Basic Information

Sugarlands Visitor Center
1420 Little River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the borders of the states of Tennessee and North Carolina. The three main entrances to the park are in the Gatlinburg, TN; Townsend, TN; and Cherokee, NC.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Primary roads are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round, weather permitting. This includes Newfound Gap Road (US-441), Little River Road, and Laurel Creek Road. Secondary roads are closed seasonally.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Open 24 hours
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours

Park District

Cades Cove

Cades Cove Loop Road is open to motor vehicles from sunrise until sunset daily. Pedestrians and bicyclists may access the road 24 hours a day.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Monday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Tuesday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Wednesday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Thursday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Friday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Saturday: Sunrise - Sunset

Elevations in the park range from approximately 875 feet to 6,643 feet and the topography can drastically affect local weather. Temperatures can vary 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit from mountain base to top, and clear skies lower down do not guarantee equally pleasant weather at higher elevations. Visit http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/weather.htm for seasonal weather information and links to local forecasts.

Entrance Fees:

Entrance Fee - $0.00

Great Smoky Mountains National Park does not charge an entrance fee.

Sugarlands Visitor Center

Begin your exploration of the park at a visitor center, where you can pick up a park map or newspaper, have your questions answered, and purchase books and guides to the park. Free 20-minute film about the park. Natural history exhibits. Ranger-led programs conducted seasonally. Bookstore and shop. Public restrooms. Soda and water vending machines. Backcountry Permit Office.

Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Begin your exploration of the park at a visitor center, where you can pick up a park map or newspaper, have your questions answered, and purchase books and guides to the park. Cultural history exhibits. Ranger-led programs conducted seasonally. Bookstore and shop. Public restrooms. Soda and water vending machines. The adjacent Mountain Farm Museum contains a collection of log structures including a farmhouse, barn, smokehouse, applehouse, corn cribs and others.

Cades Cove Visitor Center

Begin your exploration of the park at a visitor center, where you can pick up a park map or newspaper, have your questions answered, and purchase books and guides to the park. Indoor and outdoor exhibits of Southern Mountain life and culture, including a grist mill which operates spring through fall, the Becky Cable house, and other historic structures. Ranger-led programs conducted seasonally. Bookstore and shop. Public restrooms.

Clingmans Dome Visitor Contact Station

Park information. Bookstore and shop. Public restrooms.

 
Forested mountains stretch to the horizon under a clear blue sky.
On a clear day at Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the park, you can view mountains stretching to the horizon.

NPS Photo.

 

Welcome to the Great Smoky Mountains!

Planning a vacation to the park? Here are some things you will need to know:

 

Be Prepared

  • Cell phone service is unavailable in many park locations, including Cades Cove and in Cataloochee. It is generally available in the communities surrounding the national park. Plan ahead! What will you do in an emergency if you don't have cell phone service? Carry essentials with you such as a first aid kit, prescription medications, drinking water, and clothing suitable for the weather conditions.
  • Check the forecast. Weather conditions can change rapidly in the park.
  • Roads, including Newfound Gap Road (US-441), may temporarily close due to weather. Follow road status updates on Twitter at https://twitter.com/smokiesroadsnps. Do you know an alternative route to your destination? Check park maps to plan one.
  • Avoid water hazards. Do not take risks while fishing, wading, or crossing streams.

 
http://www.SmokiesInformation.org

Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park's official online store for other books, maps, and guides to the park. Operated by the nonprofit Great Smoky Mountains Association, proceeds generated by purchases at the store are donated to educational, scientific, and historical projects in the park.

Last updated: March 9, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Phone:

(865) 436-1200

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