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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  • My family was planning on driving through Great Smoky Mountains National Park and we started on the NC side by stopping at the visitor center. They were busy, but not too many people to be...  more »
  • We didn’t get to go inside to the visitor center, but I wanted to highlight this area as an amazing part of the park to see elk! My tip is to get out here early morning before the crowds arrive - we.....  more »
  • 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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