Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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This park is close to major population centers, but its lush greenery and pleasantly rounded peaks create a soothing aura of tranquility. And, of course, there is the famous “smoke” that seems to perpetually hang over the land here. Most of the park is at an altitude of 5,000-6,000 feet and there are about 20 peaks over 6,000 feet, making this one of the highest tracts of land in the east. The variety of plants and flowers that cover the mountains is extraordinary. Mountains without much cover are called, appropriately, balds. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Professional Review and Guide

"This park is close to major population centers, but its lush greenery and pleasantly rounded peaks create a soothing aura of tranquility. And, of course, there is the famous “smoke” that seems to perpetually hang over the land here. Most of the park is at an altitude of 5,000-6,000 feet and there are about 20 peaks over 6,000 feet, making this one of the highest tracts of land in the east.

The variety of plants and flowers that cover the mountains is extraordinary. Mountains without much cover are called, appropriately, balds. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Gatlinburg
Season: Year-round, best April through November
Local Contacts: Contact information for the park, accommodations, and dining are included in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Recent Trail Reviews

8/20/2008
1

I love the Great Smokey Mts! The scenery is beautiful but the roads can be busy. Our strategy was to be in the park early in the day (8-11 am) and then again late afternoon/early evening (3-6 pm) to avoid the largest crowds.


2/23/2007
1

This was a excellent trail, from beginner to moderate skill level's. Great shelter!!


2/29/2004
0

A beautiful driving trail. We saw 3 deers in the forest during our drive. Beautiful waterfall and lots of history.


3/28/2002
0

If you like Mountains, Hiking, Water Falls, and Scenic Drives this is a really good National Park. Driving the main road from the Tennessee side to the North Carolina Side provides many scenic view points, as well as many trail heads to venture off from. The drive to cades cove is truly beautiful as well, and the cove is also interesting, but be sure you go early and leave yourself enough time, because the traffic is very heavy as the day goes on. This is the busiest park on the east, so be prepared to encounter heavy traffic if you don't get out early in the day. All in all very enjoyable, and we will return again and again if given the opportunity.



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May 2018