Great Smoky Mountains National Forest

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompasses over 800 square miles between North Carolina and Tennessee and is known for the beauty of its ancient mountains and remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture.

As one of America’s most visited national park, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers visitors a number of ways to enjoy the park including auto tours, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, visits to historical buildings, and more. The park is also a fantastic site for wildlife viewing including elk, white-tailed deer, and black bear.

There are 384 miles of road to choose from in the Smokies including paved and well-maintained gravel roads on which visitors can tour the tumbling mountain streams, weathered historic buildings, and mature hardwood forests of the park. Auto tours include the Cades Cove Loop Road, the Cataloochee Valley, the Newfound Gap Road, the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and the Upper Tremont Road. Follow along with The Smokies Road Guide which is keyed to numbered posts along the way and provides background information on park history, wildflowers, wildlife, waterfalls, day hikes, and more.

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.