park info

Park Phone Numbers Backcountry Information: (865) 436-1297 Backcountry Reservations: (865) 436-1231 Park Literature: (865) 436-0120 LeConte Lodge: (865) 429-5704 Operating Times The Great Smoky Mountains Park is open year-round. Visitor centers at Sugarlands and Oconaluftee are open all year, except Christmas Day. The Cades Cove Visitor Center has limited hours during the winter. Directions All roads lead to the Smokies! See the map and major interstates in our directions page. Public Transportation The nearest major airport in Tennessee (McGhee-Tyson, TYS) is in Alcoa, 45 miles west of Gatlinburg, between Maryville and Gatlinburg. In North Carolina, the Asheville Airport is 60 miles east of the park. No commercial traffic such as buses and trains are allowed in the Park. There is a limited trolley service in and from Gatlinburg. Fees No entrance fee is charged to enter the Park – the original charter for the Park stipulated that there would never be an entry fee. Operations are supported by modest fees charged at campgrounds and for special programs developed by Park Rangers and volunteers. Lodging and Camping Facilities LeConte Lodge, accessible only by foot or horseback, provides the only actual lodging in the Park. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (865) 429-5704. The lodge is open mid-March to mid-November. A variety of lodging facilities are available in adjacent towns. Food There are no food concessions in the Park. Such services are supplied by businesses in towns adjacent to the Park. Smoky Mountains Reader’s List Appalachian Trail Guide to Tennessee-North Carolina. Edgar, Kevin. Appalachian Trail Conference, 1992. Day & Overnight Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park....

Horseback Riding

There are five drive-in horse camps with handy access to back country trails in the Smokies. They are located at Big Creek in Tennessee; Anthony Creek, Cataloochee, Round Bottom and Tow String in North Carolina. For reservations, call (877) 444-6777 10am until 10pm. Parties larger than six people or four horses require additional reservations. Horseback riding availability varies slightly from camp to camp. [table id=8...