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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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  • Spring Road Status

    During spring, park roads may close due to ice, especially at high elevation where wet roads can freeze as temperatures drop at night. For road status information call (865) 436-1200 ext. 631 or follow updates at http://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS. More »

Goods & Services

Food and Beverage
Limited food and beverage service is available in the park at the following locations:

  • Cades Cove Campground Store has a snack bar that serves breakfast items, hot and cold sandwiches and wraps, soup and chili, pizza, soft serve ice cream, fountain drinks and other snack bar items. Snack items and beverages are also available by vending machine at the store. Visit website for additional information.
  • Elkmont Campground Concession provides vending of snack items, ice cream, and beverages.
  • Smokemont Riding Stables provides vending of snack items and beverages.
  • Cades Cove Visitor Center sells bottled water.
  • Beverages are available by vending machine at the following additional locations:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Cades Cove Riding Stables
    Smoky Mountain Riding Stables
    Sugarlands Riding Stables

Groceries, Camping Supplies, Visitor Convenience Items
Limited groceries, camping supplies, and visitor convenience items are available at the following locations in the park:

  • Cades Cove Campground Store sells limited groceries, camping supplies, visitor convenience items, firewood, and ice.
  • Elkmont Campground Concession sells a limited selection of camper convenience items, firewood, and ice.
  • Smokemont Riding Stables sells firewood and ice.
  • Visitor Centers: A limited selection of visitor convenience items including film, memory cards, and batteries is available in the bookstores operated by Great Smoky Mountains Association.

Did You Know?

The park is named for the misty clouds that hang over the mountains.

The wispy, smoke-like fog that hangs over the Smoky Mountains comes from rain and evaporation from trees. On the high peaks of the Smokies, an average of 85 inches of rain falls each year, qualifying these upper elevation areas as temperate rain forests. More...