Great Smoky Mountains National Park

From black bears to salamanders. Old-growth forests to spring wildflowers. Log cabins to grist mills. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a myriad of opportunities for exploring and discovering both the natural and cultural history of these ancient mountains.

Smoky Mountain Cabin RentalsSmoky Mountain Cabins

If you're looking for the most beautiful, well appointed Smoky Mountain cabin rentals, then look no further than Colonial Properties. Our 1 to 7 bedroom cabin rentals offer mountain views, quiet seclusion, and countless amenities that are sure to make you feel right at home. If you plan on visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, our cabins in the Smokies are the perfect place to enjoy them.

Great Smoky Mountains National ParkOperating Hours and Seasons

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Some areas of the park may be closed temporarily due to construction, weather, etc. For updated information about closures, contact the national park information line at (865) 436-1200.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park FeeEntrance Fees

Entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is FREE. The park is one of the only major national parks that does not charge an entrance fee.

Cades Cove.jpgCades Cove

This 11-mile loop road section of the park is a truly majestic and special place. Teaming with wildlife, it is not uncommon to see bear, deer, turkey and other animals roaming freely around.

Newfound Gap.jpgNewfound Gap

In 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt officially dedicated the park from this majestic site. The road, completed in 1932, straddles Tennessee and North Carolina here. Originally, Indian Gap, a point two miles west, was thought to be the lowest gap in the mountains, but Newfound Gap was discovered to be lower in elevation, thus the name.

Clingmans DomeClingman's Dome

Clingman’s Dome is the Smokies’ highest peak and the third highest point east of the Mississippi. Named for a colorful Civil War general, Clingman’s Dome rears its head 6,642 feet. The observation tower, located seven miles off Newfound Gap Road, looks out on an ever-changing view. Occasionally the peak is above cloud level, creating a surrealistic scene of mountaintops floating in an ocean of white.

Roaring Fork.jpgRoaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

Beginning and ending within miles of downtown Gatlinburg, the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a one-way drive that takes visitors along a 5.5 mile experience through the National Park. To access Roaring Fork, turn off the main parkway in Gatlinburg, TN at traffic light #8 and follow Historic Nature Trail Road to the Cherokee Orchard entrance to the national park. Just beyond the Rainbow Falls trailhead you have the option of taking the one-way Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (closed in winter).

Fishing in the Smoky MountainsFishing in the Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains is home to one of the last wild trout habitats in the eastern United States. With over 2,115 miles of streams in its boundaries, the park offers a variety of angling experiences from remote, headwater trout streams to large, coolwater smallmouth bass streams. For a map of all park water as well as other information, stop by a visitor center and pick up your free copy. The volunteers in either center will be happy to point out ideal streams to fit your interests!

Hiking.jpgHiking in the Smoky Mountains

As you explore the Great Smoky Mountains, you'll have a particularly rich experience when you pay attention to the natural community around you. The vast deciduous and coniferous forests of these mountains are an amazing site. Trees, birds, mammals, and wildflowers combine each season to provide spectacular scenery. There are 850 miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Fall in the Smoky MountainsFall in the Smoky Mountains

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in the Great Smoky Mountains. The brilliant colors of Autumn transform the Smokies into a truly amazing sight to see. Area's you may want to visit while vacationing with us are; Cades CoveNewfound GapClingman's Dome, and the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. For a quick peek of the Fall colors in Gatlinburg, we recommend the Gatlinburg By-Pass, located between downtown and Pigeon Forge.

Great Smoky Mountains National ParkGreat Smoky Mountain Visitor's Centers

Begin your exploration of the park at a visitor center. Here you can pick up a park map or newspaper, have your questions answered by a ranger, and purchase books and guides to the park.


Sugarland's Visitor's Center Information

Cades Cove Visitor's Center Information

Clingmans Dome Visitor's Contact Station


Mt Leconte.jpgSmoky Mountain Elevations

Terrain in The Great Smoky Mountains can vary greatly. From 1,462 feet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center to 6,643 feet at Clingman's Dome.

Drive in the Smoky MountainsFoothills Parkway

The Foothills Parkway offers magnificent views of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the valleys below. While traveling the new section of the Foothills Parkway, visitors will cross 10 bridges, each numbered east to west.

The Sinks in the Great Smoky MountainsThe 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. The 15 foot waterfall is named after the large whirlpool created by the rushing river at its base that resembles water draining from a sink.