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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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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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Lots of information. Beautiful facility. Went back later just sit on the porch and read. Native Americans host the facility and are very knowledgeable about where and what to see.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Newnan, Georgia
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Newnan, Georgia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Lots of information. Beautiful facility. Went back later just sit on the porch and read. Native Americans host the facility and are very knowledgeable about where and what to see.

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Leesburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The Visitor Center is worth the visit! The museum is well-done, covers a lot of history in a short time and offers hands on experiences. We did not take time to walk back to the village on this visit, but for those who aren't accustomed to mountain living, the site provides a good introduction to life a hundred years ago.... More 

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South Bend
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74 reviews 74 reviews
20 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We stopped here first before venturing into the park. The staff was so helpful about the trails, brought our 78 year old mom and wanted to make sure she got to see as much as possible without straining on the trails. It was wonderful for all of us!

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Douglas, Georgia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Love the visitor center as well as the park museum and shop. Great place to stretch you legs, walk through yesteryear and then pick up a gift on the way out! Be sure to check for the Saturdays when they have music on the porch! It was great. AND - if you are lucky you may see the Elk grazing... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Lots to do and see in the Smoky Mountains and in Cherokee specifically. This visitor center is absolutely worth the time to stop. The center itself is a great place to get oriented to the area, get a feel for what the mountains were like in the 1800's and how the first white settlers lived. Then, go visit the small... More 

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Brazil, Indiana
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

It was a rainy day so it was great to get inside and get some information. They suggested the Mingo Falls and the Mingus Mill. Great choices.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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63 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We stopped in and took a few pictures of some elk that were in the field near this visitor's center. Then we went in. The center is really nice, clean, with friendly staff and a ton of great information to read about. There are maps available here too. Definitely worth stopping in.

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Myrtle Beach
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Clean, friendly and helpful people. May see the Elk there in the field next to the Center. One hour before dark is the best time.

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Northville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We wanted to do a nice 3-4 mile hike in the Smokies. The park ranger offered up several possibilities and was very welcoming and friendly. We had a perfect day for hiking and really enjoyed the hike up to Klephart (??) Prong. Fairly easy trail, but a steady 8-10% grade all the way. You cross the river on footbridges 4... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

On two occasions to this visitor center we have seen herds of Elk roaming in the fields next to the center. It is a great opportunity to get up close and get pictures. The center is pretty typical of the Smokeys but they have a replicated farm with authentic buildings taken from the area. Great learning experience for all ages.

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