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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

1194 Newfound Gap Hwy, Cherokee, NC 28719-8249
+1 828-497-1904
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Very Nice

It is worth a stop! We enjoyed the history we learned here. The displays are wonderful, and you get... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Rock Hill, South Carolina

We drove to see Elk at Cataloochee Valley, did not see any, were there in wrong time of day. On way... read more

Reviewed 2 days 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 Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms and telephones. Soda and water machines. Backcountry permit station.
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1194 Newfound Gap Hwy, Cherokee, NC 28719-8249
+1 828-497-1904
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Reviewed yesterday

It is worth a stop! We enjoyed the history we learned here. The displays are wonderful, and you get a real sense of the history of the Cherokee area!

Thank mikeyt62
Reviewed 2 days ago

We drove to see Elk at Cataloochee Valley, did not see any, were there in wrong time of day. On way back to Murphy saw about 35 Elk in field next to Visitor Center. The Males were very active. It was about 05:00 PM. Elk...More

Thank webbfoot
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Do stop here if you are driving through the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Lots of good information and a particularly good gift shop.

Thank AlaskanVagabond
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice pass to bust after 5 the elk come out to eat you also can learn the history of long ago museum has lot to see

Thank shelia1955
Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked in instantly welcomed! We were given directions and ideas for what we wanted to see. We knew where to go and how to get there.

Thank BrendaH40
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Clean rest rooms and the area Helpful guides but with incomplete knowledge Guidance needs improvement

Thank sorabh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Camped at all front country CGs except Balsam Mt. and visited both Visitor Centers. Oconaluftee has some nice displays and outdoor area with early pioneer farm set up. Most of the times we have stopped we have seen/heard elk in this area. Plenty of parking

Thank Trekrdon
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful heritage exhibits, both indoor and out, with elk viewing pasture adjacent. Helpful guides and map handouts. Clean restrooms and vending area.

1  Thank Wunder3
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited this area many times but this was the first time we got to see the Elk herd! It was an awesome sight having all the Elk emerge from the trees and graze out in the field for a couple hours. It was...More

Thank DustinM99
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great visit to this site! We were lucky enough to see about 20 elk. The farm is a lot of fun to see. The rangers were very helpful with our boys and the junior Ranger program. Great site!

Thank Malinda U
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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.
Jonathan H
2 March 2017|
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Response from Daydreamer630 | Reviewed this property |
The Visitor's Center is free.
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