Begin your exploration of the park at a visitor center. Here you can pick up a park map or newspaper, have your questions answered by a ranger, and purchase books and guides to the park. For current ranger-led activities, visit the park's calendar for details.
Four visitor centers are located within the national park at Sugarlands, Oconaluftee, Cades Cove, and Clingmans Dome.
Two historic gristmills are open seasonally in the park. Both provide demonstrations of corn meal milling.
Cable Mill in Cades Cove
Open daily March 5 through October 31. Open Friday-Sunday in November
Inside the park near the mid-point of the 11-mile, one-way Cades Cove Loop Road.
Mingus Mill near Oconaluftee
Temporarily closed for preservation and rehabilitation work.
Inside the park, 2 miles north of Cherokee, NC, on US 441.
Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park's official 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.
Last updated: June 9, 2023