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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Free admission
Gatlinburg, Tennessee

The Basics

From chasing waterfalls to sleeping under the stars, Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers plenty of activities that please nature lovers. Take a guided hiking tour to top waterfalls and vista points, get onboard a white-water rafting trip on the Pigeon River, or learn about the area’s early settler culture on a historical Smoky Mountains tour. Or, take it easy and road trip the 400 miles (640 kilometers) of scenic drives through forests, meadows, and mountains. Popular park landmarks include Cades Cove, Clingmans Dome, Newfound Gap, and Laurel Falls.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Tennessee

star-5
Gorgeous views!
Terrena_S, Nov 2021
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Tour
My breath was taken away by the gorgeous views of the Smokies! Definitely recommend. Learned so much about the Cherokee tribe during this tour and I loved it.
star-4
Lost in Gatlinburg.
ELLIS_T, Nov 2021
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Tour
What I remember most is h Getting lost in Gatlinburg. This was the program's fault. It said "continue the tour." It didn't say turn around.
star-5
Smokey birthday
Jennifer_C, Nov 2021
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Tour
Gorgeous views! Great information and great stories! Really enjoyed the sunset at the top! I go hiking trails!
star-5
History on the move
Dawn_M, Nov 2021
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Tour
We loved all the extra information we learned as we drove along. The beauty of the mountains is breathtaking. Another neat spot was standing where FDR stood. I wouldn't have known that info if the app hadn't shared.
star-5
The way the audio matched...
David_S, Nov 2021
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Tour
The way the audio matched to our locations and gave us time to think about stopping or not. Great experience
star-5
Beautiful display of nature!
Virginia_S, Sep 2021
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Tour
The history and views were amazing. I’d do more of these tours. The narration was easy to follow. It was nice to go back to a stop if you missed the info.
star-5
Must visit this park, great audio at only $10
Prudence_G, Sep 2021
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Tour
Started off a bit confusing as we were not sure where to start, so we just started driving and the audio caught up to where we were in the park, this was worth the 10 bucks, interesting info on each of the lookout stops. Amazing mountain views and even saw an Elk (male) and a herd of females with babies, was hoping o see a bear but no luck, maybe next time.
star-5
Interesting and helpful way to tour...
Shauna_M, Sep 2021
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Tour
This worked perfectly for us to do a self guided driving tour of the park. Once we finally got the tour running correctly and working with the GPS locator to automatically start the prompts at the right place it was smooth sailing. I downloaded it to my phone beforehand knowing there would be no wifi and it worked great. A definite plus and positive addition to the driving route.
star-5
Worth it!
Nancy_H, Jul 2021
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Self Driving Tour
This tour was a wonderful surprise! Very interesting and great hiking. Beautiful scenery and loved the old cabins

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Hiking trails range from easy to difficult; plan accordingly.

  • Multi-day hikes through the Great Smoky Mountains and backcountry camping are also popular.

  • This is a kid-friendly location that’s ideal for families.

  • Park entrance is free.

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How to Get There

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. Though there are several entrances, the two most popular are the Sugarlands entrance in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and the Oconaluftee entrance in Cherokee, North Carolina. Many visitors also choose to stay in Pigeon Forge, roughly 20 minutes from the park.

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When to Get There

There are always parts of the park that are open to visitors 24 hours a day, though some areas are closed during the winter months. Visit during the fall for stunning fall foliage, or spring and summer for the nicest hiking weather.

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The Appalachian Trail

The popular Appalachian Trail runs through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Though the total hike covers 2,180 miles (3,500 kilometers) from Georgia to Maine, Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains 71 miles, making for a memorable backcountry camping trip.

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