Tours Great Smoky Mountains Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park TN, NC: These are the mountain
ranges along the Tennessee and North Carolina border in south eastern USA so named because
of the natural fog that is often present over the range. These are the sub ranges of Appalachian
Mountains. The Great Smoky Mountains National Parks is located within these confines. The
nearest airport is Knoxville about 45 miles northwest and Asheville about 60 miles east.
Getting around: Personal and rental autos are the best options to visit this park. Private
commercial transportation from Knoxville and Asheville may be available. There are five
entrances to the Park. The popular Gatlinburg entrance is about 45 miles from Knoxville airport.
Cherokee entrance is about 60 miles from Asheville Regional Airport. The city of Gatlinburg offers
trolley service to Sugarlands Visitor Center and Elkmont during summer and fall. Cherokee
Transit offers bus service to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge during summer and fall. Some roads
may be narrow, winding, and slow and closed for several months of the year. One may walk the
park on the Appalachian Trail which is about 71 miles entering at Fontana Dam to exit at
Davenport Gap. Park is open 24 hours 365 days a year. Some secondary roads, campgrounds
and other visitors’ facilities may be closed during winter.
Tourist seasons: High tourist season June to September, shoulder March to May and low
seasons October to February
Weather: Climatological Information Knoxville Tennessee source National Weather Service USA.
Altitudes and other factors may substantially influence the weather conditions in the same city,
town and neighborhood. Historical data may not be relied on for current conditions. Visit the
relevant source for the other climate variables.
Park elevations range from about 800 feet to about 6643 feet affecting the weather conditions at
different heights. Temperatures may be up to about 20F cooler at the mountain tops. Wind-chill
factors may bring the temperatures further down substantially. Average temperatures November
to March is around 15 to 55F, April to May around 40 to 70F, June to September around 60 to
86F, precipitation around 3 to 5 inches a month except October under 3 inches.
100mm = 3.9370 inches, 50mm = 1.9685 inches,
25mm = 0.9842 inches, 12.5mm = 0.4921 inches
Climatological information is based on WMO Climatological Normals(CLINO) for the 30-
year period 1981-2010.
Attention: Please note that the averaging period for climatological information and the
definition of "Mean Number of Rain Days" quoted in this web site may be different for
different countries. Hence, care should be taken when city climatologies are compared
Snowfall and weather related variants: Great Smoky Mountains National Park snowfall at
higher elevations October to April sometimes sudden and heavy making conditions hazardous. It
rarely snows at lower elevations. Wind-chill factors may bring temperatures considerably down.
Hottest month is July and coolest January. Highest recorded temperature 100F and lowest - 23F.
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