Great Smoky Mountains Visitors Guide
For some of the best mountain views in NC, be sure
to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
With 16 peaks above 6,000 feet, it is one of the most visited
state parks in the National Park Service. While there, you won’t lack for
things to do. You can enjoy the water by canoeing,
or renting a tube for a ride downriver.
If water sports aren’t your style, there is also rock climbing,
biking, and horseback riding. You can pitch a tent along
one of the many hiking trails, but be sure to get a permit
from the Park Service.
Park attractions include Clingman’s Dome, the highest point in the park. The Dome has an observation tower which affords the best view in the Smokies. Open from April through December, the road to Clingmans Dome is closed in the winter. For general hiking tips check our blog.
Other points of interest are Newfound Gap Road between
NC and Gatlinburg,
TN, Mt LeConte with 5 trails to its top, and in the
spring there is the Wildflower Pilgrimage where visitors
can see ferns, trees, and wild flowers.
General Park Information: (865) 436-1200