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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

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Address: 2 miles north of Cherokee, NC, on US-441, Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone Number: 828-497-1919
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Description: The adjacent Mountain Farm Museum contains a fascinating collection of log...
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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Very nice Visitor Center and Farm Museum out back.

The visitor center was closing when we got there but the Farmer's Museum out back was open so we walked around there. Highly enjoyed the old log cabin, barn and other old log... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Paris, Missouri
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Paris, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The visitor center was closing when we got there but the Farmer's Museum out back was open so we walked around there. Highly enjoyed the old log cabin, barn and other old log buildings that is there. They even have chickens, squirrels, groundhogs, turkeys and 2 pigs there. Sometimes there are Elk there too grazing in the field but there... More 

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Evesham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Staff there couldn't of been more helpfull they give you all the information that you need to have a enjoyable time visiting the area

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headingsouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Lots of interesting info on the loggers and people who lived in the area who helped build the roads and everything else here. Pictures and artifacts were great. Glad I went

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Ocala, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The visitor center is a good place to get oriented to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you have time and inclination, there is a very easy 1.5 mile river walk with access to the Oconaluftee River. You can begin the walk at the visitor center or at the park sign at the entrance to the park. We went on... More 

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West Monroe, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I've visited the VC on numerous occasions but this time was able to be there during their backporch old style music sessions. These are scheduled on a regular basis, and you should try to be there if you can. It's so great to wander the Mountain Farm Museum and hear the old style music playing from the back porch.

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Miami Shores, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This Visitor Center is a great introduction to the local area. There are many maps and informative exhibits. There are also videos about local history and about the project to reintroduce elk to the area. The Farm, is also great for the whole family.

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Covington, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Worth a stop to get park info and maps. Ample parking and nice restrooms. Be sure to take a walk through the museum site.

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Floral City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The Visitor Center shares the same property as the Mountain Farm. Saw Elk here around 6:30am in the meadow area. The center has a great educational set up with a 3D model of the National Park with a outline of Hwy 441 that goes up the mountains to Gatlinburg and to "Cade's Cove". There is a great display about the... More 

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Bloomington, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This new visitors' center opened four years ago and is truly a treasure at the Cherokee side of the park. The Old Farm Museum behind the center was a delight for young and old alike, and we enjoyed wandering among the buildings along with the twenty beautiful chickens who live on the farm. Do make time to enjoy this special... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Nice place to have local area information. Staff is very helpful. Lots of guide books and maps available.

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Additional Information about Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Address: Address: 2 miles north of Cherokee, NC, on US-441, Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone Number: 828-497-1919
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Cherokee
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

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