Smoky Mountain Highs & Family Adventures

Smoky Mountains

Experience natural beauty and adventure. Make family memories on a trek to Andrews Bald’s magnificent views. Fly above the trees on a zip line. Soak up Appalachian culture and browse authentic handicrafts. Scream yourself silly on Dollywood’s coasters, and tap your toes at the musical shows. Shop designer names at Sevierville outlets. The Great Smoky Mountains will call you back again and again.

Youll get a magical feeling in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Youre in the presence of something fresh and, yet, ancient. The oldest mountains in the world. A preserve of wildflowers, old-growth forests and rushing mountain streams. The Smokies. Its the ultimate getaway.

Bring your camera. The park has panoramic vistas with cascading rivers and majestic forests. Venture out on horseback at Sugarlands, and then cool off by rafting the Pigeon River. Cycle the 11-mile Cades Cove loop for some of the parks best wildlife viewing. Learn about cantilevered barns and that mysterious blue haze over the mountains. Take the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage to see 1,600 kinds of flowering plants. Study the wildlife. In addition to the 1,500 bears in the park, the Smokies has more salamanders than anywhere else on earth! 

Hike Abrams Falls and Mt. LeConte. Find a waterfall. The Smokies is a hikers paradise with more than 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short walks to strenuous treks that call for backcountry camping. The Appalachian Trail gives you a unique perspective with 70 miles of crestline trail. Cosby, with great campgrounds and a spacious picnic area, is a favorite among locals for the popular day hike to Sutton Ridge Overlooks spectacular panorama. 

Visit the charming mountain town of Gatlinburg, filled with shops and places to play. Be sure to stop in Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies and other attractions. Try skiing or the luge at Ober GatlinburgTravel the talent-rich, eight-mile loop of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, the largest group of independent artisans in North America. Take time to appreciate the lost arts here, and take home a treasure.

In Pigeon Forge, Dolly Partons Splash Country is a guaranteed good time with waves of fun. The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at the Island gives a birds-eye view of the area. Go upside down at WonderWorks or get lost in the stories of the Titanic. Play the day away at arcades and games centers. Try zip lining or whitewater rafting.

Savor the Smokies at Blackberry Farm, a luxury hotel and resort on a 4,200-acre estate. You’ll experience a gracious taste of genteel hospitality and a feast of farm-to-table Southern cuisine. Visit the less-traveled Townsend, on the peaceful side of the Smokies. A lifetime of adventure is here in the Smokies.

Experience the Smoky Mountains

Centered around the beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the area welcomes you with a rich arts and crafts tradition, family-friendly small towns and musical shows, fantastic views and recreation in the great outdoors.


Smoky Mountains Apr 19 Music of the Mountains Cosby, TN Music of the Mountains, April 19, 2015 from 2-4 p.m. Smoky Mountains Visitor Center On Cosby Heritage,harps and hymns A celebration of Cocke County's musical heritage learn more Smoky Mountains Apr 20 - 24 Earth Week in Gatlinburg Gatlinburg, TN Celebrate Earth Week in Gatlinburg! Bring the entire family to Gatlinburg to learn about easy green practices, enjoy music, activities and games, craft stations, food and more! learn more Smoky Mountains Apr 21 - 25 65th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Gatlinburg, TN As winter fades and the colors of spring begin to sparkle throughout the Smokies, Gatlinburg blossoms into the center of all things botanical during Great Smoky Mountain Association’s 65th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage. learn more Smoky Mountains Apr 21 - 25 Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Gatlinburg, TN As winter fades and the colors of spring begin to sparkle throughout the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg blossoms into the center of all things botanical during Great Smoky Mountain Association’s 65th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage. learn more Smoky Mountains Apr 23 Gatlinburg Earth Day Festival Gatlinburg, TN Families are encouraged to come and celebrate in the Earth Day Festival. Enjoy music, free crafts, activities, face painting, demonstrations and more at Mynatt Park from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.! learn more

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