The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, and it is about to get a little bit more expensive to visit. Beginning March 1, 2023, visitors will be required to purchase a parking tag for their vehicles if they want to park anywhere within the boundaries of the park.
There are three different tag options available, depending on how long you will be staying:
Daily – $5
Weekly – $15
Annual – $40
While the new entrance fees are quite affordable, there are some other things to be noted. Parking tags will be available for purchase online on nps.gov and onsite. Once purchased, parking tags will not be replaceable, refundable, transferable, or upgradeable. Each tag will only be valid for a single vehicle and must include a matching license plate number. For more information, please visit nps.gov/smokies/parkingtags.html.
If you are planning on visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park anytime after March 1, 2023, be sure to factor in the cost of a parking tag. While the tags are relatively inexpensive, they are required for all vehicles parked within the park boundaries. Tags can be purchased online or onsite, but they are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Be sure to have your license plate number handy when purchasing your tag so that it can be properly registered.