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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

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Open today: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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A look back at life "in the day"

Stopped here just to while away some time waiting on evening to look for the elk. This place was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Johnson City, Tennessee
Informative and beautiful!

We have been to Cherokee dozens of times but hadn't been to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lisa N
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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...more
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1194 Newfound Gap Hwy, Cherokee, NC 28719-8249
+1 828-497-1904
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Stopped here just to while away some time waiting on evening to look for the elk. This place was really nice with trails by the stream or you can walk out in the sun to see the sights. The inside "museum" had lots of stuff...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We have been to Cherokee dozens of times but hadn't been to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in years. They have completely updated the visitor center and it is extremely well done! There are countless artifacts and examples of how the settlers to the area lived....More

Thank Lisa N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Elk appear in the fields just before sunset, so if you go to the visitor center during the day come back in the evening. Great scenery and history of the area. Helpful staff and volunteers

Thank SeanPOM
Reviewed 1 week ago

go here before seeing "Unto These Hills." Really get the background. Lots of info. I just wish it all was in chronological order.

1  Thank captmom
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice visitor center and gift shop. We didn't explore this area as much as we would have liked. However, the views were nice. Great place to stop for information and a little shopping.

Thank TimbersHouse
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well designed local visitor's center with interesting facts about Cherokee Indian History. Walk through Interactive exhibits. Some local artisans on hand to discuss local crafts. Well stocked gift shop on site.

Thank keenej2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

We so enjoyed taking a break & checking out this visitors center! Lots of local information & what a great display of simpler times. I loved listening to the authentic folks from times back share some of there experiences with the whiskey making & running...More

1  Thank bluemoonyogaharmony
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are always on a mission to get our passport book signed at the National Park we visit! This was a great visitor center clean, helpful and educational!!! My kids are 14,12,11, and 10 we enjoyed our stop.

Thank coley6
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff are knowledgeable about how to get places. I needed to know how to get to Mingo Falls and how to pick up the Blue Ridge Parkway. The is a creek to enjoy and an old farm museum. Elk come out in the early...More

Thank Denise K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our trips to the great Smoky Mountains are never complete without a stop here. The views and exhibits and warm friendly staff always make this a pleasurable experience. Us flatlanders are proud to be Friends of the Smokies.

Thank bdcoles
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June 28, 2018|
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Response from Wunder3 | Reviewed this property |
The best time is early evening, anytime after 4 pm. The best places to see them is from the Visitor Center (do not park on the road and leave your car as this is dangerous) or take the next right into the Job Corps area's... More
Ryan C
June 6, 2017|
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Response from Futbolking | Reviewed this property |
In the morning or when is cloudy if you look in the open field you will see them. Once is hot they will hide in the brush area behind the big open field.
Jonathan H
March 1, 2017|
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Response from Daydreamer630 | Reviewed this property |
The Visitor's Center is free.