The Oconaluftee Indian Village
Come spend the day with us! As you enter the Oconaluftee Indian Village you are swept away to the 18th century. Surrounded by lush green vegetation, your spirit is calmed by the sound of the cool mountain streams. Guided tours will take you through craft demonstrations by award-winning artists who will explain the unique Cherokee crafting techniques. Meet historical Cherokee people in the living history section. You can also view special shows throughout the season such as “Time of War” and traditional Cherokee dancing. Sit, relax and dine at the picnic tables with the Oconaluftee natives after you order from the concession area. Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir from the Gift Shop to remember your visit to our Cherokee Indian village.
*Hours are subject to change based on weather, road closures, etc. Please follow Oconaluftee Indian Village on Instagram and Facebook for closure announcements or call 828-497-2111 for up to date information.
Your Day at the Village
We welcome you to join us in the 18th Century to see what life was like for the Cherokee Indians of the North Carolina mountains. Our Village is an experience unlike any other, offering an intriguing glimpse into the past.
• Guided Tours: Our guided tours begin every 15 minutes. After you purchase and/or scan your tickets, you will join us to be seated in the waiting area. After a few moments your tour guide will greet you and will take you on a tour of our Craft Line. The craft line has many stations such as fingerweaving, baskets, pottery, weaponry and more in which you will be able to observe Cherokee artists creating beautiful works of art. Your tour guide will explain how the crafts are made and the purpose of each craft.
-Run time is approx. 30 minutes.
• The “Living History” Section: After the guided portion, the village pathway flows directly into what we call the “Living History” Section. Here, you will see replicas of Cherokee homes and community structures. You may go in and explore the replicas. You’ll also find re-enactors dressed in traditional clothing of the time period, feel free to ask them questions!
-Travel at your own pace.
• Lectures: Our Living History section also features 2, half hour lectures that are held in both the Council House replica and the Square Grounds (Located in the center of the Village). These lectures are fascinating as they teach in depth lessons about Cherokee culture and history. Lectures alternate every half hour.
• Dance Shows & Time of War Shows: Depending on the day of your visit, you will be able to attend either a traditional dance show or a Time of War re-enactment scene in our squaregrounds.
-These shows happen twice daily at noon and 3pm
they are truly a highlight of the entire Village experience.
(Time of War shows run through Mid-June through Mid-August Tuesdays, Thursdays
and Saturdays) Our Dance/"Time of War" shows may be cancelled due to weather and performer safety.
- Eternal Flame Gift Shop:
As you enter or leave our Village, don't forget to make a stop in our Eternal Flame Gift Shop, offering a variety of unique and meaningful souvenirs to commemorate your trip to the village. We carry products and authentic, handmade artwork to accommodate almost any budget.
- Botanical Trails:
Take a lovely nature walk on our scenic botanical trail! The Botanical trail entrance is located just to the right of our box office. The trail features a large number of indigenous plants as well as information placards indicated how the Cherokee used specific plants for medicinal and artistic purposes.