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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

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Address: 1194 Newfound Gap Highway, Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone Number: 8284971904
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8:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
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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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Great Place To Visit!

Love this place. I love seeing the old home and farm buildings and gardens. This weekend, we also saw two bull elks feeding in the field beside the Visitors' Center. Such a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Love this place. I love seeing the old home and farm buildings and gardens. This weekend, we also saw two bull elks feeding in the field beside the Visitors' Center. Such a nice and also educational place for both adults and children.

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Thank Viv-Sue
Sunbury, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a nice little visitors center. I even got to see some elk foraging in the field in front of it.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a beautiful, clean and education center in the middle of the beautiful smokey mountains. The staff are super helpful and all the attractions are free. There is a good farm museum on the property. We have visited it several times and sometimes they have a band playing on the outside deck. There is a wonderful, flat, river side... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Something for everyone to enjoy. The walk back in time to a day when if you wanted it.. you worked for it..from food to shelter. Beautiful backdrop of trees and streams and open fields. The indoor information center has wall to wall interesting displays and learning opportunities for nature lovers.

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Thank Pamela K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A must stop. Elk Elk Elk and more Elk. My kids wanted to come here every evening to see elk. History and nice walking trails also.

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Thank Robert E
Morristown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Saw elk and turkey. Great place for kids to learn about history of this area. Good museu m. Restful stop.

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Thank Edithl644
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We decided to take the scenic route back home through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park through Carolina, rather than drive 75 through Knoxville and Georgia. If you live South of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, I highly recommend this option. Along our trip we stopped at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Primitive Farm. I am so glad that we did.... More 

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Bryson City, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

we were in awe over the elk and their calves, the bulls were amazing as well as they watched over their herd

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There's a nice ~15-20 minute museum inside the visitor center that gives a nice history of the area. A lot of panels to lift and such to keep the kids interested too. There's also a nice 3d map of the area to see how route 441 goes up into the mountains. We spent almost 2 hours here between the museum,... More 

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Central Florida, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This visitor center is filled with interesting information about the great Smoky Mountains and also has a lovely gift shop. The museum inside is small but gives information in a fun and interactive way. And then being able to be out on a farm and see how life would've been rounds out a very enjoyable experience. Definitely a great stop... More 

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