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“Great easy, short hikes for families.”

Sugarlands Visitors Center
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Sights of the Smokies All Day Tour
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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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Sevierville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great easy, short hikes for families.”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

If you want your family to enjoy some of the Smokies natural beauty but aren't into hiking, this is one place to go. I was with a children's field trip. They had a lot of fun walking on the trails. We crossed a creek where yellow and black butterflies swarmed all around us. At the end of the trail was a beautiful waterfall. We came back a different way and then ahd a picnic. When it was over my grandson wanted to go again. I am not much of a hiker, but I didn't mind this easy trail.

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“way better than we expected”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

Since most every thing with the government's oversight seems really screwed up lately we didn't expect much. The museum is really neat, they have an awesome junior Ranger program for younger kids, Rangers were very courteous and helped with questions.

Visited July 2013
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Tennyson, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great place for information”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

This was my first trip to the Smoky Mountains, so I wanted to stop by here to get some general information about the area. Even though it was fairly busy, there were tons of Rangers around to answer any questions that I had. There was also a nice museum featuring the plants and wildlife of the Smokies. A gift shop and restrooms completed this visitors- and don't forget to pick up some brochures and little coupon books while you're there!

Visited July 2013
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Springfield, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 673 helpful votes
“If coming from Gatlinburg, stop for information”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

This is the main visitors center if you are entering the park from the west. It is a beautiful center with an excellent gift shop, a small museum about plants an animals of the region and a nice video. There are plenty of rangers to answer your questions and give you advise on what to see and how long it will take. A great place to plan your visit. There are also 2 very nice, level hiking trails that start at the center and take about an hour each to hike. One goes to Cascade Falls and the other passes several historic homes. This is a great introduction the the smokys if you are a new visitor.

Visited June 2013
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Kentucky
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“Amazing Staff and Upkeep”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Just wanted to thank the staff and forest service for providing such a warm and welcoming place and for maintaining the services to millions of visitor a year.

Our family hasn't started our vacation without a visit to the Sugarland Center. Many Thanks!

Visited June 2013
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