Great Smoky Mountains

Spruce Flat Falls: A Short (But Challenging) Smoky Mountain Waterfall Hike
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Spruce Flat Falls: A Short (But Challenging) Smoky Mountain Waterfall Hike

Looking for a quick new Smoky Mountains hike? We’re not expert hikers, but gave this just under 2-mile hike a try right after some heavy rains in May. Spruce Flat Falls is at the end of a short but challenging hike that starts at the Tremont Institute in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hiking…

You can See Elk in The Smoky Mountains: Here’s Where

You can See Elk in The Smoky Mountains: Here’s Where

You might not know it by driving through Pigeon Forge, but there are Elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They’re only in a few areas, so we recommend taking the drive about an hour southeast from Gatlinburg for the best chance to see them. Best Places and Times for Elk Viewing Oconaluftee Visitor…

LeConte Lodge: The Hotel That Has Supplies Delivered By Llamas
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LeConte Lodge: The Hotel That Has Supplies Delivered By Llamas

This resort is over 6,500 ft elevation, requires at least a 5-mile hike each way to get there, and has supplies hauled in by Llamas. Sounds interesting, right? Other people think so too! This lodge is so popular it sells out for the year (spring to fall), right away when the booking window is opened….

12 Facts About the Smoky Mountains You May Not Know
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12 Facts About the Smoky Mountains You May Not Know

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park combines natural beauty, fascinating wildlife, and history. On top of its smoky-looking mountains and picturesque valleys, there’s much more to this national park. Here are ten surprising facts about the Smoky Mountains that you may not have known. 1. Elk Reintroduction Elk were reintroduced to the Smokies twenty years…

5 Towns In The Smoky Mountains That Should Be On Your List To Visit

5 Towns In The Smoky Mountains That Should Be On Your List To Visit

The towns around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have a mix of outdoor adventure and small-town charm. And, in some places, an overwhelming amount of tourist attractions! Some people want the authentic Smoky Mountain experience, and others want plenty of things to do. Pick the town that matches how you like to travel. We’ve…

The Lottery To See Synchronous Fireflies in the Smoky Mountains
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The Lottery To See Synchronous Fireflies in the Smoky Mountains

The synchronous fireflies are an amazing natural spectacle, lighting up the Great Smoky Mountains National Park each year. The fireflies are so popular now that the National Parks Service has a lottery reservation system to see them. The 2024 Firefly Season Elkmont Campground is one of the best viewing spots, and the event is so…

5 Lesser Known Smoky Mountain Spots Loved by Locals
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5 Lesser Known Smoky Mountain Spots Loved by Locals

The Smoky Mountains’ half-million acres extend beyond the best-known attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. While millions visit for the iconic views, there are some spots not everyone knows about. Here are five places that may not be on your list. 1. The Sinks The Sinks is a waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains National…