A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park. Plan your visit today!

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Do I Need a Parking Tag?

A parking tag is required to park for longer than 15 minutes.

Visitors of varying ages and a ranger walking on a trail in the woods during fall.
Ranger-Led Programs

Explore and learn about the park with a ranger.

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Cades Cove Vehicle-Free Day

Bike or walk the Cades Cove Loop Road during motor vehicle-free days, Wednesdays from May 3 to September 27, 2023.

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Black Bears

Bears in the park are wild and their behavior can be unpredictable. Treat bear encounters with extreme caution!

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Park Safely in the Smokies!

Demand for parking often exceeds capacity. Come with a backup destination in mind and park responsibly with all wheels out of the roadway.

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Camping in the Smokies

You can choose from 10 frontcountry campgrounds or head into the backcountry. Your adventure awaits!

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Feel the cool spray of a waterfall. Camp under the stars. Explore a historic mill. There's plenty to see and do in the park!

Last updated: July 7, 2023

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107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738



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