Visitor Centers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park - My Smoky Mountain Park

Visitor Centers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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

Cades Cove Visitor Information Center.

Cades Cove Visitor Information Center. 

This facility in the beloved Cades Cove area, near the midpoint of the Cades Cove loop road, features exhibits on life in the Appalachians, a working gristmill, and historic buildings. Open every day except Christmas, 9 a.m. to as late as 7:30 p.m. in summer (hours vary seasonally).

Clingmans Dome Visitor Center

Clingmans Dome Information Center and Store

Clingmans Dome Information Center and Store

Pick up park info and browse the gift shop at this smaller center located near the top of Clingmans Dome. Open April to November, 10 a.m. to as late as 6:30 p.m. in summer (hours vary seasonally).

Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Check out two museums in this visitor center just north of Cherokee, NC. Inside, exhibits on human history teach about Native Americans, pioneers, and the development of the national park; outside, tour the restored settlers’ buildings of the Mountain Farm Museum. Open every day except Christmas, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in summer (hours vary seasonally).

Sugarlands Visitor Center

Sugarlands Visitor Center

Sugarlands Visitor Center

The park’s largest visitor center features natural history displays and shows a free, 20-minute park movie. You can also ask questions and pick up permits at the Backcountry Information Office here. Open every day except Christmas, 8 a.m. to as late as 7:30 p.m. (hours vary seasonally).

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