Great Smoky Mountains National Park Info - Park Hours, Entrance Fees, History, & Lodging

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Smoky Mountains National ParkOperating Times

The Smoky Mountains National Park is open all year. The visitor centers at Sugarlands and Oconaluftee are open all year, except Christmas Day. The Cades Cove Visitor Center has limited hours during the winter.

Entrance Fees ?

There are no entrance fees to enter the Park - the original charter for the Park stipulated that there would never be an entry fee. Operations are supported by modest fees charged at campgrounds and for special programs developed by Park Rangers and volunteers.

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History of the Smoky Mountains National Park

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Lodging and Camping Facilities:

GSMNP Entrance in WinterLeConte Lodge, accessible only by foot or horseback, provides the only actual lodging in the Park. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (423) 429-5704. The lodge is open mid-March to mid-November. A variety of lodging facilities are available in adjacent towns.


There are no food concessions in the Park. Such services are supplied by businesses in towns adjacent to the Park.

Public Transportation

The nearest major airport in Tennessee (McGhee-Tyson, TYS) is in Alcoa, 45 miles west of Gatlinburg, between Maryville and Gatlinburg. In North Carolina, the Asheville Airport is 60 miles east of the park. No commercial traffic such as buses and trains are allowed in the Park. There is a limited trolley service in and from Gatlinburg.


All roads lead to the Smokies! See the map and major interstates in our directions section.

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Phone Numbers

General Park Information: (865) 436-1200
Backcountry Information: (865) 436-1297
Backcountry Reservations: (865) 436-1231
Park Literature: (865) 436-0120
LeConte Lodge: (865) 429-5704

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