Plan Your Visit

From black bears to salamanders, old-growth forests to spring wildflowers, log cabins to gristmills... the park offers myriad opportunities for exploring and discovering both the natural and cultural history of these ancient mountains.

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Basic Information

Prepare in advance for an enjoyable, safe visit.

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Closures & Alerts

Know the status of the park's roads, facilities, and trails before you go.

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Places to Go

Scenic vistas, historic buildings, rushing waterfalls, and expansive forests await.

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Things To Do

Hiking, biking, picniking, watching wildlife, auto touring... What do you want to do in the park?

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Explore with Pets

Review pet-friendly park activities for a great visit.

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Camping in the Smokies

You can choose from 10 frontcountry campgrounds or head into the backcountry. Your adventure awaits!

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Clear skies in lower areas do not guarantee the same weather in the higher elevations.

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Black Bears

Bears in the park are wild and their behavior can be unpredictable. Treat bear encounters with extreme caution!

Last updated: August 11, 2022

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Contact Info

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107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738



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