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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

1194 Newfound Gap Hwy, Cherokee, NC 28719-8249
+1 828-497-1904
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I brought my husband to Oconaluftee Visitor Center for his birthday in hopes that he would get to... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Ashford, Connecticut
Beautiful Center

What a fantastic welcome. Lovely, clean and a place to sit in rocking chairs, taking a break and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fleetwood, North Carolina
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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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  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“see elk” (25 reviews)
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1194 Newfound Gap Hwy, Cherokee, NC 28719-8249
+1 828-497-1904
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I brought my husband to Oconaluftee Visitor Center for his birthday in hopes that he would get to see some elk. It started raining as we pulled into the parking lot so I thought we might not luck out. But, just before 3:00, even though...More

1  Thank Katgoo55
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fantastic welcome. Lovely, clean and a place to sit in rocking chairs, taking a break and looking over the river.

Thank gambilldl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice people who answers all questions we had even though they had already answered for people in front of us.

Thank lterry913
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We planned to make a quick stop for maps and a pit stop. We stayed a lot longer learning about local wildlife (bears😳), and much more. We decided to join to help support the efforts there, and allow us to visit National Parks throughout The...More

Thank mark z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband wanted to see the elk. I had been in the fall and the fields were full. However, it had just stormed and the elk went back to the woods. Maybe next visit.

Thank Dixon47
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been here several times, it is absolutely beautiful! The stream that runs alongside the visitors center makes it so calm and peaceful. You go into the house, on the farm there, and you take a step back in time, there are so many...More

Thank shirley6080
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent information of the Cherokee experience. This is a plus when visiting Cherokee. We were fortunate to also see the beautiful Elk in a nearby field that visit. We have seen the Elk in different sites also.

Thank 895marthaw
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped at both this visitor center (on the south side of the park) and Sugarlands on the north, and this one was a better experience. It was smaller but much less crowded. There was a small museum area, a gift shop, and several rangers...More

Thank SnowyShasta
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rangers are knowledgeable and very accessible, giving info on seemingly every question imaginable. We saw the roosters and chickens, pigs, and big deer-like beasts (antelopes?).

Thank Dave L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and learned a lot about the Cherokee people, their history and life. Center was a good place and way to learn about our past.

Thank David C
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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