Great Smoky Mountains
Officially known as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was established in 1934. It covers an area of more than 522,000 square miles in two states: Tennessee and North Carolina. The park is comprised of one of the world’s best diverse landscapes from deep dark forest to sunny meadows and rivers. A compilation of nature adventures are also here: camping, hiking, horseback riding and even fly fishing. Smoky Mountains is the most visited national park in the U.S. with more than 10 million annual visitors. The park often gets crowded, especially in the Tennessee side. However, it does not mean that you cannot enjoy all the excitements; despite the high volume of visitors, Smoky Mountains in Tennessee still offers a lot of room for everyone to wander around.
Hikers get a different kind of welcoming treat from the natural world in the park. All months of the year are all ideal times for hiking with every season offers an entirely different scene. In winter, all the trails and stone walls as well as chimneys and foundations of the past residents are revealed due to the lack of deciduous leaves. In summer, cascades and the bigger waterfalls are easily accessible to get some cool retreats from the heat. Flowering trees and parade of colors are spread all over during spring, and comfort dry air covers the park during autumns.
The only public road that crosses the Great Smoky Mountains is the Newfound Gap Rd/Hwy 441 starting from Gatlinburg to the town of Cherokee and Ocanaluftee Visitor Center where you can obtain camping permits. Ocanafalutte is one of only two trails that allow for bicycles and pets; the other one is Gatlinburg trail.
Despite the fact that this National Park is crowded, the vast majority of visitors never ventured more than 100 yards from their cars. It also means that you can actually leave the crowd behind, assuming you want to go a little bit further. Unlike most others, Great Smoky Mountains National Park requires no admission fee.
Long before it was established, Smoky Mountains had been home to Native Americans. Parts of their history are well-preserved in the on-site Mountain Farm Museum, which actually is a farmstead from the 19th century. It has a barn, blacksmith and a smokehouse with real pig heads. Nearby the location is Mingus Mill, an old-fashioned mill that grinds corn and wheat as it always has.
There are more than 1000 campsites in 10 campgrounds. During busy times in the summer, however, you may find it difficult to get a place to pitch. Some sites allow for advanced reservations, while others do business in the simple first-come first-served basis. Smokemont and Cades Cove are open all year long, but most others are open from March to October only. As long as you have the camping permits, backcountry camping is not to be missed. Among many spots people can visit, Cades Cove grabs the biggest attention; it is the most visited place in the park and often regarded as a national treasure.
Smoky Mountain Cabin Rentals:
Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins3022 Hatcher Mountain Rd · Sevierville · TN · 37862 · +1 865-202-7657
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Smokey Mountain Cabin Rentals182 Cave Creek Way · Townsend · TN · 37882 · 865-363-0618
We have some of the most secluded cabins in the Smokey Mountains. We are close to Wears Valley, Pigeon Forge, Townsend, Gatlinburg and the Great Smokey Mountain National Park!