The Appalachian Trail (AT) travels 72 miles through Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the Tennessee-North Carolina border.
Feel the mist on your face on one of these top trips to the park’s impressive cascades. Some are seen right from the road. Others require a hike.
For about two weeks each year, Elkmont in Great Smoky becomes the site of the most magnificent synchronized firefly gathering in the world.
How do you pack for the nation’s most visited park? Here are the top 13 items to bring to the park.
LeConte Lodge is the only lodging in the park and is accessible only by hiking a 5-mile trail.
Packed full of attractions, putt putt golf, arcades, and old-time photo shops, visitors might get overwhelmed at the choices. Here’s our top recommendations.
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Packed with engaging trivia, historical photos and maps, former ranger quotes, and 40 original hand-illustrated poster designs and paintings.
Don’t leave the park without ticking off at least one of these top ten Smokies to-dos including historic sites, grand overlooks, wildlife, and waterfalls.
The national park and parts of North Carolina are on one of the natural migration routes. Learn more about the annual monarch-tagging event.
Stay in a Gatlinburg timeshare for an unforgettable vacation in the Smokies. Here are the some of the best resorts offering timeshare accommodations.
At the main south entrance, tour the Mountain Farm Museum, pioneer buildings, stroll along the Oconaluftee River, and up the road see a historic gristmill.
Stay cool in summer at these water hot spots including swimming holes under waterfalls, boating in a fingered lake, and floating down creeks.
Personalized guide to help you decide where to spend the night, from car camping paradise and remote backcountry sites to a slice of RV heaven.
Whether you are planning a trip to the Smoky Mountains or simply want to stay connected to the national park, our newsletters are a great source of information and are filled with inspiring stories.
A photo tour of the Cades Cove historic community, its log cabins, churches, and grist mill, inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The weather you’ll find up on the high peaks can be very different from what’s going on in the lower valleys. Always be prepared with warm layers.
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.
Here are our picks for historic finds on the quiet side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park: A preserved pioneer village, caverns, and antiquing heaven.
There are four main visitor centers in the park: Cades Cove, Clingmans Dome, Oconaluftee, and Sugarlands.
The majority of visitors enter through the Sugarlands entrance on the park’s north side by driving through Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Stay in a cabin on the “peaceful side of the Smokies” in Townsend, Tenn., and surrounding towns in Blount County. Here are three of our favorites.
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.
Visit historic sites, the beach, and carefree towns before exploring America's most visited national park from its North Carolina entrance.
Explore Chicago's architecture, Louisville's underground, and Nashville's music before making base camp at Great Smoky's closest entrance to Cades Cove.
Full of souvenir shops, restaurants, and attractions, the bustling towns can be a sensory overload or a rollicking good time, depending on your perspective.
When you can tear yourself away from the scenery on this quieter side of the national park, hit these local attractions including museums, breweries, and rafting.
The park is a fantastic place to spend a romantic weekend, celebrate Valentine’s Day or an anniversary, or to just spend time together.
If you venture out on the closed road to Clingman's Dome in winter, you may run into volunteers on cross-country skis, ready to assist visitors in trouble.
Wildfires burning in and near the national park, closed the park on Monday, Nov. 28, and caused residents in fire-impacted areas to flee from their homes.
On this forested drive you'll see historic cabins and mills sprouting up under the canopy of trees, and possibly Lucy, a ghost looking for a ride.