Great Smoky Mountains

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The Great Smoky Mountains – Things to do

Great Smoky Mountains Attractions

Take a drive along some of the 384 miles of road within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to experience the panoramic views, tumbling mountain streams, historic buildings and hardwood forests or hire a bike and pedal through the 11 miles Cades Cove Loop for a truly memorable way to experience the park. Join a Ranger program and learn about natural landscape, wildlife and history of the park.

Motorhome

One of the best ways to experience the Great Smoky Mountains scenic landscape is from the comfort of a motorhome enjoying the freedom to roam with plenty of space for your whole party. Spend the night in one of the fantastic campgrounds within the national park, then hit the road to continue your adventure. This is a great way to see the many different facets to the Great Smoky Mountains in one trip.

Black Bear

Wildlife viewing

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to a range of animals such as elk, white-tailed deer and black bear. Viewing wildlife in the Smokies can be challenging due to the dense forest which covers much of the park, so we recommend heading to open areas like Cataloochee and Cades Cove for a better chance to see white-tailed deer, black bear, raccoon, turkeys, woodchucks, and other animals.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Clingmans Dome

This is one of the most popular spots in the Smokies. A verdant valley in East Tennessee, beyond the yellow and green fields and pockets of woodland, the snow-capped Thunderhead Mountains rise majestically in the distance. The scenery is spectacular but it’s equally the abundant display of wildlife that attracts over two million tourists here each year. You’re near guaranteed to spot white-tailed deer grazing and there are frequent sightings of black bear, ground hog, raccoon and coyote too. Take a leisurely drive along the one-way, eleven-mile loop road to best appreciate the area’s beauty, perhaps stopping for a picnic on the way.

Dollywood

Explore outside of the Park

Visit the historic homes of Knoxville, tour the Ole Smoky Moonshine distillery in Gatlinburg or spend a day at Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s theme park, jam packed with rides, live entertainment and a water park, sure to provide fun for the whole family.