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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!

Gatlinburg is packed with great attractions, including multiple Ripley's family fun spots. You'll find everything from the Ripley's Aquarium to even the Ripley's Davey Crockett Mini-golf, located directly in front of our hotel. With so many options to choose from, we wanted to highlight a few of the best to help you to plan the perfect vacation for your family!

Gatlinburg is known for its appeal to couples looking for a romantic getaway. From proposals with a breathtaking view as the backdrop to Smoky Mountain weddings and honeymoons, love and romance are always in the air. At The Appy Lodge, we think you'll find a perfect blend of adventure and romance. Here are 5 reasons that you should stay with us during your next romantic getaway:

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.

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 Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our Appy family would love to see your children year after year and have the opportunity to see them grow into great stewards of the mountains. We have put together a list of some of the reasons that we believe you will find our hotel to be the perfect place for your family.