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  1. Parking Tag Required

    Parking tags are required for all vehicles parking for longer than 15 minutes.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park does not charge an entrance fee. However, parking tags are required for all vehicles parking for longer than 15 minutes.

2024 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Come experience the national parks! All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone (other fees may apply). Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free dates:

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Learn all you need to know about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park parking tag program.


Parking Tag Basics

  • Three tag durations are available for purchase for all vehicle sizes and types:
    • Daily - $5
    • Weekly - $15
    • Annual - $40
  • Parking tags are not replaceable, refundable, transferable, or upgradable.
  • Each tag is valid for a single vehicle and must include a license plate number matching the vehicle in which it is displayed.
  • Parking tags are available for purchase both online and onsite.
  • Display of physical parking tags in each vehicle is required. Digital representations are not accepted.
  • Parking tags are not location-specific. A parking tag is required to park anywhere within the boundaries of the Smokies.
  • Parking tags are not required for motorists who pass through the area or who park for less than 15 minutes.
  • Interagency passes (senior, access, etc.) are not accepted in lieu of a parking tag.

Parking Tag Purchase Options



Annual and daily parking tag displayed in windshield
Image of an annual and a daily parking tag displayed in a vehicle's windshield

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Display Your Parking Tag

Annual parking tags must be displayed in the front, lower passenger side windshield. Daily and weekly parking tags must be placed face-up on the front, lower passenger side dashboard.





Parking Tag Fee Exemptions


Find information about exemption processes in the content below.


Partner Communications Toolkit

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2023 Fee Program Change Background Information

Review the full list of fee program changes effective March 1, 2023 including results from civic engagement.

Last updated: April 19, 2024

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Gatlinburg, TN 37738



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