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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

1194 Newfound Gap Hwy, Cherokee, NC 28719-8249
+1 828-497-1904
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Helpful staff, lovely dog walk by the river and it's all free.

I went to the visitors center to get information about wild flower seeds for this area. The gift... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Beautiful Place

Since I am part Cherokee Indian, I love visiting here when I can to learn all that I can on my... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Hickory, 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” (27 reviews)
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1194 Newfound Gap Hwy, Cherokee, NC 28719-8249
+1 828-497-1904
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Reviewed yesterday

I went to the visitors center to get information about wild flower seeds for this area. The gift shop staff were wonderful and looked up the information for me. I also took my two dogs along the pet friendly river trail. I had read the...More

Thank helmetheadgranny
Reviewed 2 days ago

Since I am part Cherokee Indian, I love visiting here when I can to learn all that I can on my history. I highly recommend this to everyone visiting the Cherokee Indian Reservation, even if you are just passing through.

Thank AdventuresByWayne
Reviewed 5 days ago

Well marked and easy to find and loved the place. Had muscians playing music the day we went. Learned all about the Orgles and walked next door to see a farm. Plan about an hour or two. Had bathrooms, snake machines, maps galore.

Thank Lovetravel2XO
Reviewed 1 week ago

I should first say that the elk are roamers, meaning they browse for their food, making their routes quite unpredictable. I was fortunate to show up on an afternoon that it seems all the family was there and wanted to be seen. There were between...More

Thank LowDragAL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must-stop if you are visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or planning to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway. The rangers are knowledgeable and friendly. The pioneer homestead museum is not to be missed.

1  Thank Alan N C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

enjoyed my visit very well. This place is a must see when in Cherokee. Bring your hiking boots or walking shoes, because there is a trail winding through the woods and around the river. The trail is flat so just about anyone can enjoy.

1  Thank Glenn L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to stop prior to going into Smoky Mt National Park doesn't take a whole lot of time to walk thru the exhibits that are on display or follow the river trail for a bit If your lucky you just might get to see...More

Thank ajcracer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went in for my travel trinkets (post cards, magnets) and my cancellation stamp. Clean bathrooms and nice people.

Thank sarah F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is very informative! It's great for homeschoolers to go visit. It has many different displays and a little gift shop. The Park Ranger let my kids interview her and answered all their questions. Really enjoyed this place and would definitely go back!

Thank Annette J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pros: Very neat exhibits about the history of the park, the environment and the peoples who have inhabited the parklands. There is also a small ranch/farm set up with historical signs about how the settlers would have lived in the Smokey mountains. A large herd...More

Thank RoapTripper3081
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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