With over 2 million visitors a year, Cades Cove is hands down one of the most popular areas in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But what is it exactly that draws this incredible number of people to this area? Part of the reason is that it provides a special experience for families to enjoy together! Read on to learn about 5 family-friendly things you can only do in Cades Cove.
If you are considering a scenic drive or hike through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the best place to start your adventure is at the Sugarlands Visitor Center! This informative visitor center is conveniently located just two miles south of Gatlinburg on Route 441 and is open every day of the year except Christmas Day. Here are the top 3 reasons to start your visit to the national park at the Sugarlands Visitor Center:
Get ready to enjoy a summertime spectacle as the evening sky comes alive with a balloon glow at the Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival! This is a unique opportunity to see a magnificent display of colors against the backdrop of the breathtaking Smoky Mountain sunset! Here is everything that you need to know about attending the Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival:
Did you know that Tennessee has elk? There is a healthy population in a hilly area of the Cumberland Plateau! A small grassland in Campbell County called Hatfield Knob is a great place to go to see the elk and photograph them. If you can’t make it to Campbell County, don’t worry — you can see the elk from the new Elk Cam in Hatfield Knob! Here’s all you need to know about Hatfield Knob and the new Elk Cam:
The Great Smoky Mountains are a great source of inspiration and peace. They look beautiful in photographs at anytime of the year. However, there is something especially magical about these mountains when they are illuminated by a morning sunrise or an evening sunset. Seeing Smoky Mountain sunsets and sunrises should be on everyone’s bucket-list when they visit the area. Auntie Belham’s Cabin Rentals know some of the best places in the Smokies to see both.
Winter is coming! Which also means it is time for Smoky Mountain Winterfest. This winter festival is one of the longest running festivals in the Smokies. It lasts for four months giving visitors from early November to late February a chance to see the town draped in Christmas lights and decorations. You can enjoy the festival’s lights, watch a jolly Christmas show, and shop for Christmas gifts while you’re here for the festival. Seeing the dazzling lights display is just one of the many reasons you can’t miss Smoky Mountain Winterfest this holiday season.
Over 11 million people visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park each year to enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. With 800+ miles of trails within the borders of the park, you’re guaranteed to find a hike that is perfect for your group. To help you make the most of your vacation, Auntie Belham’s Cabin Rentals is sharing the National Park Service’s list of the five most popular trails in the Smoky Mountains.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to some of the most spectacular wildlife in the United States! With over 200 types of birds, more than 80 varieties of reptiles, and 65 species of mammals, the Smokies are teeming with all sorts of critters. Many visitors come to the mountains so they can catch a glimpse of some of the area’s signature animals.
One of the things that draws both first time and repeat visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the natural beauty of the mountains. Every fall, as the leaves change colors, the mountains take on gorgeous yellow, red and orange colors. There are many incredible ways to take in the scenic views of the mountains in the Great Smoky Mountains. Not everyone likes to get out and experience the mountains by hiking, though. Since we want everyone to be able to enjoy the Smokies, here are a few of the most beautiful fall drives in the Smoky Mountains:
When you stay at our cabin rentals in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, you will be minutes away from one of America’s most treasured destinations: the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. To help you prepare for your vacation, Auntie Belham’s Cabin Rentals has put together six facts about the Great Smoky Mountains that everyone should know: