One of the largest and most frequently visited National Parks in the United State, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts a variety of trails, waterfalls, wildlife, and historic sights that everyone should see at some point in their lifetime.
With the hundreds of trails and attractions that this National Park offers, it is hard to know where to start. Here are the top attractions of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
Clingman’s Dome- The highest point in Tennessee, which stands at 6,643 feet, Clingman’s Dome not only offers some of the best views in the park, but on a clear day you can see up to seven states.
Appalachian Trail- With more than 2,200 miles, from Georgia to Maine, this scenic trail offers an adventure for brave hikers, as well as exceptional day trips for those who are looking to experience what it has to offer, but in less time.
Laurel Falls- The easy trail that leads up to this 80-foot waterfall is one of the most frequented in the park and offers some of the best photo opportunities.
Mount LeConte- The second highest peak, standing at 6,593 feet, offers perhaps one of the most unique and rewarding hiking trails, Alum Cave Trail. Not only does this trail offer fantastic views, an incredibly beautiful bluff, and gorgeous wildflowers, but it also offers hikers with a special treat at the top…LeConte Lodge.
Chimney Tops Trail- This trail, which is not for everyone, offers serious hikers with a 900-foot elevation gain, leading up to unique rock formations that resemble chimneys. The views from these is so rewarding, that the difficulty of this trail is so worth the work.
Cades Cove- Originally inhabited by the Cherokee Indians, this 6,800-acre cove was taken over by colonists in the 1800’s. The colonists abandoned the cove during the Civil War, leaving behind their homesteads, mills, school, and church. These historical sights are a must see, in addition to the wide variety of wildlife that calls Cades Cove their home.
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