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“Start Your Park Visit Here” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sugarlands Visitors Center

Sugarlands Visitors Center
2 miles south of Gatlinburg on US-441, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: GSMA Store Locations and HoursCades Cove Visitor Center HoursOpen every day except Christmas Day.January 9:00 am - 4:30 pmFebruary 9:00 am - 5:00 pmMarch 9:00 am - 6:00 pmApril – Aug. 9:00 am - 7:00 pmSept. – Oct. 9:00 am - 6:00 pmNovember 9:00 am - 5:00 pmDecember 9:00 am - 4:30 pmLocationInside the park near the mid-point of the 11-mile, one-way Cades Cove Loop Road.Special ProgramsRanger-led programs are conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for times.ExhibitsIndoor and outdoor exhibits of Southern Mountain life and culture. Includes Cable Mill, a grist mill which operates spring through fall, the Becky Cable house, and other historic structures. Available FacilitiesGreat Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms. Oconaluftee Visitor CenterHoursOpen every day except Christmas DayJan. - April 8:30 am - 4:30 pmMay 8:30 am - 5:00 pmJune – Aug. 8:00 am - 6:00 pmSept.- Oct. 8:30 am - 6:00 pmNov. – Dec. 8:30 am - 4:30 pmLocation1194 Newfound Gap RoadCherokee , NC 28719Inside the park, 2 miles north of Cherokee, NC, on US-441Special ProgramsRanger-led programs conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for location and times.ExhibitsThe adjacent Mountain Farm Museum contains a fascinating collection of log structures including a farmhouse, barn, smokehouse, applehouse, corn cribs and others. Demonstrations of farm life are conducted seasonally.Available FacilitiesGreat Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms and telephones. Soda and water machines. Backcountry permit station. Sugarlands Visitor CenterHoursOpen every day except Christmas Day.Jan. – Feb. 8:00 am - 4:30 pmMarch 8:00 am - 5:00 pmApril - May 8:00 am - 6:00 pmJune – Aug. 8:00 am - 7:00 pmSept. – Oct. 8:00 am - 6:00 pmNovember 8:00 am - 5:00 pmDecember 8:00 am - 4:30 pmLocation 1420 Little River RoadGatlinburg TN 37738Inside the park, 2 miles south of Gatlinburg on US-441Special Programs Ranger-led programs conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for locations and times. Exhibits Free admission to 20-minute film about the park. Extensive natural history exhibits. Available Facilities Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms and telephones. Soda and water machines. Backcountry permit station. Gatlinburg Welcome Center - DowntownHours Open every day except Christmas Day.10:00 am - 6:00 pmLocation520 ParkwayGatlinburg TN 37738At traffic light #3 on the parkway in downtown GatlinburgAvailable FacilitiesGreat Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. City of Gatlinburg information. Public restrooms and telephones.Gatlinburg Welcome Center - On the Spur between Pigeon Forge and GatlinburgHoursOpen every day except Christmas DayApril - October 8:30 am - 7:00 pmNovember - March 8:30 am - 5:30 pmLocation1011 Banner RoadGatlinburg TN 377382 miles outside of Gatlinburg on US-441 SouthAvailable FacilitiesGreat Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. City of Gatlinburg information. Public restrooms and telephones.Sevierville Visitor CenterHoursOpen every day except Christmas Day.9:00 am – 6:00 pmLocation3099 Winfield Dunn ParkwayKodak, TN 377641.25 miles from Interstate 40/81 on Highway US-66 near SeviervilleAvailable FacilitiesGreat Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Sevier County, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville information. Public restrooms and telephones.Townsend Visitor CenterHoursOpen every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.Jan. - May 9:00 am - 5:00 pmJune – Oct. 9:00 am - 6:00 pmNov.- Dec. 9:00 am - 5:00 pmLocation7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy (U.S. 321)Townsend TN 37882Available FacilitiesGreat Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Townsend and local area information. Public restrooms and telephones.Historic Grist MillsCable Mill in Cades CoveHoursOpen From March 15 through the Sunday following Thanksgiving 9:00 - 5:00LocationInside the park near the mid-point of the 11-mile, one-way Cades Cove Loop Road.ExhibitsWater-powered grist mill.Mingus Mill near OconalufteeOpen From March 15 through the Sunday following Thanksgiving 9:00 - 5:00LocationInside the park, 2 miles north of Cherokee, NC, on US 441.ExhibitsTurbine-powered grist mill.Tremont Institute
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Bloomington, Indiana
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“Start Your Park Visit Here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

We come frequently to the park, and this place is always crazily busy with tourists and volunteers helping out. The amount of books, gifts, clothing, and food is beyond what I have ever seen in a national park visitors' center. Be sure to start your park visit there; we stop by every trip even though we know the park inside and out!

Visited August 2011
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Maryville, Tennessee
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“A "Must Stop" in the Smokies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

Informative exhibits, helpful park rangers for advice and information, souvenirs

Visited February 2012
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Maryville
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“Nice surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

This is a great visitors center. Lots of knowledgable people. There is a great museum at the back of the building. Behind the building starts a nature walk that leads to a waterfall-beautiful. Great for kids since it is more of a walk than a hike.

Visited February 2012
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“Clean facilities”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

Clean facilities, nice educational opportunities to learn about the park.

Visited January 2012
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Knoxville, TN
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“Great starting point”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

This visitor center is staffed by extremely knowledgeable volunteers who have personally hiked many if not all the trails the Smoky Mtn. have to offer. These people can tell you what to see and do, whether a couple hours or days. Free back-country permits are available here if you are planning to camp in the primitive back-country sites. They can give you all the info as to what equipment, footwear and fitness levels appropriate to what you are interested in doing. One last thing, this is the last bathroom stop between Gatlingburg, TN and Cherokee, NC. It is also the only stop between Gatlinburg and the popular Cade's Cove. I stress utilizing it, especially during peak seasons as traffic can be stop and go for MANY miles and take hours.

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