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Great Smoky Mountains Association supports the perpetual preservation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the national park system by promoting greater public understanding and appreciation through education, interpretation, and research.

We do this by contributing both services and funding directly to the national park. Funds for these contributions are generated through donations, association memberships, and educational retail products for sale online and in our eight physical locations within the park. To see a financial breakdown of all the ways we help the park, please visit our Aid-to-Park page.

If you can’t visit us, we welcome you to support the GSMNP online by:

Shopping with us online. Visit our online store here

Purchasing a Membership, which includes online discounts when you sign in.

Donating directly through our donations page here.


Cades Cove Visitor Center

Open Year Round (Closed Christmas Day)

Physical Address
686 Cades Cove Loop Road
Townsend TN 37882
865.436.7318 Ext 321 - Satellite Phone Connection may experience delay

Located halfway around the 11-mile Cades Cove Loop Road at the Cable Mill historic area. The historic area features a working gristmill (closed in winter) blacksmith shop, cantilever barn, and other historic structures. There are occasional demonstrations and ranger-guided programs from spring to fall. There is no admission fee.

A special note about Cades Cove Loop: Open each morning at sunrise and closed each evening at sunset. The road is closed to all vehicles on Wednesdays from 5/5 – 9/1. 

Hours of Operation (subject to change)

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Cades Cove 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 7:00 9:00 - 7:00 9:00 -6:30** 9:00 -6:30 9:00 -5:30 9:00 -4:30


Clingmans Dome Visitor Center 

Seasonally Open April 1 – November 23 

Physical Address
7078 Clingmans Dome Road
Cherokee NC 28719
865.436.7318 Ext 326 - Satellite Phone Connection may experience delay

Located at the end of Clingmans Dome Road, 7 miles from Newfound Gap, this visitor center sits at an elevation of 6,300 feet. A 0.5-mile trail leads from the visitor center to the Clingmans Dome observation tower atop Clingmans Dome, the highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains and the third highest mountain in the East. Exhibits in the center provide an overview of the history of the area and the rare spruce-fir forest ecosystem.

Hours of Operation (subject to change)

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Clingmans Dome Closed Closed Closed 10:00 - 6:00 10:00 - 6:00 10:00 - 6:00 10:00 - 6:30 10:00 - 6:30 10:00 -6:00 10:00 -6:00 10:00 -5:00 Closed


Gatlinburg Welcome Center

Open Year Round (Closed Christmas Day)

Hours of Operation (subject to change)
January through December: 9 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Physical Address
1011 Banner Road
Gatlinburg TN 37738
865.436.7318 Ext 323

Located on the southbound side of US 441 (The Spur) between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN, Gatlinburg Welcome Center is operated as a partnership between the City of Gatlinburg, the National Park Service, and Great Smoky Mountains Association. This center also functions as a park and ride (free parking) for riding trolleys into Gatlinburg. Visitors can find information on lodging and attractions in Gatlinburg, the local trolley system, and everything related to Great Smoky Mountains National Park from hiking to horseback riding to fishing. Exhibits include a detailed 3-D map of the park.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Gatlinburg 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00


Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont Visitor Center

Open Year Round (Closed Christmas Day)

Hours of Operation (subject to change)
January through December: 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Physical Address
9275 Tremont Road
Townsend TN 37882
865.448.6709

Located 2 miles from the Townsend Wye on Tremont Road, this visitor center is affiliated with the acclaimed outdoor education institute. A number of hiking trails start from the visitor center and vicinity. A logging history auto tour also begins from the Institute.


Oconaluftee Visitor Center & Museum

Open Year Round (Closed Christmas Day)

Physical Address
1194 Newfound Gap Highway
Cherokee NC 28719
865.436.7318 Ext 327

Located 1.5 miles north of Cherokee, NC, on Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441), this visitor center and museum were opened in 2011. The facility features a state-of-the-art interactive indoor museum on the history of the area and an outdoor museum with a furnished log home, smokehouse, springhouse, apple house, blacksmith shop, heirloom garden, and other features. Special events, demonstrations, old-time music jams, and ranger-guided walk and talks, including special Junior Ranger programs, are offered periodically from spring through fall.

Hours of Operation (subject to change)

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Oconaluftee 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 7:00 9:00 - 7:00 9:00 -6:00 9:00 -6:00 9:00 -5:00 9:00 -4:30


Sugarlands Visitor Center & Museum

Open Year Round (Closed Christmas Day)

Hours of Operation (subject to change)
January through July: 9 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Physical Address
1420 Fighting Creek Gap Rd.
Gatlinburg TN 37738
865.436.7318 Ext 347

Located 2 miles south of Gatlinburg, TN, this visitor center offers a 21-minute movie in a surround sound theater, a renowned natural history museum, changeable park exhibits, and a staffed information desk, all free of charge! Outside visitors will find a number of hiking trails, including popular walks to Gatlinburg and Cataract Falls. A detailed 3-D map provides an excellent overview of the area. Ranger-led walks and talks, including special Junior Ranger programs, are scheduled here periodically from spring through fall.

Hours of Operation (subject to change)

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Sugarlands 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 7:00 9:00 - 7:00 9:00 -6:00 9:00 -6:00 9:00 -5:00 9:00 -4:30


Swain County Visitor Center & Museum

Open Year Round (Closed Christmas Day)

Hours of Operation(subject to change)
January through Febuary: Friday through Sunday only - 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
March: Sunday through Friday - 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Saturday - 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
April through December: Monday through Saturday - 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Sunday - 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Physical Address
255 Main Street
Bryson City NC 28713
865.436.7318 Ext 318

Located on the ground floor of the historic Swain County Courthouse, the Swain County Visitor Center is a partnership between Swain County, N.C., the National Park Service and Great Smoky Mountains Association. In addition to housing the new Swain County Historic Museum on its second floor, visitors can find information on lodging and attractions in Bryson City - including the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad and Nantahala Outdoor Center - and others in the surrounding area. Visitors can easily access Great Smoky Mountains National Park from this location via Deep Creek Picnic and Campground, as well as Lake View Drive.


Townsend Visitor Center

Open Year Round (Closed Christmas Day)

Hours of Operation (subject to change)
January through July: 9 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Physical Address
7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend TN 37882
865.436.7318 Ext 320

Located on U.S. 321 in Townsend, TN, 2 miles from the west entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors can obtain information on accommodations and attractions in Townsend, TN and find answers to their questions about things to see and do in the national park. The center plays host to many festivals and special events throughout the year and a gallery room often hosts artists and crafters.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Townsend 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00 9:00 - 5:00