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The national park, in the states of North Carolina and Tennessee, encompasses 800 square miles of which 95 percent are forested. World renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal resources, the beauty of its ancient mountains, the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, and the depth and integrity of the wilderness sanctuary within its boundaries, it is one of the largest protected areas in the east.

   

CONTACTS

Email - grsm_smokies_information@nps.gov

Fax- 865-436-1220

Write to
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Phone
Visitor Information (TDD) - (865) 436-1200

TRAVEL BASICS

Operating Hours, Seasons
The park is open year-round. Visitor centers at Sugarlands and Oconaluftee are open all year, except Christmas Day. Cades Cove visitor center has limited winter hours.

Getting There
PLANE - The nearest major airport in Tennessee (McGhee-Tyson, TYS) is Alcoa, 45 miles west of Gatlinburg. North Carolina's, Asheville Airport is 60 miles east of the park.

CAR - Several major highways lead to the park. The following routes provide access to the three main entrances. In Tennessee: 1)From I-40 take Exit 407 (Sevierville) to TN Route 66 South, and continue to U.S. 441 South. Follow U.S. 441 to Park. 2.) From I-40 in Knoxville - Exit 386B U.S. Highway 129 South to Alcoa/Maryville. At Maryville proceed on U.S. 321 North through Townsend. Continue straight on TN Highway 73 into the park. In North Carolina: From I-40, take U.S. Route 19 West through Maggie Valley. Proceed to U.S. 441 North at Cherokee into the park. From Atlanta and points south: follow U.S. 441 and 23 North. U.S. 441 leads to the park.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - No train or bus service accesses the park.

Weather & Climate
Elevations in the park range from 800 feet to 6,643 feet and topography affects local weather. Temperatures are 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops. Annual precipitation averages 65 inches in the lowlands to 88 inches in the high country. Spring often bring unpredictable weather, particularly in higher elevations. Summer is hot and humid, but more pleasant in higher elevations. Fall has warm days and cool nights and is the driest period. Frosts occur starting in late September. Winter is generally moderate, but extreme conditions occur with increasing elevation.

FEES/PERMITS

Entrance Fee
ENTRANCE TO GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
Free!
Due to deed restrictions imposed when the Park was established, there are no entrance fees. Enjoy your visit!

Activity Fee
FRONT COUNTRY CAMPING
There are 10 Front Country (drive in) campgrounds in the Park.

Permits
BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING PERMIT
Free!
Permit required for staying overnight in the backcountry.

CAMPING

Abrams Creek Campground
First-come, first serve. This campground has 16 sites and is at elevation 1,125 feet. It has no electric hookups or shower facilities, running water and bathroom facilities only.

Balsam Mountain Campground
First-come, first serve. This campground has 46 sites and is at elevation 5,310 feet. No campground has electric hookups or shower facilites, only running water and bathroom facilities.

Big Creek Campground
First-come, first serve. This campground has 12 sites and is for tents only. It sits at elevation 1,700 feet. No campground has electric hookups or shower facilities, only running water and bathroom facilities. Group camping is also available. Reservations can be made either on line or by calling 1-800-365-CAMP.

Cades Cove Campground
Make Reservations by Phone at 1-800-365-CAMP
Open All Year
Reservations accepted up to five months in advance for May 1- Oct. 31 occupancy. Other dates first-come, first-serve. This campground has 159 sites and sits at elevation 1,807 feet. No campground has shower facilities or electric hookups, only running water and bathroom facilities. Cades Cove Campground Store sells convenience items, groceries, camping supplies, and a limited selection of hot and cold deli items. There are no other food facilities in the park. Numerous convenience stores and restaurant establishments are located in outlying communities. Group camping is also available. Reservations can be made either on line or by calling 1-800-365-CAMP.

Cataloochee Campground
First-come, first serve. This campground has 27 sites and sits at elevation 2,610 feet. No campground has electric hookups or shower facilities, only running water and bathroom facilities. Group camping is also available. Reservations can be made either on line or by calling 1-800-365-CAMP.

Cosby Campground
First-come, first serve. This campground has 175 sites and sits at elevation 2,459 feet. No campground has shower facilities or electric hookups, only running water and bathroom facilities. Group camping is also available. Reservations can be made either on line or by calling 1-800-365-CAMP.

Deep Creek Campground
First-come, first serve. This campground has 92 sites and sits at elevation 1,800 feet. No campground has electric hookups or shower facilities, only running water and bathroom facilities. Group camping is also available. Reservations can be made either on line or by calling 1-800-365-CAMP.

Elkmont Campground
Make Reservations by Phone at 1-800-365-CAMP
Reservations accepted up to five months in advance for May 1-Oct. 31 occupancy. Other dates first-come, first-serve. This campground has 220 sites and sits at elevation 2,150 feet. No campground has electric hookups or shower facilities, only running water and bathroom facilities. Group camping is also available. Reservations can be made either on line or by calling 1-800-365-CAMP.

Look Rock Campground
First-come, first serve. This campground has 92 sites and sits at elevation 2,600 feet. No campground has electric hookups or shower facilities, only running water and bathroom facilities.

Smokemont Campground
Make Reservations by Phone at 1-800-365-CAMP
Open All Year
Reservations accepted up to five months in advance for May 1-Oct. 31 occupancy. Other dates first-come, first-serve. This campground has 142 sites and sits at elevation 2,198 feet. No campground has electric hookups or shower facilities, only running water and bathroom facilities. Group camping is also available. Reservations can be made either on line or by calling 1-800-365-CAMP.

LODGING

Le Conte Lodge
Le Conte Lodge, accessible only by foot, sits atop 6.593 Mt. LeConte, the park's third highest peak. Reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling (865)429-5704 or by FAX at (865)429-5705, by Email at reservations@leconte-lodge.com, or on-line at www.leconte-lodge.com .
For More Information on this lodging please call (865) 429-5704

FACILITIES

Visitor Centers
*CADES COVE VISITOR CENTER
Open All Year
Location - *Inside the park near the mid-point of the 11-mile, one-way Cades Cove Loop Road.
Special Programs - Ranger-led programs are conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for times.
Exhibits - Indoor and outdoor exhibits of Southern Mountain life and culture. Includes Cable Mill, a grist mill which operates spring through fall, the Becky Cable house, and other historic structures.
Available Facilities - Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms.

*OCONALUFTEE VISITOR CENTER
Open All Year
Location - *Inside the park, 2 miles north of Cherokee, NC, on US 441.
Special Programs - Ranger-led programs conducted seasonally. Check at the vistor center for location and times.
Exhibits - The adjacent Mountain Farm Museum contains a fascinating collection of log structures including a farmhouse, barn, smokehouse, applehouse, corn cribs and others. Demonstrations of farm life are conducted seasonally.
Available Facilities - Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms and telephones. Soda and water machines. Backcountry permit station.

*SUGARLANDS VISITOR CENTER
Open All Year
Location - *Inside the park, 2 miles south of Gatlinburg on US 441.
Special Programs - Ranger-led programs conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for locations and times.
Exhibits - Free admission to 20-minute film with Dolby Digital Surround Sound. Extensive natural history exhibits.
Available Facilities - Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms and telephones. Soda and water machines. Backcountry permit station.

GATLINBURG WELCOME CENTER
Open All Year
Location - Located 2 miles outside of Gatlinburg on 441 South
Available Facilities - Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Association bookstore and shop. City of Gatlinburg information. Public restrooms and telephones.

SMOKY MOUNTAIN VISITOR CENTER
Open All Year
Location - At I-40 exit 407 (Highway 66) in the Smokies Stadium complex.
Available Facilities - Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Association bookstore and shop. Sevier County, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville information. Public restrooms and telephones.

TOWNSEND VISITOR CENTER
Open All Year
Location - Townsend, Tennessee, on US 321.
Available Facilities - Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Association bookstore and shop. Townsend and local area information. Public restrooms and telephones.

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
 Campgrounds Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
Timberwinds Log Cabin Rentals, Pigeon Forge, 0 miles away
Accommodations by Sunset Cottage, Gatlinburg, 1 miles away
Parkside Cabin Rentals, Gatlinburg, 1 miles away
Dudley Creek Travel Trailer Park, Gatlinburg, 1 miles away
Twin Creek Campground, Gatlinburg, 2 miles away
Twin Creek Recreational Vehicle Resort, Gatlinburg, 2 miles away
Twin Creek RV Resort, Gatlinburg, 2 miles away
 Marinas Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
Gator Point Marina and Cabin, Sevierville , 13 miles away
Mountain Cove Marina, Sevierville , 14 miles away
Lighthouse Pointe Marina, Dandridge , 15 miles away
Indian Creek Boat Dock, Dandridge , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
Baskins Creek Condos By Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Gatlinburg , 0 miles away
Mountain House Motor Downtown, Gatlinburg , 0 miles away
The Johnsons Inn, Gatlinburg , 0 miles away
Buckhorn Inn, Gatlinburg , 0 miles away
Crossroads Inn And Suites, Gatlinburg , 0 miles away
Howard Johnson Inn Gatlinburg Downtown, Gatlinburg , 0 miles away
Zoders Inn And Suites, Gatlinburg , 0 miles away
 Trails Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
Cove Mountain Trail, Sevier County , 4 miles away
Sugarland Mountain Trail, Sevier County , 4 miles away
Laurel Falls Trail, Sevier County , 6 miles away
Jakes Creek Trail, Sevier County , 7 miles away
Meigs Mountain Trail, Sevier County , 10 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 3 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 30 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 42 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 42 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 70 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Whitewater Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
Whitewater Outfitter - Wildwater Limited, Sevier County , 1 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
Little Pigeon River - West Prong, Sevier County , 1 miles away, Class II - 6.6 miles long (Gatlinsburg to 1st bridge in Pigeon Forge)
Little Pigeon River - West Prong, Sevier County , 2 miles away, Class II-V - 2.6 miles long (Campbell Overlook to 1st bridge in Gatlinsburg)
Little Pigeon River - West Prong - Roaring Fork, Sevier County , 3 miles away, Class I-IV - 1 miles long (Roaring Fork Motor Trail)
Little Pigeon River - West Prong, Sevier County , 4 miles away, Class IV-V - 2.5 miles long (Chimneys Picnic Area to Campbell Overlook)
 Public Lands Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 66 miles away
Panther Creek State Park, Tennessee , 31 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
Gatlinburg City Departments Golf Course, Pigeon Forge , 5 miles away
Eagle's Landing Golf Course, Sevierville , 9 miles away
Bent Creek Golf Village, Gatlinburg , 12 miles away
Creekside Plantation Golf Course, Seymour , 18 miles away
River Islands Golf Club, Kodak , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Douglas Lake, Sevier County , 14 miles away

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