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Wow! 9 Must-See Cherokee Nature Photos

If you haven’t visited before, it’s hard for us to describe just how beautiful Cherokee, NC, is. You have to see it to believe it! But don’t take our word for it. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite photos of Cherokee, NC, taken by some of the most talented photographers in the region. We hope you enjoy them!

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The Tradition Continues at the 105th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair, Oct. 3–7

Every member of the family can plan on having a good time at the Cherokee Indian Fair Tuesday, October 3, through Saturday, October 7, 2017. It’s an event that combines the familiar joy of carnival rides and games that adults may remember experiencing from their childhood, along with traditional Cherokee stickball games, crafts, and food vendors.

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Elk Sightings in Cherokee: Tips for Glimpsing the “Great Big Deer”

If you want to experience elk in Cherokee, the fall “rut” or breeding season is one of the most exciting times to visit. Between mid-September and late October, you can hear “bugling"—the distinctive call of the bulls during the mating season. We spoke to Caleb R. Hickman, PhD, Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Biologist for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, about these amazing creatures and for tips on safe viewing. 

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Meet Leading Cherokee Artists at the Open Air Indian Market on August 26

The 14th annual Open Air Indian Art Market takes place on Saturday, August 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This special event highlights artists of the Eastern Band of Cherokee who are members of Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual. The Open Air Indian Market promotes traditional Cherokee arts and crafts and provides a special opportunity for the public to meet the makers and watch live craft demonstrations.

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The Fire Mountain Trail System is Cherokee’s Latest Attraction—Experience it for Yourself!

Calling all hikers, bikers, and runners! If you haven’t yet experienced the Cherokee Fire Mountain Trail, then you’re in for a treat. Last June, The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians officially opened the system. Free to the public, and open all day (every day), the 10.5-mile, mixed-use network provides guests with a variety of paths (seven trails in total).

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