Cades Cove offers visitors the chance to experience once of the most picturesque valleys in the country and simultaneously enjoy historic structures and wildlife. This great, slow-paced drive typically takes between 2-4 hours to drive.
Clingmans Dome is a longtime favorite at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Even if you don't have the time to do the short 1/2 mile hike to the summit, the vistas from the parking area are superb!
Sugarland Riding Stables, which is conveniently located less than two miles outside of Gatlinburg, gives you the opportunity to escape the tourist town and truly experience the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Newfound Gap Road is a beautiful drive that should not be missed. If you have the time, pack a picnic lunch to eat along the way, visit Clingmans Dome, and spend some time in Cherokee, NC.
The drive along Little River Road provides spectacular scenery and plenty of good picnic opportunities. In addition, Cades Cove and Laurel Falls Hike are easily accessible from this road.
Alum Cave Trail, which is an 11 mile roundtrip hike to the 6593' summit of Mount LeConte, offers hikers both a challenging hike and immersive beauty that only nature can provide.
The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a one-way, scenic loop that is 6 miles long. The quick trip will provide plenty of views of mountains, streams, mills, and other historic buildings.
The Abrams Falls trail is challenging due to several ridges that are ascended and descended. However, the scenery along the trail and the impressive waterfall makes this hike well worth it!
The short, half-mile hike to the summit of Clingmans Dome is strenuous, but rewarding. On a clear day, the visibility can exceed 100 miles!
This challenging hike to the summit of Mount LeConte provides beautiful views of the Smoky Mountains and National Park. However, the 15.6 mile (roundtrip) hike is quite strenuous and has a total elevation gain of approximately 3,000 feet.
The hike to Laurel Falls is the most popular hike in the Smoky Mountains. The 1.3 mile, one-way hike to the 80' high waterfall is filled with scenery and fully paved.
Although the roundtrip 5.4 mile hike to Rainbow Falls is strenuous and will take 3-5 hours, this hike ends at a breathless 80-foot, single-drop waterfall.
The Grotto Falls hike is definitely worth your time! The beautiful trail winds uphill through lush vegetation and past mountain streams. You even get the chance to walk behind a waterfall!
Take a relaxing ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad for great views of the Smoky Mountains!
This beautiful lodge sits at an elevation of approximately 6,400', but is guaranteed to make you feel like you are simultaneously on top of the world and away from it all.
The natural phenomenon of synchronous fireflies is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you have to experience to believe. Sit back and let these bioluminescent beetles amaze you!