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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
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08:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:30
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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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A must stop if your in Chrokee

We stopped in on the way to Cherokee for the day and needed some information on the location of Mingo Falls. The Ranger was very helpful and highlighted the route for us on a map... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Larry L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in on the way to Cherokee for the day and needed some information on the location of Mingo Falls. The Ranger was very helpful and highlighted the route for us on a map. The Visitor Center is beautiful facility with nice restroom facilities, small museum and souvenir shop. Behind the visitor center there is a nice walkway to... More 

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Thank Larry L
Port Orange, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is a must to stop! Great bathrooms; nice inside shows topographical view of surrounding mountains. Nice little homestead display out back to see what life was like way back when. Rocking chairs to sit in; fireplace inside makes it nice and warm. Friendly park rangers will answer all of your questions.

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Thank BeachMama321
Walterboro, South Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awesome place to stop, take a break, learn something and get some great photos. We stopped here on an impromptu visit to the mountains. We didn't know anything about it but are so glad we stopped. The kids had a blast. All of the educational areas set up were very neat. If you're in the area and like this kind... More 

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Thank Faith N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As always the visitor centers are great. Support them and visit them. They are very helpful. Great location and some very good info provided.

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Thank Teresa H
Madison, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very interesting place to visit when visiting Gatlinburg or Cherokee. You can see elk during the early morning and see old buildings and how things we're one in the older days. There is also an interesting visitor's center.

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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a winding scenic drive, this was a beautiful place to get out and walk around and take in the culture.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited this place numerous times over the years, including this months trip. The experience is always good. There are really nice souveniers available and opportunities to help the park by joining the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Association. The rangers and volunteers are ALWAYS friendly, knowlegeable and extremely helpful. Restrooms are nice and clean and it's convenient to... More 

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Thank Shane and Yvonn... S
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Our family enjoyed visiting here. Staff and facility was excellent. Beautiful walk down to the river and around the homestead. We learned a lot about the area and its history. Loved that it was free.

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Powell, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Lots of history of the Cherokee territory and the people of that time and what culture exists today. Beautiful area, walking trail, exhibits.

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Thank Tinaml22
Whiteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

nice place to stop at very nice seeing ever thing there and take a walk on the roads to see things and

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