Great Smoky Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is 800 square miles of vast craggy peaks, deciduous forest, mountains and valleys, streams and waterfalls and 800 miles of breathtaking hiking trails through old forests and wildflower fields. Explore and discover the natural and rich cultural history of the unspoiled Appalachia.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers endless activities for every visitor. Hike the ridges of the dense forest through summits and valleys to the Ramsey Cascades, the tallest falls in the Smokies or explore the many trails on horseback. White water raft on the raging Nantahala River or simply sit by the water’s edge and fly-fish. The Park is home to an abundance of plantlife, birdlife and wildlife including black bears, elk, deer and bob cats. Sit back with your binoculars and watch the miracle of nature unfold before your eyes as the sun sets over the mountains.
The Park has a rich cultural history waiting to be explored. Get a glimpse into the way of life of old-time southern Appalachia at Cades Cove. A valley with antique architecture and preserved historic buildings including century old cabins, barns, mills and churches. Other historical areas include Roaring Fork, Cataloochee, Elkmont, Mountain Farm Museum and Mingus Mill.
No trip is complete without a journey on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, starting in Bryson City trailing through the scenic countryside of North Carolina.
Great Smoky Mountain National Park is accessible from many of the surrounding towns. Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Townsend, Tennessee. Asheville, Cherokee, Maggie Valley, Bryson City and Boone, North Carolina.
From the spring wildflowers, to the spectacular fall colors, to the dramatic captivating snow-capped peaks in winter, Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a year round vacation destination for making memories.