Where is Great Smoky Mountains National Park?

Great Smoky is in the eastern part of the United States on the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Gatlinburg, TN is the most popular gateway town.
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Map of location of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North America

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located in the United States on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. It straddles a thickly forested, stunningly bio-diverse collection of mountains, valleys, and rivers.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Location Map

Elevations range from 875 feet to 6,643 feet at Clingmans Dome (the highest point in the park). This varied elevation supports the same ecosystems you’d find traveling all the way from Georgia to Maine, all encompassed within the park. Wildlife is varied and abundant throughout the park, from black bears and elk to salamanders and pileated woodpeckers.

The national park is open all day, every day of the year, though some facilities and roads do shut down in winter.

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Entrance sign to Great Smoky Mountains National Park at Gatlinburg

Park Entrances to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The majority of visitors enter through the Sugarlands entrance on the park’s north side by driving through Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Man walking dog on a forest trail

Can I Bring My Pet to Great Smoky Mountains National Park?

Pets are not allowed on any trails in Great Smoky, except for two - the Gatlinburg Trail and Oconaluftee River Trail.

Sunset in Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Photo by Lee Coursey via Flickr

Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

This popular valley is known for its abundant wildlife, idyllic scenery, and preserved historic buildings dating back to the late 1800s. Take an auto-tour.

The Gatlinburg Trolley driving through Pigeon Forge. Photo by Ron Miguel via Flickr

Gatlinburg Trolley to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Gatlinburg Trolley Tan Line stops at Sugarlands Visitor Center, Laurel Falls parking lot, and Elkmont Campground.

Cades Cove Visitor Information Center.

Visitor Centers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

There are four main visitor centers in the park: Cades Cove, Clingmans Dome, Oconaluftee, and Sugarlands.

The Tremont River in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Water Safety in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Water is everywhere in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Although the waterfalls and streams are beautiful, these waters can also be dangerous.

West entrance sign for Great Smoky Mountains National Park on of Lakeview Drive near Fontana Dam.

Entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is Free

Skip the entrance fee for this national park - it's free to enter! Campsites, lodging, and some tours still have a fee.

Children fish in a stream at Caldwell Place in Cataloochee Valley inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Cataloochee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Popular to visitors are the Palmer Chapel, the Will Messer Barn, and Caldwell Place. Also enjoy a campground, hiking trails, wildlife watching, and fishing.

The Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Valley inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Oconaluftee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

At the main south entrance, tour the Mountain Farm Museum, pioneer buildings, stroll along the Oconaluftee River, and up the road see a historic gristmill.