General Information

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located in North Carolina and Tennessee. Possessing over 500,000 acres of land and 850 miles of beautiful hiking trails, the gorgeous National Park ranges from many different elevations and one of the biggest hiking trails that the U.S. has to offer in the Appalachian Trail. Whether you want to enjoy beautiful creeks, high mountains or gorgeous forestry, there is something for everyone laying within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As one of the largest tourist attractions in the region, the park sees millions of visitors every year and is one of the most historic destinations in the country.

With many diverse aspects, the Great Smoky Mountains are the home to some of America’s most famous hiking trails and nature destinations. Offering world famous hiking attractions like the Deep Creek Loop Trail, Big Fork Ridge Trail, Boogerman Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail, park visitors can spend days sightseeing and observing the surrounding wildlife and plant life. Because the Great Smoky mountains are open all year round, hikers can enjoy..…READ MORE

Lodging Visitors to the Smoky Mountains have their choice of lodging facilities including choices on location, view, size, and even level of rustic-to-modern décor! One thing is certain, however, each hotel allows guests to escape the rigor of modern-day life by immersing them into the tranquility of the fresh air and panoramic vistas of the Smoky Mountains. Its important that you book your stay well in advance as some of the hotels will get booked up six months in advance. You will have several locations to choose from in both Tennessee and North Carolina.

Tennessee Lodging – if you are willing to stay outside the park the option for lodging will be greatly expended. On the Tennessee side you will find many modern facilities in the cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg.

  • Pigeon Forge – This is probably the most popular location for those vacationing in the smoky mountains. Located in a mountain resort in Sevier County, the city offers shows, attractions, and modern shopping stores. You will have the options to stay in a condo, hotel, cabin, or even campgrounds. To check for lodging availability Click on the following link: Pigeon Forge Lodging
  • Gatlinburg – Probably the 2nd most popular place to stay on the Tennessee side, this city showcases over 450 unique shops. A tremendously artisans community, with some of the world’s top experts in carving, casting, and weaving. It too features some fun attractions such as miniature gulf, sharks in an underwater tunnel, as well as museums. To check for lodging availability Click on the following link: Gatlinburg Lodging
  • Sevierville – With a large selection of out door activities such as hiking, white-water rafting, and even an amusement park, Sevierville makes it into the top three most popular places to stay in the Smoky Mountains. If you like NASCAR you are in luck as the NASCAR Speedpark is a short distance away features over 25 different attractions, including 8 go-kart tracks, a rock climbing wall, and a couple of mini-golf courses. To check for lodging availability Click on the following link: Sevierville Lodging

North Carolina Lodging – On the North Carolina side the top three locations to stay include Cherokee, Bryson City, and Maggie Valley.

  • Cherokee – This location is the most popular for those staying on the North Caroline side of the Smoky Mountains. With modern shopping, outdoor activities, and even a Casino makes this location fun for every age. Enjoy the festivals, fairs, and other exciting events including the Strawberry Festival, Music on the River, and Cheokee Bonfire. Also known as a fishermans’s paradise, as it was the site of the 2011 National Fly Fishing Championship. To check for lodging availability Click on the following link: Cherokee Lodging
  • Bryson City – With Dozens of Smoky Mountains attractions just minutes away makes this a great location. You will be under an hour away from the Biltmore house, Cataloochee Ski Area, Fontana Dam, and the WNC nature center. If you like outdoor activities you will not be disappointed as you can do hiking, boating, fishing, and even off road ATV. To check for lodging availability Click on the following link: Bryson City Lodging
  • Maggie Valley – wrapping the top three locations to stay on the NC side is Maggie Valley. Staying here will get you access to the Smoky Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine, horseback riding, miniature golf, skiing and tubing (in the winter), and whitewater rafting.  To check for lodging availability Click on the following link: Maggie Valley Lodging

Dining (top 10 options) – The Great Smoky Mountains Park has very limited food and beverage options. If you’re making a day of it, your best option would be to get your own refreshments. In case you still need something, these are the options available. The Cades Cove Campground Store has the most options. If you’re at the park early in the morning, this is the…READ MORE

Activities  Once you get settled you should find some fun things to do. There is quite a bit to do so you will need to plan accordingly:

  • Top 10 Attractions – The Smoky Mountains encompass over 800 square miles between North Carolina and Tennessee and is home to activities and attractions that will delight every member of the family…READ MORE
  • Nature activities – You can choose to go Hiking, Fishing, Camping,  and Waterfall hunting.
  • Nearby Attractions – Close to this area you will find the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, the Big South Fork River recreation area, and the Blue Ridge Parkway…READ MORE

Science – Whether it’s the different salamander species, large black bears, historic architecture, log cabins, breath taking wildflowers or the magical, old growth forests, the Great Smoky Mountains has something to offer just about everyone. Providing visitors with a wide range of different outdoor journeys, the Smokies will allow you to discover and explore an area that is full of American history and rich in native culture.Without question, the Great Smoky Mountains are one of the most…READ MORE

History – Originating from a $5 million donation from the famous John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and $2 million in contributions from residents of Tennessee and North Carolina, the Great Smoky Mountains officially became a National Park in 1940. A popular location during the Great Depression, many U.S. citizens, along with the Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps, helped create the park’s architecture including fire watchtowers and the many park trails. Named an International Biosphere in 1976, the park has also been given the certification of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is part of the Southern Appalachian Biosphere Reserve. The Great Smoky Mountains contain one of the richest cultures in American history. Dating back to...READ MORE

Planning the Perfect Smoky Mountains Trip

Overall, the list of things to do here is quite long.  The key to having a “successful” journey is having a well planned itinerary. (for those procrastinators out there – you need to plan in advance for this one)  If you plan to visit the Great Smoky Mountains Park for just a day, or as long as a month, its crucial that you put together a very detailed itinerary of what…READ MORE