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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

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Address: 1194 Newfound Gap Rd, Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone Number: 828-497-1919
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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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Really enjoyed the trail by the creek

We stopped here during a recent visit to Cherokee to see a show. The reason we stopped was that we had read the visitor center has one of the only trails in the park that allows... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We stopped here during a recent visit to Cherokee to see a show. The reason we stopped was that we had read the visitor center has one of the only trails in the park that allows dogs. Our dog wasn't with us but she loves water and hikes and we wanted to scout this one out for her. We walked... More 

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Cincinnati, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This was an excellent spot to spend the afternoon with my husband, three kids (ages 8, 6, and 3), and parents. The visitors' center is excellent, and the creek provided lots of entertainment. It was located adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum, which we also toured and enjoyed.

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Augusta, Georgia
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The visitors center staff is usually very helpful, although we had to wait to check out in the gift shop this time. There is an exhibit inside the center dedicated to the history of the park and the people of the area. Outside a farmstead with park ranger guided tours is available. A shaded area by the creek is a... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We stopped to find out where things were in Cherokee and the woman working there helpful but we had to pull the information out of her. She directed us to the Cherokee Village and we are so grateful!

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Texarkana, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Great experience. The Rangers and volunteers in the Visitor Center are very knowledgable and it is truly a wonderful experience. Sorghum Mills, Spring Houses, Corn Cribs, Barns, Wagons, Live pigs in the pig pen. It was an all around great experience. Sit in the rocking chairs on the porch of the Visitor Center and overlook the farm. There is also... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Worth seeing how life was back in those days and what they did to survive and how they make their living now.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Wonderful visitor center, and it not as nearly busy as the other Smoky Mountain centers. There is also a farm museum next to the center

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Atlanta, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We were on our way home from Gatlinburg and decided to stop here. There was a huge herd of elk in the field which was amazing. I had no idea there were elk in the southeast. Turns out there used to be and they were all killed off my humans in the late 1700s. The park service reintroduced this herd... More 

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Clinton Township, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Great stop ! Lots of information! Located at the same spot the Farm Museum is located. Gave us a nice place to stretch out legs and take in some history

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

rangers friendly and very knowledge- terrific displays of many different aspects of the area and its history- easy walk for visitors of all ages- wheelchair accessible- elk roaming very near in the early morning- one of the best free activities in the area

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