Located inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, off US highway 441, the Sugarlands Visitor Center has all the answers to your questions regarding planning your trip to the national park. In the visitors center, there are several extensive natural history exhibits, a free 20-minute film about the national park and an information center. The facility includes a bookstore and a gift shop for all your souvenir needs. There are public restrooms, telephones and drink machines available for use as well.

There are Ranger-led programs offered seasonally and various nature trails nearby with historic cabins and waterfalls to visit and enjoy.

The visitor center is an eco-friendly building. The building has a “cool roof” system, which allows heat to escape freely, generating lower cooling costs. The roof also features recycled rubber, solar panels and solar tubs to provide additional lighting and energy without using electricity.


Sugarlands Visitor Center Hours:

January-February: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

March: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

April-May: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

June-August: 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

September-October: 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

November: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

December: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Sugarlands Visitor Center is open year-round on every day except Christmas Day. It’s free to get in with no fees, and there is designated parking available.

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