Great Smoky Mountains National Park Facilities

Cades Cove Visitor Center

Open

Open every day except Christmas Day.

January 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

February 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

March 1 - April 24 Closed

April 24 - August 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Closed April 24

August 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

September - October 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

November 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

December 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location

Inside the park near the mid-point of the 11-mile, one-way Cades Cove Loop Road.

Special Programs

Ranger-led programs are conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for times.

Exhibits

Indoor and outdoor exhibits of Southern Mountain life and culture. Includes Cable Mill, a grist mill which operates spring through fall, the Becky Cable house, and other historic structures.

Available Facilities

Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms.

Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Open

Open every day except Christmas Day

January - April 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

May 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

June - August

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

September - October 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

November - December 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location

Inside the park, 2 miles north of Cherokee, NC, on US 441.

Special Programs

Ranger-led programs conducted seasonally. Check at the vistor center for location and times.

Exhibits

The adjacent Mountain Farm Museum contains a fascinating collection of log structures including a farmhouse, barn, smokehouse, applehouse, corn cribs and others. Demonstrations of farm life are conducted seasonally.

Available Facilities

Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms and telephones. Soda and water machines. Backcountry permit station.

Sugarlands Visitor Center

Open

Open every day except Christmas Day.

January - February 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

March 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

April - May 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

June - August 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

September - October 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

November 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

December 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location

Inside the park, 2 miles south of Gatlinburg on US 441.

Special Programs

Ranger-led programs conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for locations and times.

Exhibits

Free admission to 20-minute film with Dolby Digital Surround Sound. Extensive natural history exhibits.

Available Facilities

Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms and telephones. Soda and water machines. Backcountry permit station.

Gatlinburg Welcome Center - Downtown

Open

Open every day except Christmas Day.

April - October 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

November - March 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Location

At traffic light #3 on the parkway in downtown Gatlinburg.

Available Facilities

Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. City of Gatlinburg information. Public restrooms and telephones.

Townsend Visitor Center

Open

Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

January - May 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

June - October 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

November- December 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location

Townsend, Tennessee, on US 321.

Available Facilities

Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Townsend and local area information. Public restrooms and telephones.

Mill - Cable Mill in Cades Cove

Open

Open From March 15 through the Sunday following Thanksgiving 9:00-5:00

Location

Inside the park near the mid-point of the 11-mile, one-way Cades Cove Loop Road.

Exhibits

Water-powered grist mill.

Mill - Mingus Mill near Oconaluftee

Open

Open From March 15 through the Sunday following Thanksgiving 9:00-5:00

Location

Inside the park, 2 miles north of Cherokee, NC, on US 441.

Exhibits

Turbine-powered grist mill.

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