An Alluring Natural Wonder Full of Family Fun

Spanning over a half a million acres, The Great Smoky Mountains is home to countless natural wonders making this destination a world-wide landmark and the country’s most visited national park. Populated with over 800 miles of trails and 600 miles of trout streams, the outdoor activities are abundant. If you’re an adventure seeker, hike up to Clingmans Dome which is the highest peak in the park at 6,643 feet. Imagine the view from up there! To be amazed even further, head to Laurel Falls Trail and admire the breathtaking 80-foot waterfall. Get your adrenaline pumping and hit the rapids - go white water rafting on the Nantahala River or Big Pigeon River. For a fly-fishing excursion, The Smoky Mountain Angler and Smoky Mountain Outdoors Unlimited can get you started.

If you fancy great restaurants, live entertainment and shopping, then take advantage of the surrounding cities too! Head to Pigeon Forge to spend the day at Dollywood®, a thrilling amusement park famous for live shows, rides, and tons of fun! Pigeon Forge is also home to more than 40 attractions including WonderWorks and the latest adrenaline-rushing sport - Zorbing. Venture to Gatlinburg to explore the countless charming shops compliments of the many artisans and craftspeople in the area. Discover the workmanship that goes into handcrafted wooden rockers or indulge in giant slabs of homemade fudge. While in Gatlinburg, be sure to check out Ober Gatlinburg, an amusement park and ski resort all in one! With so much to offer, this vacation destination is sure to be a huge hit with the entire family.

More Fun Awaits You

  • For an intense hike, hit the famous Appalachian Trail which runs through the Great Smoky Mountains. For a more relaxed way to enjoy the amazing views, take a scenic drive along Newfound Gap Road (Highway 441.)
  • The food and restaurants in the surrounding areas are plenty to keep you happy. Be sure to check out Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede®, a dynamic dinner show full of live entertainment. For some good ‘ol barbeque, get saucy at Bennett’s Pitt Bar-B-Que.
  • Tour the Oconaluftee Indian Village for an authentic reenactment of the village as it existed in 1759. See demonstrations, attend workshops and learn about the history and culture of the Cherokee.

    Outdoor Traveler Vacation in Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

    This natural wonder is a magnificent vacation destination for the whole family. There’s an abundance of nature, outdoor activities, attractions, and nearby shopping and dining.

    Here are some places to go, things to see and activities to do:

    • For an exciting evening, take the whole family to the Black Bear® Jamboree Dinner & Show in Pigeon Forge. Pick your show of choice and sit down to a tasty country spread.
    • Discover the awe-inspiring 360 degree views of the area from the 342-foot high observation deck of the Gatlinburg Space Needle.
    • Hear a variety of songs and music, ranging from bluegrass to gospel to rock ‘n’ roll, in Pigeon Forge. The Smith Family Theater always has a variety of music to enjoy.
    • Marvel at the unusual at Ripley’s Believe it or Not!® and be awed by the colorful creatures of the sea at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies®.
    • Visit the magnificent Cades Cove valley to observe native wildlife and see a collection of log homes, churches and a grist mill dating back to the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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