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Old 06-16-2007, 03:04 PM   #1
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We are heading down from New Jersey to the Great Smoky Mountains for a week arriving on July 6th. We will be staying at the Cherokee KOA.

Has anyone stayed at the Cherokee N.C. KOA?

Also, if you have been in this area do you have any suggestions for site seeing etc.?

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We are heading down from New Jersey to the Great Smoky Mountains for a week arriving on July 6th. We will be staying at the Cherokee KOA.

Has anyone stayed at the Cherokee N.C. KOA?

Also, if you have been in this area do you have any suggestions for site seeing etc.?

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Old 06-16-2007, 06:37 PM   #3
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We stayed there a couple of years ago and found it to be a very comfortable park. As I recall several of the sites had paved parking and patios. There is a nice pool area and camp store. You will be just outside of the town of cherokee. there is a lot to see and do there including the national park. I remember lots of touristy junk stores, but if you look hard you can find some really worthwhile places too. Harrah's has a casino there, it is all machines, but the buffet is worthwhile.
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Old 06-17-2007, 04:15 AM   #4
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I've not stayed at the Cherokee KOA but have driven by it numerous times. We avoid KOA's when possible, just not my style or idea of a pleasing camping experience. When we go to Cherokee we stay at Timberlake Campground in Whittier, a nice privately owned CG located in a scenic area. We first went there in 1975 and have gone back there since.

We've held a couple iRV2 Regional rallies there for the Southeast Region's Appalachian Campers and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely not a 'luxury' resort such as many prefer but it's what we like.

While in the area, you might want to check out the Great Smokey Mountain Railroad, a scenic train journey across the valleys, into tunnels, and through
river gorges.
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Don't forget a trip to Fontana Dam. When at the IRV2 rally at Whittier we also enjoyed a trip over to Dillsboro,NC which is a historic little town.There is a B&B downtown,the Jarrett House, that has(or did 2 or 3 years ago)a gift shop and a good restaurant we highly recommend.And from Dillsboro you are only about an hour from Asheville,NC and Biltmore Estates,so much to do if you want to venture out some! Have fun...

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Old 06-20-2007, 04:55 AM   #6
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It's been a few years since we were there, but the park was OK. They had trout ponds, but unfortunately when we were there, they had them drained for maintnenace.
We took a steam train trip out of Bryson City to the Nantahala Gorge. There we had lunch and returned. It was an interesting way to spend a few hours You can also do rafting there if you want.
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