Education Parking Exemption

National Park Service regulations allow school groups and other bona fide national and international educational institutions to obtain a waiver of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park parking tag fee, provided that the visit is for educational or scientific purposes, and the resources or facilities the group proposes to use support those purposes. Educational fee waivers are not granted automatically. Educational groups must apply and meet the criteria to receive the waiver.

Submission Information:

  • Fill out sections 1, 2, and 5 of this form: NPS Form 10-1750
  • Submit form 2 weeks in advance of the visit to

If the application is approved, a parking placard will be emailed to you to be displayed during your visit. Each vehicle must display the parking tag placard while parked in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Park staff will not print parking tag placards onsite. Visitor center staff are not authorized to approve fee waivers. Fee waivers must be processed in advance of your academic visit. Note: Parking tag exemptions for chaperones are covered at a ratio of 1 adult per 5 students K-8th grade, and 1 adult per 10 students in 9th grade and above.

Last updated: February 28, 2024

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107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738



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