The closest airport on the North Carolina side with national air service is Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), about 60 miles east of the Cherokee entrance. On the Tennessee side, the closest major airport is Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), about 45 miles west of the Sugarlands entrance.
Asheville Regional Airport (61 Terminal Dr., off I-26, Fletcher, NC, 28732. www.flyavl.com.)
Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport (2025 Alcoa Hwy., Alcoa, NC, 37701. 865/342–3000. www.tys.org.)