Sisters of the Woods

The “Sisters of the Woods”— (from left) Phyllis Woollen , Jana Plemmons, Katie Ray and Judy Dykes—celebrate completing the 100 Favorite Trails of the Smokies and Carolina Blue Ridge map at Moore Cove Falls near Brevard, North Carolina. Photo provided by Anne Glover.

You get to know a lot about a person if you hike 672 miles with them, especially when you climb almost 30 miles in elevation while doing it. From the Great Smoky Mountains, that’s more than enough miles to get you to Chicago or Philadelphia. It’s also ample distance to reach Little Rock, Arkansas; St. […]

Carolina Mountain Club celebrates 100 years

N.C. Arboretum volunteer Tim Southard explains the difference between white and red oak leaves to his group of hikers. Photo courtesy of David Huff Creative.

As temperatures neared 90 degrees on the sunny afternoon of Sunday, July 16, the forested Carolina Mountain Trail offered a shady respite for the 20 people joining Tom Southard for a 2.1-mile hike through the woods of the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. Southard, a volunteer with 13 years of experience leading walks at the […]

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