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  • 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.

- Cast Into Spring Tournament
March 26 - 27 2016, $20,000 in tagged fish
- Cherokee's Memorial Holiday Trout Fishing Tournament
May 27-29 2016, $10,000 in tagged fish
- The Tim Hill Memorial Trout Tournament
July 16-17 2016, $10,000 in tagged fish
The Qualla Country Trout Tournament
September 2-4 2016, $20,000 in tagged fish
- 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.
  • Comedian Gabriel Iglesias Gabriel Iglesias's #FluffyBreaksEven Tour -- Don't miss one of the most successful stand up comedians in America when he visits Harrah's Cherokee on June 17th. 
    Click Here for More Information.
  • Country mega star Toby Keith Toby Keith - The country mega star will visit Harrahs Cherokee on June 30th as part of his Interstates and Tailgates Tour.
    Click Here for More Information.
  • Founding member of Rock Group Staind Aaron Lews - Don't miss your chance to hear this rocker play your favorite hits live on July 29th.
    Click Here for More Information.
  • 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.

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

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