Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
John Cable Grist Mill, Great Smoky Mountains Natio

With miles upon miles of stunning forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the perfect destination for nature lovers. Renowned for its interesting array of plant life, the number of animals that call it home and the stunning mountains, it is no surprise that this is the most visited national park in the USA. It is also ideal for history lovers, as it holds over 90 historic structures. The hugely popular park is definitely a must-see and offers plenty of experiences that are not to be missed.

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Highlights
  • Great Smoky Mountains

    Basin Creek Hike The park provides a huge number of hiking trails that allow you to take in everything it has to offer. An excellent option if you want to see a bit of everything in the park is the Basin Creek Hike. This trail offers stunning clear pools of water, cascading falls and a glimpse into the life of the community that once called the area home. The odd house foundation can still be seen among the numerous species of tree, which muffle the sound of the nearby American Roadway and create a lovely serene walk through nature.

  • Sunrise at Smoky Mountains

    Fall foliage With so many ridges of forest throughout the park, it is probably no surprise that it becomes a riot of autumnal colour during the fall season. The park tends to see several weeks of autumn leaves falling from mid to late October each year, although it can be difficult to predict the peak fall season. The fall foliage travels down the mountains, with the colour change starting at higher elevations, creating a cascading effect, with each type of tree sporting its own unique colour.

  • Clingmans Dome, Great Smoky Mountains

    Panoramas of Clingmans Dome and historic mountains Clingmans Dome is the highest point of the national park, standing at 6,643 feet. It is also the highest point in Tennessee and offers 360-degree panoramic views of the forest and mountains, meaning it is the best place to really take in the beauty of the park. If you're lucky enough to visit on a totally clear day, you can see for over 100 miles - an unmissable opportunity to take some fantastic photos. Definitely take a jacket with you, though, as temperatures tend to be more chilly at the top of the dome.

  • Black bear

    Diverse plant and animal life The national park is home to dozens of species of tree, creating a diverse look throughout the forests, especially if you're lucky enough to visit during the autumn. The huge range of plant life is a horticulturist's dream and changes depending on which area you're visiting. There is also a lot of animal life, with around 1,500 bears making their home in the park. The Great Smoky Mountains are also known as the Salamander Capital of the World due to the diverse range and abundance of the amphibians. There are 5 different families of salamander that you're likely to see in the park, many of which are recognisable due to their bright colours.


When to go
Temperature chart - Great Smoky Mountains

If you want to experience the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at its best, it is a good idea to head there between June and September. While the weather is mostly hot at this time of year, you'll find that it is much cooler and a lot more comfortable when at higher elevations, making hiking easier. However, it is worth noting that thunderstorms are a common occurrence throughout the summer months. As well as offering beautiful foliage, autumn tends to be the driest season to visit, offering warm temperatures during the day that are not too hot, and cool evenings and nights.



Insider Tip
Cabin in Great Smoky Mountains

If you want to experience the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at its best, it is a good idea to head there between June and September. While the weather is mostly hot at this time of year, you'll find that it is much cooler and a lot more comfortable when at higher elevations, making hiking easier. However, it is worth noting that thunderstorms are a common occurrence throughout the summer months. As well as offering beautiful foliage, autumn tends to be the driest season to visit, offering warm temperatures during the day that are not too hot, and cool evenings and nights.



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