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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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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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Brazil, Indiana
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Brazil, Indiana
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67 reviews 67 reviews
40 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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119 reviews 119 reviews
61 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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49 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
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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88 reviews 88 reviews
48 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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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Spring Grove, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The visitor center itself looks exactly as it should sitting on the edge of the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. The peacefulness is apparent when you see visitors sitting outside on rockers just relaxing. Inside, you will find modern facilities with a nice gift shop and area information. Outside, behind the center, there are multiple buildings from the 1800's that... More 

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Dora, Alabama
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This visitor center is good for all ages. Neat turn of the century farm museum out back. Great 3 mile trail for all ages--young and old. Runs right along the beautiful river. Don't bother going the entire way--just go to bridge and back. Near the end you will have the highway on one side of your trail, the other side... More 

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Elk there now in the evening. local snacks and things to buy inside. no elevator b/c it's one floor.

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The visitor center was great. I enjoyed walking around the old buildings and getting a glimpse into life in the mountains years ago. I enjoyed the walking trails. The visitor center itself was very informative. They have a nice gift shop as well.

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Moorpark, California
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461 reviews 461 reviews
271 attraction reviews
270 helpful votes 270 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The Visitor's Center is nice with several books, area displays, souvenirs, and very helpful rangers. The Farm Museum is exceptional, a real step back into the past that allowed me to imagine how life was for the early settlers of the area. Living by the pretty river with lovely scenery seemed quite romantic to me; hubby insisted it was a... More 

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