Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Lodging & Dining at Great Smoky

A variety of lodging and dining options are available to visitors, from a hike-in lodge in the park to many hotels, motels and cabins in nearby towns.

Lodging and Dining In the Park

LeConte Lodge

For a taste of the pioneer life, stay at LeConte Lodge, a rustic collection of cabins located in the forest near the top of Mount LeConte. It's a hikers-only affair because it can only be reached by walking one of five hiking trails that lead to Mount LeConte, the shortest and steepest being Alum Cave Trail, a four-hour hike. Gatlinburg mountaineer Jack Huff built the lodge as a retreat in 1926. He and his wife, Pauline, operated the lodge until 1960. The present concessioner is Stokely Hospitality Enterprises. 

Guests stay in rough-hewn private cabins or private rooms in cabins with shared living rooms. LeConte Lodge can accommodate up to 50 guests. Cabins are supplied with kerosene lamps, heaters, sheets and wool blankets. Four flush toilets are located in outhouses. Indoor plumbing, electricity, television and telephones are not available. Breakfast and dinner are served family-style in the lodge dining room. Guests who stay more than one night also get lunch. Lodging prices include meals. LeConte Lodge is a popular place to stay, so make reservations 8-12 months in advance. The lodge is open late March to mid-November. Please call (865) 429-5704 for reservations. Personal checks or money orders are accepted, but no credit cards.

Lodging and Dining Near the Park

Accommodations and restaurants are located in the gateway communities. The telephone numbers listed are for local visitor bureaus, chambers of commerce or departments of tourism. 

Cherokee, North Carolina

Adjacent to Great Smoky Mountains National Park on U.S. 411 in North Carolina, this is one of the only Indian reservations in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

Long before European explorers came into these mountains in 1540, the Cherokee Nation covered parts of eight states and ranged from the Ohio River southward into northern Georgia and Alabama. Their land encompassed 135,000 square miles. Through various controversial treaties, the Cherokee now have 56,000 acres in North Carolina which is known as the "Qualla Boundary." There are more than 10,000 Cherokee enrolled as members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.

Tourism is the economic foundation of the tribe. The reservation has 56 motels, 28 campgrounds, cultural attractions, an outdoor theater, trout fishing, restaurants, shops and more for the visitors who come to see what the Cherokee call, "The Land of the Blue Mist." The Cherokee people of today maintain their cultural heritage through crafts-making. Their work is available to purchase at Qualla Arts & Crafts, which is located along U.S. 441. 

For more information about "The Land of the Blue Mist," please call (800) 438-1601 or (828) 497-9195.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg is located on U.S. 441 near the Sugarlands Visitor Center at the park's north entrance. For more information, please call (800) 568-4748 or (865) 436-4178. 

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 

Nestled alongside the Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge is located on U.S. 441 near the park's north entrance.

Visitors can sample the wave pools, miniature golf courses, go-carts, bumper boats, kiddy rides and music shows in the spring and summer. Visitors to Dollywood experience mountain traditions while Dollywood's Celebrity Theater showcases musical artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Ronnie Milsap and Tanya Tucker.

The warm weather fun continues through October when glorious fall foliage adorns the city of Pigeon Forge. Fall also brings several arts and crafts festivals, two of which are nationally acclaimed.

If you arrive between the months of November and February, you will be greeted by a million twinkling lights. It's all a part of the annual Winterfest celebration. Live entertainment combines with traditional holiday festivities in November and December, while January and February feature dozens of special events such as the Wilderness Wildlife Week and a storytelling festival.

Year-round, Pigeon Forge is a mecca for outlet aficionados, boasting more than 200 factory outlet stores as well as specialty and craft villages. For a free vacation planner, please call (800) 251-9100. 

Townsend, Tennessee

In the early 1890s, this little mountain village located near the park's west entrance was the capital of the lumber industry in the eastern United States. Today, the commerce of sawmills and railroad cars has been replaced by a thriving tourist trade. Townsend has become a peaceful vacation spot for travelers who want it all—comfort, good food, affordable prices and easy access to the park.

Townsend's accommodations include modern motels, amenity-filled log cabins and campgrounds. You can enjoy golfing, tennis, swimming, tubing and horseback riding. Some facilities also offer games, fishing poles and badminton sets for children. Bicycle rentals are available for visitors who want to take advantage of the paved, three-mile bike trail that parallels U.S. 321 through Townsend.

Townsend's excellent restaurants offer varied menus, some of which specialize in regional dishes such as Tennessee country ham. Many restaurants will prepare box lunches if you want to picnic in the Smokies. 

Townsend has many craft shops featuring Appalachian art. Most shops carry the works of hometown and regional artists. For more information, please call (800) 525-6834.

Bryson City, North Carolina 

Bryson is located off U.S. 74 near the park's southern entrance; please call (800) 867-9246 or (828) 488-3681 for more information.

Fontana Dam, North Carolina

The Dam can be found along Highway 28 on the park's southwestern boundary; please call (800) 470-3790 or (828) 479-3790.

Maggie Valley, North Carolina

Maggie Valley is located off U.S. 19, southeast of the park; please call (800) 624-4431 or (828) 926-1686.

Sevierville, Tennessee 

Sevierville is located on U.S. 441 near the park's northern entrance; please call (865) 453-6411 for more information.

Cosby, Tennessee 

Cosby is located on U.S. 321 near the park's eastern entrance; please call (423) 623-7201 for more information.