The Oconaluftee Visitor Center is Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s first new visitor service facility to be constructed since the early 1960s. Situated outside the historic Mountain Farm Museum, the visitor center serves as the North Carolina gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with all its natural beauty, outdoor attractions, and amenities.
Oconaluftee Archeological District is within the river valley in the Great Smokies. Originally, a historic Cherokee village, followed by an Appalachian community, were located at this site along the Oconaluftee River.
The Oconaluftee area parallels the Oconaluftee River as its basin gradually broadens from Smokemont in the north to the southern tip of the Qualla Boundary. The Qualla Boundary, commonly known as Cherokee, North Carolina, comprises the bulk of a federal trust that serves as a reservation for the federally recognized tribe, Eastern Band of the Cherokee.
The Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Mingus Mill, and the Mountain Farm Museum are all located in this area, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.