• Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the national park.

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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    Several trails in the park are temporarily closed. Please check the "Backcountry Facilities" section of the Temporary Road and Facilities Closures page for further details. More »

Fees & Reservations

Entrance to the national park is free!
Entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is free!

Entrance Fee
Entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is free. The park is one of the few national parks where no entrance fees are charged. Find out why!

Activity Fees
Fees are charged for activities such as overnight camping ($14-23 per night) and pavilion rental at picnic areas.

If you plan to spend a night in the park, reservations may be necessary. Please refer to the following pages for reservation information:

Backcountry Camping (Backpacking)
Frontcountry Camping (Car Camping)
Le Conte Lodge
Horse Camps
Group Campgrounds

Reservations may be made online for picnic pavilion use in picnic areas.

The Appalachian Clubhouse and Spence Cabin
Two rustic, historic buildings located in the heart of the park, the Appalachian Clubhouse and Spence Cabin can be rented for wedding receptions, family reunions, business meetings, and more.

National Park Service Passes
The America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is an annual pass that covers entrance fees at sites managed by the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management.

If you are 62 or older or receive disability benefits, you may be eligible for the Senior or Access pass.

Did You Know?

President Roosevelt at the park's Rockefeller Memorial.

Money to buy the land that became Great Smoky Mountains National Park was raised by individuals, private groups, and even school children who pledged their pennies. In addition, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Fund donated $5 million to create the park. More...