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Oconaluftee Islands Park

Hwy 441, Cherokee, NC
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Stop here!!!

Probably the best part about our day trip to Cherokee. Our 5 year old had a grand ol' time playing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wake Forest, North Carolina
Fun watching kids and adults play in the water

A shallow flow of water that is fun for playing in or tubing. We saw lots of both going on, but... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sue L
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Hwy 441, Cherokee, NC
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably the best part about our day trip to Cherokee. Our 5 year old had a grand ol' time playing with the rocks on the river. There was even a little workout area where my husband got in a few exercises. Very relaxing! There were...More

Thank jarsfr88
Reviewed 1 week ago

A shallow flow of water that is fun for playing in or tubing. We saw lots of both going on, but mainly kids playing and having a good time. We've also seen elk walk through the water heading towards the Oconaluftee Visitor Center for the...More

Thank Sue L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful place for kid to play in the shallow water. The bamboo forest was our favorite. Clean bathroom on site. Lots of places to have a picnic. Parking was free and easy to access. Plan to spend a few hours here!

Thank age14722
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place was a blast... shallow water for the kids to wade around in... great place for small children... water was cold but in 90 degree weather... heaven! Nice picnic areas too... great way to spend time on a hot summer day!

Thank Karen B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful park with fantastic access to the river. Parking is easy, the park is clean, the walking paths are very accessible, and the restroom facilities are well maintained. We love bringing our kids here to play in the river.

Thank westonwyse
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is awesome place to hang out with family and friends! you can play in water or use your own float. there is plenty of shade with picnic tables, shelters, benches by the river, trashcans, and ducks! there is a wonderful hiking path through tall...More

Thank mamapat9149
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to relax and listen to the water. Beautiful scenery and a great place to cool off in the sparkling clean water of the river.

Thank tbcruz2009
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I took my children to the fireside storytelling, ready to immerse my children in more Cherokee culture and historical truth. What I got was a five minute sweet story followed by a 30 minute tirade against "European" settlers, all told with a sweet smile by...More

2  Thank TimeTraveler120
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Vacations are always rush, rush, if your family is anything like ours!! In the middle of a hot, rushed, vacation, this is the perfect spot to stop, relax, and enjoy your vacation and your family time together!!! It was hot as blazes, we just walked...More

Thank shirley6080
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Didn't know about the river until we passed it. On the way back from Smokey Mountains we stopped for a swim and saw moose. Now that was a great afternoon!

Thank jenniferstahl
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Michael C
13 September 2015|
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Response from Daniel M | Reviewed this property |
If you are asking if there are RV spots to hook up and camp overnight, like a campground, the answer is no. It's not a campground. But like others have said, there are some parking lots very close that would accommodate a... More
24 May 2015|
Response from ManningAvenger | Reviewed this property |
We picked up food from a local restaurant, so I'm not positive about if there are grills there. However, I just saw in "The Insiders Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains" that they do have grills in the park.