Day Use and Picnic Sites in Western North Carolina
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The Park has specific sites set aside for picnicking. Chimneys, Deep Creek, Cades Cove, and Cosby, remain open year-round. Other sites include Greenbrier, Big Creek, Collins Creek, Balsam Mountain, and Look Rock. Most picnic areas in the Park have pavilions.

Recorded Phone Information
Great Smoky Mountain National Park 865-436-1200

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Directions to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park:

Several major highways lead to the Park.
The following routes provide access to the three main entrances.

Directions from Tennessee to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

From the east ( I-81): take I-40 to Exit 407 (Sevierville) to TN Route 66 South, and continue to U.S. 441 South. Follow U.S. 441 to Park.

From I-40 in Knoxville: exit 386B U.S. Highway 129 South to Alcoa/Maryville. At Maryville proceed on U.S. 321 North through Townsend. Continue on TN Highway 73 to the Park.

Directions from North Carolina to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

From I-40: take U.S. Route 19 West through Maggie Valley. Proceed to U.S. 441 North at Cherokee. Follow 441 N into the Park.

Directions from Georgia to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

From Atlanta it points south: follow U.S. 441 and 23 North. U.S. 441 North leads to the Park.

The nearest major airport in Tennessee is McGhee-Tyson (TYS) in Alcoa, 45 miles west of Gatlinburg. North Carolina's, Asheville Airport is 60 miles east of Cherokee. There is no train or bus service.

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