When it comes to visiting the Smokies, there is no shortage of finding something to do. Whether you are in a big group or a small group, adventurous or more relaxed, there is something for everyone to enjoy while visiting. What many think of when visiting the Smokies is exploring the towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or Sevierville. And while that’s great and all, what about exploring the actual reason you came: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In the park alone you can find tons of things to do for any age group and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Hike the Trails
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is filled with hiking trails. Whether you are looking for a longer hike that will take all day, or a shorter one to get some quick exercise in, the Smokies have it all. A few of our favorites with gorgeous views are: Andrews Bold, Mt. LeConte, which is about 11 miles roundtrip, Laurel Falls, which is about 2.6 miles roundtrip, Rich Mountain Loop which is about 8.5 miles long and provides an opportunity to see Cades Cove and Porters Creek Trail which is the perfect family hike. A few more we recommend are Little River Trail, Middle Prong Trail and Gregory Ridge Trail.
Enjoy a Picnic by a Waterfall
Have you ever thought about grabbing lunch outdoors, rather than being cooped up inside in a restaurant? The Smoky mountains have many places for guests to stop after a long hike, or even a short walk, and enjoy a picnic. There’s no better lunch than one with amazing views (like a waterfall). A few of our favorite waterfalls to stop at in the Smokies are Grotto Falls and Mouse Creek Falls. Both of these are fairly easy to reach waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains.
Explore Cades Cove
Cades Cove is one of the most popular destinations to visit in the Smoky Mountains National Park. With breathtaking views, easy places to stop and rest, hiking and biking trails, there’s something for everyone. A day spent exploring Cades Cove, which is a little over 30 miles away from Pigeon Forge, can be a day that you will never forget!
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