I am planning on travelling to the smokies next year and Gatlinburg is a 500 mile drive from my house in Maryland. When is the best time of the year to visit the smokies? What is it like in the summer? I actually kind of got to go in the summer when I have the most time off. I have been to the Smokies before a very long time ago and I forget what time of year it was, but no clear days for the whole week, it was foggy and depressing, but the mountain were still pretty. I am guessing I went in the spring. But, is the summer a bad time to go? Would it make a difference between early summer (middle of June) or late summer (early August)? Also, we have dogs that we would be takeing with us which pets are not allowed in the National Park, does anybody know of good pet-friendly lodging, preferbly cabin rentals.
Thanks for any help-