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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Tennessee, North Carolina
Visitors in 2017
522,426.88 acres
(2,114.2 km2)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a United States National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The border between Tennessee and North Carolina runs northeast to southwest through the centerline of the park. It is the most visited national park in the United States with over 11.3 million recreational visitors in 2016. On its route from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail also passes through the center of the park. The park was chartered by the United States Congress in 1934 and officially dedicated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940.

Learn more on Wikipedia.

Visitor Centers

Sugarlands Visitor Center
Clingmans Dome Visitor Center
Townsend Visitors Center
Oconaluftee Visitor Center
Cable Mill Visitors Center
Cable Mill Visitors Center

Top Attractions

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Abrams Falls Trailhead
Laurel Falls
Cades Cove
Clingmans Dome
Newfound Gap
Chimney Tops


Airports Nearby

McGhee Tyson Airport
48.2 mi / 1 hour 21 mins
Asheville Regional Airport
82.8 mi / 1 hour 53 mins
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
145 mi / 2 hours 50 mins
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
191 mi / 3 hours 40 mins

Towns Nearby

7.6 mi / 19 mins
Pigeon Forge
14.9 mi / 28 mins
21.6 mi / 40 mins
24.5 mi / 47 mins
28.1 mi / 48 mins
Bryson City
38.3 mi / 1 hour 6 mins

* Distance and travel time is calculated to the center of the park.