Through the fog

The boardwalk leading to Andrews Bald disappears into thick fog. Photo provided by Holly Kays.

At 9 a.m., the air in Waynesville was a sweetly perfumed 60 degrees, and the day’s warmest hours were still ahead. Even after ascending three thousand feet to the Clingmans Dome parking lot, I figured, I’d be fine in a t-shirt and fleece zip-up. The puffy jacket and raincoat I’d thrown in the back of […]

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