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Great Smoky Mtns. National Park Travel Guide

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The closest thing to fine dining you can find in the park is a hot dog at the snack bar in Cades Cove or a Coke from a vending machine at a visitor center. If you're up to a 14- or 15-mile round-trip hike, there is a dining room at LeConte Lodge, which only offers lunch for day visitors. (Overnight guests get breakfast and dinner at the lodge.) You can create your own gourmet dining with an alfresco

picnic at one of the park's 11 attractive picnic areas.

Outside the park you'll find many more dining options, from fast food to fine dining, the latter especially in Asheville. On the Tennessee side, both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have myriad fast-food and family dining choices.

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