Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Who's Who in the Park

National Park Service (NPS)

The NPS is the federal custodian of the park. It preserves the Smokies' natural habitat, which was once heavily farmed and logged, and maintains the park's historic man-made features. They also help visitors to have a more enjoyable and educational stay in the park. Contact the Superintendent at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738; (865) 436-1200.

Gateway Communities

Great Smoky Mountains National Park's gateway communities of Gatlinburg, Cosby, Pigeon Forge and Townsend in Tennessee, and Bryson City, Cherokee, Maggie Valley and Fontana Dam in North Carolina, offer lodging, dining and other services. Innkeepers, restaurateurs and merchants help make your stay in the Smokies comfortable and enjoyable.

Great Smoky Mountains Association

Founded in 1953 and operating bookstores both inside and outside the park, this nonprofit association publishes the park newspaper and other publications, funds staff positions for the park's library and archives, sponsors research projects, purchases items for living history demonstrations and funds visitor center exhibits. For more information, contact the Association at: 115 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738; or call (865) 436-7318.

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

The Institute is a nonprofit environmental education center offering residential and nonresidential programs such as photography workshops, wilderness adventure camps and elderhostels. All programs emphasize exploration and understanding of the park's natural and cultural resources. Please contact the Institute at: 9275 Tremont Road, Townsend, TN 37882; (865) 448-6709. 

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

This nonprofit organization is dedicated to raising private and corporate contributions to help the park meet some of its critical funding needs. The goals include assisting with natural and historic resource projects, and helping to improve visitor facilities and services. For more information, contact: Friends of the Smokies, P.O. Box 1660, Kodak, TN 37764-7660; (865) 932-4794;

Appalachian Trail Conference

This private, nonprofit organization is dedicated to maintaining and protecting the Appalachian Trail, 70 miles of which run through the park. The organization publishes information about the Appalachian Trail, conducts research projects and assists in trail maintenance. It represents more than 60 volunteer trail clubs and 16,000 members. Please contact the organization at: P.O. Box 807, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425; (304) 535-6331 for more information.