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The Ultimate Guide to Hiking in the Smokies This Summer

DATE : May 3, 2024

There is nothing like crisp mountain air, green trees, and meandering mountain streams to re-energize the spirit! If you hike high enough on the trails, you can see the clouds that linger in the valleys, giving the mountains their “smoky” appearance. Hiking in the Smokies is the best way to get out and explore the Great Outdoors, whether you’re a seasoned backpacking hiker seeking solitude or simply a nature enthusiast enjoying the scenic beauty of the mountains, here’s a helpful guide to experiencing national park trails this summer! 
grotto falls in the great smoky mountains

The Top 10 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Waterfalls You Need To See

DATE : February 26, 2024

Hiking is one of the best ways to experience the gorgeous scenery of the old-growth forests, peaceful streams, mountain peaks, and rushing waterfalls! Create your bucket list of places to go from our top 10 rankings of Great Smoky Mountains National Park waterfalls, from easiest to hardest.  
cades cove loop

Cades Cove Loop: Ultimate Guide for First-Time Visitors

DATE : December 18, 2023

If you’ve been to the Smokies before but have never experienced the beauty and peace of Cades Cove, then you’re missing out. It’s the most visited area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a reason! Keep reading to learn more about the Cades Cove Loop before you visit for the very first time! 
smoky mountains in the fall

Smoky Mountains in the Fall: Best Time to See Fall Foliage

DATE : September 5, 2023

The autumn season in the Great Smoky Mountains is a sight to behold, with its brilliant displays of the changing colors everywhere you look. The fall foliage begins at the higher elevations above 4,000 feet in late September and travels down the mountainsides until it reaches peak season at the bottom between mid-October and early November. That’s quite a long season of beautiful colors– and that’s because the Smokies are home to over 100 varieties of deciduous trees. Combined with the elevation factor, peak viewing time in specific areas depends on the types of trees growing there. Here are a few tips and things to know before you visit the Smoky Mountains in the fall:  

5 Best Places For Fall Colors in the Smoky Mountains

DATE : August 16, 2023

 The autumn season is the perfect time to visit the Smokies due to the cooler temperatures and bright foliage! From scenic drives to hiking trails, there are nearly endless options for enjoying the great outdoors and soaking in the natural beauty of the changing leaves. Take a look at 5 of the best places to see fall colors in the Smoky Mountains: 
cades cove in winter covered in snow

5 Must-See Smoky Mountain Scenic Drives in Winter

DATE : January 5, 2023

While winter is considered the slow season for the Great Smoky Mountains, people still come from all over the world to see their beauty. A popular way to take in the mountain views and explore the area is to take a drive. Although there are several popular roads that close during winter, there are still plenty you’ll want to explore! Check out these 5 must-see Smoky Mountain scenic drives in winter: 
laurel falls in the winter covered in snow

Top 5 Winter Hiking Trails in the Smoky Mountains

DATE : November 21, 2022

Are you planning on visiting the Great Smoky Mountains this winter? While it does get cold, this time of year is absolutely breathtaking in the national park. If you want to possibly see frozen waterfalls, snowy views, and just enjoy the trek through the woods, you’ll want to plan some winter hikes! Here are the top 5 winter hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains: 
little river road covered in snow

The Best Time and Places to See Gatlinburg Snow in Tennessee

DATE : November 12, 2022

It's been sung about in countless songs, idolized by the masses, and enjoyed by kids and adults alike. No, we're not talking about a movie star. We're talking about snow! Just like it makes things look a lot like Christmas and makes for a great winter wonderland to walk around in, it makes your view of the Great Smoky Mountains just that much more special when viewed in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. If you're wondering when you can see the most snow visibility, where you should go, and what to expect when you get there, we can help. We've created a guide for the best time and places to see Gatlinburg snow in Tennessee. 
Scenic drive in the Smoky Mountains during fall

6 Must-See Smoky Mountain Scenic Drives in the Fall

DATE : September 1, 2022

The Smoky Mountains become one of the most colorful places in the US each fall. The area turns into a gold, orange and red paradise as the leaves change color against the backdrop of mountain spires. You can enjoy breathtaking views on an afternoon drive or spend a weekend winding your way through mountain roads. To help you decide where to go, we've made a list of the top 6 must-see Smoky Mountain scenic drives in the fall! 
sunset in the great smoky mountains national park

9 Best Places to See an Amazing Smoky Mountains Sunset and Sunrise

DATE : August 4, 2022

There is nothing quite like the beauty of a sunrise or sunset, especially in the Smoky Mountains! Although the mountains can often block the gorgeous red and orange hues of daybreak and dusk, there are many locations that provide the perfect vantage point for an excellent view. Some of these locations are easy to get to, and all you need to do is park your car, sit back, and enjoy. Others are more of a challenge with steep hiking trails, but you will be well rewarded for your effort with gorgeous views. Here are 9 of the best places where you can enjoy an amazing Smoky Mountains sunset and sunrise. 
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4 Fun Things to Do in Cades Cove

DATE : June 14, 2022

Cades Cove is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Guests can either take the drive along the 11-mile scenic loop or get out and explore some of the trails in the park. No matter what you decide to do, you are guaranteed to see beautiful mountain views, and maybe even a few critters. Here are 4 fun things to do in Cades Cove: 
Downtown Gatlinburg

5 Ways to Stick to a Budget on Your Smoky Mountain Family Vacation

DATE : January 24, 2022

Going on vacation to the Smokies doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg! You can take your family to the mountains on a modest budget if you prepare before you go. There are several things you can do to make sure you stay within budget. Check out these 5 ways to stick to a budget on your Smoky Mountain family vacation: