Park Statistics

Great Smoky Mountains National Park covers 522,427 acres, divided almost evenly between the states of North Carolina and Tennessee.

More than 11.3 million recreational visits in 2016. (This figure does not include the approximately 11 million travelers on the Gatlingburg-Pigeon Forge Spur.) Highest visitation of any of the 59 national parks. The second most heavily visited national park is Grand Canyon with 4.6 million visits, third is Yosemite with 3.8 million, fourth is Yellowstone with 3.2 million. You can access multiple reports about park visitation by typing the park's name into the "Select a park" field at

Economic Impact
The park provides an economic hub generating over $734 million in 2013 and supports 10,734 jobs in surrounding communities.

Annual Budget
$18.5 million base budget in Fiscal Year 2014. Great Smoky Mountains is one only a few national parks that does not charge an entrance fee.

Developed Campgrounds
10 campgrounds with a total of 1000 sites, recording more than 224,557 camper nights in 2013.

Picnic Areas
11 picnic areas, totaling 1050 sites.

Backcountry Campsites
More than 100 sites, including shelters. More than 77,413 overnight visits in 2013.

Backcountry Trails
850 miles with over 400,000 hikers annually. Approximately 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail run through the park.

384 miles total —238 are paved and 146 are unpaved.

342 structures are maintained in the park, including five historic areas with 97 structures preserving Southern Appalachian heritage.

Elevations in the park range from approximately 875 feet at the mouth of Abrams Creek to 6,643 feet at Clingmans Dome. Sixteen mountains peaks exceed 6,000 feet in elevation.

730 miles of fish-bearing streams and another 1,300 miles of tributaries.

Park Designations
International Biosphere Reserve (designated October 26, 1976) and World Heritage Site (designated December 6, 1983).

Approximately 240 permanent and more than 80 seasonal.

2,625 volunteers donated 150,308 hours in Fiscal Year 2013.

Last updated: January 12, 2017

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Gatlinburg, TN 37738



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