Great Smoky Mountains

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Cades Cove

Surrounded by beautiful mountain vistas and featuring lush open meadows, many visitors see deer, bear, wild turkey, coyotes, and other wildlife roaming freely in their natural surroundings.

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Clingmans Dome

At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the highest point in Tennessee and the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi.

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Fall Experiences

The park usually experiences an autumn leaf season of several weeks as fall colors travel down the mountainsides from high elevation to low.

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Foothills Parkway

For spectacular mountain views in any season, plan a road trip along the Foothills Parkway. From this scenic roadway, you’ll see the Smokies rise all around you, and each curve brings another far-reaching vista.

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Newfound Gap

At an elevation of 5,046 feet, Newfound Gap is the lowest drivable pass through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

An exuberant mountain stream gave this area its unusual name. Roaring Fork is one of the larger and faster-flowing mountain streams in the park.

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The Sinks

The Sinks in the Great Smoky Mountains is one of the few waterfalls in the national park that you can actually drive to and enjoy, without hiking.

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Synchronous Fireflies

For a short time each spring, natural fireworks spark the forest darkness in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These mysteriously synchronized lights—flashing together as one, from just above ground level, up into the trees—mark the da...

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Picnic Spots

Check out the eight best spots to unpack your cooler and eat outdoors. For sites in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, check with the park service before you head out so you’re informed about any changes to what’s open.

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Kid Friendly Hikes

Get youngsters outdoors on kid-friendly trails in the Smoky Mountains. Whether your kids are young walkers needing the easiest footpaths, or older children eager for more adventure, every family can find the right trail.

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Smoky Mountain Sunsets

For all you sunset hunters out there, Tennessee is the place to be. The colorful Smoky Mountains and unique locations give the sun many places to truly set in style.

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Black Bears

7 Fun and interesting facts about black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains. Learn more about these popular animals and their behavior.

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Waterfall Hikes

The Smoky Mountains are known for their peaceful and otherworldly hiking trails. Especially around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, you can find many wonderful hiking trails designed for expert trail adventurers, newcomers, and everyone in between....

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Scenic Drives

Nothing clears the heart and the mind like a leisurely drive through scenic terrain. There’s a lot of great hiking in the Smoky Mountains, but for those who fancy an afternoon drive, here are some of the most scenic roadways in the area.

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Elevations

Elevations in the Smoky Mountains vary over 5,000 feet from the highest point to the lowest. Listed below are the elevations of some of the most popular and recognized areas of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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