• 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 »


Camping Information - Click for information about backpacking and car camping.

Lodging Information
There are no motels or rental cabins located within the national park other than
Le Conte Lodge. Communities surrounding the national park offer a wide choice of accommodations including hotels, cabins, bed and breakfasts, and campgrounds. For information about accommodations please contact the tourism departments or Chambers of Commerce listed below. (By clicking on these links, you will leave the Great Smoky Mountains National Park website.)

North Carolina
Bryson City (800) 867-9246
Cherokee Welcome Center (800) 438-1601, Chamber of Commerce (828) 788-0034
Fontana (800) 849-2258
Graham County (800) 470-3790
Haywood County (877) 456-3073
Maggie Valley (800) 624-4431

Cosby/Newport (423) 623-7201
Gatlinburg (800) 267-7088
Pigeon Forge (800) 251-9100
Sevierville (800) 738-4378
Townsend (800) 525-6834

Please note that National Park Service employees are prohibited from providing recommendations regarding lodging.


Le Conte Lodge
Le Conte Lodge, accessible only by foot, sits atop 6,593 Mount Le Conte, the park's third highest peak. Hiking routes to the lodge vary in length from 5 to 8 miles. The lodge is generally open from mid-March through mid-November. Advance reservations are required to stay at the lodge. Reservations can be made in several ways:

Phone (865) 429-5704
FAX (865) 774-0045 or (865) 429-5705
E-mail at reservations@lecontelodge.com
Online at www.lecontelodge.com

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...