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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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Great place to visit

So surprised that there is no fee to gain entrance. This is truly a great place to visit and an even greater place to take children to teach them about the old ways. We visit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Dahlonega
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

So surprised that there is no fee to gain entrance. This is truly a great place to visit and an even greater place to take children to teach them about the old ways. We visit every time we are in the area.

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Brooksville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This is a welcome stop after coming over the mountains. The gift store is stocked with all sorts of items about the Smokeys. I always stock up on the mountain-made jams and preserves. I also purchase my calendar for the next year. You can also get reliable maps and information about ways to spend your time while in this beautiiful... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

First of all, there is no charge to go into the Great Smokey Mountains National Park...this center is at the Cherokee entrance, by the way. Besides the nice information center with the gift store, there is also a small community of buildings from the past that has been constructed of building moved in from around the area...a blacksmith shop, an... More 

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Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I can't believe someone gave this place a bad review because of getting the wrong directions. We LOVED it. There is a small "farm" with old buildings & ranger programs running all day (I included a shot of my boys doing the blacksmithing program) All programs are free. My boys made a dinner triangle to take home. They also did... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

First person seemed uninterested in giving information but we managed to get enough out of her to find what ee needed.

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Alexandria, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Drove up to Cherokee in hopes of seeing the elk due to it being a cooler rainy day. Was no disappointed as 3 very nice ones were in the field along with 2 nice gobblers! Worth the drive!

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Taylorsville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We had a chance to visit this area two evenings in a row and saw elk both evenings! The first we arrived at 6:30 and watched 18 including two bills sparing. The second evening we watched 27 including bulls sparing and 7 little ones wondering around as well. Rangers were very helpful to answer questions and direct traffic.

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lithia springs
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The elk were out Sat night. We headed in that direction, since it was about dusk to see if we could see the elk. There were about 20 of them near the visitor center. Huge bucks w/ giant racks, as well as does! They were a sight to see. We went back Sunday morning & there were several turkeys, as... More 

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Murphy, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Always stop here on our way to and from Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Excellent Junior Ranger Program Very clean.

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Ft. Worth, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 311 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Nice Visitor Center with interesting exhibits to look at inside. Includes a shop that sells GSM logo'd products. Restrooms. Nice setting where it is likely you see Elk, as we did, in the field next door.

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Additional Information about Oconaluftee Visitor Center

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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