The Oconaluftee Visitor Center is located in Cherokee, NC on highway 441 as it enters the Great Smoky Mountain Park. The visitor center contains a wealth of knowledge about the history of the area. Inside, along with a gift shop and museum, you will find friendly National Park employees ready to answer any questions you may have. Outside, you’ll find more than just a great place to stretch your legs. Take a walk through the Mountain Farm Museum and see historic log cabins that were relocated here from several places within the park. Stroll this working farm to see an old homestead, meat house, blacksmith shed, barn, chicken houses, corncribs, animals and a growing garden. Informative exhibits have been placed throughout. Turn your trip to the park into a trip back in time.
Looking to extend the walk or have a dog that needs a break from the car? Take the Oconaluftee River Trail. This is a 1.5 mile trail that follows the river it is named after. Starting at the visitor center, you can follow it all the way back into Cherokee.