Popular Park Activities

By Darryl Payne

Posted in Smoky Mountains


With the wonderfully mild weather we've been having in the Smokies lately and with mid-week visitation dropping off a little now that schools are back in session, this is a great time to consider visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you've never been but have always wondered what there is to do in the park, here's a quick list of some of the more popular activities. And with very few exceptions, they're all free.

Camping – Numerous park campgrounds have grills, picnic tables and shower facilities.

Hiking – Hundreds of miles of park trails will lead you to destinations like mountain tops, waterfalls, historic cabins and scenic overlooks.

• Fishing – Get a license and during fishing season, see how big a trout you can pull from the park's rivers and streams.

• Cycling – Rent a bike and ride the 11-mile Cades Cove Loop, full of scenic vistas and historic sites.

• Picnicking – Several designated picnic areas have plenty of grills and tables for you to dine al fresco in the heart of nature.

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About Darryl Payne

Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.


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