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Smoky Mountains

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!

It’s not a secret that visiting the Smokies in autumn is an experience unlike any other. However, there may be a few ways to see the foliage that you haven’t thought of yet! So, we wanted to help you out! Here are 10 of the best ways to see the Smoky Mountain fall foliage during your stay with us at our hotel in Gatlinburg!

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the top waterfall chasing destinations in Tennessee and we wanted to help you out with finding 3 of the waterfall hikes that you have to try the next time you’re staying with us in Gatlinburg. We also wanted to add a few bonus waterfalls at the end of this blog entry to help those of you that are not able to hike also enjoy a few of the waterfalls of the Smokies as well!

The Appy Lodge was not only created as a place to pay homage to the Appalachian Trail but also with a hope to encourage guests to fall in love with the great outdoors. We want your family to have a great experience in Gatlinburg and leave with unforgettable memories of your time in our beautiful Smoky Mountains. Our Happy family would love to see your children year after year and have the opportunity to watch them grow into great stewards of the mountains. That’s why we have put together a few of our favorite things to do as a family in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We know that if your children spend time in the mountains as they grow up that they will not only have lifelong memories of time with you, but they will also pass on their love for park to their children. A cycle that we hope will continue for many generations to come!

Are you heading to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and looking for a hike that is much more than just a walk in the woods? Do you have a list of peaks to bag in the Southern Appalachians? If so, we have 3 hikes that will be perfect for you! Each destination can only be reached by taking routes that are rated as strenuous, but also have incredible visual payoffs waiting for you at the end of a beauty filled journey!

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!