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Oconaluftee Islands Park

Hwy 441, Cherokee, NC
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Ranked #5 of 18 Attractions in Cherokee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks
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Monticello, Kentucky
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Great place for nature lovers. Absolutely beautiful and quiet depending on the time of year you go. Very good place for families to go to.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The kids really liked being able to get out and wade in the river, and we liked the accessibility. It's a nice break from the activity of the day, a chance to slow down and stick your toes in the water.

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Erwin, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Plenty of parking and river access. Bridges over the river all over the place. The area is kept pretty clean and is just a gorgeous fun place to take the kids to splash and play on a summer day.

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Southport, NC
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

We have been twice while on vacation with our 4 year old and 15 year old. Both loved it! Wade around, build dams with the rocks, sit in the shade, or fish. Free and safe with easy parking. Let the kids play an hour or so while you relax.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

Oconaluftee Island Park is a great place to bring your kids for some free fun ! My kids who are 9 enjoyed playing in the "river" and there's is also places where you can set up a spot for a nice little picnic. The water's not too deep so even little kids can enjoy it too. I recommend water shoes... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

We happened upon this beautiful park when we were out riding from Maggie Valley to Cherokee. Wow! What a beautiful place to sit and relax. The kids didn't even have bathing suits but we let them splash and play in the river anyway. It's a little piece if heaven.

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I rode my bike through this pretty park. People were picnicing and the kids were having fun playing in the shallow part of the river.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

If you aren't into souvenir shopping, this is a great place to hang out for awhile. Families with young children will especially enjoy it because its a great place for wading. Water shoes are helpful for walking on the stones but not a necessity. There is a bathroom changing area at one end.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is a nice place to take a stroll by or in the water and cool off when you don't have time to travel out into the parks. It's close to shopping and restaurants so groups could easily split up and meet there later. It was clean and shady and quiet.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Want a free fun time, go here. Bring your own float and enjoy the Oconaluftee (or the "Luftee" as locals call it) River. I saw kid, old folks, fishermen, sunbathers, floaters, you name it. Great place to visit, and you can't beat the price.

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