The Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Mountain Farm Museum is at the entrance to the park in Cherokee, NC.
The Farm Museum is a collection of farm buildings assembled from throughout the park that demonstrate life in the area over 100 years ago. Visitors can explore a blacksmith's shed (and sometimes assist), barns, apple houses, a log home, springhouse and gardens.
Also on the property are some easy hiking trails along the river.
If you visit in the early morning or at dusk, you can expect to see herds of beautiful elk in the fields surrounding the farm museum. #history #hiking #free #greatsmokymountains #nationalpark #northcarolina