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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Southern Gateway to the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Great Smoky Mountains and family friendly Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are just around the corner from the Blue Ridge Parkway on the western end of North Carolina. Many visitors to this region enjoy both the Great Smoky Mountains Parkway and the Blue Ridge Parkway – taking their time to explore the rich culture, natural beauty, and fun-filled activities the area offers.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park – located just beyond the southernmost end of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the states of North Carolina and Tennessee – encompasses 800 square miles of which 95 percent are forested. The park is open year-round. Visitor centers at Sugarlands, Oconaluftee, and Cades Cove are open all year, except Christmas Day. There are no entrance fees, due to deed restrictions imposed when the Park was established.

For more information contact:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

107 Park Headquarters Road

Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Visitor Information: 865.436.1200

Explore Communities in the

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Region

Community Milepost
Bryson City & Swain County 469.1
Franklin, Highlands, & Macon County 469.1
Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Area 469.1

Stories from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Region

November 18, 2018
Spending the holidays in the Blue Ridge Mountains brings to mind cozy fireside nights under homespun quilts, a brisk family hike to find the perfect Christmas tree on the farm, and the very the best slopes for skiing and sledding. We’ve rounded up all this and more in our guide to festive winter fun in the communities along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
October 18, 2018
When will the leaves be at peak color this Fall along the Blue Ridge Parkway? While it would be nice if we could forecast the moment Autumn foliage will dazzle us with peak vibrancy as reliably as we track the ocean's tides, just when and why the leaves change colors is a complex array of factors far less predictable.