Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
Referred to as the Constitution President, the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site and National Cemetery is located only 40 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains. Showing visitors the 17th President’s living legacy, Johnson’s historic site will walk you through the President’s years in office from 1865-1869.
Big South Fork River National River & Recreation Area
The Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area incorporates 125,000 acres of the beautiful Cumberland Plateau. Serving as a safeguard for the Cumberland and Big South Fork River, this area provides miles of beautiful sandstone bluffs and gorges while also being full of historic and natural wonder. Located just 60 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains, this nearby attraction has many recreational activities for all types of visitors.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Running adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains, the Blue Ridge Parkway is regarded as “America’s Favorite Drive” and is a truly unique experience. A very relaxing drive, the incredible parkway will take you through rugged mountains and show you an amazing view of the Appalachian Highlands. The home of many different kinds of wildlife and plants, this one of a kind attraction is formed over 469 miles and will give you a breathtaking view of the surrounding region.
The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
The former home of the famous poet Carl Sandburg, this interesting destination is only located 50 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains. Educating visitors on famous songs and words that originated with Sandburg, visitors will be truly entertained at the historic house.
Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
One of the most famous locations during the American Civil War, this is a lot to see at the National Military Park. Fighting for control of Chattanooga in 1863, Confederate and Union forces referred to this location as the “Gateway to the Deep South”. While the Confederate Army was able to win a nearby battle in Chickamauga, Union forces were able to take over the city of Chattanooga.