Cherokee, NC, I spent ten days there alone along the Ravenfork River. My cabin was ten feet from the gorgeous river, and I would build a fire and sit there at night just listening to the music of the river. It was a healing event in my life.
The Qualla Boundary is territory held as a land trust for the Federally recognized Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. It is part of their historic territory in this area. The indigenous Cherokee, an Iroquoian-language people, were here for centuries before European encounter, having migrated from the Great Lakes area. The land is technically not a "reservation", in that tribal members can buy & own the land, provided they are enrolled members of the Tribe.