Great Smoky Mtns. National Park Experiences


Great Smoky Mtns. National Park Features

  • 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 square... Read more

  • 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 in... Read more

  • One Day on the Tennessee Side

    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 Center to... Read more

  • One Day on the North Carolina Side

    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... Read more

  • Getting Groceries

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

  • 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 families... Read more

  • 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: Abrams... Read more

  • Smokies By Number

    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: Visitors to... Read more

  • Fishing Rules

    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... Read more


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