Clingmans Dome Bypass Trail

Clingmans Dome Road, which carries passenger vehicles to the Top of Ol’ Smoky, is expected to open to the public about 48 hours ahead of schedule this spring. Weather permitting, look for the gate to swing on the morning of Saturday, March 30. When you find yourself in the Clingmans

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Gearing Up, Branching Out

Every spring people flock to the Smokies to view our park’s spectacular displays of wildflowers that begin blooming at the lower elevations and creep uphill as the temperatures warm and days grow longer. Did you know… Geographers calculate that every 1,000 feet of elevation gain in the Smokies is equal to traveling

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Reflecting upon the Walker Sisters during Women’s History Month

The Saturday Evening Post printed an article titled “Time Stood Still in the Smokies” on April 27, 1946. It began, “Deep in the mountains of East Tennessee, the Walker sisters are still living in the early 19th century… and finding it not so bad, either.” The writer, John Maloney, had

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Fighting Creek Nature Trail

Note: Originally posted on January 2014. Reposted here with permission from the author. Great Smoky Mountains National Park was my hiking destination yesterday. Leaving Asheville at 9 a.m., I traveled to Gatlinburg for a meeting with Todd Witcher, executive director for Discover Life in America, a nonprofit organization that manages a

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A swinging railroad bridge in Elkmont? I had no idea!

Swinging railroad bridge at the mouth of Meigs Creek, Elkmont, TN – Photo courtesy NPS Archives Visitors and locals alike may even know the history of the area’s lumber and pulpwood industry. Beginning in the late 19th century, commercial logging interests moved into the region and began cutting stands of

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Make plans to Branch Out with GSMA in 2019

As a Cub Report subscriber, you’ve probably uttered the following statement one way or another: “I want to be in the Smokies!” Am I right? The author with her dog, Jazzy, at the Yellowstone Arch in 2014. If your New Year’s resolution includes opening yourself to adventure and learning more

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Voice your Support for the Smokies

Please let us be clear: Great Smoky Mountains Association is NOT taking a position on the debate that has led to the longest government shutdown in history. We do, however, continue to stand with our national park partner and support their return to work so that the management of this

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Things to consider when planning a visit to the Smokies

UPDATE: As of Friday, January 11, Cades Cove Visitor Center, which is located halfway around Loop Road near Townsend, TN, will reopen to visitors. Great Smoky Mountains Association is responsible for staffing the visitor center, where vital park information and educational products and services can be found. In an effort to

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Photo courtesy of Joye Ardyn Durham

Gearing Up, Branching Out

Every spring people flock to the Smokies to view our park’s spectacular displays of wildflowers that begin blooming at the lower elevations and creep uphill as the

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Fighting Creek Nature Trail

Note: Originally posted on January 2014. Reposted here with permission from the author. Great Smoky Mountains National Park was my hiking destination yesterday. Leaving Asheville

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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
December

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

Contact

865.436.7318 Ext 320