Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Location: between North Carolina and Tennessee
Features: Hiking trail, waterfalls, dogs allowed, family friendly
About the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has 800 sq. miles of what can be considered to be some of the most remote and rough terrain mountains in eastern US. It is known for its rich ecosystem and connection to the Appalachian culture. Part of it is located in North Carolina and the other part sits on an area of Tennessee. It spans up to an area of 522,419 acres. Its mountain ranges spans 36 miles and reaches elevations of up to 6,000 feet in 16 of its peaks. Every major eastern forest type is present within the park’s boundaries. Making it an International Biosphere Reserve and a very popular park. Main access can be found along U.S. Highway 441 (Newfound Gap Road) in the town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Cades Cove is one of the historic and popular district for wildlife spotting. Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be visited for hiking, backpacking, camping, photography, ranger led tours, horseback riding, picnics, fishing, biking
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Wildlife sighting
Be sure to bring binoculars or a good camera to have a great wildlife spotting experience.
2) Prepare for the weather
The base of a mountain can be 10 – 20 degrees warmer than temperatures at higher elevations, so prepare accordingly.
3) Road closures
Depending on the weather condition, some park roads may be closed. Always check the park’s website before coming to the park.