Supporting Great Smoky Mountains
National Park since 1953

Photo courtesy of Paul Driessche

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Will Kuhn, director of science and research for Discover Life in America, points out a plant to a budding scientist during one of the many events DLiA holds to get the public involved in cataloguing the Smokies’ impressive biodiversity. Photo provided by DLiA.

A bank for biodiversity

Not that long ago, the rusty-patched bumble bee was a common sight not only in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but throughout the entire eastern and upper midwestern United States. But the bee’s fate changed quickly—it was put on the federal endangered species list in 2017, and it hasn’t been

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Great Smokies

Welcome Center

Hours of Operation

(subject to change)

Open year round (closed December 25)

January - February

Open Daily 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

March - November

Open Daily 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Open Daily 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

The Great Smokies Welcome Center is located on U.S. 321 in Townsend, TN, 2 miles from the west entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors can get information about things to see and do in and around the national park and shop from a wide selection of books, gifts, and other Smokies merchandise. Daily, weekly, and annual parking tags for the national park are also available.

Physical Address

7929 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway Townsend TN 37882


865.436.7318 Ext 320