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Great Smoky Mtns. National Park Travel Guide

Great Smoky Mtns. National Park Top Experiences

Want to learn more about Great Smoky Mtns. National Park? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.


Best Bets for Camping

Best to Stay Cool: Balsam Mountain Best for RVs: Elkmont, Smokemont Best for Tents: Balsam Mountain, Big Creek, Cosby Best Fishing...


One Day on the Tennessee Side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you have one day and are entering the park from the Tennessee side, start early, pack a picnic lunch, and drive to the Sugarlands Visitor...


Smokies By the Numbers

9,500,000: Visitors annually to Great Smoky Mountains National Park 9,000,000: Visitors who don't venture into the backcountry 2,000,000...


Getting Groceries in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Other than a small convenience store at Cades Cove campground, there is no place to buy picnic supplies and groceries in the park. However,...


Fishing Rules in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

To fish in the park you must possess a valid fishing license or permit from either Tennessee or North Carolina. Either state license is valid...


Bear Facts

Black bear attacks in the Great Smokies or elsewhere in the mountains are extremely rare, but they do happen occasionally. The latest incident...


Cataloochee, the Novel

Asheville native Wayne Caldwell's 2007 novel, Cataloochee, and 2010 sequel, Requiem by Fire, tell the story of three generations of mountain...


Top Reasons to Go

Witness the wilderness: This is one of the last remaining big chunks of wilderness in the East. Get away from civilization in more than 800...


One Day on the North Carolina Side of the Great Smoky Mountains

If you only have a day to visit the Smokies and are coming from the North Carolina side, start early, pack a picnic lunch, and drive to the...

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