In the early 2000s, the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians (EBCI) swapped land they owned near Waterrock Knob off the Blue Ridge Parkway for land adjacent to the Qualla Boundary, home of the EBCI, that was owned by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The tribe used the newly acquired land, called the Ravensford Tract, to build state of the art schools for its members. Watterrock Knob is one of the most popular destinations on the Blue Ridge Parkway. On clear days, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, located on the Qualla Boundary, can be seen from the parking lot of Watterrock Knob. September 21, 2020.