Smoky Mountain Visitor Information

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 always strives to provide up-to-date Smoky Mountain visitor information on everything possibly needed while vacationing, we decided the straight facts about Great Smoky Mountains National Park were a necessity! Visitor Center Information

Cades Cove Visitor Information Center


Cades Cove

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 Information Center Hours:

Open every day except Christmas Day.

  • January 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • February 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • March 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • April 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • May – July 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • August 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • September – October 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • November 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • December 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Oconaluftee Visitor Information Center

smokies_oconaluftee.aspxOconaluftee 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:

Open Every Day except Christmas Day

  • December through February 8:00 a.m.-4:30p.m.
  • March 8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
  • April – May 8:00 a.m.-6:00p.m.
  • June through August 8:00 a.m.-7:30p.m.
  • September – October 8:00 a.m.-6:30p.m.
  • November 8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
  • December 8:00 a.m.-4:30p.m.

Sugarlands Visitor Information Center

smokies_sugarlands.aspxThis 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 Information Center Hours:

  • January-February 8:00 a.m.-4:30p.m.
  • March 8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
  • April-May 8:00 a.m.-6:00p.m.
  • June through August 8:00 a.m.-7:30p.m.
  • September – October 8:00 a.m.-6:30p.m.
  • November 8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
  • December 8:00 a.m.-4:30p.m.

Clingmans Dome Visitor Contact Station

Visitor Information Center Hours:

  • April – June  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • July 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • August – October 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • November 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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


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!