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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

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Closed Now: 08:00 - 17:30
Open today: 08:00 - 17:30
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A step back in time - well done

Aleays enjpy stopping at the center. My 4 year old grand son enjoyed but says the "pigs stink" lol... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Well Worth the Visit

I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the Cherokee Nation and its peoples. I'm very glad I took... 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
+1 828-497-1904
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Aleays enjpy stopping at the center. My 4 year old grand son enjoyed but says the "pigs stink" lol. Very enjoyable and we saw the herd of elk on the other side of the river near the "jobs corp" location.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the Cherokee Nation and its peoples. I'm very glad I took the time to visit.

1  Thank SunshineCindyT
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a beautiful place to stop on the journey,as welcome centers go,one of the most unique I've ever seen#

Thank Donovan K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Neat place to stop and gain a lot of history and information on places to see in Cherokee. The people are friendly and helpful and are very willing to share their knowledge!

Thank michaelgchapman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very cool place to visit. I learned a lot and met some interesting people who were very open and willing to talk and discuss life, history, and the present.

Thank Ken H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just cruising through the Blue Ridge Parkway and stumbled upon the Oconaluftee Visitors Center. Great stop, friendly people and got our National Parks Passport Stamped!!

Thank trackfever
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This center is located along the river. On the back porch are seats where you may sit and enjoy the peace of the flowing river. Inside the center is full of information and a very friendly and helpful worker.

Thank YolandaWilson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This should definitely be included on your itinerary when in the area. The museum inside is very interesting and is a great history lesson for children. It is intriguing to see first hand what the homesteads looked like in the past and see the methods...More

1  Thank walkerfamily67
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here to get basic information about the Smoky Mountain National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. This visit center is packed full of so much information about the area. It goes into a lot of detail about the Appalachian people and the early...More

2  Thank oceanjuli
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great information to see the park is available here. They have a nice exhibit area that our kids enjoyed and a decent gift shop. There is a covered porch that looks out on the Farm Museum.

1  Thank antigone_42
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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.