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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

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Address: 1194 Newfound Gap Hwy, Cherokee, NC 28719-8249
Phone Number:
+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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Best Visitor Center Ever!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Kandy O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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Thank Kandy O
Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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Thank LanSluderBelize
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to stop and look around and get information. Awesome views and the elk are amazing. They were everywhere. I'm so glad they are bringing them back to the park.

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Thank Amie D
Austin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were here last fall (Oct '16). We drove from Gatlinburg to Ocanaluftee. Beautiful place. Evening sunrays lit up the fall colors and the views are still fresh in my mind. We even drove back the next morning too to get a glimpse again. The visitor center is good and the rangers were very friendly. Our two year old had... More 

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Thank Sr S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

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 6 January 2017

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

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 27 December 2016 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 23 December 2016 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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