Things to Do in the Great Smoky Mountains

Clingmans dome by Kirk Thornton

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a wide range of outdoor activities and attractions, here are some of the most popular things to do:

Hiking

There are numerous trails available in the park, ranging from short and easy walks to strenuous all-day hikes, including the famous Alum Cave Trail and Charlies Bunion.

Scenic Drives

Drive along the Newfound Gap Road for breathtaking views of the park, or take the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail for a more scenic and historic route.

Wildlife Watching

The park is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including black bears, elk, deer, and wild turkeys.

Camping

The park has several drive-able campgrounds, offering a unique way to experience the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. There are also several backcountry campsites for those who want the adventure of backpacking.

Fishing

The park has over 2,900 miles of streams, offering ample opportunities for trout fishing.

Nearby Towns

The nearby towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer additional activities such as the popular Dollywood theme park, the SkyBridge, and a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options.


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Fire pit at dusk
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Driveway at dawn
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Access to the community pool

Visit historical sites

There are several historical sites in the park, including the Cable Mill Area at Cades Cove and the historic LeConte Lodge. On the North Carolina side, you have Oconaluftee Visitor Center and the Mingus Mill.

No matter what your interests, there are plenty of things to do in the Smoky Mountains. Truly something for everyone!

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