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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

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1194 Newfound Gap Hwy, Cherokee, NC 28719-8249
+1 828-497-1904
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Fascinating Place

I've been to the Visitors Center several times. The scenery is second to none. Elk roaming the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jim T
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A Must See Stop in the Great Smoky Mountains

Friendly guides, informative displays, maps, souvenirs, clean rest rooms, rockers on the porch by... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Wunder3
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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 Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms and telephones. Soda and water machines. Backcountry permit station.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“gift shop” (84 reviews)
“helpful rangers” (10 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:30
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1194 Newfound Gap Hwy, Cherokee, NC 28719-8249
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+1 828-497-1904
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"clean restrooms"
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"saw elk"
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"great stop"
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"back porch"
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"rocking chairs"
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"walking trails"
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"national park"
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"walk along the river"
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"welcome center"
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"nice place to stop"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I've been to the Visitors Center several times. The scenery is second to none. Elk roaming the grounds early in the morning, extremely knowledgeable staff,clean, great exhibits and ample parking. A must stop when visiting The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Thank Jim T
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Friendly guides, informative displays, maps, souvenirs, clean rest rooms, rockers on the porch by the creek, who could ask for more? Make this a restful stop on your way through the park to find out about trail conditions, camping permits, history of the park and...More

Thank Wunder3
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had interesting displays to look at and also touch which the children enjoyed. It is a must stop either before or after the Mountain Farm Museum. The gift shop is a little pricey but if it benefits the park or museum then I guess it’s...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice Visitor Center and gift shop. The heritage village is also interesting. Take the time to visit the Mingus Mill too. Don't forget to look for the elk.

Thank doughboysigep
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice visitor center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Also in this location is the Farm Life Outdoor Museum which we saw but didn't go through. Great info on the park and it's attractions, large souvenir shop. Only reason for the 4 star instead...More

Thank Rick B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love history and learning about the ways people lived. This center placed me back in the era of the days of old when people lived off the land. I loved seeing the elks come out in the evenings there in the open field to...More

Thank allinthefamilyx9
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Park staff and volunteers are available to answer questions and guide you to all things Smoky. The gift shop is nice and with a bit variety of items. The small museum offers information about the people who lived in the area in the 1700-early 1900s....More

Thank AngelaMB12
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here on our way to do a hike in the Smoky Mountains. The visitor center is very nice and there is a historic village that you can walk through. The scenery along the creek is nice. The Park Ranger was very helpful giving...More

Thank PLan977
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked the 1.5 mile trail, it was great, shaded and lots of places to walk down to the water and take great pictures, we walked all the way to the Princess Restaurant and ate then headed back to the Visitor Center.. we will do...More

Thank jacquemont8
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped to see the National Park at the Cherokee reservation, and the visitor Center is the first stop. It's not big or imposing, but has a little museum and lovely little gift shop. I bought loads of magnets depicting Smoky Mountain and the bears,...More

Thank pprichard
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Ryan C
6 June 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.
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Jonathan H
2 March 2017|
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Response from Daydreamer630 | Reviewed this property |
The Visitor's Center is free.
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butterflysolo
20 September 2016|
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Response from potters65 | Reviewed this property |
I would contact the visitor center at Sugarland...there is a short hike to a mall waterfall there. All of their visitor centers were so helpful. Unless you like long trails of slow cars stay away from Gatlinburg and... More
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