Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Stop in at Oconaluftee Visitor Center to see exhibits about Native American and early European settler life and the development of the area before it became Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Adjacent to the visitor center is the Mountain Farm Museum, where you can take a self-guided walking tour of several 19th-century log buildings that form a farmstead. The center features environmentally friendly construction. If you plan to backpack or explore other remote areas of the park, pick up a backcountry permit here. See Oconaluftee Visitor Center and all Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer by arranging your trip with our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary builder website.
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  • We have been here many times, enjoying the exhibits as well as the gift store. This is a great place to stop to use the restroom facilities or choose something to buy from the vending machines. You...  more »
  • Always an adventure and wonder to see at different times of the year! its great to see nature and the look on someones face who have never seen an elk for the first time!  more »
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  • Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee, NC is a wonderful place because around 4 to 5pm every night of the year a small herd of elk come out to graze in their open field. the last time i was there 30 plus elk should up to graze. from the road side i was with in 50 ft of one. even at 50ft away from one of these male elk is plenty close to these big boys. so the elk alone make this a 5 star stop.
  • totally worth stopping in. We just stopped because the field next to it frequently has elk. No elk so we stopped by... very enjoyable! Lots of cool stuff inside about the history and area. Then there is an outside area that is basically an old farm with a nice tour path through it. Again, definitely worth stopping by!

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