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If you have ever been to the Gatlinburg Visitor Center you will be greeted with a completely remodeled area when you return. If you have not had a chance to visit before you will easily find the visitor center on the main Parkway of Gatlinburg located at the intersection of US 321 and US 441, just across from a public parking garage, it is a perfect place to start a walking exploration of the city.
The landscape surrounding the Gatlinburg Visitor Center has been redesigned to be transformed into a park like setting maximizing the outdoor space to give visitors a place to relax and unwind as they learn about the area and plan the remainder of their day or trip. An expanded sitting area and pavilion has been updated to offer a charging station for your electronics as you sit back to relax and take in the beautiful setting. With four waterfalls being added to the landscape you will be able to unwind as you take a break and listen to the soothing sound. Located on the east side of the building a new interpretive mountain area offers an educational element for adults interested in seeing the layout of the mountains with the names of many mountain peaks found in the Smoky Mountains. Children will stay entertained with the interactive features such as musical instruments located near the riverbed with a splashing brook flowing at the base of the interruptive mountain.
The building of the Gatlinburg Visitor Center will be more open to create a better flow and visibility. The entire project is just a short time frame away from its expected completion date of July 22, 2013.
As you would expect with any visitor center you will find the normal amenities expected as well as the outdoor park like setting. A perfect stop area for a break to know that there will be clean public restrooms and information on the area with maps and discount books.