Most folks who head into Great Smoky Mountains National Park more or less create their own experience, whether it’s choosing their favorite hiking trail or campground or just taking a scenic drive through the more scenic roads and motor tours.
However, if you’d like to squeeze a little more out of your outing, we’d like to recommend participating in a ranger-led program, many of which are scheduled through the end of summer. These events let you see all your favorite sights—as well as some undiscovered secrets you may not be familiar with—while also benefiting from the unique knowledge and perspective of a park ranger.
Offerings include early-morning and evening hayrides, nighttime hikes, craft demonstrations and junior ranger programs for kids. Most of the activities that take place in the Cades Cove are of the park. To learn more details, visit www.nps.gov/grsm.
If you plan to stay a few nights in the Smokies, be sure to check out our selection of Gatlinburg condo rentals, which are a great way to enjoy the comforts and amenities of home while staying close to the rugged beauty of the mountains.
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