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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 17 attractions in Cherokee
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Cherokee, North Carolina, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Find out answers about the area in the visitor center. It will be informative and there are brochures to take along with you. Enjoy!

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Rockwell NC
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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We visit this every time we are in the area and always enjoy it. We actually got to see the elk again and they were magnificent. Clean bathrooms, great staff and beautiful scenery.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We visited Oconaluftee Visitors Center shortly after opening for the season in 2014. They were very helpful in directing us to the biking/walking trail and helpful information regarding the Blue Ridge Parkway which begins just a stones throw away from the visitors center.

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Chapin, South Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Great place to stop during the fall and watch all the Elk getting their RUT on! They come right up to the road and in the fields next to the center. Very fun to watch but gets crowded in a hurry.

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Conway, AR
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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This is a fantastic welcome center. Just wonderful. The welcome center staff is extremely friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. There was a great gift type shop, but also a very informative walk through type museum that had great information displays. My whole family thought it was very nice. Behind the visitor center there is a trail along the river and probably... More

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Cleveland, Georgia
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224 reviews 224 reviews
64 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

The welcome center is new. The rangers are friendly and can be helpful. The Appalachian homestead recreations are really nice. A good place to get your feet wet before setting off for your adventures in the park, or stop to use the restrooms afterwards.

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Athens, Georgia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Everything I needed for information about The Great Smokey Mountains was in this center. It had a great gift shop and all the folks were very friendly and helpful. Great locatino with wild turkeys very near.

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Lady Lake, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We stopped here on our way back into mountains to sightsee. The ranger was friendly and helpful. The gift shop had a lot to choose from and not real pricey. The walk on the Mountain Farm was nice and had been preserved so well.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Considering this is a free attraction, and it's 2 miles outside of Cherokee, this is a must see, and really should be the first stop for anyone visiting the Great Smoky Mountains from the North Carolina side. The facilities here are great and we enjoyed walking around the beautiful grounds and seeing and reading about all the historical structures on... More

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Cherokee, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014 via mobile

The Oconaluftee Visitors Center is a great place to visit and offers several venues of interest. First the museum is informative, the shop has something for everyone. I never go there that I don't find something I need and I'm a local. They have a great walking trail all the way to Cherokee by the river. The pioneer village is... More

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