Great Smoky Mtns. National Park

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

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  • 1. Cades Cove

    Historic District/Site

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

  • 2. Cades Cove Loop Road

    Scenic Drive/Tour

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

  • 3. Cataloochee Valley

    Ghost Town

    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 people...Read More

  • 4. Chimneys Picnic Area

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Chimneys, just off Newfound Gap Road and a little more than 6 miles from the Sugarlands Visitor Center, may be the most loved picnic area in...Read More

  • 5. Clingmans Dome


    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, Mt. Mitchell...Read More

  • 6. 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 or $6 at nearby commercial tubing centers)...Read More

  • 7. Elkmont Historic District

    Historic District/Site

    What began as a logging town in the early years of the 20th century evolved into a summer colony for wealthy families from Knoxville, Chattanooga...Read More

  • 8. Heintooga Picnic Area

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This is our favorite developed picnic area in the park. Located at more than a mile high and set in a stand of spruce and fir, the picnic area...Read More

  • 9. Mountain Farm Museum

    Museum Village

    This is perhaps the best re-creation anywhere of an Appalachian mountain farmstead. The nine farm buildings, all dating from the late 19th century...Read More

  • 10. Newfound Gap Overlook

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    At 5,048 feet, Newfound Gap is a drivable pass through the top of the park and provides excellent views of a broad swath of the Smokies. The...Read More

  • 11. Newfound Gap Road

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    In a little more than 14 miles, Newfound Gap Road (U.S. Route 441) climbs more than 3,500 feet, from Gatlinburg to the gap through the crest...Read More

  • 12. 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-mile climb from an elevation of 2...Read More

  • 13. Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

    Scenic Drive/Tour

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

  • 14. Andrews Bald


    Getting to Andrews Bald isn't easy. You have to walk the rocky Forney Ridge Trail some 1.8 miles one way, with an elevation gain of almost 600...Read More

  • 15. Big Creek Picnic Area

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    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 Cove...Read More

  • 16. Big Witch Gap Overlook

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

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

  • 17. Cades Cove Picnic Area

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This picnic area, near the beginning of the Cades Cove Loop, has 81 picnic tables open all year. Its big advantage is that it's near beautiful...Read More

  • 18. 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 view up...Read More

  • 19. 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 of...Read More

  • 20. 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 cap 2,000...Read More

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