Hint: You won't have to give up the creature comforts of home.
Convenient airports include McGee-Tyson, Asheville Regional Greenville-Spartanburg International and Charlotte Douglas International.
Don't pose too close to wildlife, in waterfalls, rivers and streams, or off the trail. Ouch! Here are suggestions on how to take pain-free photos.
There are more than 100 prominent waterfalls and cascades within the park boundaries. Get out and start checking them off your list.
Take a cruise on America’s favorite drive.
Backpack the trails, paddle a canoe, ski or bike through some of the park’s most incredible scenery while testing your endurance.
Get a taste for the trail by hiking the section that bisects the park
Find your perfect day hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with our personalized guide. We have included descriptions to give you a sense of what to expect on the trails from a moderate walk to a waterfall to a strenuous hike to the top of a mountain.
From art galleries to theater performances, plan on spending time on the quiet Tennessee side of the park including the towns of Maryville and Townsend.
Bring these things along on your Great Smoky vacation.
Drive up to a classic diner experience right outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Townsend, Tenn. Locals say it’s the best burger in the county.
At Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the park’s boundaries span two states ⎯Tennessee and North Carolina ⎯ giving you a variety of entrance points to access this beautiful area. With lush waterfalls, valleys and mountain views, where should you settle in for the night and camp?
Do a puzzle, read a book, listen to music or create art.
Here’s a guide to some of the park’s most beloved animals and where to see them.
See Great Smoky Mountains National Park through a local’s eyes on a tour with Pink Adventure Tours
Upgrade your next national park road trip by booking a stay with Harvest Hosts at unique local producers nationwide.
From Clingmans Dome to Pioneer History
Set your Smoky Mountain vacation apart by staying at unusual lodging options along the way.
24-hour Great Smoky Mountains Photo Story
Hike to the only lodging in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Enjoy historic buildings, leaf-peeping views, trails and waterfalls.
You could win a Tamron camera lens.
Avoid getting lost on remote dirt roads and gorgeous trails when you use Gaia GPS.
The national park and parts of North Carolina are on one of the natural migration routes. Learn more about the annual monarch-tagging event.
From Canton to Waynesville to Maggie Valley, experience North Carolina’s craft beer and spirits scene in Haywood County.
Here's everything you need to know about the national parks reopening.
See vistas of multiple states from these vantage points.