Smoky Mountain National Park Parking Tag

smokey mountain road with autumn trees surounding path parking tag is required for cars who park longer than 15 minutes at national park

15 Minute Parking

The Smoky Mountains National Park attracts millions of visitors each year. With its stunning views, diverse wildlife, and numerous recreational activities, it is no wonder that the park is a popular destination. However, as with any popular tourist destination, managing the flow of visitors can be challenging. In an effort to preserve the park and maintain its natural beauty, the National Park Service (NPS) has implemented a new rule that limits parking at the Smoky Mountains National Park to just 15 minutes, after which visitors will need to purchase a parking tag.

Parking tags cost $5 per day

This time limit applies to all areas of the park, including popular spots such as Cades Cove, Clingmans Dome, and Newfound Gap. After the 15 minutes are up, visitors will need to purchase a parking tag for their vehicle. The tag costs $5 per day and can be purchased at various locations throughout the park, including visitor centers, ranger stations, and automated fee machines.

All parking fees go towards preserving the park

The reasoning behind this is the increasing number of visitors and cars in the park is causing damage to the delicate ecosystem and creating safety hazards. 100% of the parking fees go towards protecting the Smoky Mountain National Park. The funds preserve campgrounds, trails, and roads along the National Park.

Click here to learn more and buy a parking tag for your next visit.