Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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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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  • A visitor center on the east side of the smokies. It is in the vicinity of the elk herd, has a large replica village, some displays, a gift shop and restrooms. 
    A visitor center on the east side of the smokies. It is in the vicinity of the elk herd, has a large replica village, some displays, a gift shop and restrooms.  more »
  • The Oconaluftee Visitor and Farm Heritage Center are most definitely worth the drive to check out. Not only might you get to see bears, elk and turkeys, but your family can create exciting memories....  more
    The Oconaluftee Visitor and Farm Heritage Center are most definitely worth the drive to check out. Not only might you get to see bears, elk and turkeys, but your family can create exciting memories....  more »
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  • There's a place like this in Florida called Cracker Country that I've always loved, so I decided to stop here on my way through the mountains and I'm so happy I did. It's not often anymore you can find miles of open peaceful land to enjoy however you want at whatever pace you want without paying a dime. Obviously I encourage everyone to donate to the national park service. Inflation isn't a thing if you spend $0 wading through a river and looking at animals.
  • It was awesome got trapped between elk going down the trail hike at your own risk

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