National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in America. Its grand forest area, mountain streams, rivers, breathtaking vistas, and scenic overlooks draw visitors from all over the world.

There are more than 500,000 acres of forestland in the national park, more than 200 hiking trails, fishing streams, and lots of wildlife.

Every year more than 11 million people come to the Smoky Mountains to experience its spectacular vistas, overlooks, and remarkable forestland.  Along your journey, you will discover visitor centers throughout the park.  There you can obtain information on hiking trails and other areas of the park.  In addition, there are restroom facilities, park rangers,  a bookstore, and memorabilia.

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Inside the national park you can enjoy a variety of driving trails.  You can enjoy mountain vistas, floral, waterfalls, rivers and streams, wildlife, and historic structures right from the comfort of your own vehicle. 

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During the summer months you will often see people wading, fishing, tubing, and climbing rocks in the mountain rivers. 

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Outdoor activities include:  Hiking, Trout Fishing, Tubing, Wildlife Viewing, Wildflower Viewing, Backpacking, and Horseback Riding.  Other things to do include Photography, Camping, Bicycling, Bird Watching, and viewing a sunrise or a sunset.

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You will discover many things to do during your visit.  There is something for all ages.  Many things for families to enjoy together, things for couples, and things for single people.

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Fall is a favorite season here.  Leaves turn into brilliant shades of red, gold, and yellow.  Mountain vistas are breathtaking during this season, and the park is filled with visitors from around the world capturing pictures of these beautiful hills.  No matter where you go in the park, you can take in the glory of Fall.  Cades Cove is especially beautiful in the fall.  Be sure to take part in the many  festivals.