We took off and went camping in Maggie Valley, NC back in November before Thanksgiving. We decided to go over the Oconaluftee Visitor Center because I wanted to be outside after being cooped up at work and home to see if we could see some elk! Well we were not disappointed there was around 40 there that day, we went about 3:30pm. We had not stopped there in years so it was nice to revisit, they have a gift shop with information on the area of things to do,
places to go. It is on a river so summertime would be nice too. They have a old farmstead there you can go through and see what would have been on a farm back in the 1800's or later that is a good history lesson for the kids. You may be lucky to see elk like we did or not like the next day my adult kids went at the same time and there wasn't a one there LOL. All in all neat little place to see.