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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Gatlinburg

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg
TN
37738
Tel: 865 436-1200

Directions

Gatlinburg, TN entrance From interstate highway I-40 take Exit 407 (Sevierville) to TN-66 South. At the Sevierville intersection, continue straight onto US-441 South. Follow US-441 through Sevierville and Pigeon Forge into park.

Where are we going today?

Did you know that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is THE most visited park in the USA? There must be a good reason for that, so we think you should go an explore to find out just why it's so popular!

The park is filled with beautiful forest which lie on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. It is FILLED with diverse animal and plant life which kids can learn all about, and explore.

Whether you are up for an adventure, or looking for a relaxing family day out, there will be something for you at this beautiful national park. With over 800 square miles to explore it's no wonder that a popular choice is by car. There are 384 miles of road that allow you to see all the corners of the "Smokies", and great books that are perfect to guide you through all the sights. 

From four wheels to two, why not see the park on bike! Most of the roads are accessible by bike, but just take note that with the exception of the Cades Cove Loop Road, the roads aren't completely suitable by bike. However, the 11 miles of the Cades Cove Loop Road give you a great way to spot the wildlife, as well as historic homesites from the 19th century!

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has an amazing collection of historic buildings - over 90 in fact! With barns, outbuildings, houses, schools and churches - most of these have been preserved so you can really feel like you can step back in time!

Take some time fishing, or spend an afternoon horse riding...the choice is endless! Just don't forget your sense of adventure, because you'll need it! 

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How much does it cost?

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LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

24 hours a day!

Open 365 days a year. Some secondary roads and campgrounds seasonal

I'm Hungry!

There are plenty of picnic spots, so why not bring your own lunch and enjoy it out in nature! .

Healthy Eating!

Take plenty of water to keep hydrated! It's important! .

Any Top Tips?

Fees are charged for activities, like camping, so just check on the ones you want to do before you go .

Doing our bit

The park really look after all that call it home, so help them out and don't leave a trail after you leave - clean up!.

Need a little extra help?

Much of the national park can be enjoyed from your car, and there are accessible programs and facilities that are offered in the park too! .

Can I get one of those?

There is a visitor center where you can pick up some goodies! .

More information

Let the kids join the junior ranger program - it's a great way for them to learn about the park and get a badge at the end of it! .

What people are saying?

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    This park is awesome, how can you not give it 5 stars?

    I've been there several times, including backpacking. Rangers are always helpful and knowledgeable. Concessions and store are great, roads are pretty smooth, it's always a lot of fun, and you can see a wide range of flora, fauna and wildlife.

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    We just returned from another trip to the Smokey Mountains National Park and absolutely loved it, again. The trails are a fantastic mix of scenic views, beautiful waterfalls, and quiet forests. The trails themselves are engineering masterpieces. My husband and I have long-distanced hiked in many places in North and South America and the trails in the Smokey Mountains are the best maintained we have ever seen. The Friends of the Smokies have done an amazing job building stone steps, bridges, water runoffs, cables, and other improvements that...Read More

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    Loved it! We spent a week in the area and were awed by the beauty of the mountains and the elk. We really liked Clingman's Dome and hiking the Forney Ridge and Deep Creek trails. Tubing down Deep Creek was a lot of fun too.

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    After traveling on the strip in Gatlinburg head into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Climb the seemingly ever growing mountains with plenty of places for beath taking photos. Look for wild life and you might be lucky enough to see a black bear, just a beautiful sight to see; I was privileged to see a momma bear with her cub walking just beneath the treeline and every car stopped to see these awesome wild animals walk out in eyeshot distance for a brief moment.
    Be sure to go to Clingmans dome to the top the mountains 6,643 feet and then...Read More

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    An absolute must see in late October as the colors are awesome. Take the 8 mile, primitive & one-way, Parson's Road out of Cades Cove for an experience to good to be true. You will likely see fox, turkey and deer along the dirt trail.

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by Sara Spalding

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We just returned from another trip to the Smokey Mountains National Park and absolutely loved it, again. The trails are a fantastic mix of scenic views, beautiful waterfalls, and quiet forests. The trails themselves are engineering masterpieces. My husband and I have long-distanced hiked in many places in North and South America and the trails in the Smokey Mountains are the best maintained we have ever seen. The Friends of the Smokies have done an amazing job building stone steps, bridges, water runoffs, cables, and other improvements that make the trails a pleasure to hike. The park is also extremely accessible making it easy to enter the Park, do a day hike, and then have dinner and live music in Gatlinburg afterward.

by J Ratliff

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After traveling on the strip in Gatlinburg head into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Climb the seemingly ever growing mountains with plenty of places for beath taking photos. Look for wild life and you might be lucky enough to see a black bear, just a beautiful sight to see; I was privileged to see a momma bear with her cub walking just beneath the treeline and every car stopped to see these awesome wild animals walk out in eyeshot distance for a brief moment.
Be sure to go to Clingmans dome to the top the mountains 6,643 feet and then you will know why its called the Smoky mountains. I love the temperature drop even on a hot and sunny day there is still a very crisp chill ontop of the mountain. If you dont time it right they will close this part of the park off due to the snow. There is a reason people come every year to the Smokies and keep coming back and thats because it is refreshing, visually stunning, and has a very unique unspeakable quality that leaves you at peace.

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