Join the fun and celebrate all the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer at the annual Members Weekend retreat. Look for information about the 2024 event coming soon.

Look for 2024 event information coming soon!

Join us for a weekend of adventure, learning, and celebration in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This annual event is filled with exciting activities, including guided hikes, citizen science classes, and presentations from our leadership team and partners. 

If you have any questions regarding Members Weekend, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Smokies Life membership team at

We hope you will join us for this weekend of community and learning about the park that we all work together to protect and preserve.

Thank you for your support of the Smokies,
Peyton Proffitt, Membership Director

Ticket Information

Look for ticket and registration information about the 2024 event coming soon. The schedule for the 2023 event can be viewed by clicking one of the links below. Registered attendees receive a confirmation email with details about how to select breakout sessions.

2023 Members Weekend program is available by clicking images for a larger view.

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