Great Smoky Mtns. National Park Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Great Smoky Mtns. National Park - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Mountain Farm Museum

  • Historic District/Site

This is perhaps the best re-creation anywhere of a mountain farmstead. Don't miss it! The nine farm buildings, all dating from the late...

Newfound Gap Road

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

Newfound Gap Road is the busiest road in the park by far, with more than a million vehicles making the 16-mi climb from 2,000-foot elevation...

Newfound Gap Road

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

In a little more than 14 mi, Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) on the Tennessee side of the park climbs more than 3,500 feet from Gatlinburg...

Oconaluftee Valley Overlook

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

From atop the Thomas Divide, just a little below the crest of the Smokies, you can look down and see the winding Newfound Gap Road. This...

Parson Branch Road

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

This 8-mi unpaved road follows a wagon track that has been used for more than 150 years. Some believe that Parson Branch and the road...

Road to Nowhere

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

This is the first scenic overlook you come to after entering the park on Lakeview Drive, better known as the "Road to Nowhere." It's...

Roaring Fork

  • Historic District/Site

You can visit several preserved mountain cabins and other buildings in the Roaring Fork area near Gatlinburg. Roaring Fork was settled...

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

  • Building/Architectural Site

Roaring Fork offers a dramatic counterpoint to Cades Cove Loop Road. Where Cades Cove Loop meanders through a wide open valley, Roaring...

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail Site No. 3

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

While most of the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail takes you on a narrow and winding one-way road through forested areas where the views...

Smoky Mountain Field School

  • Educational Institution

The University of Tennessee's Smoky Mountain Field School offers non-credit workshops, hikes, and outdoor adventures for adults and families...


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