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Oconaluftee Visitor Center (Milepost 469)
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This area was the ancestral home of the Cherokee. The Cherokee’s story is told in Unto These Hills that is presented each summer at the Mountainside Theater. The Oconaluftee Visitor Center lies near the Oconaluftee River and has a Pioneer Homestead exhibit. The Homestead exhibit includes a farm house, barns and a mill.

Oconaluftee Visitor Center actually a part of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, rather than the Blue Ridge Parkway. This visitor center has been included due to it's close proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Hours :: Open All Year

01/31/01 To 03/31/01 8-4:30
04/01/01 To 05/31/01 9-6:00
06/01/01 To 08/30/01 8-7

Location :: Inside the Great Smoky Mountains Park, 2 miles north of Cherokee, NC, on US 441.

Special Programs ::

  • 3rd Saturday of Septemer :: Mountain Lifestyle Festival. Make cider, lye soap, visit a working blacksmith shop, perform chores and other fun activities for children and adults.
  • Other ranger-led programs conducted seasonally. Check at the vistor center for location and times, or phone (828) 497-1904 for more information.

Exhibits :: 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 are conducted seasonally.

Available Facilities ::

  • Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Association bookstore and shop.
  • Public restrooms and telephones.
  • Soda and water machines.
  • Backcountry permit station.

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