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
Commercial services in Great Smoky Mountains National Park must be authorized through a Commercial Use Authorization per Public Law 105-391, Section 418. Commercial services are generally prohibited in National Park unless authorized by a CUA or concessions contract.
Approved commercial services in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will:
Fees for CUAs are determined by a cost analysis in compliance with the 2005 Interim Guidelines for CUAs. This guidance authorizes the National Park Service to recover, at a minimum, associated management and administrative costs associated with CUAs.
Click on a link below to for additional information and application forms:
Click on a link below for a list of businesses authorized under a CUA:
Did You Know?
Ninety seven historic structures, including grist mills, churches, schools, barns, and the homes of early settlers, preserve Southern Appalachian mountain heritage in the park. More...