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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 16, 2020
2020 has been a year of challenges. Even while staying at home we still seem to be busy. And with the cases of COVID-19 apparently on the rise across the country, maybe this holiday season is the time to take a romantic getaway in a nearby locale rather than gathering family members that live in different communities into one place and risking spreading the virus. Regardless of when you choose to enjoy a romantic getaway, we have some options and ideas for you to consider.
October 14, 2020
Fall color season is upon us and the hillsides are dotted with the reds of maples, sourwoods and sumac and the yellows of birches and yellow poplars. But even after the trees are bare, these routes offer sites worth visiting- they promise to tickle your taste buds, enthrall your eyes…

Recommended Itineraries

2 - 3 days
Bryson City is located just west of the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 469.1), and the Cherokee entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here’s a sample multi-day itinerary to inspire your next getaway.
1 day
Bryson City is located just west of the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 469.1), and the Cherokee entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here’s a sample one-day itinerary to inspire your next getaway.