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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 17 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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Birmingham, Alabama
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Facilities are very nice, with a large grass area for play for the children, a village to explore and learn about the days of the settlers, a trail to take with a Ranger, and a very nice gift shop.

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Tennessee
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We always come from the north side of the park and use the Sugarlands VC, so were shocked when we visited the Oconaluftee VC for the first time in July 2014. The new VC here is beautiful and so much more than a VC. The little exhibit area is expertly designed to engage and teach people of all ages. Our... More

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Madison, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Beautiful visitor center, nice staff and gift shop. The Elk were grazing in the field next to the center, BEAUTIFUL!

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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I took an easy pretty 2 mile bike ride north of Cherokee to this site. Admission is free (part of the park) Pleasant indoor outdoor museum and gift shop, beautiful setting, kind staff. I road back to town by the river path (gravelish). This was the best part. It was delightful riding along the unspoiled river.

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Tampa, Florida
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122 reviews 122 reviews
53 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

It was a rainy day and we stopped to find out what would be available indoors. The staff was very helpful to us and they offered free popcorn and coffee. We sat in rocking chairs on the covered porch by the stream and enjoyed a hot cup of coffee on a rainy, damp day!

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Easley, SC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Learned about the history of the Cherokee indians. Also, they put on a small re-enactment of an indian battle. Very educational

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Huntsville, Alabama
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We came in from Cherokee so this was just a couple miles up the road. The rangers were excellent answering our questions, and the maps & brochures were full of info. We stopped by the old village "museum" and walked by the river. We planned our next couple of days based on the info we derived here. On our way... More

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Burlington, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We stayed at a local campground and this was a recommendation from one of the residents. We had a nice afternoon here. We explored the buildings and walked along the river. Our son was very thankful for the life we have after learning the history, while I wish we were more connected to the earth than we are. We were... More

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Gainesville, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I took a group of Senior Adults from my church. We had wonderful time. I cannot express to you how educational and wonderful the day was. We meet some very wonderful people, including our guide. Her first name has left me, but her last name was Peck. She was absolutely wonderful. This is a must in the Cherokee area.

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Windber, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We stopped here on our way to the Blue Ridge Parkway and walked around for about an hour. The gift shop had all kinds of cool stuff to buy, the restrooms were clean, and there was all types of information to be purchased. Nice place, highly recommended!

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