Getting to Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park straddles the state line between North Carolina and Tennessee. Though the Tennessee side gets superior numbers of visitors, North Carolina holds a greater percentage of the Park. Two highways cut through the park, Little River road on the Tennessee side and Newfoundland Gap Road that curves through the mountains in the middle of the park. There is a variety of possibilities to get to Getting to Great Smokey Mountains NP.

By Plane, visitors typically arrive in either Ashville (North Carolina, 60 miles East) or Knoxville (Tennessee, 45 Miles West)

By Car/Camper-Trailer, the best way to travel to the park, with the best entrances through Gatlinburg, Tennessee or through Cherokee, Maggie Valley of Bryson City in North Carolina.

There is no public transportation to the park

Smoky Mountains Contact Info


Sugarlands Visitor Center: 2 miles south of Gatlinburg, TN, on US-441.

Clingmans Dome Visitor Contact Station: 7 miles off US-441 on the Clingmans Dome Road.

Oconaluftee Visitor Center: 2 miles North of Cherokee, NC, on US-441.

Cades Cove Visitor Center: 6 along the one-way Cades Cove Loop Road


(865) 436-1200

States Occupied

Tennessee and North Carolina