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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

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Address: 1194 Newfound Gap Hwy, Cherokee, NC 28719-8249
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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Very informative, helpful staff.

It's a good idea to stop in here for information about the area. The staff was more than helpful to guide us to places of interest.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Sonia T
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Hope, Maine
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Hope, Maine
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366 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's a good idea to stop in here for information about the area. The staff was more than helpful to guide us to places of interest.

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Thank Sonia T
Fairfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Homestead was interesting to explore. Hardship and bare necessities of pioneer life. Trail along the stream. Excited re: the elk herd that has taken up residence in the nearby fields.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great information about the history and nature in this part of the Smoky Mountains. Helpful park rangers.

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Thank S M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There was so much history in the center, so much information from the past Bought a gift afordable.!

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Oklahoma City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very friendly, knowledgeable rangers, very helpful. A very attractive, fairly new visitor center. Nice displays, well presented information.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stopped by to walk the short trail there, and to get information about other places to visit. It was very clean and had a great gift shop.

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Fort Payne, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The employees and displays are vert informative. The location is beautiful and a wonderful spot to to just observe the beauty of the mountains and the local wildlife. Got to see elk in the fields around the center.

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Scottville, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The visitor center is at the southern exit of the road through the Smokey Mountain National Park. The rest areas were clean and well maintained. The rangers were helpful with questions of all natures. There were maps for hiking, flowers, trees, waterfalls and several other areas of interest and they were only $1.00. While we were there elk came out... More 

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Youngstown, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently rebuilt national park service facility to replace the small outdated one. A modern LEED building with good displays about the people of the park, it's history, and a small gift shop. The mountain farm museum is behind the building-it's fun for kids. Large parking lot and accessible clean restrooms. Good place to learn about how people lived in the... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Convenient to Cherokee, NC. Staff was helpful. Good advice for sightseeing and hiking. Maps and trail guides available (some for a fee). There is a gift store. Clean bathrooms. No restaurant/food service.

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