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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

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Address: 1194 Newfound Gap Hwy, Cherokee, NC 28719-8249
Phone Number: +1 828-497-1904
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The adjacent Mountain Farm Museum contains a fascinating collection of log...

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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A must see for anyone traveling through the GSMNP

We stop here nearly every time we travel from Cherokee up to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. There's oftentimes a reenactment of old mountain settler times, wildlife roaming, and a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stop here nearly every time we travel from Cherokee up to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. There's oftentimes a reenactment of old mountain settler times, wildlife roaming, and a gift shop where you can find the perfect little keepsake to bring back home to remind you of your trip!

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Germantown, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Was quickly referred to trails when we asked. Very interesting historical displays. Would allow an hour here to really absorb all the information. Bathrooms were decent. One of the only two pet friendly paths starts here. The Mountain Farm museum is also here.

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Gainesville, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an exhibit of an old farm out back where you can see how people lived and farmed back in the day before modern conveniences. It was free and very pleasant. Beside the center is a big field where you can see lots of Elk, usually once in the morning and then again in the late afternoon early evening... More 

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Burnsville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were out riding around and seen the visitor center. We stopped and seen some local heritage that was in the area. The fields has elk in them at times. There is a old house with barns and a old fence. Very interesting place to stop and enjoy.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped by to see the village at this visitor center and discovered that the elk who graze there are seen in the morning and at dusk. Nevertheless, it was very clean and educational.

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Chester, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did gain a little more knowledge but not the depth we were hoping for - we probably should have planned a stop at Ocanaluftee Indian Village; a reason to return. The interactive timeline exhibits of settlement/development of the area was very nicely done. The Mountain Farm Museum provides a replica homestead for you to walk through - as we... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice people. Good range of offerings from gifts to guides. The building is nice, bathrooms were clean. There is an exhibit of an old farm out back where you can see how people lived and farmed before modern conveniences. It was free and very pleasant. Beside the center is a big field where you can see lots of Elk (... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a easy 3 mile round trip hike today down the river. The added bonus was getting to see the elk wade in the water. We watched a herd of over 20, beautiful animals. You have to check out the visitors center to learn about the history of the area and get some great souvenirs :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I always go here. There is always something new to learn and see here, especially when they have mountain heritage day and they have displays of all kinds of things. They show how everything would have worked and what people would be doing around harvest season.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The heard of elk were there!!! Nice place for a quiet walk through history. Better to go before Nov. the on site activities are down for the winter, but still a very nice place to go and take a walk.

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