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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.

TRAIL CLOSURE ALERT – ABRAMS FALL TRAILS REHABILITATION

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced the Trails Forever rehabilitation project in Cades Cove. The trail and associated parking areas will be closed from May 10, 2021, through November 10, 2021, excluding federal holidays, on Monday mornings at 7:00 a.m. through Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. weekly. The trail will be fully open each week on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

ROAD CLOSURE ALERT

For current temporary road closures and construction projects in the National Park, click here.

LAUREL FALLS TRAIL – PILOT PARKING PROGRAM

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have unveiled a pilot plan to manage congestion at Laurel Falls Trail.

Between Sept. 7 and Oct. 3 this year, visitors will need to make a parking or shuttle reservation to visit the popular site. After the period ends, park staff will evaluate the results and public feedback to formulate long-range plans for the area.

During the pilot project, parking at the trailhead will require a reservation at www.recreation.gov with a fee of $14 to cover administrative costs. Shuttle service will cost $5 per person, with parking available for $10 per car.

Park managers will use this program to asses effectiveness in reducing congestion, enhancing visitor safety, and creating a more enjoyable Laurel Falls Trail experience.