From black bears to salamanders. Old-growth forests to spring wildflowers. Log cabins to grist mills. The park offers myriad opportunities for exploring and discovering both the natural and cultural history of these ancient mountains.
Where to Begin?
Smokies Trip Planner
Download a copy for information about favorite destinations, popular activities including hiking and auto touring, and a park map. You can also read the park's Smokies Guide newspaper online.
Things To Do
Camping, picnicking, waterfalls, auto tours...it's all here.
Calendar of Events
Participate in a ranger-led program while visiting the park.
Information about weather, current conditions, operating hours, temporary closures, permits and reservations, emergency contacts, and more.
Directions and Transportation
Download maps of the park and get traffic and travel tips
Stay Safe During Your Visit
What do you do if you see a bear? Why is swimming in park waters so dangerous? Learn the answers to these questions and explore other important topics.
Eating and Sleeping
Information about Camping and Lodging as well as Food and Services
Learn about the park's accessible facilities.
Online store for 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.