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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. 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. A three-day catch-and-release permit for Raven Creek is $25. Fishing on Qualla Boundary streams is permitted year-round. There are several trout fishing tournaments in the summer and fall with purses of $10,000 and more. A North Carolina fishing license and trout stamp are not required for reservation fishing. Fisheries & Wildlife Management, 498 Tsali Blvd., at Cherokee Welcome Center, Cherokee, NC, 28719. 828/497–6700. www.fishcherokee.com.
Sequoyah National Golf Club. Part of Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Resort, owned by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation and operated by Troon Golf, Sequoyah National is open to the public. The challenging course, in a valley surrounded by mountains, was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and opened in 2009. Tee times may be booked by phone or online. Pricing varies significantly by day, time, and season; you can play an additional round the same day for a small add-on. 79 Cahons Rd., Whittier, NC, 28789. 828/538–4246 to book tee times; 828/497–3000 pro shop. www.sequoyahnational.com. Reservations essential. 18 holes. 6,600 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $40-$83 weekday/$40-$111 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 Great Smokies park. Big Cove Rd., about 4 mi north of Acquoni Rd., Cherokee, NC, 28719. 800/438-1601 Cherokee Welcome Center. www.visitcherokeenc.com.
Oconaluftee Islands Park & Trail. In the downtown area of Cherokeee you can cross the Oconaluftee River on a footbridge to the well-kept Oconaluftee Islands Park & Trail. The park has nice picnic facilities and and walking trails. In warm weather, you can wade, tube, and swim in the river. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings in summer there's a bonfire and often a Cherokee story teller. Free admission. Tsali Blvd., Off U.S.Hwy. 441, across from Cherokee Elementary School, Cherokee, NC, 28719. 800/438-1601 Cherokee Welcome Center. www.visitcherokeenc.com. Free.