GSMNP parking tags quickly sell out, pre-order still available

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the park will begin selling parking tags for its “Park it Forward” program in January.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced it would begin selling parking tags for its “Park it Forward” program in January.
Published: Jan. 17, 2023 at 2:51 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2023 at 12:15 PM CST
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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) - Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced it would begin selling parking tags for its “Park it Forward” program in January.

The parking program will go into effect on March 1 and require parking tags for some of the park’s most popular spots.

“Park it Forward is crucial to the future of the park and its resources,” said Superintendent Cassius Cash. “Parking tag sales will provide critically needed support to protect and enhance the visitor experience, not just for tomorrow, but for generations to come.”

Tags will be available per vehicle and cannot be transferred.

The park offered an early sale of 2,000 annual parking tags; however, they sold out on Wednesday, Jan. 18, according to officials. Guests can still pre-order passes through the Great Smoky Mountains Association until more come in stock.

Those interested can buy the annual pass for $40 here. In addition, the daily and weekly tags will go on sale on Feb. 21 on recreation.gov.

All revenue from the sales will go directly to the park.