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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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“Lots of answers and plenty of information”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

This Visitor's Center was very helpful to us on our first trip to Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The rangers were very polite and answered many questions. We had a 3 year old and and an older son with some medical handicaps, so we weren't sure which trials or sights would be good for us to see. The rangers took there time and gave some great recommendations to us. There are maps of the park and trails available also. If in the area, don't be afraid to stop in and get some great advice.

Visited April 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Answers are us”
Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

Very similar to a previous post, but be sure u take the time to go here. They have two full time rangers on duty to do nothing but answer questions and get u outdoors! Additionally, they also have a mini museum that explains all about the wildlife in the park. From wild hog to black bear, they have a stuffed replica and an explanation about them. This was super educational to my 5 year old! Just go to go. You won't be disappointed.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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“All the information you need.”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

If you have a question they'll have the answer. The local news paper and trail maps are available free of charge. There's also a picturesque nature walking trail that can be completed in 30 minutes. They have a few exhibits, auditorium and a souvenir shop.

Visited March 2014
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Jackson, Mississippi
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“Great Way to learn about the Smoky Mountains”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

My wife and I stopped at the Suglarlands Visitors Center for information on our trip to Gatlinburg. The employees were able to tell us about all trails and activities. They even offered a free video on the history of the Smoky Mountains. The best part of all of these actives is they are free. We went on a hike that starts behinds the visitor center and ends with a nice waterfall.

Visited March 2014
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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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“Informative and educational.”
Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

We went to the visitor center to visit. They have a small museum that had local plant and wildlife (free). This was great for our 3 year old to see animals and plants and be able to ask questions about it to the very informed Park Rangers. The Rangers were very helpful about trails as well as wildlife that you could see during your visit. They also have a short movie in a theatre that plays to tell you about the area (free). They also have a gift shop where proceeds go into protecting the park. They had books for all ages not only about the park, but the culture, and educational books. They had souvenirs and cultural based items. If wanting material and education overview of the park they have a book and dvd combo pack that is cheaper then buying them individually. Also while there was introduced to Passports to the National parks program. You buy a passport (we got one for our 3 year old) for about $9 and while you are there you can get a cancellation stamp (free) with the date and the location that you are in. If you want a sticker for your passport it's 2.50. It was recommended to get the adult passport as it had more room for cancellations and stamps.

Visited March 2014
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