Look Rock Picnic Area

Three picnic tables in a forested area. Sun casts random shadows through pieces of forest canopy.
Many picnic tables are at least partially shaded in the summer throughout Look Rock Picnic Area.

NPS Photo

Quick Facts
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Benches/Seating, Grill, Parking - Auto, Pet Waste Disposal, Pets Allowed, Picnic Table, Restroom - Seasonal, Trash/Litter Receptacles

Open seasonally, late-April to late-October, sunrise to sunset.

Look Rock Picnic Area—elevation 2,581 feet (~787 meters)—includes 51 sites with views of the Foothills Parkway in the west part of the park. Enjoy unique mountain views on the scenic drive nearby.

Tips for a Great Picnic

  • Black bears reside in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and can die as a result of access to human food and trash. Promptly dispose of garbage in bear-proof trash cans. If you see a bear, do not approach it.
  • Provided grills are for charcoal fires. Wood fires are not permitted.
  • A Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license is required to fish in the park.
  • Pets are permitted in picnic areas but cannot be left unattended. All pets must be kept on a leash at all times. Pets are allowed on the Oconaluftee River Trail and Gatlinburg Trail but not permitted on any other trails.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Last updated: December 6, 2023