Smoky Mountain Visitor Centers

The Smokies offer activities for visitors of various ages and interests. Recommended activities include camping, hiking, picnicking, sightseeing, fishing, horseback riding, and nature viewing. There are also opportunities for ranger-guided programs. We know many questions come to mind when planning a trip, and because PigeonForge.com always strives to provide up-to-date Smoky Mountain visitor information on everything possibly needed while vacationing, we decided the straight facts about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park were a necessity! Visitor Center Information


Cades Cove Visitor Center

This information center is located near the mid-point of the 11-mile loop in Cades Cove. It is open year round and offers a bookstore, public restrooms, seasonal ranger-led programs, and both indoor and outdoor exhibits of Southern Appalachian life. Cable Mill, a historic grist mill, the Becky Cable house, and other historic structures also occupy this location. The mill operates spring through fall.

Visitor Center Hours:

  • Jan: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Feb: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Mar: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Apr: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • May: 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Jun: 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Jul: 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Aug: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sep: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Oct: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Nov: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Dec: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Location

Inside the park near the mid-point of the 11-mile, one-way Cades Cove Loop Road.

Special Programs

Ranger-led programs are conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for times.

Exhibits

Indoor and outdoor exhibits of Southern Mountain life and culture. Includes Cable Mill, a grist mill which operates spring through fall, the Becky Cable house, and other historic structures.

Available Facilities

Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms.

For more information, visit nps.gov.


Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Oconaluftee is located, just two miles from Cherokee, NC on US-441 and is also open year round. Adjacent to the visitor center, Mountain Farm Museum contains a farmhouse, barn, smokehouse, applehouse, corn cribs and other buildings. Seasonal demonstrations of farm life are well worth the pleasant 33 mile drive over the mountain. Oconaluftee also offers public restrooms and telephones, snack machines, backcountry permits, seasonal ranger-led programs, and an information desk with helpful volunteers.

Visitor Center Hours:

  • Jan: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Feb: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Mar: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Apr: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • May: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Jun: 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Jul: 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Aug: 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Sep: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Oct: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Nov: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Dec: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Location

Inside the park, 2 miles north of Cherokee, NC, on US-441.

Special Programs

Ranger-led programs conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for location and times.

Exhibits

Visitor center museum exhibits tell the story of life in these mountains from native Americans and early European settlement time periods through the Civilian Conservation Corp and the development of the national park. The adjacent Mountain Farm Museum contains a fascinating collection of log structures including a farmhouse, barn, smokehouse, applehouse, corn cribs and others. Demonstrations of farm life are conducted seasonally.

Available Facilities

Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms. Soda and water machines.

For more information, visit nps.gov.


Sugarlands Visitor Center

This visitor center is located just 2 miles inside the Gatlinburg entrance to the park on US-441. Open year round, Sugarlands offers public restrooms and telephones, a free 20-minute video, exciting plant and animal exhibits, the Natural History Association’s bookstore and gift shop, backcountry permit station, snack machines, seasonal ranger-led programs, and a wonderful information desk with friendly volunteers!

Visitor Center Hours:

  • Jan: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Feb: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Mar: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Apr: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • May: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Jun: 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Jul: 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Aug: 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Sep: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Oct: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Nov: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Dec: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Location

Inside the park, 2 miles south of Gatlinburg on US-441.

Special Programs

Ranger-led programs conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for locations and times.

Exhibits

Free admission to 20-minute film about the park. Extensive natural history exhibits.

Available Facilities

Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms. Soda and water machines. Backcountry Information Office.

For more information, visit nps.gov.


Clingmans Dome Contact Station

Visitor Center Hours:

  • Jan: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Feb: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Mar: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Apr: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • May: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Jun: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Jul: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Aug: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sep: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Oct: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Nov: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Dec: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Location

At the Clingmans Dome trailhead, 7 miles off US-441 on the Clingmans Dome Road.

Special Programs

Ranger-led programs are conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for times.

Exhibits

Indoor and outdoor exhibits of Southern Mountain life and culture. Includes Cable Mill, a grist mill which operates spring through fall, the Becky Cable house, and other historic structures.

Available Facilities

Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Park information. Public restrooms in parking area.

For more information, visit nps.gov.


More Information

Contact by Mail:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Contact by Phone:

Visitor Information Recorded Message
(865) 436-1200

Questions regarding the status of temporary weather-related road closures cannot be answered in a timely manner using email. Please call (865) 436-1200 extension 631 for updated information about road conditions. Follow road status updates on Twitter at http://twitter.com/smokiesroadsnps.

Weather and Climate Information:

A detailed weather forecast for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is available by dialing 865-436-1200. View in-depth weather details and charts showing average conditions in Gatlinburg versus the higher altitudes in the national park. Take note of a trail's elevation before departing, and always be prepared for rain or snow. This park is a temperate rainforest; it rains quite often!