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Favorite thing: The only things wild 'IN', (and close), to Cherokee are the animals, (and maybe a few people drawing checks for their actions), but please feel free to visit the woods and see the wildlife... that is, if you have the land-owners permission, (the last time I checked, all of Alabama's independently owned land, was posted as 'no trespassing'… and without permission, you could end up in court, and leave with a LOT emptier wallet, than when you arrived).
Getting back to the wildlife, there are loads of deer here, as well as other animals, such as rabbits, squirrels, hawks, owls, skunks, possums, armadillos, and bats... I personally, have not seen a black panther here, in over 30 years, (although others claim that 'they' have), but it's better to be safe than sorry, so bring a rifle with you.
Cherokee has been locally famous for being a 'speed-trap' in the past... I tell you this, because they had to shut down the middle school recently, (people seem to be moving away with their children, and without that money from the Government, Cherokee needs all the money they can get, right now)... SOOOoo whatever you do, do not exceed the speed limit, and do not curse the officer who pulls you over, (even if you think you are being pulled over for no apparent reason).
During your stay here, do not call the law at all... request an ambulance, SURE... but if you request the law to help with an unruly member of your party, it will cost you in fines, court costs and such, (not to mention, the probability of jail time until bailed out, that is, IF they allow bail to be set in your case, but since you aren’t from anywhere close to Cherokee, you might have to sit in jail until the next court date, which is once monthly).
OH, and do not expect to purchase alcohol on a Sunday. We are in the Bible belt... I guess they believe that only sinners buy alcohol, on Sunday... (so, if you are a drinker, be sure and LOAD up on Saturday... but don't drink it on ANY day of the week, if you are on the Natchez Trace or in our one and only city park, (park consisting of... ummm all I remember seeing there, is one basketball hoop, a picnic table, and maybe 2 toddler bouncy/swingy things).
Cherokee has one grocery store, (expensive, in my humble opinion)… and three 'mom and pop' type restaurants, (actually, they are pretty good, and the price is competitive).
We have two banks, and one red light, (but the red light is WAY outside of the city limits, and NOT on US-72), so if you are traveling via US-72… don't stop.
Maybe by knowing the things I have told you, your visit will be a happy and a safe one, and you will not leave feeling like Cherokee is a money hungry little spot on the map that you would have been FAR better off not visiting. (maybe)
Fondest memory: When I am away from Cherokee, I would say that I miss the sky, most... the huge moon, and the bright stars.
Written Apr 3, 2008