Smoky Mountain Points of Interest
The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina are full of quaint towns just off the beaten path and bustling tourist destinations with attractions known the world over. It's this diversity that keeps millions of people coming back to the region surrounding the Great Smoky Mountains National Park every year. Whether it's a stop Cades Cove, or a week of fun at Dollywood, the Smoky Mountain area is ripe with adventures old and new.
Rod's Guide is here to help you along the way. We've compiled a list of some the "Can't Miss" places when you're in the area.
Cades Cove is by far the most visited part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cades Cove is trip back in time to the 1800's when settlers first ventured into the area, built homes, and raised families. Turn of the century Tennessee cabins and other pioneer structures including churches dot this cove and tell the history of its early inhabitants.
Wildlife here is plentiful and the Cove features more than a dozen hiking and horseback riding trails. The Smoky Mountains tower above the Cove's serene, natural beauty. The Cove's hardwoods bring the Fall to live every year with its majestic reds, oranges and yellows! Home to trout streams galore, Cades Cove will tease every kind of angler and there are campgrounds for those who want to live in Cades Cove - even if only temporarily.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park in the country's National Park system. The natural beauty of the Smokies and the four distinct seasons enjoyed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is unmatched! The Park includes over 500,000 acres with 800 miles of hiking trails, 10 campgrounds, 1,500 types of plants.
Visitors can check out what the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer here, including park information, Smoky Mountain cabin rentals and hotels, trout fishing, hiking, maps, auto touring, history of the Park's development, as well as the Cades Cove area. You'll also find area information about shopping, the Appalachian Trail, Fall foliage, nature photos, wildlife, and wildflowers.
The area's largest theme park built in honor of Dolly Parton - Sevier County's most beloved daughter. Visitors can either enjoy the rides, games and fun at Dollywood, or they can make the short trip over to Dolly's Splash Country and enjoy the water slides, lazy river, and wave pool. For helpful tips on planning your Pigeon Forge vacation to Dollywood, click here.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee has turned into a destination for Smoky Mountain travelers the world around! Gatlinburg sits at the main entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and is packed with fun-filled attractions for the young or young-at-heart; a great selection of restaurants for memorable dining; vast shopping options from antiques to shopping malls and arts and crafts outlets; and special events to satisfy every interest.
Some not to miss Gatlinburg opportunities include Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Ober Gatlinburg, Ripley's Haunted Mansion, David Crockett Putt-Putt Golf, the Gatlinburg Space Needle, the Olde Smoky Moonshine Distillery and restaurants like the Hard Rock Cafe, Smoky Mountain Brewery and the Pancake Pantry.