Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Information

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
IUCN Category II (National Park)
Location Swain & Haywood counties in North Carolina; Sevier, Blount, & Cocke counties in Tennessee, USA
Nearest city Cherokee, North Carolina and Gatlinburg, TennesseeNearest city: Cherokee, North Carolina and Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Coordinates 35°41′0″N 83°32′0″W
Area 521,086 acres (276,344 acres in North Carolina, 244,742 acres (990.44 km2) in Tennessee)
Established June 15, 1934 Established: June 15, 1934
Visitors 9,289,215 (in 2006)
Governing body National Park Service

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
UNESCO World Heritage Site
State Party United States of America
Type Natural
Criteria vii, viii, ix, x
Reference 259
Region** Europe and North America
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Inscription History
Inscription 1983  (7th Session)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Seasonal Road Schedule

Type Dates
Balsam Mountain Open May 28 - October 31, 2011.
Cades Cove Loop Road Open January 1 - February 28
Closed March 1 - May 21
Open May 22 - December 31
Clingmans Dome Open May 29 - November 30, 2011.
Heintooga Ridge Road Open May 28 - October 31, 2011.
Little Greenbrier Open March 12 - December 31, 2011.
Parson Branch Open May 22 - November 21, 2011.
Rich Mountain Open May 22 - November 21, 2011.
Roaring Fork Open May 29 - November 30, 2011.
Roundbottom/Straight Fork Open March 12 - November 15, 2011.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fees

Type Ticket Price
Entrance Fee Free
Activity Fees $14-23 per night
Campground Number
of Sites
Fee Elevation 2011 Open/Close
Dates
Maximum RV Length
Abrams Creek 16 $14 1,125' 3/12-10/31 12'
Balsam Mountain
Please see campground  noise advisory below.
46 $14 5,310 5/28-10/11 30'
Big Creek 12 $14 1,700 3/12-10/31 No RVs
Cades Cove 159 $17-$20 1,807' Year Round 35'
Cataloochee 27 $17 2,610' 3/12-10/31 31'
Cosby
Campsites have recently been renumbered.
165 $14 2,459' 3/12-9/6 25'
Deep Creek 92 $17 1,800' 4/1-10/31 26'
Elkmont
Please see campground noise advisory below.
220 $17-$23 2,150' 3/12-11/30 Trailers-32'
Motor Homes-35'
Look Rock 68 $14 2,600' 5/14-10/31 No size limit
Smokemont 142 $17-$20 2,198' 1/1-3/9
5/28-12/31
Closed 3/10-5/27
Trailers-35'
Motor Homes-40'

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Group Campgrounds

Group
Campground

 2011
Open/Close
Dates

Number
of Sites

Maximum
Number
of People

Cost
Per
Night

Big Creek
(828) 486-5910
March 12 - Oct. 31

1

25

$44

Cades Cove
Nov 1- May 14
(865) 448-4106

May 15 - Oct 31
(865) 448-4103
March 12 - Oct. 31

2

1

1-with pavilion

20

30

30 

$35

$53

$65

Cataloochee
(828) 497-1930
March 12 - Oct. 31

3

25

$35

Cosby
(423) 487-2683
March 12 - Oct. 31

3

20

$26

Deep Creek
(828) 488-3184

April 1 - Oct. 31

3

20

$35

Elkmont
(865) 436-1271
April 10 - Oct. 31

1

2

1

15

20

30

$26

$35

$53

Smokemont
Nov 1 - May 14
(828) 497-1940

May 15 - Oct 31
(828) 497-9270
May 28 - Oct. 31

1

2

15

20

$26

$35

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Things To Do

  1. Places To Go
    • Visitor Centers
    • Cades Cove
    • Cataloochee
    • Clingmans Dome
    • Fontana Dam
    • Mountain Farm Museum and Mingus Mill
    • Newfound Gap
    • Roaring Fork
    • Off the Beaten Path
  2. Nearby Attractions
  3. Schedule Of Events
  4. Auto Touring
  5. Bicycling
  6. Camping
  7. Fishing
  8. Hiking
  9. Horse Riding
  10. Historic Buildings
  11. Picnicking
  12. Wildlife Viewing
  13. Workshops and Classes
  14. When Will It Snow?
  15. Waterfalls

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Events

Monday
3/22/2011
Cataract Falls Walk
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Elkmont Nature Trail
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The Smokies Largest Mammal: The Elk
12:30 PM to 1:15 PM
Tuesday
3/23/2011
Take a Walk with a Naturalist
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Wednesday
3/24/2011

Newfound Gap Appalachian Trail Walk
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Porters Flats Walk
12:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Thursday
3/25/2011

Trees of the Smokies
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Highland Homeland
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Most Dangerous Animals in the Smokies (Great for Junior Rangers)
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Friday
3/26/2011
Waterfalls Walk
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Myth, Magic, and Medicine
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Civil War in the Smokies
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Elkmont History Walk
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturday
3/27/2011

Bear with Us (Great for Junior Rangers)
1:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Junior Ranger: Fishy Facts
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Cataract Falls Walk
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Down on the Farm
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Sunday
3/28/2011

Junior Ranger: Charismatic Mega-fauna
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Sunday Morning in Sugarlands Valley
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Bear with Us (Great for Junior Rangers)
2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Ranger Guided Hike: Where the Waters Sing!
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Monday
3/29/2011

Cataract Falls Walk
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Elkmont Nature Trail
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The Smokies Largest Mammal: The Elk
12:30 PM to 1:15 PM

Tuesday
3/30/2011
Take a Walk with a Naturalist
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Wednesday
3/31/2011
Newfound Gap Appalachian Trail Walk
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Porters Flats Walk
12:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Thursday
4/1/2011
Trees of the Smokies
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Highland Homeland
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Most Dangerous Animals in the Smokies (Great for Junior Rangers)
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Friday
4/2/2011

Waterfalls Walk
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Myth, Magic, and Medicine
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Civil War in the Smokies
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Elkmont History Walk
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Saturday
4/3/2011
Bear with Us (Great for Junior Rangers)
1:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Junior Ranger: Fishy Facts
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Cataract Falls Walk
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Down on the Farm
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Sunday
4/4/2011

Junior Ranger: Charismatic Mega-fauna
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Sunday Morning in Sugarlands Valley
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Bear with Us (Great for Junior Rangers)
2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Ranger Guided Hike: Where the Waters Sing!
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Monday
4/5/2011
Cataract Falls Walk
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Elkmont Nature Trail
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The Smokies Largest Mammal: The Elk
12:30 PM to 1:15 PM
Tuesday
4/6/2011

Little Greenbrier School
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Take a Walk with a Naturalist
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Wednesday
4/7/2011
Newfound Gap Appalachian Trail Walk
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Porters Flats Walk
12:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Thursday
4/8/2011
Trees of the Smokies
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Highland Homeland
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Most Dangerous Animals in the Smokies (Great for Junior Rangers)
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Friday
4/9/2011
Waterfalls Walk
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Myth, Magic, and Medicine
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Civil War in the Smokies
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Elkmont History Walk
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Music of the Mountains
7:00 PM

Volunteer Opportunity: Trails Forever Work Day
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday
4/10/2011
Bear with Us (Great for Junior Rangers)
1:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Music of the Mountains
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Junior Ranger: Fishy Facts
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Cataract Falls Walk
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Down on the Farm
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Music of the Mountains
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Enjoying Spring`s Beauty
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Sunday
4/11/2011
Junior Ranger: Charismatic Mega-fauna
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Sunday Morning in Sugarlands Valley
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Bear with Us (Great for Junior Rangers)
2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Ranger Guided Hike: Where the Waters Sing!
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday
4/12/2011

Cataract Falls Walk
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Elkmont Nature Trail
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The Smokies Largest Mammal: The Elk
12:30 PM to 1:15 PM

Tuesday
4/13/2011
Little Greenbrier School
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Take a Walk with a Naturalist
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Wednesday
4/14/2011
Newfound Gap Appalachian Trail Walk
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Porters Flats Walk
12:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Thursday
4/15/2011
Trees of the Smokies
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Highland Homeland
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Most Dangerous Animals in the Smokies (Great for Junior Rangers)
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Friday
4/16/2011

Waterfalls Walk
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Myth, Magic, and Medicine
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Civil War in the Smokies
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Elkmont History Walk
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Saturday
4/17/2011

Bear with Us (Great for Junior Rangers)
1:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Junior Ranger: Fishy Facts
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Cataract Falls Walk
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Down on the Farm
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Walking in the Walker Sisters` Footsteps
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Sunday
4/18/2011
Junior Ranger: Charismatic Mega-fauna
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Sunday Morning in Sugarlands Valley
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Bear with Us (Great for Junior Rangers)
2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Ranger Guided Hike: Where the Waters Sing!
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday
4/19/2011

Cataract Falls Walk
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Elkmont Nature Trail
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The Smokies Largest Mammal: The Elk
12:30 PM to 1:15 PM

Tuesday
4/20/2011
Little Greenbrier School
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Take a Walk with a Naturalist
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Wednesday
4/21/2011
Newfound Gap Appalachian Trail Walk
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Porters Flats Walk
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
12:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage & Greener Living Expo
8:00 AM
Thursday
4/22/2011
Trees of the Smokies
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Highland Homeland
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Most Dangerous Animals in the Smokies (Great for Junior Rangers)
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

v
8:00 AM
Friday
4/23/2011

Waterfalls Walk
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Myth, Magic, and Medicine
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Civil War in the Smokies
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Elkmont History Walk
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage & Greener Living Expo
8:00 AM

Saturday
4/24/2011

Bear with Us (Great for Junior Rangers)
1:00 PM to 1:30 PM

National Junior Ranger Day
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Cataract Falls Walk
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage & Greener Living Expo
8:00 AM

Wildflower Stroll along the River
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Sunday
4/25/2011

Volunteer Opportunity: Elkmont Nature Trail Community Service Project
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Junior Ranger: Charismatic Mega-fauna
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Sunday Morning in Sugarlands Valley
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Bear with Us (Great for Junior Rangers)
2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Ranger Guided Hike: Where the Waters Sing!
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage & Greener Living Expo
8:00 AM

Monday
4/26/2011
Cataract Falls Walk
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Elkmont Nature Trail
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The Smokies Largest Mammal: The Elk
12:30 PM to 1:15 PM
Tuesday
4/27/2011

Little Greenbrier School
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Take a Walk with a Naturalist
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Wednesday
4/28/2011
Newfound Gap Appalachian Trail Walk
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Porters Flats Walk
12:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Thursday
4/29/2011
v
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Highland Homeland
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Most Dangerous Animals in the Smokies (Great for Junior Rangers)
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Friday
4/30/2011
Waterfalls Walk
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Myth, Magic, and Medicine
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Civil War in the Smokies
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Elkmont History Walk
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturday
5/1/2011
Bear with Us (Great for Junior Rangers)
1:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Junior Ranger: Fishy Facts
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Cataract Falls Walk
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Down on the Farm
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Enjoying Spring`s Beauty
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Sunday
5/2/2011

Junior Ranger: Charismatic Mega-fauna
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Sunday Morning in Sugarlands Valley
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Bear with Us (Great for Junior Rangers)
2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Ranger Guided Hike: Where the Waters Sing!
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Monday
5/3/2011
Cataract Falls Walk
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Elkmont Nature Trail
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The Smokies Largest Mammal: The Elk
12:30 PM to 1:15 PM
Tuesday
5/4/2011
Little Greenbrier School
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Take a Walk with a Naturalist
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Wednesday
5/5/2011
Newfound Gap Appalachian Trail Walk
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Porters Flats Walk
12:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Thursday
5/6/2011
Trees of the Smokies
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Highland Homeland
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Most Dangerous Animals in the Smokies (Great for Junior Rangers)
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Friday
5/7/2011

Waterfalls Walk
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Myth, Magic, and Medicine
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Civil War in the Smokies
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Elkmont History Walk
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Volunteer Opportunity: Trails Forever Work Day
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Saturday
5/8/2011
Bear with Us (Great for Junior Rangers)
1:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Junior Ranger: Fishy Facts
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Down on the Farm
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Volunteer Opportunity: Saturday in the Smokies Trail Work Day
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Walking in the Walker Sisters` Footsteps
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Sunday
5/9/2011

Junior Ranger: Charismatic Mega-fauna
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Sunday Morning in Sugarlands Valley
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Bear with Us (Great for Junior Rangers)
2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Ranger Guided Hike: Where the Waters Sing!
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Monday
5/10/2011
Cataract Falls Walk
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Elkmont Nature Trail
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The Smokies Largest Mammal: The Elk
12:30 PM to 1:15 PM
Tuesday
5/11/2011
Little Greenbrier School
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Take a Walk with a Naturalist
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Wednesday
5/12/2011
Newfound Gap Appalachian Trail Walk
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Porters Flats Walk
12:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Thursday
5/13/2011
Trees of the Smokies
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Highland Homeland
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Most Dangerous Animals in the Smokies (Great for Junior Rangers)
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Friday
5/14/2011
Waterfalls Walk
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Myth, Magic, and Medicine
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Civil War in the Smokies
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Elkmont History Walk
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturday
5/15/2011

Bear with Us (Great for Junior Rangers)
1:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Cosby in the Park
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Junior Ranger: Fishy Facts
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Down on the Farm
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Wildflower Stroll along the River
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Friday
6/11/2011
Volunteer Opportunity: Trails Forever Work Day
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday
6/19/2011
Women`s Work Festival
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Volunteer Opportunity: Saturday in the Smokies Trail Work Day
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Friday
7/9/2011
Volunteer Opportunity: Trails Forever Work Day
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday
7/24/2011
Volunteer Opportunity: Saturday in the Smokies Trail Work Day
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Friday
8/13/2011
Volunteer Opportunity: Trails Forever Work Day
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday
8/21/2011
Volunteer Opportunity: Saturday in the Smokies Trail Work Day
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Friday
9/10/2011
Volunteer Opportunity: Trails Forever Work Day
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday
9/18/2011
Volunteer Opportunity: Saturday in the Smokies Trail Work Day
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Friday
10/8/2011
Volunteer Opportunity: Trails Forever Work Day
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday
10/16/2011
Volunteer Opportunity: Saturday in the Smokies Trail Work Day
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Camping

Backcountry Camping - Backpacking

  • Oconaluftee Visitor Center
  • Sugarlands Visitor Center
  • Twentymile Ranger Station
  • Fontana Marina
  • Fontana Dam Visitor Center
  • Deep Creek Campground Office
  • Smokemont Campground Office
  • Cataloochee Valley near campground
  • Big Creek Ranger Station
  • Cosby Campground Office
  • Greenbrier Ranger Station
  • Elkmont Campground Office
  • Tremont Environmental Center
  • Cades Cove Campground Office
  • Abrams Creek Ranger Station

Frontcountry Camping

  • Abrams Creek
  • Balsam Mountain
  • Big Creek
  • Cades Cove
  • Cataloochee
  • Cosby
  • Deep Creek
  • Elkmont
  • Look Rock
  • Smokemont

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Picnicking

Picnic Area 2011
Open/Close
Dates
Number
of Sites
 Pavilion Notes
Big Creek Year Round 10 No  
Cades Cove Year Round 81 No Closes at 8:00 PM May 1 - Aug 31
Chimneys Year Round 89 No Closes at 8:00 PM May 1 - Aug 31
Collins Creek March 12 - Oct. 31 182 Seats 70 Closes at 8:00 PM May 1 - Aug 31. Pavilion can be  in advance for $20
Cosby Year Round 95 Seats 55 Pavilion can be  in advance for $20
Deep Creek Year Round 58 Seats 70 Pavilion can be  in advance for $20
Greenbrier Year Round 12 Seats 70 Pavilion can be  in advance for $10
Heintooga May 28 -
Oct. 11
41 No  
Look Rock May 14 -
Oct. 31
51 No  
Metcalf Bottoms Year Round 165 Seats 70 Pavilion open March 12 - Oct. 31; can be  in advance for $20
Twin Creeks April 1 -
Oct. 31
Pavilion
only
Seats 150 By reservation only ($35-$75)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Hotels & Lodging

Hotel Name Area Phone Number
The Abbey Inn Maggie Valley 800/545-5853; 828/926-1188
Balsam Mountain Inn Dillsboro 800/224-9498; 828/456-9498
Baymont Inn Around Town NA
Blackberry Farm Nearby Places 800/557-8864; 865/984-8166
Carriage Inn Bryson City 800/480-2398; 828/488-2398
Cataloochee Ranch Maggie Valley 800/868-1401; 828/926-1401
The Chalet Inn Bryson City NA
The Folkestone Inn Bryson City NA
Fontana Village Resort Fontana Dam 800/849-2258; 828/498-2211
Fryemont Inn Bryson City 800/845-4879; 828/488-2159
Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel Around Town 800/HARRAHS (427-7247); 828/497-7777
Jarrett House Dillsboro 800/972-5623; 828/586-0265
Lloyd's on the River Bryson City 888/611-6872; 828/488-3767
Maggie Valley Resort and Country Club Maggie Valley 800/438-3861; 828/926-1616
Newfound Lodge Around Town 828/497-2746
Olde Towne Inn Dillsboro 888/528-8840; 828/586-3461
Riverside Motel and Campground Around Town 877/643-1439; 828/497-9311
Squire Watkins Inn Dillsboro 800/586-2429; 828/586-5244
The Swag Maggie Valley 800/789-7672; 828/926-0430