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A road trip on Highway 441 (Newfound Gap Road) will take you through one of the most epic and breathtaking natural regions on the continent: the Great Smoky Mountains. More than 10 million visitors a year come through this megalithic park, known for its vistas, flora and fauna, and biodiversity. When you're not birdwatching, standing in awe of ... Read more
ancient forests, or prancing among the wildflowers, take the Oconaluftee River Trail, one of only two in the entire park that allows leashed pets, for 1.5 miles into the Cherokee reservation. Nearby, the 1886 Mingus Mill is a historic turbine-powered mill that still grinds wheat and corn for the region, while the onsite Mountain Farm Museum features a 19th-century barn, blacksmith shop and smokehouse. If you can't get enough of the Great Smokies (and really, who can?), grab a free camping permit and stay awhile.

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With elevations that range from 800 feet to over 6,000 feet, weather in the Great Smoky Mountains can vary dramatically. Blue skies at the base of a mountain doesn’t mean it will be the same on the peak, so ... Read more
hikers should be sure to pack layers. Summers are humid and hot with afternoon temperatures in the 90s (32). These hotter months also draw the biggest crowds, though October is a close second, when everyone heads to the Smokies to see the leaves changing color. Winter tends to be fairly moderate with more extreme weather happening at higher elevations, and spring can yield unpredictable, rapidly-changing weather with sunny skies and snow flurries happening within hours of each other.

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    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 8.9
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  • 7.5
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My fiance and I just returned from a trip to The Smoky Mountains in TN. We stayed in Pigeon Forge and although it was a little touristy for us, we loved escaping into the mountains every day. We stayed in a cabin off of airbnb that had a kitchen, hot tub, and everything we really needed. It was the perfect escape and getaway. We mostly hiked and were in awe of the beauty of this mountain range. I would recommend the following hikes Chimney Tops (hard), Rainbow Falls (hard), and the Laurel Falls (easy).

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If you are looking for a perfect mountain getaway I would strongly recommend The Great Smoky Mountains! I have been going ever since I was a very small child! Some of my most cherished memories was created in here❤️

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a must see. The park is located along the Tennessee/North Carolina border. Majestic mountains, beautiful streams, and abundant wildlife adorn this park. You can sight-see, swim, fish, hike and camp in the park.

The Chicagoland Area

Too laid back to be on fire. This is a great place to relax and connect with the world and nature!

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I love going to the Smoky Mt.s! It is beautiful no matter what time of the year you go. There is always a side road to adventure off on, where you can find a river running down the Mt.s or a trail to explore. All kinds of old fashioned house's and store's that look like time has stood still and preserved them just for you. It is a wonderful place to just go and be refreshed by all that is natural to the Smoky Mountains. I always feel at home here and always hate when reality kicks in and it is time to leave.

Colonia Tovar

Millions visit the campgrounds, trails, fishing streams, flora & fauna at this recreation area.

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Great Smoky Mountains is part of the National Park Services Park Unit. It is kind of hard to review a site that needs no introduction. The park is open all year around has many different activities to enjoy for all types of abilities and age.

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We love this area. We have been traveling to the Tennessee Mountains for many many years. Our favorite place is Cades Cove. We love the hiking and wild animals, black bear. Old cabins and Church buildings are always interesting. Relaxing in the Smoky Mountains with family is the closest you can get to HEAVEN!

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Santa Clara

The Smoky Mountains is a fantastic place to go hiking. The best time to go is during the autumn season, when you see the leaves turn vibrant shades of fiery colors. When you drive your car up, and can see the mountains filled with leaves turning yellow, orange, and red. It's beautiful.

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Nature at it's best. Pull over and take a dip in a stream. One of my favorite places in the world.