Things to do at great smoky mountains  National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located in Tennessee and North Carolina and there are so many adventures to explore.

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You can drive to your heart’s content with 384 miles of roads within the park. You will encounter hardwood forests, panoramic views, mountain vistas, babbling brooks, and more.

If you love scenic drives, consider hitting the open road on Blue Ridge Parkway. The iconic highway connects Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Your 469-mile drive encompasses gorgeous scenery, two national parks, more than 200 overlooks, and 26 tunnels. No wonder it is dubbed “America’s Favorite Drive.”


With babbling brooks, rushing waterfalls, woodlands, and mountains, hiking is an absolute thrill. You can find trails to meet all skill levels in the park.


The Cades Cove Loop Road is an 11-mile one-way route with beautiful scenery and opportunities for viewing wildlife.

Fall Foliage

Bursting with forested ridges and mature hardwood forests, the Smoky Mountains provide excellent opportunities for leaf peepers.

Wildlife Viewing

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park teems with wildlife like white-tailed deer, elk, black bears, turkeys, and woodchucks.


The park offers frontcountry and backcountry camping. With ten areas containing developed frontcountry campgrounds, you have plenty of tent and RV camping options.

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