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Oconaluftee Visitor Center

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

This is an absolutely beautiful visitor center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Michele B
Snellville, Georgia
Surprising All The Way Around

As visitor centers go, this one is probably the best we have ever seen. The museum is excellent... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carrollton, Georgia
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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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1194 Newfound Gap Hwy, Cherokee, NC 28719-8249
+1 828-497-1904
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an absolutely beautiful visitor center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is every type of souvenir there that a traveler desires, as well as educational information about the park. I enjoyed visiting and shopping there, except on the day I was...More

Thank Michele B
Reviewed 1 week ago

As visitor centers go, this one is probably the best we have ever seen. The museum is excellent. The views are spectacular. The trail to the historic cabins is short, easy, and quite worthwhile. The park rangers are very helpful.

Thank Lancealot13
Reviewed 1 week ago

You have the Visitor Centers, and you have the Oconuluftee Visitor Center for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From the stream to the museum to the village to the elk to the mountains, it is a must stop to do.

Thank JohnBCowgill
Reviewed 3 weeks 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

2  Thank DianeER
Reviewed 3 weeks 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

1  Thank Theresa B
Reviewed 4 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 2 November 2017

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 28 October 2017 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 28 October 2017

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 24 October 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Mark A
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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
1 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