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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

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Address: 1194 Newfound Gap Hwy, Cherokee, NC 28719-8249
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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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THE place to start your GSM adventure

Friendly Rangers, nice gift shop, nice museum to tour plus a re-created farm village and a relaxing walkway by a rushing stream all add up to a MUST STOP!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Kernersville, North Carolina
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Kernersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Friendly Rangers, nice gift shop, nice museum to tour plus a re-created farm village and a relaxing walkway by a rushing stream all add up to a MUST STOP!

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Weirton, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The farm here is a composite of buildings that existed in the area and were moved to this location to present what a working farm was like. The ingenuity of our forebears in farming before much mechanization never ceases to amaze me. The hard work required by all the family members for survival is a lesson our age and culture... More 

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Thank Jeanne O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to get all information that's going on in Cherokee very helpful getting Schedules for pow wows storytelling on Friday nights information on hotels cabins Activities in cherokee

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very helpful staff. Excellent Gift Shop with lots of items to purchase. Lots of materials available for the Park & also other area attractions. Very interesting side room with the history of the area. Pictures and stories of the life of early settlers around 1790 through the early part of the 20th century. Includes an area where you can push... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff there are very friendly. They willing answer any questions you may have concerning the Smokies.

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War, WV
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are visiting the Cherokee/Smokey Mountain area, you gotta stop here. This is the best welcome center ever. In addition to brochures, there is a full gift shop with lots to choose from. For your enjoyment, there are fiddlers in the lobby playing that mountain music :)

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Farm House museum was very good, they have the house things they used at that, they took if from different part of the place and installed it here.

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Thank Premzzz
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love this Visitor Center. The people there are very helpful and friendly. They provided us with coffee and popcorn. You can go out back where there is a big covered deck with rocking chairs that face the river. There are also bird feeders on the lake so you can sit and watch them feed. It's a beautiful view! We'll... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I think Oconaluftee is by far the best entrance point to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For one thing, the new and expanded visitor center has lots of dispslays and information, helpful rangers and volunteers, and a fine bookshop and store run by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. But the adjoining Mountain Farm is the jewel of similar attractions... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

Lots of different maps and brochure of places to visit in the nearby towns, there are gem mines, places to pan for gold, I'm guessing in the old west maybe these were gild mining towns. Lots of little restaurant, but no late dining.

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