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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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This is a must see! Small museum within the center and lots of help to answer questions about the area. They have a nice gift shop for souvenirs. They also have a large replica... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Charleston, South Carolina
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258 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful new visitors' center with the requisite reconstructed farm village. The center's gift shop dominates with interpretation an after thought. The gift shop did have a section prominently labeled Made in USA but it contained only coffee mugs, some of which were labeled made in China. Most brochures for sale; your underfunded Park Service at work.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must see! Small museum within the center and lots of help to answer questions about the area. They have a nice gift shop for souvenirs. They also have a large replica farm including buildings and real animals. Nice walk around the farm which includes interesting sights of how everyone lived a long time ago. Fun informative and... More 

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Springfield, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 584 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Dropped in just to see the new visitors center. It is very nice and has a nice museum that details mountain life. It happened t be the exact National Parks 100th birthday day, which made it very special. The staff was wonderful. They were doing special 100th birthday "tattoos" for everyone, which was nice. Stamped my 23 year old National... More 

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Neshkoro, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you aren't from the area, the Mountain Farm Museum is fun & educational. It is a neat concept to be able to walk through a "working" farm. The focus is to show you how life was like on a mountain farm. There are usually a couple of workers at the various buildings-blacksmith, woodworker, etc. The farm is host to... More 

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Thank sablefoxx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very friendly staff and helpful for your stay while visiting the smokey mountains to help you find your way around

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Thank Michelle F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Planned a last minute trip to Western NC. Now I'm planning a return visit in the Fall to photograph the changing leaves colors.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Like most visitor's centers, Oconaluftee does a good job of providing local information, including maps, flyers, promotional brochures and of course staffer assistance. A few displays and placards re Smoky Mtn founding, history and mountain life are casually interesting. The Mountain Farm Museum (actually just a reconstructed homestead) is unimpressive. The River Walk COULD have been the real feature of... More 

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Maidstone
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here on our arrival at the park. It is a very informative centre and great if you don't know much about the area. We spoke to a park employee who told us the main things to do and see during our two days in the mountains.

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White Lake, Michigan, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Gift shop and information Center, staff was helpful. In expensive gifts, has a little garden out back, I am disabled to did not go out there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great stop with so much information and great souvenir choices!! Staff was so friendly and helpful! Great place to stop and relax with the porch overlooking the river!

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