Top Attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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- This is a 6 mile, one way, driving tour with beautiful views. There are places to stop along the way to hike but also with limited parking. This is perfect if you want to experience the park and have little children or mobility issues!Written August 11, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This was a beautiful drive not crowded at all. There are plenty of places to pull og and enjoy the views. We did not see any trails along the way.Written August 3, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Paved path up to the dome, but very steep hike! The views from the top make it all worth it! Path was under a "bear watch" when we were there, but tourists were still allowed to hike up to the dome as long as they kept moving on the path. Make sure to wear walking shoes.
Spend as much time as you want taking pictures and viewing the scenery once you are up on the top.Written August 11, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Very historical area, although I would recommend purchasing the Cades Cove brochure prior to your visit so you can read along as you travel on the journey. Good signage at all the stops. Definitely stop, get out, and go see the individual buildings for insight on the area. Traffic is very heavy at the beginning of the tour, but after the midpoint, traffic drops off dramatically. Bathrooms are aplenty at midpoint, and are clean flushers.Written August 11, 2022
- The hike to the waterfalls is not so difficult. But if you need assistance walking, it would be challenging. At the waterfalls, it gets very busy and there is not enough space. The reason I give 5 stars is while we were walking back, we saw a young bear. It was in front of us. I got very scared at first. But our group keep quiet. The bear was just eating some berries and did not mind watching us. He/she ignored our group and slowly moved on. Such a great experience.Written August 5, 2022
- The hike to the Alum was challenging but totally doable. If you still have time and energy, keep hiking to Mt. LeConte. It's a little longer, but beautiful and doable.Written July 24, 2022
- This road is the primary road through the smokies. Not sure why it has its own page, but it does. It has a number of pull offs and is free to access.Written August 6, 2022
- A visitor center on the east side of the smokies. It is in the vicinity of the elk herd, has a large replica village, some displays, a gift shop and restrooms.Written August 6, 2022
- Get there really early so you can park in the lot!
Good hike. Trail walks right under the waterfall. Lots of opportunities for photos. Spent time relaxing on the rocks near the waterfall before heading back to our car.Written August 11, 2022
- Great picnic spot! Pretty and clean. There were plenty of spaces, even on a summer Saturday at noon. Keep it clean for the next family!Written July 19, 2022
- Huge center with tons of visitors. Large bathrooms that were marginally clean. Hand dryers nonfunctional during our visit.
Awesome and easy trails behind center. Worth the time to hike and find out about tree identification.Written August 11, 2022
- This a short, easy, 4-mile “hike” (more like a walk) on the Gatlinburg Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is 1 of the only 2 trails dogs are allowed on due to bear encounters. We parked at the visitor's center, walked to the town of Gatlinburg, and back. We saw a graveyard from the 1800s, a small waterfall, lots of beautiful foliage, and the GSMNP park sign (fun to take a picture with the sign).Written June 12, 2022
- Hiked from Alum Cave trail to the Leconte Lodge and Myrtle Point with my teenage son. Definitely the #1 thing to do in the Gatlinburg area. Total mileage including to Myrtle Point was 12.25. Many people turnaround at the lodge, but Myrtle Point is a MUST DO. We had Myrtle Point to ourselves for a good 15 minutes with 300 degree views from Clingmans Dome around to Pigeon Forge/Sevierville. On a clear day I'm sure you could see to I-40 and the high mountains in NC. Not an easy hike but anyone could do it if you're prepared and take your time. Arch Rock and Alum Cave are good rest stops to take a break. Get to the trailhead early. We came on a Saturday morning and parked by 7:15 with no problem, but could see it was filling fast. Make sure to stop at the Lodge gift shop for a "I hiked it" tee shirt.Written July 21, 2022
- There were a lot of wow moments in this hike I tell ya! It is a difficult hike. The average non hiking person would find this very difficult as it is all incline on the way up and all decline on the way down which can be very hard on your knees. Bring water and snacks and just enjoy the breathtaking views of the rapids running under bridges, waterfalls coming out of the side of the mountains along the trail. And the stunning view at the top. It's worth it. But a strenuous hike for sure. 2 miles up and 2 miles down. Go early when the temps are low and cool. Enjoy! Truly Gods country.Written August 7, 2022
- WOW! What an amazing and challenging hike! Bring lots of water, take rests. The falls are beautiful, but getting to the falls is also a beautiful and challenging journey!Written July 24, 2022
Frequently Asked Questions about Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- The best day trips from Great Smoky Mountains National Park according to Tripadvisor travelers are:
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cades Cove Self-Driving Bundle Tours
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Audio Driving Tour
- Anakeesta High Ridge Adventure