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Smoky Mountains

Winter hiking in the Smoky Mountains comes with great perks and challenges that will help you grow as a hiker. Exploring our beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the wintertime is a great way to enjoy more solitude, views that are revealed only during the colder months, and if you’re lucky the peacefulness of taking a walk in the woods on a snowy day. We have put together a group of hikes for you that include a variety of trails and some of the best in the park. Read over each description, find the trails for you, book your trip, and start hiking the Smokies!

A visit to the Smoky Mountains in the fall isn’t complete without taking a beautiful scenic drive. Packing up the family for a vacation in Gatlinburg is a classic experience for many and we want to help you have the best time possible. Below are 3 of the best scenic drives to take in the Smoky Mountains and a few great reasons that you’ll enjoy being our guest the next time you’re in town!

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.

Dreaming of hiking on America’s favorite footpath? You’re not the only one! Around 3 million people hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail every year. Most take day hikes, many spend a few nights backpacking and others thru-hike and experience every mile of the trail. We’re blessed here in Tennessee to 94 miles of the trail running through the Volunteer State. An extra 160 miles runs along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. Close to 70 miles can be found along the spine of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with access to the trail being 30 minutes away from our Gatlinburg hotel. Time on the Appalachian Trail is truly indescribable and something that needs to be a first-hand experience. We’ve put together 8 things that you can expect along the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee with a special on the Smokies section. Take a minute to read over them and then start planning your adventure on the A.T. today!

Are you heading to the Smoky Mountains this summer with the hopes of experiencing some of the best hikes in the park? If so, then you’ll love the 4 that we’ve put together for you! From swimming holes to beautiful views and waterfalls too, you can’t go wrong with whichever hike you choose!

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for stunning vistas, but it’s also filled with smaller slivers of beauty that are tucked away in every corner of it’s 520,000 acres. The first of March brings new life to the mountains every year and in the weeks before the calendar turns to the first day of the spring and lasting until the days when shades of autumn begin to take over the canopy of the forest, wildflowers can be found throughout the park. The abundance of blooms and the incredible variety of wildflowers on display bring folks back to the Smokies year after year in search of their favorite petaled gems. To get you started on your own wildflower adventure, we’ve put together information on 5 of the best wildflower hikes in the Smoky Mountains. Take a minute to read over them and then work on planning your next vacation to the Smokies!

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a photographer’s paradise! Everyone from beginner level photographers to the pros will find plenty of opportunities to capture endless beauty in the Smokies year-round. It’s also a wonderful place to photograph your vacation and capture moments with your family and friends that will be treasured for years to come. Here are 5 of the top spots for photos in the park and a few tips to help you have a great experience in the Smokies!

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in America and welcomes well over twice the number of visitors each year than the Grand Canyon, the second most visited park. With over 11 million people roaming the roads and trails of the Smokies it can seem as if experiencing the beauty and wilderness of the area could be more hectic than peaceful, but that’s certainly not true. Even during the peak weeks of a crowded autumn or when the forest floor is covered in wildflowers and hikers in the spring, there are still plenty of places filled with solitude within the more than 520,000 acres that make up the park. However, during the winter months you’ll find a completely different experience awaiting you. We wanted to share with you 3 things that we think you’ll love about visiting the Smokies during the colder and quieter months of the year!