Here the elk roam in the early morning and dusk hours. Find historic structures…

Here the elk roam in the early morning and dusk hours. Find historic structures and trails, along with the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.


Elk Viewing, Trails and Historic Structures

Close to Bryson City in neighboring Cherokee, NC, the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Mountain Farm Museum is home to trails and historic buildings along the Oconaluftee River. With elk wandering around just about all of it - in the waterways and streams, along the trails and especially in the low-lying fields - this area is a must see for wildlife viewing!. Historic Mingus Mill lies just half a mile north of this area. Take part in a longstanding pastime of our visitors and plan your visit to Oconaluftee.

Parking Tag Required

Parking Tag Required

Beginning March 1, 2023, all vehicles parking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for more than 15 minutes will require a valid parking tag. 100% of all proceeds from the new parking tag program are used to protect and preserve the park for generations to come, You can purchase your annual tag online and have it shipped right to your house or get one at a visitor center. Daily and weekly parking tags will be available for purchase by credit card from automated fee machines available year round, 24 hours a day at these locations: Deep Creek parking area, Newfound Gap overlook, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Sugarlands Visitor Center, Cades Cove entrance parking area, and Metcalf Bottoms picnic area.


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