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Great Smoky Mtns National Park, TN

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the great wild areas of the eastern United States and the most visited national park in the United States. From a roadside lookout or from a clearing in a trail, in every visible direction you can see the mountains march toward a vast horizon of wilderness. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Cades Cove Loop — a Walk in the Woods

The 11-mile trail, which you can hike or bike, offers spectacular views and historic landmarks. You can camp, too. But prepare for bears.

Cades Cove Loop — a Walk in the Woods

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A Gentle Climb on an Old Railroad Line

The Balsam Mountain Trail is one of the easiest in the park. Breathe in the scent of the evergreens; if it’s spring, there’ll be wildflowers, too.

A Gentle Climb on an Old Railroad Line

Image Credit: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NPS

A Scenic Drive on Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

A serpentine road will lead you to a couple of spectacular waterfalls and wood cabins built by early settlers. Stop at Ely’s Mill for local honey.

A Scenic Drive on Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

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Rustic Room With a View

A hike to LeConte Lodge rewards with simple, peaceful overnight cabins. Hearty meals in the lodge are accompanied by spectacular mountaintop views.

Rustic Room With a View

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A Float in Cherokee National Forest

For a splashy adventure, try whitewater rafting or paddling. The Hiwassee River is for beginners; the Tellico and Ocoee offer more serious challenges.

A Float in Cherokee National Forest

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