Hikers can enjoy the Smoky Mountains throughout the year where you can choose from over 800 miles of trails ranging from quiet walkways to multi-day backpacking treks through the backcountry. Each season offers a different vista — Spring overflows with wildflowers and flowering trees, Summer streams and waterfalls offer a cool respite, and Autumn allows hikers to appreciate the gorgeous fall foliage. Download a copy of the park’s trail map or ask for one at the Visitors Information Center.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has one of the best collections of original log buildings in the eastern United States. Over 90 historic structures—houses, barns, outbuildings, churches, schools, and grist mills—have been preserved or rehabilitated in the park. The best places to see them are at Cades Cove, Cataloochee, Oconaluftee, and along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.
The park has hundreds of miles of horse trails and five horse camps, and four rental stables where you can saddle up and enjoy the pristine land of the Smokies. Anglers love to fish for local wily brook, brown, and rainbow trout on over 700 miles of fishable streams in the park.