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The Great Smoky Mountains

Straddling
the states of Tennessee and North Carolina, the Great Smoky Mountains drew in
over 11 million visitors in 2018. The diverse landscape is one of the most
versatile in North America teeming with beautiful hiking paths, rocky cliffs, colorful
foliage, scenic drives, and stunning wildlife.

The Smoky Mountains are a nature lover’s paradise and an eternity could be spent discovering every corner of the national park’s mystic splendor. Set your sights for the outdoors and get ready for adventure in the Smokies.

Start
your journey with these unmissable activities!

1.
Drive Through Cades Cove

Get
a glimpse into life of the pioneers who settled along this gorgeous mountain
range in the 18th and 19th centuries. This photogenic
drive will lead you deep into the valley surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, historic
log cabins, and incredible animals.

Take
your time driving through the lush valley as you will routinely spot deer and
black bears roaming through the woodlands. Along this breathtaking loop, stop
by the numerous historical churches and cabins that were constructed centuries
ago.

If you would rather get closer to nature, go for an invigorating hike along the Thunderhead Mountain and Rocky Top paths.

The Great Smoky Mountains
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2.
Take in the Views from Clingmans Dome

Tower
over the expansive mountain range at the highest point of elevation in the
state of Tennessee. Standing at 6,643 feet, you will be amazed at the endless
overlapping mountains cascading into the clouds.

To reach one of the most popular views in the national park, you will have to make a sturdy climb but the reward is worth it! Make sure to choose the right time to visit the dome as the road to take you there is closed during the winter months and becomes packed during summer.

The Great Smoky Mountains

3. Abrams
Falls Trail

This five mile trek will test your hiking wits and fortitude but offers a refreshing reward at an idyllic waterfall. Although the height of Abrams Falls is not overly impressive, it is a serene escape from the punishing summer blaze. A dip in this natural swimming hole is a fantastic way to cool off after a long walk through the forest.

Pack some snacks and listen to the enchanting sounds of the waterfall as you refuel for your return trip.

The Great Smoky Mountains
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4. Drive
Down Newfound Gap Road

When
you make the exhilarating drive down this 31-mile road, you will feel like you
are ascending into the heavens. You will climb thousands of feet and the views
of the mountaintops and timber forest trees will take your breath away. You
will have dozens of pit stops along the way to go for a thrilling hike or feel
the crisp mountain air.

Make this picturesque drive during the fall for unbelievable photo opportunities of the fall foliage at its finest. Motorists should navigate the roads with care as the route is extremely windy and potentially dangerous.

The Great Smoky Mountains

5. Explore
the Forbidden Caverns

Although the Smokies are more famous for its magnificent mountain range, you can head underground for equally astonishing scenery. This alternative way of cooling off will bring you face to face with alluring geologic formations, spooky caves, and a fascinating history lesson from the Prohibition era.

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A few years ago when we first started looking into traveling around more, we took a trip down to a local cave a few hours from home and we fell in love. It's now become a thing. We always seem to find a cave to explore wherever we go. The boys always love when they turn the lights out and you get to see total darkness. You've never seen dark until you've seen dark in a cave!😱⁣ ⁣ This one was a shorter tour, but it was absolutely beautiful. There was a small waterfall and an underground river. The boys had fun collecting cave kisses!😚

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