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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

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Address: 1194 Newfound Gap Hwy, Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone Number: 8284971904
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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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Mountain Farmstead and elk viewing

Great place to see the elk in the evening as well as a wonderful Moutain Farm museum depicting mountain life of the early settlers to this area.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Rose W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place to see the elk in the evening as well as a wonderful Moutain Farm museum depicting mountain life of the early settlers to this area.

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Thank Rose W
Anderson, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was so glad we stopped to see what was inside. Very much worth the time spent. In fact, I could have spent at least another half hour or more. So much to see.

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Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We traveled out on the road. Just driving and exploring. The visitors center was beautiful and the staff was exceptional. The grounds were lovely.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

We stopped on 1/4/2016 after driving the Newfound Gap Road through the park from Gatlinburg. The rangers and staff were very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the interesting and informative exhibits and looking through the gift shop. A rafter of turkeys was enjoying the cold afternoon across the road from the parking lot. There is a herd of elk that... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

This Visitor Center is terrific, nice new building, gift shop, rangers & restrooms. It is a great place to stop after your drive over the gap or are coming in from Maggie Valley. We have not done the 'village' tour we are usually coming through at odd times, but we heard it is nice. If you hang around till dusk... More 

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Cherokee, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

This is one of the local visitor center's that I go to a lot. I frequent this one in particular because I like to walk the river trails and oftentimes, I am able to see the wild Turkey and Elk. Something to keep in mind when trying to visit is that this visitor center is NOT in Cherokee. It is... More 

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Cherokee, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Make sure you stop at the visitor's center, even if you live in the area. Nice area to take a nature walk - turkeys, elk and many other animals. Shop has reasonably priced books and other items to educate and remind you of your visit to the area.

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Westville, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

This is one of 3 GSMNP visitor centers. This one is close to Cherokee, NC. It has an outdoor farm exhibit. There's of course information in the VC itself. Restrooms & a gift shop. The parking lot is fairly large & we didn't have any trouble finding a spot last time we visited. The Oconaluftee River is in back of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

The Oconaluftee Visitor Center offers good information. Plus there are several historical buildings adjacent to the center. Exploring them is very interesting. Also, there are hiking trails along a beautiful river and in the surrounding areas. A real plus for us was we were there at the end of elk rutting season. We had the special opportunity to see a... More 

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Pittsburgh, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

This visitors center is about 30 minutes from Bryson City, NC and well worth a stop on your way into the park. Ranger Mike and the volunteers we encountered were very kind and helpful with finding trails and other park activities, even on Thanksgiving day. Our kids completed the Junior Ranger program here using a scavenger hunt of the Farm... More 

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