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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Andrews Bald

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Getting to Andrews Bald isn't easy. You have to walk the rocky Forney Ridge Trail some 1.8 mi one-way, with an elevation gain of almost...

Big Creek Picnic Area

This is the smallest picnic area in the park, with only 10 picnic tables. It's accessible via Exit 451 of Interstate 40, or the unpaved...

Big Witch Gap Overlook

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

The 2-mi drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway between Big Witch Gap Overlook and Noland Divide Overlook offers fine views into the eastern...

Cataloochee Overlook

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Coming from Cove Creek Road onto the paved section of Cataloochee Road, this is your first opportunity to stop and see the broad expanse...

Cataloochee Valley

  • Building/Architectural Site

This is one of the most memorable and eeriest sites in all of the Smokies. At one time Cataloochee was a community of more than 1,200...

Clingmans Dome

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

At an elevation of more than 6,600 feet, this is the third-highest peak east of the Rockies, only a few feet shorter than the tallest,...

Collins Creek Picnic Area

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

The largest developed picnic area in the park, Collins Creek has 182 picnic tables. Collins Creek, which runs near the picnic area, is...

Cove Creek Road

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

This drive takes you to one of the most beautiful valleys in the Smokies, and to one of the most interesting destinations. The first...

Deep Creek Picnic Area

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Deep Creek offers more than picnicking. You can go tubing (rent a tube for the day for around $5 at nearby commercial tubing centers).

Heintooga Overlook

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

This is one of the best spots to watch the sunset, with a sweeping view westward of the crest of the Great Smokies. ...