Located on a site
that was known as the “Magic Waters” in
Cherokee is the visually stunning
complex of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. Superbly designed to
blend in with the breathtaking natural surroundings beside a sparkling trout
stream, the huge 175,000 square-foot casino building is barely visible from Hwy.
19. The approach drive features landscaping highlighting native plants and trees
and nearing the casino, one is greeted by massive stone columns and a waterfall.
The overall effect upon first seeing the building in its natural setting is that
of a remote mountain lodge nestled deep in some immense wilderness.
The casino cost $85 million to build and is situated on 37 acres, tucked tightly
between two mountains that reflect the bluish haze that gives the Great Smoky
Mountains their name, featuring virgin forest and a stunning panoramic backdrop.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino is owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee
Indians and was designed by one of the nation’s leading casino and destination resort design
firms, the Minneapolis-based Cunningham Group, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino is an
architectural triumph. Inside, the mountain lodge theme is continued, with
colorful Native American art and artifacts, the use of natural materials
indigenous to the area and a truly spectacular display of neon lightning in the
ceiling that comes to life, complete with rolling bursts of thunder whenever a
jackpot is won at one of the 1,800 video gaming machines.
In the 150,000 square-foot gaming area, guests can play at a
staggering array of video gaming machines as well as live table
games like Blackjack, Roulette and Craps. They can also take in a
variety of shows and performances highlighting nationally famous
entertainers at the 20,000 square-foot entertainment area complete with a
1,500-seat concert hall and space for special events and festivals, or select
from in-house restaurants.
Located adjacent to the casino is the
luxurious 21-story Harrah's Cherokee Hotel that provides an upscale
experience with over 1,100 rooms with breathtaking views.
Amenities include 24/7 fitness room, an indoor pool and an outdoor
pool featuring a zero entry door, cabanas and bar area.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino
Distance: 1˝ to 2 hours from Asheville
Address: Intersection of Hwy. 19 and
Business Rte. 441, Cherokee NC 28719
Telephone: 800-342-7724, 828-497-7777
Hours: Casino: 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year.
Cherokee Hotel, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee NC 28719;
Fees: None to enter casino, parking is free. Fees for childcare facilities.
Of Note: Class III video gaming machines, live table games
Nearby: Cherokee Indian
Great Smoky Mountains
Nantahala National Forest
Directions: From Asheville take I-40 West to Exit 27. Follow US-74 West through
Waynesville. Take Hwy. 441 North to Cherokee. Take right at first light.
Harrah’s is at the next intersection.