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Welcome to the Smoky Mountains

COVID-19 RESPONSE

Masks are required in all National Park Service buildings and on all forms of enclosed public transportation, regardless of location or vaccination status. Additional details are available at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

Before visiting, check the park website to determine its operating status and recreate responsibly.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established on June 15, 1934 after overcoming numerous economic, cultural, and political issues. Today the park is the largest protected land area east of the Rocky Mountains and has become the most visited national park in the American Park System. The main entrances are located along US Highway 441.

The history of the Appalachian Mountains is a precious thing and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park preserves this story. These mountains have been around for thousands of years from the prehistoric Paleo Indians to the 18th century European settlements and loggers and Civilian Conservation Corps in the 20th century. The protection of history, wildlife, and nature are very important to the park. There are many great attractions to see while visiting the park. The most popular attraction is Cades Cove. Others include:  Roaring Fork, Cataloochee, Elkmont, Mountain Farm museum and Mingus Mill at Oconaluftee. Don’t forget to watch out for Clingmans Dome, the highest point in Tennessee and the Smokies.

Be sure to view the park map and check the weather forecast prior to your Smoky Mountain exploration.

For more information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, call 1-800-365-2267 or visit the National Park Service.

ROAD CLOSURE ALERT

Great Smoky Mountains has several ongoing road and trail construction or repair projects occurring which may cause delays or prevent access. Please check out our temporary closures & alerts page for updates, click here.

CLINGMANS DOME PAVEMENT PRESERVATION PROJECT

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced that a pavement preservation project along Clingmans Dome Road begins in March, the paving work will continue with single-lane closures through Friday, September 2, 2022. The lane closures along the seven-mile roadway are necessary to safely and efficiently complete the project.

Visitors traveling on Clingmans Dome Road should expect weekday, single-lane closures, and traffic delays. Lane closures will occur from 7:00 a.m. on Mondays through 12:00 p.m. on Fridays. No daytime lane closures will be allowed on Federal Holidays, during the week of Easter, or between June 15 through August 15.