - Italian, Mexican, Asian, comfort food and more!
Average Entrée Price is $15 - $25

- Pizzeria Uno
Located in the newest food court, Pizzeria Uno features Italian favorites: thin crust pizzas, calzones, and fresh pasta entrees.
Average Entrée Price is $10