In 2018 The Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomed over 11 million visitors, many of which arrived with dreams of experiencing one of America’s most loved footpaths, The Appalachian Trail. At The Appy Lodge, we love all of the trails in the park, but we are a bit bias when it comes to the 71 miles of the AT that pass over the ridges of the Smokies. You see, the entire reason that we were created was to pay homage to the Appalachian Trail, all of the people throughout history that made the trail possible and to the Appalachian mountains. If you’re heading to the Smoky Mountains this year, we would love to share the story of the Appalachian Trail with you by having you as our guest. Here are a few reasons why a stay with us should be included in your AT adventure!
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States, covering 520,000 acres and making up one of the most phenomenal outdoor playgrounds in our country. It’s a park that is filled with history, wildlife, wildflowers, waterfalls, rivers, breathtaking views, and absolute magic. It’s an area so vast that everyone can find something that they love and one of the best times to explore the park is in the spring. As the mountains come back to life and the spring greens fill in the forest canopy, the Smokies puts on one of it’s best shows of the year. At The Appy Lodge, one of our missions is to encourage our guests to go outside and play as well as fall in love with the great outdoors! Below, you will find 5 incredible hikes to take this year in the Smokies!
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America's most visited national park and with 520,000 acres of lush landscape and beauty, it's easy to see why. In 2018 the park welcomed 11,421,200 million visitors. The second most visited national park, the Grand Canyon, had half of the number of guests. Due to the park being our right next door to the city, a large percentage of those traveling to experience the Smokies choose to stay in Gatlinburg. That's why we wanted to put together a few interesting facts about the Smokies and the beautiful mountains that we call home. We want you to have fun facts to add to the excitement of your vacation and when you arrive at The Appy, we want you to feel like you have arrived at your home away from home. As you read along, we hope that you'll enjoy getting to know the Great Smokies!
The Appy Lodge was created with the desire pay respect to everyone that worked to make the Appalachian Trail a reality as well as those that have walked the foot path for the people over the years. While we do have a great love for the past, we also have an unwavering love for the future. We have witnessed first hand the blessings that come with a deep connection to the mountains and the great outdoors. Blessings that then turn into the blessed working to care for and protect our mountains. That is why we hope that during your stay with us you will not only enjoy your visit, but you will also be inspired to explore the mountains that we call home. More importantly, we hope that you will take the children in your life along with you. Because the mountains that they fall in love with today will be the mountains that they protect tomorrow. Mountains that will, in turn, bless their lives for a lifetime. To help get you started we have put together 5 kid-friendly trails in the Smoky Mountains for your next hike.