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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Did You Know?
Between 8-10 million people visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park each year, making it the most visited national park in the country. Whether you delight in the challenge of a strenuous hike on a mountain ridgeline or picnicking next to a roaring river, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a myriad of activities for you to enjoy.
Auto Touring: Relaxing auto tours offer an excellent way to view panoramic vistas, rushing mountain streams, historic homes and churches, wildflowers, and old-growth forests.
Bicycling: Peddling Cades Cove on a misty morning is a memorable way to experience the Park. Cades Cove is closed to automobile traffic from sunrise until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday and Saturday mornings May through late September.
Fishing: Seven hundred miles of fishable streams in the park offers anglers access to rainbow, wily brook and brown trout.
Hiking: Chose from over 800 miles of trails next to rivers and streams, along mountain ridges, or through peaceful meadows and forests.
Historic Buildings: Nearly 80 structures have been preserved in the park. It is one of the best collections of log buildings in the eastern United States.
Horseback Riding: Four stables provide horses and guides in the park with hundreds of miles of horse trails.
Picnicking: Choose from eleven beautiful picnic areas with picnic tables, grills and some fire pits.
Waterfalls: Waterfalls are located on every river and stream in the park. Pick up a guide and hike to a magnificent waterfall.
Wildflowers: Spring and summer are renown for spectacular displays of wildflowers along roads and trails. Over 1500 types of flowering plant species have been identified in the park.
Wildlife Viewing: Sixty six types of mammals reside in the park. Enjoy viewing elk, white-tailed deer, and black bears in their natural habitat. The park is also home to 200 species of birds.