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...

Cades Cove

  • Forest

A 6,800-acre valley surrounded by high mountains, Cades Cove has more historic buildings than any other area in the park. Driving, hiking,...

Cades Cove Loop Road

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

This 11-mi loop through Cades Cove is the most popular route in the park and arguably the most scenic part of the entire Smokies. The...

Cades Cove Picnic Area

  • Restaurant–Sight

This picnic area, near the beginning of the Cades Cove loop, has 81 picnic tables. Its big advantage is that it's near beautiful Cades...

Campbell Overlook

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Named for Carlos Campbell, a conservationist who was instrumental in helping to establish the park, Campbell Overlook provides a good...

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

  • Cemetery

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...

Chimney Tops Overlook

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

From any of the three overlooks grouped together on Newfound Gap Road, you'll have a good view of the Chimney Tops—twin peaks that...


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