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Some useful information

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker’s paradise with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short leg-stretchers to strenuous treks that may require backcountry camping. Hiking is not the only reason for visiting the Smokies! Car camping, fishing, picnicking, wildlife observing, and auto touring are all among some of the popular activities. Find out more information about the park by visiting a local welcome center or online at

The Great Smoky National park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. However, some secondary roads, campgrounds, and other visitor facilities close in the winter months. Other roads may be temporary closed due to weather or construction. For detailed information about closures, please call (865) 436-1200 option 2.

March through May: Spring brings with it unpredictable weather. Changes occur rapidly – sunny skies can yield to snow flurries in a few hours. March is the month with the most radical changes; snow can fall at any time during the month, particularly in the higher elevations. Temperatures in the lower elevations have a mean high of 61ºF. Low temperatures, which are often below freezing, have a mean of 42ºF. By mid-April the weather is usually milder. Daytime temperatures often reach the 70s and occasionally the 80s. Below freezing temperatures at night are uncommon in the lower elevations but still occur higher up. April averages over four inches of rain, usually in the form of afternoon showers. May is warmer, with daytime highs in the 70s and 80s and lows in the 40s and 50s. May rainfall averages about 4.5 inches.
June through August: Summer in the Smokies means heat, haze, and humidity. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms are common. Temperatures increase through the period with July and August afternoon highs in the 90s in the lower elevations. Evening lows are usually comfortable with readings in the 60s and 70s. In the higher elevations, the weather is much more pleasant. On Mount Le Conte (6,593′ elevation), temperatures above 80 degrees are extremely rare.
September through mid-November: Clear skies and cooler weather signal the onset of the fall color season. Warm days alternate with cool nights. Daytime highs are usually in the 70s and 80s during September, falling to the 50s and 60s in early November. The first frosts often occur in late September. By November, the lows are usually near freezing. This is the driest period of the year with only occasional rain showers. In the higher elevations, snow is a possibility by November.
Mid-November through February: Winter in the Smokies is generally moderate, but extremes in weather do occur, especially with an increase in elevation. It is not unusual to have warm temperatures in the low elevations and snow in the higher areas. About half the days in the winter have high temperatures of 50 degrees or more. Highs occasionally even reach the 70s. Most nights have lows at or below freezing. But lows of -20°F. are possible at high elevations. In the low elevations, snows of 1″ or more occur 1-5 times a year. Snow falls more frequently in the higher mountains and up to two feet can fall during a storm. January and February are the months when one is most likely to find snow in the mountains.

By Car
Interstate 40 Exit 407 is the best way to reach Sevierville.

By Plane
Sevierville is less than an hour from Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), and is serviced by five major carriers and more than 120 arrivals and departures each day. Car rental and taxi service are available.

By Private Jet
Use the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport (GKT), located in Sevierville. Car rental and taxi service are available.

Public Transportation
There is no public transportation to the national park from major cities in the area. However commercial businesses operating in the smaller communities surrounding the national park offer transportation from cities such as Knoxville, TN and Asheville, NC to the park. Information is available from local Chambers of Commerce.

The City of Gatlinburg offers trolley service from Gatlinburg, TN to Sugarlands Visitor Center and Elkmont on the “Tan/National Park” route during summer and fall. Cost is $2 roundtrip.

There are a few convenience and grocery stores in the area, if you wish to place an order for delivery, Publix offers deliveries through Instacart or you may place an order at the local Walmart.

Here is a list of the nearest stores:

Catrina Latin Store – 6 minutes away
3971 Parkway,
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Open 10AM–10PM

Taste of Europe – 7 minutes away
3985 Parkway,
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Open: 11AM to 8:00PM

Express by Food City – 8 minutes away
3625 Parkway
Open until 12:00 AM
(865) 453-4977
-In-store shopping
-In-store pickup

Marathon-Super Market – 9 Minutes away
3510 Parkway
(865) 453-1387

Food City – 10 minutes away
3064 Teaster Ln,
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Kroger – 14 minutes away
220 Wears Valley Rd
Supermarket with a deli, bakery & more
(865) 429-0874
In-store shopping
Curbside pickup

Publix Super Market at Valley Forge Shopping Center – 14 Minutes away
2656 Parkway
Open until 10:00 PM · (865) 774-2030
Curbside pickup

Walmart Supercenter – 17 Minutes away
1414 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Visitors can charge their electric vehicles (EV) at the Sugarlands and Oconaluftee visitor centers. There are two types of EV recharging equipment: “Level 2” units which are alternating current (AC) units that are powered by 208 Vac, single-phase systems; and direct current (DC) fast charging (DCFC) units which utilize 208 Vac 3Ø power. The program is part of a larger national park initiative to reduce pollution and carbon emissions.

Charging stations operate with the Greenlots SkyNetwork using either a Greenlots RFID card or Greenlots mobile phone app if cellular service is available. Visitor centers have Greenlots RFID cards available for purchase. A fee is associated with vehicle charging. The fee covers the cost of operating and maintaining the charging unit.


SEVIERVILLE, TN 37862-9998

Retail Hours
Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Sun – Closed

Lot Parking Available
For facility accessibility, please call the Post Office.
1-800-ASK-USPS® (800-275-8777)
Phone 865-429-9818
Fax 865-429-3437
TTY 877-889-2457

LeConte Medical Center
742 Middle Creek Rd.
Sevierville, TN 37862

Pigeon Forge Police
3225 Rena St.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37868

Gatlinburg Police Dept.
1230 E. Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Sevier County Sheriff
106 W Bruce Street
Sevierville, TN 37876

First Med Family Med
3342 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Urgent Care of the Smokies
1015 E Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Walgreens Pharmacy
3071 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(24 Hour)

Walgreen Pharmacy 
811 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Food City Pharmacy 
1219 E Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Make sure to check their sites or Facebook to see if they are open.

1. Cades Cove

2. Roaring Fork

3. ElkMont

4. Harrisburg Covered Bridge

5. Visit the Dolly statue

6. The island 🌴

7. Old Mill district & waterfall

8. Dolly’s stampede visit horses & property

9. Gatlinburg Buffalo Farm

10. Sugarlands Visitor Center

11. Hiking the Smokies

12. Driving the Smoky’s on Newfound Gap

13. Driving the Smoky’s on Foothills Parkway

14. Swimming/fishing the rivers

15. City parks & playgrounds

16. Friendly Falls

17. Bush’s Baked beans museum

18. Blowing cave mill

19. Valentine Mill

20. Mingus Mill

21. Cooter’s Place

22. Patriot Park

23. Dark Island swinging bridge

24. RiverWalk Greenway walking trail

25. Cherokee lake

26. Douglas lake

27. Clingmans Dome & hidden tunnel

28. Chimneys picnic area

29. Metcalf bottom picnic area

30. Ely’s Mill

31. Gatlinburg Overlook

32. Browse stores & shops

33. Walk the streets of Gatlinburg

34. Bass Pro fish aquarium

35. Knife works

36. Glades covered Bridge Art district Gatlinburg