Things to Do & See in the Great Smoky Mountains

What’s there to do? There is something for everyone. The favorite outdoor recreation near the park is hiking and boating in summer, auto touring and leaf peeping in autumn, and snowshoeing and skiing in the winter. For the history and science buffs, check out our section on attractions and museums. Don’t want to go it alone? Have an expert take you on a guided tour.

Top 10 Things to Do

Events in the Great Smoky Mountains

From festivals and activities, to days you can get into the park free, we have your complete guide to the happenings in the Smokies Read More...

Great Smoky Mountain Attractions

Visit historic communities and museums inside the national park and amusement parks, an aquarium, and Cherokee museum in neighboring towns. Read More...

Great Smoky's Neighboring Parks

Visit nearby Dollywood, Fontana Lake, Chimney Rock State Park, Shenandoah and Congaree National Parks on your Great Smoky vacation. Read More...

Natural Wonders

Learn about waterfalls, mountains peaks, valleys, gaps, and overlooks inside the most visited national park in the United States. Read More...

Outdoor Recreation in the Smoky Mountains

Go hiking, paddling, fishing, and climbing in a park with lush valleys and high mountain tops. It's waiting for you to explore. Read More...

Park Itineraries for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

What to do at Great Smoky Mountains National Park if you have 1 day, 2 days, 7 days, or kids to entertain. Find itineraries for the perfect vacation. Read More...

Wildlife in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Popular wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains include salamanders, coyotes, deer, black beers, bobcats, and elk. Here's where to see them in the park. Read More...