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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

1194 Newfound Gap Hwy, Cherokee, NC 28719-8249
+1 828-497-1904
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Beautiful center

It was packed while we were there. However we had a nice walk along the river and enjoyed breathing... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Helena, AL
via mobile
A very nice stop for lunch at the end of the BRP

When we drove the BRP to its end at Cherokee, NC, we were ready to eat our packed lunch but had no... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
John S
Cape Coral, Florida
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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.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“gift shop” (69 reviews)
“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 via mobile

It was packed while we were there. However we had a nice walk along the river and enjoyed breathing in the fresh air on the porch. There are clean and plentiful bathrooms here (always nice!) and good information from the staff.

Thank Leigh710
Reviewed 2 days ago

When we drove the BRP to its end at Cherokee, NC, we were ready to eat our packed lunch but had no idea where to go. We headed to this visitor center and found a beautiful outdoor area with a pavilion, picnic tables, and a...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went to the visitor center while going to the farm. The indoor exhibits about Appalachian life were really good. They also had more pamphlets on display. Outside is a covered patio with rock chairs and benches where we ate lunch. This visitor center surpassed...More

Thank Sara_sakflva
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was the first stop we made in GSMNP as we entered from the east. It is a large visitor center staffed with park rangers and volunteers to answer questions and give assistance. Restrooms and a gift shop are here. The visitor center has nice...More

Thank Larry T
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The first thing you see is the heard of elk in the field outside of the visitor center and all the traffic stopped to see them. The building has a small museum and a nice gift shop along with a very helpful staff that will...More

Thank Calef71
Reviewed 1 week ago

We watched them build this over the years. Love it. great place to sit on the porch and watch for ELK.

Thank Melissa M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice spot to stop and check out a little bit of history and view out buildings and creek. Clean and close to cherokee.

Thank outspoke
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good stop as you enter the Smokies. The museum was smaller but had great information. They also had a farm and tour with live chickens, pigs and if your luck you can see elk.

Thank Matthew P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a nice place but lacked a lot of what I thought would have been on exhibit most of it was reading but I thought there would be more artifacts

Thank Scoobstoy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of information about the Smokies, Tribes and much more. It is also a great place to view wildlife.

Thank cytoicon
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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