Four visitor centers are located within the national park at Cades Cove (open year-round), Oconaluftee (open year-round), Sugarlands (open year-round) and Clingmans Dome. In addition, four information centers are located outside the park in the communities of Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and Townsend.
Lodging and camping are available throughout the park. The National Park Service maintains developed campgrounds at 10 locations in the park:
? Abrams Creek
? Balsam Mountain
? Big Creek
? Cades Cove
? Deep Creek
? Look Rock
Additionally, backcountry camping is available with a permit. Group campsites, horse camping and rustic lodging atop Mount LeConte - the tallest mountain in the Smokies - provide other options for visitors who wish to spend a night in the park. Reservations can be made for many sites at http://www.recreation.gov.
Activities within the park encompass a wide range of recreational and historic interests. Sites such as Cades Cove offer a glimpse of mountain life through historic structures and interpretive information. From early May until late September each year, the Cade’s Cove loop road is closed to motor vehicle traffic on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10:00 a.m. to allow bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the cove.
Seasonally operated gristmills at Cades Cove and Mingus Mill highlight the importance of these structures to mountain communities. Over 800 miles of hiking trails in the park allow visitors to choose from quiet walkways to multi-day backpacking treks through the backcountry. The annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is a long-running annual event held within the park consisting of a variety of wildflower, fauna, and natural history walks, motorcades, photographic tours, art classes, and indoor seminars.