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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a rarity within our country’s national park system. It’s the most visited of them all, and it’s one of the few that doesn’t require an admission fee. That was a stipulation attached to one of the early land donations that helped create GSMNP in the early decades of the 20th century.
Parking tags will be required on any motor vehicle parked within the park boundary as of March 1. The rates will be $5 for a daily parking tag, $15 for a tag that’s valid for as many as seven days and $40 for an annual parking tag. All revenue will stay within the park, to help provide sustainable, year-round funding geared toward improving the visitor experience as well as protecting natural resources and maintaining trails, roads, historic structures and facilities.
While there will be a charge for parking anywhere within the park, the use of all roads will remain toll-free. Also, no parking fees will be charged for motorists parking for less than 15 minutes. So if you simply want to pull over onto a scenic overlook to take in the views, you may still do so at no cost. Purchasing a parking tag, however, will not guarantee a parking spot at any specific location, and all parking will continue to be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Three tag durations are available for purchase for all vehicle sizes and types:
- Daily – $5
- Weekly – $15
- Annual – $40
- Parking tags are not replaceable, refundable, transferable, or upgradable.
- Each tag is valid for a single vehicle and must include a license plate number matching the vehicle in which it is displayed.
- Parking tags are available for purchase both online and onsite.
- Display of physical parking tags in each vehicle is required. Digital representations are not accepted.
- Parking tags are not location-specific. A parking tag is required to park anywhere within the boundaries of the Smokies.
- Parking tags are not required for motorists who pass through the area or who park for less than 15 minutes.
- Interagency passes (senior, access, etc.) are not accepted in lieu of a parking tag.
Annual parking tags must be displayed in the front, lower passenger side windshield. Daily and weekly parking tags must be placed face-up on the front, lower passenger side dashboard.