April 30 deadline to apply for Tremont Writers Conference

Frank X Walker and David Brill share a fascination with the Great Smoky Mountains. One has been cultivating his passion for four decades; the other just fell in love with the Smokies last year. Both will be helping to lead the 2024 Tremont Writers Conference October 23–27, and both are encouraging those who would like […]

Tremont Writers Conference now accepting applications for 2024 retreat

Park partner Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont recently announced that the second annual Tremont Writers Conference, created in collaboration with Smokies Life, is now accepting applications. Applications to participate in the five-day retreat for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry may be submitted online now through April 30 at writers.gsmit.org. From Wednesday, October 23, […]

A wild awakening: An interview with David Brill, part 2

David Brill is one of the Smokies’ great living storytellers. Having contributed more articles to Smokies Life journal than almost anyone, he’s also published several book-length meditations on the paradoxically destructive and regenerative power of nature and the complex relationship with it we must all learn to navigate as humans. He considers himself a writer […]

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