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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

2 miles north of Cherokee, NC, on US-441, Cherokee, NC 28719
828-497-1919
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Cherokee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, State Parks
Owner description: The adjacent Mountain Farm Museum contains a fascinating collection of log structures including a farmhouse, barn, smokehouse, applehouse, corn cribs... more » Owner description: The adjacent Mountain Farm Museum contains a fascinating collection of log structures including a farmhouse, barn, smokehouse, applehouse, corn cribs and others. Demonstrations of farm life and ranger-led tours are conducted seasonally.Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms and telephones. Soda and water machines. Backcountry permit station. « less
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Marion, VA USA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

A nice stroll through a village much like you would have seen back before the Cherokee were force to leave their home land here. Examples of the crafts and everyday life of that time period.

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Palm Coast, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Very informative displays on the history of the Park and the surrounding area, and the wildlife currently in residence. A great first stop on your journey into the park. After first visiting the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and learning in detail the history of our treatment of the Cherokees, I was disappointed in the way this was minimized in... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I am a disabled person and needed help finding out about areas of the park that are accessible for those of us who are mobility challenged. They were happy to help, and gave me great advice about which sections of the park to see in the amount of time we had. They were really understanding.

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Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This was the first time we have been back since they redid the visitor center and it was very impressive. The walk along the river to the farm was as pretty and peaceful as ever. We went on a weekday so there were not many visitors. We did see groundhog and turkey, but no elk since it was later in... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This a newer Visitor center located on the Cherokee side. Not as busy as most but great displays which our son really enjoyed. Had rocking chairs out back to sit on and look at the mts. If you time your visit right you might just see Elk

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Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This is a beautiful building with helpful, knowledgeable staff. The Mountain Farm Museum was interesting (and free!)

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Jupiter, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

First let me say that all the visitors in the Great Smoky's are first class with each being different. The day we visited Oconaluftee Visitor Center we were treated to being able to observe many elk grazing in a field. At first we thought they were horses and even after viewing them with binoculars we weren't sure. We had never... More

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Vienna, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The visitor center employees are very knowledgeable about conditions in the park and very friendly and helpful. The selection of books in the gift shop is great for driving/sightseeing visitor and the serious hikers. I have been coming here for 30 years and have always been impressed with this great, FREE resource. I would like to see the visitor center... More

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Whitesburg, Tennessee
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Very informative, very helpful staff, great gift shop. Easy parking and great museum. Don't forget the farm!!!

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Brunswick, Md.
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52 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The native cherokee's who were working in the visitor center were very helpful and very knowledgeable with any questions that we had. This would be a great place to visit when visiting Cherokee.

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