"Great Smoky Mountain National Park"!
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a major tourist attraction in the region. The Park gets twice as many visitors than any other Park in America today!
The 2 main visitor centers inside the Park are Sugarland Visitors Center near Gatlinburg, Tn and Oconaluftee Visitors Center near Cherokee, NC.
The Park is bisected by US Highway 441 (Newfound Gap Rd) providing access to many trailheads and overlooks, most noteably Newfound Gap. It is located between Gatlinburg and Cherokee, at an elevation of 5,048 feet and it was here where President Roosevelt dedicated the national park!
On the Tennessee side of the park there is a highway 73 that runs from Gatlinburg's side of the park to the Cades Cove and Townsend, Tn side. On this roadway there are numerous pullouts where you can stop and access the many trailheads for hiking and the rivers for fishing or swimming.
The Park has quite a number of Historical Attractions with the most well known of these being "Cades Cove" the most frequently visited destination within the national park. Self-guided auto and bicycle tours offer sightseers a glimpse into the way of life of original cove settlers around the 11 mile loop road that encircles the mountain valley!
Clingman's Dome / Observation Tower!
At 6643 feet it is the highest point in the State of Tennessee!
It is the most accessable mountain top in the park!
Located near Newfound Gap - off route 441. Best mountain views in the Smokies!
(Closed from December to April)
Read more about --Clingman's Dome Observation Tower Here!
Roaring Fork / Auto Tour!
Is a stream that was once the site of a small community!
Home to the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail & Historic District!
The mouth of the stream is at the northern end of Gatlinburg and empties into the Little Pigeon Forge River!
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail Click Here!
Elkmont, TN- (Little River near Elkmont Pictured above)
Once the vacation area for the wealthy!
Situated between Meigs Mountain, Sugarland Mountain and Cove Mountain in a narrow flat next to the Little River! A logging and resort community where the idea of a National Park first was purposed!
Hiking Trails / National Park
There are 850 miles of trails that
include 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail! There are trails that are fairly easy that lead to waterfalls or historical area's as well as trails that are more difficult that lead to ridges and peaks that offer excellent sight seeing opportunities!
trail leads to Chimney Tops! (...pictured below)
And it is a relative short and easy hike to Laural Falls!
(pictured below) To see all the trails in the national park please visit our page on ...Hiking in the Smokies!
Fly Fishing / Smoky Mountains National Park
"Fly fishing for Trout and Game Fish" after hiking and sight-seeing is the next most popular activity! Many of the parks streams and rivers are located near the roadway or a hiking trail making it possible to combine a hike with a little fishing! The park has long had a reputation for a healthy trout population!
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Wildlife in the Nation Park!
Over 1500 Black Bears in the national park!
White tail Deer!
Red Fox and More!
Many Trout Species!
Over 200 species of Birds!
✔ Saw Whet Owl!
✔ Canada Warbler!
✔ Common Raven!
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