Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Straddling the North Carolina and Tennessee border is America’s most visited national park – the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Its plant and animal life diversity, beautiful rolling mountains, remnants of Southern Appalachian Mountain culture, and more are known worldwide. The park offers a variety of opportunities for exploring and learning more about the history of our area.

Basic Information

Preparing for your visit

Parking, Passes, & Fees

Information on visiting the park

Closures & Alerts

Up-to-date information on what’s going on in the park

Places to go

scenic vistas, historic sites, waterfalls, and more

Things to do

all the -ings: hiking, biking, picnicking, observing wildlife

Pet-Friendly Park Ideas

know before you go with Fido


always be prepared

Black Bears

what you need to know about black bears


Take time during your visit to enjoy the natural beauty of the Smokies. Entrance to the park is free making it an easy thing to add to your trip but proper planning will ensure that you don’t miss anything you want to see in this 520,000 acre oasis.

Start Your Vacation

Float on the lake, drive a scenic byway, take in some history, or just enjoy the views — no matter what you’re looking to do on your Smoky Mountian vacation, Jefferson County has it for you.

Getting Here

Jefferson County, TN conveniently located just off I-40 and minutes from I-81 and I-75 and is just minutes from everything. Leave the hustle and bustle behind and experience the quieter side of the Smokies while being just down the road from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.