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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 18 Attractions in Cherokee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Jupiter, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

First let me say that all the visitors in the Great Smoky's are first class with each being different. The day we visited Oconaluftee Visitor Center we were treated to being able to observe many elk grazing in a field. At first we thought they were horses and even after viewing them with binoculars we weren't sure. We had never... More

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Vienna, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The visitor center employees are very knowledgeable about conditions in the park and very friendly and helpful. The selection of books in the gift shop is great for driving/sightseeing visitor and the serious hikers. I have been coming here for 30 years and have always been impressed with this great, FREE resource. I would like to see the visitor center... More

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Whitesburg, Tennessee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Very informative, very helpful staff, great gift shop. Easy parking and great museum. Don't forget the farm!!!

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Brunswick, Md.
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109 reviews 109 reviews
48 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The native cherokee's who were working in the visitor center were very helpful and very knowledgeable with any questions that we had. This would be a great place to visit when visiting Cherokee.

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Herndon, Virginia
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200 reviews 200 reviews
35 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is a nice, modern welcome/visitor center for the GSMNP. It includes a large replica homestead village outside. Nice gift shop. Helpful staff with directions and information to time your visit. The elk come out of the woods in the evening to graze a large field nearby. Informative for adults and children alike.

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Erwin, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The staff here were super friendly and helpful. The building itself is stunning, with a large rustic porch to sit and enjoy the sights. There is a large gift shop inside, though the prices are a bit high. The museum part is nice and pretty. Plus the Mountain Farm Museum out back is pretty and you can't beat that view!

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Murphy, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We took our grand kids and had a wonderful time..! We walked thru the old homestead and the kids age 9 and 5 loved it.. The ran around looking at everything .. Very safe layout so we did not have to worry about them, just keep an eye on them.. The oldest read all the info at every stop and... More

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Metairie, LA
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313 reviews 313 reviews
163 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The visitors center is very nice, good gift shop, interesting information and wonderful, helpful staff of rangers. Behind the center is a great example of a 19th century farm, including an old log cabin and other buildings that have been moved there from other parts of NC. Certainly worth a visit. Go back in the early evening just before dusk... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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67 reviews 67 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The educational displays about the topography of the area are very clean and new looking, which is nice. There is a large selection of very inexpensive ($.50 - $1.00) booklets about the Smokeys-- I highly recommend browsing these for ideas about what to do in the park, then buy a couple of them to take with you. The books are... More

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Sewickley, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Very informative. Love that they are keeping the culture alive and true. Very friendly and helpful staff.

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