The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in Tennessee and North Carolina. More than 19,000 species are already documented and it is believed that an additional 80,000 to 100,000 species might be present, according to data released by the National Park Service. No wonder, the park welcomed 11.3 million tourists in 2017 alone.
You can explore the Alum Cave Tail, Appalachian Trail, Clingmans Dome and Cades of Cove in the park, says an article by US Local Guide. More than 90 historic structures, heavenly scenic views and a galore of exciting adventures await you at this park.
What to See at the Park
Once you enter the park, there are truckloads of things that are a sheer treat to the eyes.
- Hike to Mt. Cammerer for spectacular views on clearer days.
- You can climb to the highest point, which is Cligman’s Dome. Once again, this spot is ideal to check out gorgeous natural beauty.
- Cades Cove is popular among tourists for its abundant wildlife and historical buildings.
- Ramsey Cascades and Laurel Falls are two stunning waterfalls in the Smokies. 200,000 tourists hike through trails to visit these large falls. Ramsey Cascades is the largest waterfall of the park and the roundtrip distance of the trail is 8.1 miles, says an article on Greenbrier Campground.
- Dollywood, the largest amusement park, has loads of exciting rides and themed attractions for visitors.
- Witness the fall foliage before autumn in the mountains around the town of Gatlinburg.
- Enjoy the summer light show by fireflies in Elkmont every year in June.
What to Do at the Park
One of the finest experiences here is the Moonshine tasting. Take your pick from Peppermint, Apple Pie, Margarita, Blue Flame, Mountain Java and the Original. To pump up some adrenaline, go for zip lining over Dunn’s Creek. If you want a dose of thrill, you must take a whitewater rafting session on the Pigeon River.
To get a stunning bird’s eye view of the Smoky Mountains, book a hot air balloon tour for yourself. If you want to take back souvenirs, the arts and craft community offers handicrafts by more than 100 workers. You can also go hiking at Rainbow Falls and Chimney Top, and horseback riding around Sugarlands and Caves Cove.
The diversity of real America surely lies in its national parks and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is sure to satisfy your wanderlust.