Sports and the Outdoors in Cherokee


Sports and the Outdoors


Cherokee Indian Reservation. There are 30 mi of regularly stocked trout streams on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. To fish in tribal waters you need a tribal fishing permit, available at many reservation businesses or online. (Kids under 12 don't need a permit.) The $10 permit is valid for one day. Also, permits for longer periods are available: $17 for a two-day, $27 for a three-day, and $47 for a five-day. Creel limit is 10 per day per permit holder. A season's permit is available for $250. Fishing is permitted year-round. A North Carolina fishing license and trout stamp are not required for reservation fishing. Fisheries & Wildlife Management, 1840 Painttown Rd, Cherokee, NC, 28719. 828/497-1826.


Sequoyah National Golf Club. A part of Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Resort, owned by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, Sequoyah is open to the public. The challenging course was designed by Trent Jones II and opened n 2009. 79 Cahons Rd., Whittier, NC, 28789. 828/497–3000. Reservations essential. 18 holes. 6,600 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $85 weekday/$110 weekend Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.


Mingo Falls. A five-minute hike from the Mingo Falls Campground will reward you with a view of the beautiful 120-foot-high Mingo Falls. Mingo Falls is on the Cherokee Indian Reservation (Qualla Boundary), just outside the park. Big Cove Rd., about 4 mi north of Acquoni Rd., Cherokee, NC, 28719. 800/438-1601 Cherokee Welcome Center.

Oconaluftee Islands Park & Trail. In the downtown area you can cross the Oconaluftee River on a footbridge to Oconaluftee Islands Park & Trail and walk a trail around the perimeter of the Island Park, which also has picnic facilities. In warm weather, you can wade and swim in the river. Off U.S. 441, across from Cherokee Elementary School, Cherokee, NC, 28719. 800/438-1601.

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