Information Centers Outside The Park
The following information centers are located in the communities surrounding the national park. They are staffed by the Great Smoky Mountains Association, a nonprofit park partner that supports scientific and educational programs in the park.
Gatlinburg Welcome Center - On the Spur between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg
Open every day except Christmas Day
Sevierville Visitor Center
Open every day except Christmas Day.
9:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.
Highway US-66 in Sevierville
Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Sevier County, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville information. Public restrooms and telephones.
Townsend Visitor Center
Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Townsend, Tennessee, on US-321.
Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Townsend and local area information. Public restrooms and telephones.
Did You Know?
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.