Directions to Main Entrances
Gatlinburg, TN entrance
From interstate highway I-40 take Exit 407 (Sevierville) to TN-66 South. At the Sevierville intersection, continue straight onto US-441 South. Follow US-441 through Sevierville and Pigeon Forge into park.
From the south: From interstate highway I-75 take Exit 376 to I-140 E towards Oak Ridge/Maryville. Merge onto I-140 E via Exit 376B towards Maryville. Turn onto US-129 South (Alcoa Highway) at Exit 11A and travel towards Alcoa. Turn onto TN-35 and follow it to US-321 North. Follow US-321 North/TN -73 East through Townsend. Continue straight on TN-73 into the park.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Visitors can charge their electric vehicles (EV) at the Sugarlands and Oconaluftee visitor centers. There are two types of EV recharging equipment: "Level 2" units which are alternating current (AC) units that are powered by 208 Vac, single phase systems; and direct current (DC) fast charging (DCFC) units which utilize 208 Vac 3Ø power. The program is part of a larger national park initiative to reduce pollution and carbon emissions.
Charging stations operate with the Greenlots SkyNetwork using either a Greenlots RFID card or Greenlots mobile phone app if cellular service is available. Visitor centers have Greenlots RFID cards available for purchase. A fee is associated with vehicle charging. The fee covers the cost of operating and maintaining the charging unit.
The nearest major airport in Tennessee is the McGhee-Tyson Airport (TYS) located just south of Knoxville in Alcoa. This airport is approximately 45 miles west of the Gatlinburg entrance to the park.
In North Carolina, the Asheville Regional Airport is located approximately 60 miles east of the Cherokee entrance to the park.
There is no public transportation to the national park from major cities in the area. However commercial businesses operating in the smaller communities surrounding the national park offer transportation from cities such as Knoxville, TN and Asheville, NC to the park. Information is available from local Chambers of Commerce.
The City of Gatlinburg offers trolley service from Gatlinburg, TN to Sugarlands Visitor Center and Elkmont on the "Tan/National Park" route during summer and fall. Cost is $2 roundtrip.
Last updated: February 23, 2018