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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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Smokies Trip Planner

The Smokies Trip Planner is the official trip planning guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Download a copy now! (2050 kb file, complete file with text and map included)

The Smokies Trip Planner contains information about:

Favorite destinations in the park including

  • Cades Cove
  • Cataloochee
  • Clingmans Dome
  • Roaring Fork
  • and others

Popular activities such as

  • auto touring
  • bicycling
  • family campgrounds
  • fishing
  • hiking and backpacking
  • picnicking
  • waterfall walks
  • wildlife watching
  • and more

General information including

  • weather and climate
  • lodging and camping
  • park map

If your internet connection is slow, you can download the trip planner in sections. The following links break the planner up into a 5 files-the text and four map quadrants:

Trip Planner text (145 kb file)
NW quadrant map (527 kb file)
NE quadrant map (632 kb file)
SW quadrant map (537 kb file)
SE quadrant map (551 kb file)

The Smokies Trip Planner is a PDF file. You will need a free copy of Acrobat Reader to access the file.


Smokies Guide Newspaper

Don't want to wait until you get here to read the park newspaper? View an online version of the Smokies Guide now!

Late Summer 2014 edition
Early Summer 2014 edition
Spring 2014 edition
Winter 2013-2014 edition
Fall 2013 edition
Summer 2013 edition

Clingmans Dome page on iPhone

Smokies Mobile App

Download the Free Smokies Visitor Guide for your phone. Includes trip planning, recreation and services information along with the park map. Everything works without a cell signal.

Did You Know?

Barn at the Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center.

The barn at the Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center is over 50 feet wide and 60 feet long. A modern 2,500 square foot home would fit in the upstairs loft of the barn and over 16,000 hand-split wooden shingles are required to roof it. More...