Oconaluftee Islands Park, Cherokee, NC

We had just gotten out of the vet clinic with Sam for her final check up. She got a clean bill of health, so we decided to find a park to take her to as a treat. We were right next to the Cherokee exit, so we thought maybe there might be a quiet one near the Indian Reservation. We found the Oconaluftee Islands Park on the right hand side, close to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. I’ve been to Cherokee many times and never knew about this park, so I don’t think it has been here that long. The funny thing was when we were going over the walk bridge to get into the park, there was a sign “no dogs allowed”. I told Sam she had nothing to worry about then, since it didn’t say no kitties allowed and she was in her carrier anyway. Just to be on the safe side though, even when we took her out of the carrier, we didn’t let her roam on her leash, we just held her instead. Despite the sign, there were several places around the park for dog poop disposal, so we guessed it must have been an older sign. We sat at one of the many picnic tables and enjoyed our lunch while watching flocks of geese and some ducks swimming in the river surrounding the park. The walking trail inside the park is concrete and easy to walk. There is a small bamboo “forest” that has a dirt floor to walk through, but the rest of the walking areas are paved. It’s quite interesting to see this river front “island” park in the middle of the city, like the Island Park that’s in downtown Bryson City. It would be a nice way to cool off on a hot summer day or just to get away from the hustle of all the crowds going to the casino in town. It was a nice get away for us and a fun place to take Sam.

 

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