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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

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Open Now: 08:00 - 17:30
Open today: 08:00 - 17:30
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A special MUST to see!

The best Welcome Ctr with such a variety in their gift shop. A joy to stop in ALWAYS. Be sure to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bourbonnais, Illinois
Good place for Smoky Mountain History!

We have been past the Center several times, but today we made the stop, we were not disappointed... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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
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All reviews gift shop helpful rangers mountain farm museum elk viewing hiking trails great stop back porch clean restrooms saw elk national park rocking chairs nice place to stop wild turkeys welcome center great information small museum walk along the river
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The best Welcome Ctr with such a variety in their gift shop. A joy to stop in ALWAYS. Be sure to check out the farm...what an education! The Rangers and other employees and volunteers are always pleasant and super helpful! If you have children be...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Breanarms
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been past the Center several times, but today we made the stop, we were not disappointed. The staff is more than willing to share information about the park and the center. We enjoyed the small museum, there is a lot of information in...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank O5722CEvirginiam
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was very impressed with how everything was laid out. For me, it was so easy to find everything. My overall trip in Cherokee was very much complete by the informative visit made there.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ab444care
Reviewed 10 January 2019

The Oconaluftee Visitor center is a wonderful visitor center, but a poor place too observe elk in Smokey Mountain National Park. The park service keeps everyone so far back that you can barely see anything. As a photographer, I felt I had wasted my time...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank photoguywisconsin
Reviewed 7 January 2019

The park rangers are very helpful and kind. I love this visitor center and there are informative brochures everywhere, some for purchase and others where you can leave a donation that goes towards helping the park. Elk can be seen at times, but my friend...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank wanderingkelso
Reviewed 31 December 2018

Anytime I am in the area I make it a point to visit the Oconaluftee visitor center. The setting is beautiful and the staff are always friendly and helpful. We most recently visited Dec 29 during the government shutdown, but thanks to the Great Smoky...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JW23755
Reviewed 31 December 2018 via mobile

We was staying in Sevierville, decided to drive over into Cherokee NC, the drive over the mountains were awesome. Several pull offs were one could take photographs and soak up the views. The visitors center was informative about the area and its early development. We...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank KyDiver74
Reviewed 29 December 2018 via mobile

My son got out of the car + promptly threw up on the sidewalk leading into the visitors centre. People were so absorbed in their cell phones that several walked through his giant puddle of vomit. The park ranger who came to "help" asked if...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank trvlwrldgrl
Reviewed 28 December 2018 via mobile

This was by far the most informative place in Cherokee. Spent time in the museum - reading up on history and looking at the displays informative and free! Then went our to the farm and took a self guided tour - walked all around the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank momoffiveinpa
Reviewed 25 December 2018 via mobile

My husband and I had a great visit. We when to see Elk. We didn't see any elk but had a great time at the visitor center and the farmer. Very friendly stuff!

Date of experience: December 2018
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28 June 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
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.
Jonathan H
2 March 2017|
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Response from Daydreamer630 | Reviewed this property |
The Visitor's Center is free.