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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 19 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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Ooltewah, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Nice facilities as a gateway stop to the Smokies. Lots of information and helpful staff. Take time to visit the "restored" mountain homestead, especially if you have school-age children. Worth the time.

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Copperhill, Tennessee
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Special fall event each Sept, parking was adjacent to event attendants courteous. There were quilting, canning, apple cider production, lye soap and broom making demos, berry basket and chair caning demos,tastings of jams, relishes, sorghum making, gospel singing and a wonderful heritage toy exhibit with participation encouraged throughout. To a person everyone involved was courteous, helpful and enthusiastic and informative... More

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We went there to get information on day hikes and got all we needed in 5 min: maps and good advice. Great service.

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Modern facility with an adjacent outdoor grouping of pioneer era buildings showing how early settlers lived. Even better if you can schedule when volunteer docents are demonstrating crafts and the goings on of everyday life in that area and era.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Make plenty of time available, so much to see (and buy if you like). Very well presented exhibitions

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Marion, VA USA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

A nice stroll through a village much like you would have seen back before the Cherokee were force to leave their home land here. Examples of the crafts and everyday life of that time period.

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Palm Coast, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Very informative displays on the history of the Park and the surrounding area, and the wildlife currently in residence. A great first stop on your journey into the park. After first visiting the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and learning in detail the history of our treatment of the Cherokees, I was disappointed in the way this was minimized in... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I am a disabled person and needed help finding out about areas of the park that are accessible for those of us who are mobility challenged. They were happy to help, and gave me great advice about which sections of the park to see in the amount of time we had. They were really understanding.

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Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This was the first time we have been back since they redid the visitor center and it was very impressive. The walk along the river to the farm was as pretty and peaceful as ever. We went on a weekday so there were not many visitors. We did see groundhog and turkey, but no elk since it was later in... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This a newer Visitor center located on the Cherokee side. Not as busy as most but great displays which our son really enjoyed. Had rocking chairs out back to sit on and look at the mts. If you time your visit right you might just see Elk

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