Spending the Day in Tremont

Tremont Institute is located inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park so we welcome park visitors to hike the trails in the area and visit our gift store any time the park is open.

We would love for you to join us for a residential program to experience the benefits of living and learning in a national park, but if you have only a day to explore Tremont, we want to help you make the most of your time!

Hiking Trails

Here are a few good hiking options near us.

Please hike responsibly and safely and practice Leave No Trace principles. For more information about hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and to download a trail map, visit the park’s official website. Trail maps and hiking guides can also be purchased in park gift stores—including Tremont!

Spruce Flats Falls. Photo by Kimberly Weber

Spruce Flats Falls (2 miles round trip)

To access the Spruce Flats Falls trailhead, park in the Institute’s gift store parking lot. Walk up the gravel service road, and take a left at our dorms. You’ll see a sign that says “Falls.”

Middle Prong Trail. Photo by Kimberly Weber

Middle Prong Trail (8.2 miles round trip to Indian Flats Falls)

This wide trail with a gradual incline is perfect for a nice stroll in the park. Be on the look out for remnants of the park’s history along the trail. Walk as far as you like, turn around, and head back to your car.

Campsite 18 along West Prong Trail. Photo by Kimberly Weber

West Prong to Campsite 18 (4 miles round trip)

Want to test out your backcountry gear and skills before heading too far into the woods? Try campsite 18.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

When planning your trip, check out the official national park website for trail information and road closures.

National Park Website
Smokies Road Info on Twitter

Tremont Institute Gift Store

Be sure to visit the gift store at Tremont! Proceeds from purchases in the store support Tremont programs so you’ll be helping connect more people with nature as you buy your Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Tremont souvenirs.

Our gift store is open limited hours through the remainder of 2020. Below are tentative hours of operation for the gift store:

  • Friday, October 23, 9 am–4 pm
  • Saturday, October 24, 10 am–2 pm
  • Monday, October 26, 9 am–4 pm
  • Friday, October 30, 9 am–4 pm
  • Monday, November 2, 9 am–4 pm
  • Friday, November 6, 9 am–4 pm
  • Friday, November 13, 9 am–4 pm
  • Saturday, November 14, 9 am–4 pm
  • Monday, November 16, 9 am–4 pm
  • Friday, November 20, 9 am–4 pm
  • Saturday, November 21, 9 am–4 pm
  • Monday, November 23, 9 am–4 pm
  • Monday, November 30, 9 am–4 pm
  • Friday, December 4, 9 am–4 pm
  • Saturday, December 5, 9 am–4 pm
  • Monday, December 7, 9 am–4 pm
  • Friday, December 11, 9 am–4 pm
  • Saturday, December 12, 9 am–4 pm
  • Monday, December 14, 9 am–4 pm
  • Friday, December 18, 9 am–4 pm
  • Saturday, December 19, 9 am–4 pm