Champion all you love about the Smokies by joining Smokies Life.

Membership includes a subscription to Smokies Life Journal, discounts on purchases at Smokies Life stores in the park and online, and savings at Lookout League partner businesses. Join or renew today!

Renew or rejoin by mail, phone, or online, and your membership card will arrive by mail in 4-6 weeks. As a Park Keeper Plus or Park Keeper Premium level member, your annual parking tag voucher will be included in your membership card mailing. If you are planning a trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park soon, please call to discuss renewal options with one of our membership team at (865) 436-7318 and select x257 or x349.

Park Keeper


Park Keeper Plus

Park Keeper Premium

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