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TWIN CREEKS PICNIC PAVILION, TN

part ofGreat Smoky Mountains National Park, National Park Service
Photo: TWIN CREEKS PICNIC PAVILION
Status: Open through Fri Oct 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Twin Creeks Picnic Pavilion is the largest in the park, surrounded by the scenic forest of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located in a secluded and private section of the Smokies, this pavilion is a popular place for group trips.

Natural Features:

World-renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian culture, Great Smoky Mountains is America's most visited national park.

At 1,900 feet, Twin Creeks Picnic Pavilion provides a moderate climate, characterized by mild winters and hot, humid summers.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park preserves a rich cultural history of Southern Appalachia. From the pre-historic Paleo Indians to the early 19th century European settlers, the park strives to protect the historic structures, landscapes and artifacts that tell the stories of the people who once called these mountains home.

Recreation:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise, with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short, leg-stretchers to strenuous treks, with a number of which accessible near the picnic area.

Hiking is not the only reason for visiting the Smokies: Fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing and auto touring are also popular activities.

Visitors can enjoy high-quality backcountry fishing in the cool waters of the countless streams and rivers that snake through the mountains, with trout available in abundance.

A one-way nature trail and scenic drive is accessible from the park, providing the type of views the Smokies are known for

Wildlife viewing is a popular pastime, and with around 1,500 bears living in the park, most visitors come to the Smokies hoping to spot one. The park is a sanctuary for a magnificent array of animal and plant life, all of which is protected for future generations to enjoy.

The park also holds one of the best collections of log buildings in the eastern United States. Over 90 historic structures, including houses, barns, outbuildings, churches, schools and grist mills, have been preserved or rehabilitated in the park.

Facilities:

Twin Creeks Picnic Pavilion can accommodate around 150 guests and offers a covered eating area, multiple grills, flush toilets and other modern amenities, making it an ideal location for a party or family get-together. The pavilion may be reserved for a full day.

Nearby Attractions:

Gatlinburg, a one of the Smokies' famous tourist towns, is located just over a mile from the picnic area, offering visitors tours, organized rafting trips, museums, restaurants, galleries, an aquarium, skiing and more.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • River Access
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Historic Sites
  • Trails
Know Before You Go
  • Bear Habitat!!
    • All food and items used to store or prepare food, including coolers, MUST be stored in the trunk or cab of your vehicle/s at all times when not in use.
    • Dispose of garbage promptly in bear-proof dumpsters.
    • This rule is strictly enforced!


  • Potable water is available at restrooms but not at the pavilion.
  • Alcohol is allowed at designated picnic areas.
  • There are BBQ grills for charcoal fires. Wood fires are not allowed.
  • Decorations are allowed, provided they do not damage the structure (i.e. no staples) and are cleaned up on departure. Directional signs leading to the site are prohibited.
  • Commercial activity (i.e. sales) is prohibited. Use of the pavilion for weddings and wedding receptions requires a Special Use Permit. Call 865-436-1261 for permit information.
  • Keep your confirmation notice with you in the event of a conflict with a non-reservation party.
  • A Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license is required to fish in the park. Special regulations apply in the park.
  • Pets are permitted but cannot be left unattended. All pets must be kept on a leash at all times. Pets are not allowed on trails.
  • For additional park information call 865-436-1200 or visit www.nps.gov/grsm
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    35.68639, -83.50194
    35°41'11"N, 83°30'7"W

    From downtown Gatlinburg Tennessee, Turn south at stoplight #8 in Gatlinburg. Follow Historic Nature Trail Road to 4-way junction at access road to Park Vista Hotel. Go straight and continue 1.4 miles into the Park. turn right at Twin Creeks sign.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    TWIN CREEKS PICNIC PAVILION
    Mailing address is: 107 Park Headquarters Road
    GATLINBURG TN 37738

    Phone Number:

    Information: (865)436-1261
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