From black bears to salamanders. Old-growth forests to spring wildflowers. Log cabins to grist mills. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a myriad of opportunities for exploring and discovering both the natural and cultural history of these ancient mountains.
From waterfalls to scenic mountain vistas, there are over 850 miles of hiking trails to explore in the Great Smoky Mountains.
This area offers a great opportunity to experience the lifestyle, traditions, and heritage of settlers who called Cades Cove their home.
From this scenic roadway, you’ll see the Smokies rise all around you, and each curve brings another far-reaching vista.
At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
At an elevation of 5,046 feet, Newfound Gap is the lowest drivable pass through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The 6-mile-long, one-way, loop road is a favorite side trip for many people who frequently visit the Smokies.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Some areas of the park may be closed temporarily due to construction, weather, etc. For updated information about closures, contact the national park information line at (865) 436-1200.
Entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is FREE. The park is one of the only major national parks that does not charge an entrance fee.