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Top things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Ranked #1 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Mountains; Nature and Parks
One of the most popular hiking mountains in the park.
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Ranked #2 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Geologic Formations; Hiking Trails
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Ranked #3 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Scenic Drives; Trails
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Ranked #4 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Mountains; Nature and Parks
The highest peak in the park.
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Ranked #5 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Scenic Drives
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Ranked #6 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Traveler Resources
Owner description: GSMA Store Locations and HoursCades Cove Visitor Center HoursOpen every day except Christmas Day.January 9:00 am - 4:30... more » Owner description: GSMA Store Locations and HoursCades Cove Visitor Center HoursOpen every day except Christmas Day.January 9:00 am - 4:30 pmFebruary 9:00 am - 5:00 pmMarch 9:00 am - 6:00 pmApril – Aug. 9:00 am - 7:00 pmSept. – Oct. 9:00 am - 6:00 pmNovember 9:00 am - 5:00 pmDecember 9:00 am - 4:30 pmLocationInside the park near the mid-point of the 11-mile, one-way Cades Cove Loop Road.Special ProgramsRanger-led programs are conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for times.ExhibitsIndoor and outdoor exhibits of Southern Mountain life and culture. Includes Cable Mill, a grist mill which operates spring through fall, the Becky Cable house, and other historic structures. Available FacilitiesGreat Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms. Oconaluftee Visitor CenterHoursOpen every day except Christmas DayJan. - April 8:30 am - 4:30 pmMay 8:30 am - 5:00 pmJune – Aug. 8:00 am - 6:00 pmSept.- Oct. 8:30 am - 6:00 pmNov. – Dec. 8:30 am - 4:30 pmLocation1194 Newfound Gap RoadCherokee , NC 28719Inside the park, 2 miles north of Cherokee, NC, on US-441Special ProgramsRanger-led programs conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for location and times.ExhibitsThe adjacent Mountain Farm Museum contains a fascinating collection of log structures including a farmhouse, barn, smokehouse, applehouse, corn cribs and others. Demonstrations of farm life are conducted seasonally.Available FacilitiesGreat Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms and telephones. Soda and water machines. Backcountry permit station. Sugarlands Visitor CenterHoursOpen every day except Christmas Day.Jan. – Feb. 8:00 am - 4:30 pmMarch 8:00 am - 5:00 pmApril - May 8:00 am - 6:00 pmJune – Aug. 8:00 am - 7:00 pmSept. – Oct. 8:00 am - 6:00 pmNovember 8:00 am - 5:00 pmDecember 8:00 am - 4:30 pmLocation 1420 Little River RoadGatlinburg TN 37738Inside the park, 2 miles south of Gatlinburg on US-441Special Programs Ranger-led programs conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for locations and times. Exhibits Free admission to 20-minute film about the park. Extensive natural history exhibits. Available Facilities Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms and telephones. Soda and water machines. Backcountry permit station. Gatlinburg Welcome Center - DowntownHours Open every day except Christmas Day.10:00 am - 6:00 pmLocation520 ParkwayGatlinburg TN 37738At traffic light #3 on the parkway in downtown GatlinburgAvailable FacilitiesGreat Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. City of Gatlinburg information. Public restrooms and telephones.Gatlinburg Welcome Center - On the Spur between Pigeon Forge and GatlinburgHoursOpen every day except Christmas DayApril - October 8:30 am - 7:00 pmNovember - March 8:30 am - 5:30 pmLocation1011 Banner RoadGatlinburg TN 377382 miles outside of Gatlinburg on US-441 SouthAvailable FacilitiesGreat Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. City of Gatlinburg information. Public restrooms and telephones.Sevierville Visitor CenterHoursOpen every day except Christmas Day.9:00 am – 6:00 pmLocation3099 Winfield Dunn ParkwayKodak, TN 377641.25 miles from Interstate 40/81 on Highway US-66 near SeviervilleAvailable FacilitiesGreat Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Sevier County, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville information. Public restrooms and telephones.Townsend Visitor CenterHoursOpen every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.Jan. - May 9:00 am - 5:00 pmJune – Oct. 9:00 am - 6:00 pmNov.- Dec. 9:00 am - 5:00 pmLocation7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy (U.S. 321)Townsend TN 37882Available FacilitiesGreat Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Townsend and local area information. Public restrooms and telephones.Historic Grist MillsCable Mill in Cades CoveHoursOpen From March 15 through the Sunday following Thanksgiving 9:00 - 5:00LocationInside the park near the mid-point of the 11-mile, one-way Cades Cove Loop Road.ExhibitsWater-powered grist mill.Mingus Mill near OconalufteeOpen From March 15 through the Sunday following Thanksgiving 9:00 - 5:00LocationInside the park, 2 miles north of Cherokee, NC, on US 441.ExhibitsTurbine-powered grist mill.Tremont Institute « less
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Ranked #7 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Hiking Trails
One of the most popular hikes in the park, it is the quick route to Mt. LeConte Lodge.
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Ranked #8 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Waterfalls; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #9 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #10 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Hiking Trails
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Ranked #11 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Scenic Drives
Scenic road through the Great Smokies.
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Ranked #12 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Scenic Drives; Valleys
A scenic valley filled with remnants of the old American pioneers.
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Ranked #13 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Waterfalls; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #14 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites; Historic Walking Areas; Landmarks
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Ranked #15 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Hiking Trails
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Ranked #16 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #17 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Hiking Trails; Waterfalls
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Ranked #18 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #19 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #20 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Waterfalls; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #21 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #22 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Ranked #23 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #24 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Waterfalls; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #25 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #26 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Hiking Trails
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Ranked #27 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Scenic Drives
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Ranked #28 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Mountains; Nature and Parks
If you climb this mountain you can reward yourself with a fabulous view from the abandoned firetower.
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Ranked #29 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
Much-touted river in the Great Smoky known for excellent fishing.
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Ranked #30 of 31 attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Category: Hiking Trails
Hiking trail that leads to Mt. LeConte Lodge, but is a less "touristy" route.
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