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.

Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

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Scenic Drives in the Smoky Mountains

Nothing clears the heart and the mind like a leisurely drive through scenic terrain.

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Fun Facts About Black Bears

The Black Bear is the unofficial mascot of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Check out these fun facts about black bears in the Smokies.

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Best Places for Photos in the Smoky Mountains

7 of the best places for photos in the Smoky Mountains. See the gorgeous scenery and take beautiful photography of the Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

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5 Best Waterfall Hikes in the Smoky Mountains

The Smoky Mountains are known for their peaceful and otherworldly hiking trails. Here are the five hiking paths guaranteed to take you to a one-of-a-kind waterfall.

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River Tubing in the Smoky Mountains

The Smoky Mountains are prime for hiking, relaxing and exploring. Tennessee is home to some of the clearest rivers and the best tubing on this side of the country.

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Troll Bridge in the Smoky Mountains

One of the best hidden sights you’ll find when you visit Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountains is an honest-to-goodness troll bridge.

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Ghost Town in the Smoky Mountains

One of the more prolific deceased cities is right here in Tennessee’s corner of the Smoky Mountains. Its name is Elkmont.

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Fairy House in the Smoky Mountains

When you think of fairies and other mythical creatures, your mind may jump to Europe or New England, but there’s actually a real-life Fairy House right here in the Smoky Mountains.

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Tail of the Dragon in the Smoky Mountains

The world famous "Tail of the Dragon" or "Deals Gap" is one of the most popular destinations for sports car and motorcycle enthusiasts. Featuring 318 turns and stretching just over 11 miles.

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Top 3 Best Towns in the Smoky Mountains

No visit to the Smoky Mountains is complete without a visit to these top 3 towns in Tennessee.

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Horseback Riding in the Smoky Mountains

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Smoky Mountains offer some great horseback riding options, but here is a list of our favorites.

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Smoky Mountain Tips for Parents

Bringing your kids to the Smoky Mountains is an experience that they’ll never forget. Here’s a few tips to make sure that your time in the Smoky Mountains is well spent and unforgettable.

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Memories in the Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains are a unique and special place. They are a place rich in heritage and stunning natural beauty. Bring your family to the Smoky Mountains and create everlasting memories and spend quality time with those you love the most.

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Spring in the Smoky Mountains

Here's 4 ways that you'll know it's spring in the Smoky Mountains. Spring is one of the most beautiful and amazing times to visit the Smoky Mountains. 

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Explore the Outdoors in the Smoky Mountains

When you and your family visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, here are 5 family-friendly hikes and destinations that everyone will love.

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Synchronous Fireflies in the Smoky Mountains

Synchronous fireflies synchronize their flashing light patterns and YOU can see them right here in our very own Great Smoky Mountains! 

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Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

The annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in Gatlinburg, TN is truly an experience that offers something for everyone. Events range from wildflower, wildlife, and human history walks, to motorcades, photographic tours, and indoor seminars.

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Top 10 Proposal Spots in the Smoky Mountains

Proposals mean the world to your significant other, and your significant other means the world to you! Make your grand gesture in the stunning Smoky Mountains in the most surprising way!

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Sweet Summertime in the Smoky Mountains

Here in the Smoky Mountains, summer heat is par for the course. Make the best of those hot summer days by visiting some of these amazing water attractions in the Great Smoky Mountains!

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5 Historical Sites in the Smoky Mountains

Here are 5 of the most historical and interesting sites to visit on your next vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Fishing in the Smoky Mountains

A little-known fact is that the Smoky Mountains is a very popular destination for anglers all over the world. From Bluegill, to Catfish and everything in between, the Smoky Mountains are a great destination for a fishing trip.