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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

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Address: 1194 Newfound Gap Hwy, Cherokee, NC 28719-8249
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+1 828-497-1904
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

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 clean and resourceful! Had maps available!There is not much you can say about a bathroom! I wasn't there for anything but to relieve myself!

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was clean and resourceful! Had maps available!There is not much you can say about a bathroom! I wasn't there for anything but to relieve myself!

Thank Bonny L
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place to begin a trip or just get more info. The Visitor's Center has info about everything in the park, history exhibits, maps, restrooms and the best gift shop I have ever seen in any park. They actually have good things in the gift shop at reasonable prices. There's also a farm exhibit behind the center and some walking... More 

Thank dasandman
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

the rangers were very nice and gave me detailed weather info upon request. the visitor center also has information about local geology etc.

Thank Yuanxi Z
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A good place to start your visit. Informative and helpful staff on hand to get you going. Coffee available on donation basis and good clean toilets.

Thank DavidBK
Winter Park, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The visitors center was informative, however the old farm house and small heirloom apple trees were a very nice touch. Visit the back area and walk along the river.

Thank Keith P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful, well kept visitors center. They have a really nice 3D visual map of the mountains and where you are on the map, with city names. A small museum is in the back. It has lots of information and artifacts about the area. Employees were very nice and informative. Also check out the gift shop!

Thank Ashley A
Robbins, Tennessee
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The only disappointment was there wasn't much in the way of free maps and attractions brochures. There was a bunch for the attractions in Gatlinburg, but as we were traveling into Cherokee, those would have been nicer.

Thank Jsp1223
Moline, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Informal- just stopped briefly - but asked a few questions and staff was excellent and knowledgeable. Bathrooms were clean and view across field was beautiful. 2 days prior there were elk to see out in field

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were pleasantly surprised to find that each of the 3 visitor centers we stopped at featured different displays to enjoy. It made it worth stopping to check each one out!

Thank Ann G
Whittier, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fairly new visitor center with well done, interesting exhibits and helpful staff. Pleasant place to just sit and enjoy the surrounding mountains as well as to get good information about the many things to do in the Park. Great Smoky Mountains Association has a store there which you will surely want to browse. Don't drive by - you'll be glad... More 

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