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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Address: 2 miles north of Cherokee, NC, on US-441, Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone Number: 828-497-1919
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Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Cherokee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Visitor centers, State Parks, Traveler Resources, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The adjacent Mountain Farm Museum contains a fascinating collection of log structures including a...
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Type: Visitor centers, State Parks, Traveler Resources, Nature & Parks
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
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.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We enjoyed our visit to the Village and our guide was excellent. I highly recommend that everyone go to the Oconaluftee Village to learn how the Cherokee tribe really lived.

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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109 reviews 109 reviews
70 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A MUST STOP. Three important factors; 1. clean potty break: 2. info, map, schedule and other info from the friendly rangers; and 3. a wonderful turn of the 1900th century outdoors farm museum with all the various outbuildings to check out. The museum contains a fascinating collection of log structures including a farmhouse, barn, smokehouse, applehouse, corn cribs, chicken house,... More 

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Joelton, Tennessee
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

But what are you expecting. Take your grandchild a tomahawk home and your mother/grandmother some stoneground meal and grits. You'll be glad you did

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Wiggins, Mississippi
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99 reviews 99 reviews
42 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

If you're coming into the national park from the North Carolina side, this should be your first stop. The rangers are very helpful and will answer any questions you have. We almost always stop here at least once per visit.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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13 reviews 13 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We were making the short drive from Gatlinburg to Cherokee and stumbled upon this beautiful visitor center. It's not everyday you drive through the Smokey Mountains and see a herd of elk grazing in a field so we decided to stop and check it out. They have some beautiful old log structures around the visitor center and even offer tours... More 

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Ferdinand, IN
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67 reviews 67 reviews
39 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

A great place to stop and visit. There is a visitors center there was a local band playing the day we were there. There is a mountain farm museum behind the visitors center that is well worth visiting.

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Pageland, South Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Information of all there is to do in the area and when events take place. Can also direct you to the hotel of your choice.

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Mount Airy
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We always drive right past here and never stopped. On our last trip we decided to stop and see what was there. They have some history and glass cases with some of the old farm equipment and different things. A gift shop for souvenirs and my favorite a viewing area of all the elk and beautiful mountains. The elk stay... More 

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Saucier, MS
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80 reviews 80 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Whether you are asking for directions or purchasing Park merchandise, a visit at the Oconaluftee is always pleasant. New new facilities are nice. The museum area is very educational. The option of touring the mountain farmstead is nice -- activities during the summer and a chance to see the elk during the early morning and late afternoons. My entire family... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Been to cherokee twice and visited this place both times. It seems to be set right in the center surrounded by mountains. It is truly beautiful inside and out. You get to walk around a farmstead and learn about everything people had to go through back in the day. Right beside the farmstead is a peaceful flowing river. We even... More 

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