The Sugarlands Visitor Center is operated by the National Park Service. The Great Smoky Mountains Association operates a bookstore located within Sugarlands. It is located just inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg, TN. The visitor center offers free admission and contains informational exhibits, a gift shop and knowledgeable park rangers andd volunteers ready to answer questions.
Sugarlands Visitor Center is accessible from Highway 441 just two miles outside of Gatlinburg, TN. The visitor center has a museum that contains a wealth of information about wildlife in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The gift shop has a wide selection of souvenirs, as well as an extensive collection of books about the Smoky Mountains.
Sugarlands Visitor Center
A free 20-minute film about Great Smoky Mountains National Park is offered at Sugarlands Visitor Center. Vending machines are available at the visitor center. Ranger-led programs are offered periodically. The visitor center also serves as a backcountry permit station. And of course, public restrooms are available.
The Gatlinburg Trolley provides service to Sugarlands Visitor Center on the Tan/National Park route, during the summer months. The Trolley Route also includes Laurel Falls Parking Area and Elkmont Campground, in addition to the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
There are four visitor centers located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Sugarlands, Cades Cove, Oconaluftee, and Clingmans Dome.
Sugarlands Visitor Center opens at 8:00am every day (except Christmas Day). Closing times vary with season, typically around 5:00pm in the winter and 7:00pm in the summer.