8 Things You Must Do While Visiting The Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in America and it’s easy to see why. Tucked in between Tennesse and North Carolina, the Smokies are the perfect location for families, romantic getaways, and solo travelers alike! With hiking trails for all kinds of expertise, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the lush forests and beautiful wildflower blooms year-round. There is also an abundance of wildlife – If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see some bear cubs in the spring! Here are some of the top things you can’t miss on your visit to the Smoky Mountain area.


 Be a rebel and chase waterfalls, you won’t be disappointed at what you find!

Some popular hiking trails with waterfalls:

Laurel Falls: 2.6 miles round trip, moderately difficult
Abrams Falls Trail: 5 miles round trip, moderately difficult
Grotto Falls Trail2.6 miles round trip, moderately difficult


Go for a scenic drive through at least one of the many hotspots.

Two of the most popular scenic drives:
Cades Cove
Newfound Gap Road


Get your shine on at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

Location: 805 Parkway, Gatlinburg
Hours: Sunday: 12pm-6:30pm, Monday-Thursday: 10am-10pm, Friday & Saturday: 10am-10:30pm
Cost: $5 for a tasting (in exchange they give you a $5 store credit)


Experience amazing animal encounters at Ripley’s Aquarium.

Location: 88 River Rd, Gatlinburg
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9am-9pm, Friday-Sunday: 9am-10pm
Cost: $28/adults, $18/child 6-11, $8/child 2-5


Feel like a kid again at one of the local arcades.


Eat, shop, play and get rid of your land locked blues at The Island.

Location: 131 The Island Dr, Pigeon Forge
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10am-10pm, Friday & Saturday 10am-11pm


Check out the epic views from Clingmans Dome.


Enjoy a few of the beautiful spots the Smoky Mountains has to offer.

Some awesome hiking trails to check out:

Andrews Bald: 3.6 miles round trip, easy
Porters Creek: 4 miles round trip, moderately strenuous
Rocky Top/Thunderhead Mountain: 13.9 miles roundtrip, strenuous


There are many ways to explore and enjoy the Smoky Mountains like a local.
What would be on the top of your list?

 

 

 

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee is the most visited national park in America and it's easy to see why. Tucked in between Tennesse and North Carolina, the Smokies are the perfect location for families, romantic getaways, and solo travelers alike!