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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

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Open Now: 08:00 - 17:30
Open today: 08:00 - 17:30
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Got to see some elk and turkey on our first ever visit to Cherokee! Loved the visit so much on our... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Winfield, Alabama
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Watch for the elk grazing in the meadow beside the visitors center

You will always know when there is wildlife to view/photograph by the tourists blocking the road... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Austin, Texas
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“helpful rangers”(12 reviews)
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 5 days ago via mobile

Got to see some elk and turkey on our first ever visit to Cherokee! Loved the visit so much on our way home!! Will definitely be back!

Thank Brewster0131
Reviewed 1 week ago

You will always know when there is wildlife to view/photograph by the tourists blocking the road. We saw a small herd of Roosevelt Elk right by the visitor's center. This is one of 4 visitor's centers throughout the park, but the only one on the...More

Thank capitollover
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very nice visitor center for the Cherokee Reservation and Smokey Mountains National Park. It has a very nice gift shop and a good information center. The rangers on duty are very knowledgeable. There is a large field next to the center where...More

Thank MikeGA19591982
Reviewed 1 week ago

So much history and information I love visiting here. Finally after 20+ years I got to experience seeing the elk come out in the meadow at the visitor center. Absolutely awe inspiring experience.

Thank Vicki L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a great place to visit. Plenty of park information, books and gifts. This place is a treasure trove. We have visited several times and never been disappointed. I love the bookstore , T- shirts, maps and jellies.

Thank James S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you keep driving past this wonderful complex you stand a good chance of seeing NC’s beautiful herd of elk. They graze early in the morning and later in the evening.

Thank garyaber1966
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one Visitors Center that is WELL WORTH the stop. The actual center itself is FILLED with imaginative and creative displays, most are interactive. I'm sure they were created so that children would find interest, but I can tell you that we adults sure-as-heck...More

Thank paulvarner
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice place to stop for souvenirs, information, potty break and photos of elk. Elk show up early in the morning and late afternoon.

Thank Monica J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They hide the elk here, but around 3-4 PM, they show up in the fields! Nice parking lot and very nice staff members.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the best Smokies visitor center. It is current, well done and informative. It didn’t seem to have the crush of prople as the Sugarlands center did. The recreated village , next door, is very well done also.

Thank M S
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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.