Great Smoky Mountains
Most Visited National Park
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a variety of year-round outdoor activities including 800 miles of trails for hiking, exploring, sightseeing and plenty of photo opportunities along the park’s scenic routes. Enjoy camping, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and auto touring throughout the park.
For the thrill-seekers, try white water rafting or zipping through the forest on a Zip Line!
The park is one of the largest protected land areas east of the Rocky Mountains and it’s the most visited national park in our American Park system. Here you can uncover breathtaking streams, waterfalls and flowering plants.
Relax and enjoy your Smoky Mountains vacation in a WNC cabin, hotel or if you prefer to “rough it” then select from the various camping options that are available! There are numerous camps located within the park or you can try out one of the local campgrounds featuring picnic areas, outdoor grills and showers. Cherokee, Sylva, Maggie Valley, and Bryson City are some of the cities on the outskirts of the park offering various accommodations.
The Oconaluftee Visitors' Center near Cherokee, North Carolina is the eastern entrance to the park. Unlike most other national parks, there is no entry fee to the park.