Winter Road Status
During winter, roads in the park may close due to snow and ice, especially at night when water from melting refreezes on roads. For road status information please call (865) 436-1200 ext. 631 or follow road updates at http://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS. More »
Doing Business With The Park
Several concessioners provide commercial services for visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Services provided by concessioners are those that have been determined to be necessary and appropriate for public use and enjoyment of the park. Services provided by concessioners in the park include horseback riding, carriage rides, hayrides, bicycle rental, campground convenience items, and backcountry food and lodging.
Click for a list of concessioners operating in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This file includes a map of concession locations in the park.
Concessioners operate under concession contracts that are awarded periodically through a competitive selection process. The opportunity to compete for award of a concession contract is published in a prospectus that is available to the public. Click to go to the National Park Service prospectus website.
Commercial Use Authorization
Public Law 105-391, Section 418, which was signed in 1998, provides for the issuance of Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA) to a private person, corporation, or other entity to provide certain commercial services for park area visitors. Commercial activities are generally prohibited in national parks unless authorized by a CUA or concession contract. Prior to 2006, an Incidental Business Permit was used to authorize the type of activities that are now authorized under a CUA.
Click on a link below for a list of businesses authorized under a CUA:
Did You Know?
An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001. Elk once roamed the Smokies, but were eliminated from the region in the mid 1800s by over-hunting and loss of habitat. Other animals successfully reintroduced to the park include river otters and barn owls. More...