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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 16 Attractions in Cherokee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tourist/ 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: Tourist/ 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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Birmingham, Alabama
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13 reviews 13 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

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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39 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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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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Cullowhee, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The visitor center is a great place to visit to find out history of the park and the nearby area. Great book/gift store. The Farmstead is really interesting and provides some excellent photo ops. The river peacefully runs right by the visitor center and is a great place to rest in the heat of the afternoon.

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Chatsworth, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This is one of my favorite visitor's centers - it's very nice inside. There were about 17 elk in the field next to the visitor center the day we visited.

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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This is an amazing place to let children see live Elk. The restrooms are clean, smell great and have a lot of toilet paper and is heated.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Love the Oconaluftee Visitor center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The employees are very helpful and knowledgeable about the park and its rich history. The exhibits inside the visitor center are very cool, and the gift shop is perfect! We stop here every time we are in the area! Check this place out and enjoy the history!

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