The Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) is the most visited national park in the United States of America. It is also one of the few that has free admission. With hundreds of miles of hiking trails, camping opportunities around every corner and some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, the GSMNP is a national park not to be missed.
Nature – The GSMNP is part of the biosphere project. The boundaries of the National Park protect the animals and plants that call the GSMNP home. From large mammals like the black Bear and the Elk to fireflies that light up in synchronization with each other the animals and plants are the stars of the GSMNP.
Trails – There are 800+ miles of hiking trails in the GSMNP. Each trail has its own level of difficulty but they all share the scenery and majestic of the Smoky Mountains. These trails, in some cases, cover historical foot paths that have been being used for centuries by the Cherokee and by the European settlers that came into the area. The trails are one of the major draws for people visiting this national park.
Auto Tours – Don’t feel like hiking, there are still plenty of ways to view the National Park from your car. Cades Cove, of course, is the most driven auto tour in the park but the others (Cataloochee, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail) are just as wonderful, educational and beautiful.
Camping – There is nothing like camping out under the stars at night. In the GSMNP you have the opportunity to go tent camping, RV camping, backcountry camping or even camp with your horses. The campgrounds and shelters in the National Park do require reservations and they do cost to use so make sure that you play ahead to make sure that you have the ability to utilize these facilities.
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