Great Smoky Mountains National Park - GSMNP Information
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(Above) The Smoky Mountain Synchronous Fireflies light up the park in early June.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cades Cove - two of the more popular site-seeing opportunities for visitors to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains.
The most popular of our national parks, the Great Smoky Mountains attract nearly 10 million visitors yearly. They come hungry for the hypnotic beauty these blue-misted mountains provide. And despite the millions of visitors, one can find quiet and solace here. The less-frequented hiking trails and high peaks often escape the traffic you'll find in the most popular spots like Cades Cove, Little River, and Newfound Gap Road. For example, one can hike the Appalachian Trail, which tracks for 70 miles through Tennessee and North Carolina Smoky Mountains. In addition, Cades Cove, most times very busy with motor vehicles, is closed to such traffic for biking for certain periods during the week. Hikes to waterfalls are plentiful and easily accessible from the main roads. Fly fishing streams abound and the brook*, brown, and rainbow trout are abundant.
Note: The brook trout is protected in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and must be released if caught.