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Smoky Mountains

Here at The Appy Lodge, we strive to embrace the spirit of the mountains and provide a great experience for anyone looking to visit and enjoy the area. And while you are here, one of the best things to do is to explore some of the beautiful trails at Smoky Mountains National Park. From waterfalls to scenic overlooks and more, there are so many incredible sights to see along these gorgeous trails. Here are some of the best trails in the Smoky Mountains to check out when you visit:

Are you looking to plan the perfect spring break trip with friends or family? If that is the case, the Smoky Mountains are an ideal destination that will allow you to have plenty of adventures and make unforgettable memories! There are so many reasons to take a spring break trip to the Smoky Mountains, but here are some of the most compelling ones:

If you are planning to visit the Smoky Mountains, there are so many sights you can see while you are here. For many visitors, the idea of seeing bears in the Smoky Mountains is particularly exciting as these animals are often associated with the region and are incredible to see in person. However, you may have questions about where you can see the bears, how to safely view them, and more. That’s why we have answered some of the top questions that are frequently asked about seeing bears in the Smoky Mountains, so let’s get started!

If you have ever experienced winter in the Smoky Mountains, you know that it is a magical time. And if you have not ever come to the Smokies during the wintertime, what are you waiting for?! There are lots of things that make winter in the Smoky Mountains a magical time, from the holiday festivities taking place at local attractions to the picturesque surroundings of the mountains. Here are just a few of the things that we think make winter in the Smoky Mountains so magical:

When you visit the Smoky Mountains, you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to check out some of the stunning views that this area has to offer! With a variety of attractions, trails, and scenic drives available to visitors, there are so many places that you can check out the gorgeous Smoky Mountain views. Here are some of our top suggestions:

There are so many places to enjoy the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park when you come to visit, but one of the most popular spots by far is Cades Cove. This destination at the park gives visitors the chance to see gorgeous sights, explore the park, and more. If you’re considering taking a trip over to Cades Cove next time you’re in the Smoky Mountains, you won’t want to miss out on some of these awesome activities you can enjoy! Here are some of the best fun things to do when you visit Cades Cove:

It’s not a secret that visiting the Smokies in autumn is an experience unlike any other. The mountains are blanketed in oranges, reds, yellows, and browns, making for an unforgettable sight. We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience in the Smoky Mountains in the fall! That's why we've made a list of some of our favorite ways to take in the fall colors. Here are the top 10 ways to see the Smoky Mountain fall foliage:

Are you a history buff? Then you’ll have a great time visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! With a rich history of pioneers, loggers, and country people just trying to make a living, you’ll have so much to learn! And what better way to learn about the people that used to live in the area than to see some of their homes, vacation spots, and gathering places? That’s why we’re sharing the top 4 historic places to visit in the Smoky Mountains with you!

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the top spots in the southeast for waterfall chasing. Visitors fall in love with the beauty of Smoky Mountain waterfalls, and some of the most popular hiking trails include this feature. The best part is that many of the waterfall hikes in the Smoky Mountains are located near our hotel in Gatlinburg! To help you find the best waterfalls during your stay with us, we've made a list of the best waterfall hikes in the Smoky Mountains that are located within 30 minutes of our hotel.

Winter is when things start to slow down in the Great Smoky Mountains, but that’s exactly why you will want to plan a trip to see the beauty of the area! There’s nothing quite like exploring the Smokies in the quietness of winter, and you should definitely visit Cades Cove while you’re here this time of year! Check out these 5 reasons why you should drive the Cades Cove Loop in winter.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is made up of over 520,000 acres, many of which were once occupied by native Americans and settlers throughout time. As each acre was purchased and added to the protected land that would turn into America’s most loved national park, traces of the past began to slowly fade. The flora of the park slowly started to blanket the slivers of Smoky Mountain life even before the national park was formed and today, most of it is completely hidden. However, there are many gems of yesteryear that can still be found throughout the Smokies, some in plain sight but many can only be seen if you take time to look a little closer.

Autumn is the most popular time of year in the Great Smoky Mountains. Why, you may ask? Because of the colorful changes happening in the area! So what is the best way to take in this beautiful sight? Driving through the national park. That's why we're sharing some of our favorite roads you can't miss out experiencing while you're in town. Here are 3 of the best Smoky Mountain scenic drives to take in the fall!

Attracting over 2 million visitors each year, Cades Cove is the most popular section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located about an hour away from downtown Gatlinburg, TN, Cades Cove is famous for its well-preserved historic buildings, lovely mountain vistas, and unrivaled wildlife viewing. All of the valley’s major landmarks are conveniently located along an 11-mile loop road, which makes the Cove ideal for auto touring.

On your next trip to Gatlinburg, you may be looking for something to do you’ve never done before or that’s exciting for the whole family. A great activity you should try is white water rafting! People of all ages will have a blast floating down the river, and you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime! Check out these 5 reasons why you should go rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors on your next trip:

The Smokies are the most popular national park in the country, and with good reason! There are so many fun things to do when you visit, from hiking in the backwoods to enjoying a fresh picnic lunch. But how do you decide what to do when you’re visiting? Maybe you should start with visiting the most popular destinations in the park! Check out these 4 popular places to visit in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: