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3 Popular Things to Do in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you’re looking for more fun things to do during your stay with us, look no further than the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ever since it was established on June 15, 1934, it has become the most visited national park in the United States. Visitors come back time and time again for the gorgeous views and fun activities. With that being said, here is a list of 3 popular things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

1. Go for a Hike

Appalachian Trail in the Smoky MoutainsOne of the most beloved features of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the over 850 miles of hiking trails. As you walk along them, you can see the natural scenery up close. This includes the colorful wildflowers in the spring or the fiery hues of the fall foliage. You may also have the chance to see live animals like black bears or elk. You don’t have to be a skilled hiker to explore the Smokies. In fact, the park has a great selection of easy trails. Whatever route you take, wear comfortable shoes to help you maintain your balance on potentially uneven terrain. Additionally, be sure to eat a hearty meal for energy beforehand and drink plenty of water. It is important to remember not to push yourself too much, for hiking is not about who can take the longest trail or go the fastest. Rather, it is about spending time in the fresh air and having fun!

2. Take a Scenic Drive

If you don’t enjoy hiking, taking a scenic drive in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great alternative. You can see all the sights without leaving the comfort of your vehicle. One great route to take is Cades Cove Loop Road. It is a one-way, 11-mile road that is jam-packed with everything you love about the Smokies. Along with seeing the gorgeous natural scenery, you can also get a glimpse of the historical structures that are remnants of a once-thriving settlement. One such structure is the John Oliver Cabin. It was built in the 1820s and is the oldest human structure in the park. As for live animals, you may have the chance to spot a black bear because they are more populous in Cades Cove than in any other area of the park.

3. Take Your Pet For a Walk

gatlinburg trailWe are proud to offer great amenities to our guests, one of which is pet-friendly cabin options. If you’re looking for fun things to do with Fido, take him along on your visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He will get great exercise while walking along the Gatlinburg Trail, the only pet-friendly trail on the Tennessee side of the Smokies. Afterward, go to one of the picnic areas to enjoy a delicious outdoor lunch! When you get back to the cabin, you and your pet can relax and sleep like champions.

Plan a day to enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains National Park while you’re in town! If you’re looking for even more things to do during your vacation, explore 6 unique things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge!