Take a Hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park This Summer

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You’ve hit the jackpot with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Straddling the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, the natural beauty brings in more than 9 million visitors every year, and for good reason. You’ll find everything from mountains and valleys to waterfalls, creeks, and caves.

Historical Insight

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts an incredible 800-square mile mountain range for visitors to explore. Early settlers date back to prehistoric Paleo Indians who made the Smokies their home, following early European settlers and later loggers. Visitors can brush up on their history by taking a tour of the 80 preserved churches, log cabins, and historical architecture.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is eco-rich with wildlife and is home to elk, white-tailed deer, black bears, and more than 200 species of birds. The park is surrounded by 1.6 million acres of land owned by the U.S. National Forest Service. The forest protects the delicate ecosystem and allows visitors to enjoy the park worry-free.

Attractions For Everyone

The Smokies provide attractions for visitors of all ages, short and tall.

From swimming to fishing and bicycling to auto touring, your whole family will experience the vacation of a lifetime. Enjoy hikes of various distances and difficulty levels to awe-inspiring waterfalls and mountainous views, or hop on a horse and trot along an equestrian tour.

Don’t forget to bring along some binoculars for wildlife viewing and bird watching.

Take a Tour

Take a walking tour through Cade’s Cove for a well rounded Smoky experience. You’ll find wildlife, creeks, historical sights, and stunning views all on this tour.

Be sure to make the moonshine and wine tours a top priority while you’re in town. White Lightning moonshine is an age-old tradition in the Smokies. You won’t find this unique experience anywhere else.

Local Food Spots

Fill up your tummy with a visit to one of the many pancake houses in the Smokies. Later, satisfy your backyard BBQ cravings with locally owned Bennett’s Pit BBQ. The award-winning restaurant will take your taste buds down a back road of sweet and smoky flavors.

Don’t forget to set up a family picnic down one of the kid-friendly trails. Home-style barbeque and potato salad make for a memorable vacation.