Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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.

Operating Hours and Seasons

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 Fees

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.

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Smoky Mountain Cabins

Reserve your Smoky Mountain cabin for a truly spectacular vacation experience.

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Cades Cove

One of the most popular destinations in all of the Great Smoky Mountains is Cades Cove.

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Hiking in the Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park spans over 500,000 acres and offers over 800 miles of hiking trails.

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Smoky Mountain Elevations

Elevations in the Smoky Mountains vary over 5,000 feet from the highest point to the lowest.

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Clingmans Dome

At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Fall in the Smoky Mountains

The fall color display usually reaches peak at mid and lower elevations between mid-October and early November.

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Fishing in the Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has about 2,115 miles of fishing streams within its boundaries.

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Foothills Parkway

The Foothills Parkway offers magnificent views of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the valleys below.

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Newfound Gap

A trip over the Newfound Gap Road has often been compared to a drive from Georgia to Maine.

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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

The 6-mile-long, one-way, loop road is a favorite side trip for many people who frequently visit the Smokies.

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The Sinks

The Sinks in the Great Smoky Mountains is one of the few waterfalls in the national park that you can actually drive to and enjoy, without hiking.

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Smoky Mountain Visitor Centers

Stop into one of these convenient Smoky Mountain Visitor Centers to learn more about the national park.