Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park featuring tranquil scenes, a house and forest scenes

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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America’s most visited national park offers blue mountain ridges, forested hiking trails, a variety of wildlife and bits of Southern mountain history.

The beauty and diversity of Great Smoky Mountains National Park explain why it is the most visited of the U.S. national parks. Enjoy nature, wildlife and the quiet peace of endless forests.

Come to Cades Cove to use modern visitor center services and see historic community buildings. Look for churches, a grist mill and a newlywed “weaner cabin.” Drive the 11-mile (18-kilometer) loop road to see wildlife and historic structures.

Hiking is one of the park’s most popular activities. Hike to Grotto Falls, Laurel Falls and Ramsey Cascades. The Appalachian Trail runs through the park, making a climb to Clingmans Dome. Hike or drive to this spot, the park’s highest elevation at 6,643 feet (2,025 meters). Walk the last steep 0.5-mile (0.8-kilometer) sidewalk and spiral ramp up an observation tower. Your 360-degree view over the park may stretch to 100 miles (160 kilometers) on a clear day.

Enjoy the park’s year-round colors of flowers, trees and shrubs along the Oconaluftee River Trail and a dozen other easy mapped walking paths. Before the snow is completely melted, spring ephemeral flowers poke through the ground. In late April, join the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, an exploration of flora and fauna that has been held in the park annually for more than 60 years. Return in autumn for exquisite fall colors.

The park abounds with wildlife. Go birding to spot some of the 200 species here. Walk quietly through the forest to look for over 65 species of mammals, including deer, flying squirrels and an estimated 1,500 American black bears. The park’s 700 miles (1,100 kilometers) of streams have more than 50 native fish species. Notice some of the 30 species of salamander scurrying past your feet.

Nearby Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer boundless tourist opportunities for dining, drinking and entertainment. The park remains open year-round; however, the central highway may close during winter storms, requiring a much longer outside drive to travel between the Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Cherokee, North Carolina entrances.

U.S. national parks offer visitors great, affordable adventures. Enjoy your adventure in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Top Hotels Close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Glenstone Lodge
Glenstone Lodge
3 out of 5
504 Historic Nature Trl, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
The price is $109 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Gatlinburg. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,426 reviews)
"There was no dinning and no outdoor pool even though their website says there is both. There was not enough parking available for everyone staying there."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

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The Park Vista - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Gatlinburg
The Park Vista - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Gatlinburg
4 out of 5
705 Cherokee Orchard Road, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
The price is $150 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Gatlinburg. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (980 reviews)
"The propertywas in the mountains amd surrou ded by wildlife. I didnt like that unless you were a prefdered or certain member. You get no breakfast included in the stay. When i book it said breakfast included. Very disappointed in that."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

The Park Vista - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Gatlinburg
Edgewater Hotel Gatlinburg
Edgewater Hotel Gatlinburg
3 out of 5
402 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $141 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Gatlinburg. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in ...
4/5 Very Good! (973 reviews)
"it was very close to everything. howevet, it was difficult to find the lobby that was hidden upstairs without a direct access to the outside"

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Edgewater Hotel Gatlinburg
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Reagan Resorts Inn
Reagan Resorts Inn
2 out of 5
938 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
The price is $54 per night from May 30 to May 31
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Glenstone Lodge
Glenstone Lodge
3 out of 5
504 Historic Nature Trl, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
The price is $109 per night from May 26 to May 27
Glenstone Lodge
The Park Vista - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Gatlinburg
The Park Vista - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Gatlinburg
4 out of 5
705 Cherokee Orchard Road, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
The price is $150 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
The Park Vista - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Gatlinburg
Edgewater Hotel Gatlinburg
Edgewater Hotel Gatlinburg
3 out of 5
402 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
The price is $141 per night from May 30 to May 31
Edgewater Hotel Gatlinburg
Bear Creek Inn
Bear Creek Inn
2.5 out of 5
125 Spruce Ln, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
The price is $59 per night from May 26 to May 27
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Baymont by Wyndham Gatlinburg On The River
Baymont by Wyndham Gatlinburg On The River
2.5 out of 5
293 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
The price is $89 per night from May 30 to May 31
Baymont by Wyndham Gatlinburg On The River
Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
4 out of 5
539 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
The price is $199 per night from May 26 to May 27
Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
Brookside Lodge
Brookside Lodge
2.5 out of 5
463 E Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
The price is $80 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
Brookside Lodge
Gatlinburg Town Square by Exploria Resorts
Gatlinburg Town Square by Exploria Resorts
2.5 out of 5
515 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
Gatlinburg Town Square by Exploria Resorts
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.