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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

1194 Newfound Gap Hwy, Cherokee, NC 28719-8249
+1 828-497-1904
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come see the elk!

The main reason to drive over here is for the beautiful views on the drive from the Sugarlands... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Falls Church, Virginia

What a beautiful area! So peaceful in the valley surrounded by the mountains. A beautiful creek... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Theresa B
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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 4 days ago

The main reason to drive over here is for the beautiful views on the drive from the Sugarlands visitor center & to see the elk. We came at the same time last year as this year but did not see any elk this year so...More

Thank DianeER
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a beautiful area! So peaceful in the valley surrounded by the mountains. A beautiful creek lined with trees would be a perfect place to sit and read a book. The visitors center has many great books on the area and the staff are helpful...More

Thank Theresa B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I never tire of history and always enjoy visiting the Oconaluftee Visitors Center. I enjoy visiting on my own because I can wonder through the gift store, take my time in the museum and walking along the river. I think this is a great place...More

Thank mjo633
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved the presentation of a turn of the century mountain settlement. Elk have been introduced to local areas and were in view.

Thank mack243SouthCarolina
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Drove from Gatlinburg hoping to see the elk, we live in Ohio and have never seen elk in the wild before. It was really amazing to see.

Thank TD40
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Elk watching at the visitor center is unforgettable! usually the elk come out late afternoon in the fall. This trip we also saw them early in the day. The rangers and volunteers make sure viewers remain safe as well as the elk.

Thank L2421BUjohnm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice stop clean heads nice sunny porch with 2 rockers. Gift shop small but nice lots of stuffed bears

Thank Mark A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The visitor center itself is really nicely done. But the staff is incredibly rude! No hi, no good bye, answers so short I might have googled a well - oe none at all. No eye contact in the whole conversation, the gentleman on the far...More

Thank giko65
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to take a break. Short trail out back where if you are lucky you may be able to spot some Elk. The rangers are very helpful. There is a model farm on the property that includes chickens and pigs. Go between 4:30 pm...More

Thank npotter2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Helpful rangers with a nice farm to tour. Go between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm for the best chance to see the Elk.

Thank Adventureseeker26
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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