Cherokee Oconaluftee River Trail

Cherokee Oconaluftee River Trail

The Oconaluftee River TRACK Trail is at the junction of the Cherokee Nation (Qualla Boundary) and the Great Smoky Mountains. The trail passes under the terminus of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile ribbon of green connecting Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina with Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. The Oconaluftee River TRACK Trail offers several scenic views of the river, as well as interpretive panels about Cherokee folklore. The trailhead sign and three of the TRACK Trail brochures have elements translated into Cherokee Syllabary. Read More

Cherokee Oconaluftee River Trail TRACK Trail Adventures

Cherokee Animal Athletes

Cherokee's Animal Athletes adventure challenges kids to exercise with the animals. This brochure tells Cherokee animal legends and gives kids eight different animal exercises they can do along the trail. From the Rabbit Long-jump to the Water Spider Crawl, kids are sure to have fun getting in shape with the animals during their outdoor adventures.

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Cherokee Hide N Seek

The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.

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Cherokee Need for Trees

By following the picture and textual clues found in "The Need for Trees" brochure, kids will discover six of the more common trees found along the trail. During their adventure, kids will learn about Cherokee uses of Trees, the need that people and other animals have for trees and about the roles trees play in the forest.

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Cherokee Power of Plants

The Power of Plants adventure reveals some of the herbal secrets of The Cherokee that have been passed down from generation to generation. Kids will learn how to identify six different plants along the Oconaluftee River Trail and learn how the Cherokee use these plants in everyday life. 

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Oconaluftee River Trailhead / Barclay's Parking Area
Tsali Blvd (SR-441 Northbound) at Acquoni Rd.
CherokeeNorth Carolina 28719
United States
Latitude: 35.4771
Longitude: -83.3206

GPS Coordinates: 35.499282,-83.304333


The Oconaluftee River TRACK Trail was made possible by a partnership formed between the Kids in Parks program, the Eastern Band of Cherokees, and Cherokee Choices.