Welcome Centers

Welcome Centers in the Smoky Mountain area have highly trained staff who will answer any questions you might have concerning your vacation here.


smoky mountain festivalsWhen you visit our welcome centers, all the information you need will be at your fingertips concerning towns in the Smokies as well as inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  All welcome centers offer a friendly welcome and a very nice appearance.  

Each center has restroom facilities, beverages, and memorabilia.  Some sell books about the national park – for children and adults.  In some cases, games, puzzles, and children’s toys are available.  

Most of all, you may purchase maps which will help you navigate during your travels throughout the area.

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Pigeon Forge Welcome Center

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Bookstore at the Gatlinburg Welcome Center


Each town has at least one welcome center


Gatlinburg Welcome Center

520 Parkway
Gatlinburg TN 37738
Local Phone: (865) 436-0504

Gatlinburg Welcome Center
1011 Banner Rd
Gatlinburg TN 37738
Local Phone: (865) 436-0519

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Townsend Welcome Center

Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism
1950 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Local Phone: (865) 453-8574

Sevierville Visitor Center
3099 Winfield Dunn Parkway
Kodak, TN 37764
Local Phone: (865) 932-3491

Townsend Visitor Center
7906 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Townsend, TN 37882
Phone: (800) 525-6834

 

NATIONAL PARK WELCOME CENTERS


Park welcome centers and bookstores offer books, maps, clothing, historic food, toys, convenience items such as aspirin and insect repellent, and gifts. Stores are operated by Great Smoky Mountains Association, a nonprofit organization that has been helping the park since 1953. All purchases benefit the educational, historical, and scientific efforts of the park.

Welcome centers and related programs, activities, and facilities are free. For more information call 1-888-898-9102. Restrooms are accessible.

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Cades Cove Welcome Center

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These ladies will give you a warm welcome

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Lots of books about the Smoky Mountains are available for purchase along with freshly ground cornmeal.

 

 

Choose your Center

Cades Cove Visitor Center
Open year-round (except Christmas Day)
Hours: Open at 9 a.m. – Closing times vary throughout the year
686 Cades Cove Loop Rd
Townsend TN 37882

Clingmans Dome Visitor Center
Open from April 1 – November 30
Hours: 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
7078 Clingmans Dome Road
Cherokee NC 28719

Gatlinburg Welcome Center
Open daily except Christmas and Thanksgiving
Hours:
April-October – 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
November-March – 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
1011 Banner Road
Gatlinburg TN 37738

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont Visitor Center
Open Monday – Saturday most of the year
Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
9275 Tremont Rd
Townsend, TN 37882

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Relax as you drive to the Tremont Welcome Center and take in the sounds of the river and the smell of the forest.


Oconaluftee Visitor Center & Museum

Open year-round (except Christmas Day)
Hours:
June – August: 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
September: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
October: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
December – February: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
1194 Newfound Gap Highway
Cherokee NC 28719

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Oconaluftee Visitor Center


Sevierville Visitor Center

Open daily (Friday-Sunday only in winter) except major holidays
Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
3099 Winnfield Dunn Parkway, Suite 2
Kodak TN 37764

Sugarlands Visitor Center & Museum
Open year-round (except Christmas Day)
Hours:
June – August: 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
September: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
October: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
December – February: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
1420 Little River Road
Gatlinburg TN 37738

 

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Just one of the items on display at Sugarlands Visitor Center

 

Townsend Visitor Center
Open year-round (except major holidays)
Hours:
January – May: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
June – October: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
November – December: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy. Townsend, TN 37882

 

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