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Sugarlands Visitor Center

Sugarlands Visitor Center
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Sugarlands Visitor Center is the primary point of contact for visitors entering Great Smoky Mountains National Park via Gatlinburg, TN. It is located two miles south of Gatlinburg on US-441.

At Sugarlands, visitors can view extensive natural history exhibits and a free 20-minute film about Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ranger-led programs are offered seasonally. The facility includes a Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop, as well as a Backcountry permit station. Information desk staff can answer your questions about planning your day in the park. Nature trails nearby feature a historic cabin and waterfall. Public restrooms, telephones, and drink machines are available.

Seasons Open: Year-round, every day except Christmas Day.

Hours Open: Jan-Feb 8:00-4:30; Mar 8:00-5:00; Apr-May 8:00-6:00; Jun-Aug 8:00-7:00; Sep-Oct 8:00-6:00; Nov 8:00-5:00; Dec 8:00-4:30

Fees: Free

 ADA Accessibility Notes

The visitor center and restrooms are accessible. Designated accessible parking spaces are available. Exhibits, information desk, and book sales areas are all on one level.

The Sugarlands Valley all-access nature trail is located just south on Newfound Gap Road.

 Eco-Friendly Notes

The visitor center has been updated with a "cool roof" system, allowing heat to escape and lowering cooling costs. The updated roof also features recycled rubber shakes and solar tubes which provide additional lighting without needing electricity. Solar panels provide energy for heating water in the restrooms.

 Pet Friendly Notes

No pets are allowed within the visitor center. Leashed dogs are allowed on the Gatlinburg Trail, a short walking path nearby the visitor center. This trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail (near Oconaluftee Visitor Center in NC) are the only park trails that allow pets. Pet excrement must be immediately collected by the pet handler and disposed of in a trash receptacle.

For More Information, Contact:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-1200

Anna Johnson wrote on April 21, 2015: I am interested in hiking to Grotto Falls on May 6. I wanted to make sure that trail is free and clear to hike.

Linda Huss wrote on February 04, 2013: Sugarland volunteers are very friendly and know the area quite well. Always been very helpful.

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Latitude: 35.685340000
Longitude: -83.536691900
Elevation: 1468 FT (447 M)
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