Spread across 314 kilometers on the eastern side of Nashville, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is UNESCO World Heritage site that attracts more than 10 million visitors annually. However, that should not be a constraint when you plan few moments of solitude even in the most visited park of the United States. Another fascinating aspect about the park is that it enjoys diverse topography. The Park has above 17000 different plant and animal species including black bear, elk, and deer.
The best way to get inside the park is through 18-kilometer Cades Cove Loop Road that pass through beautiful mountains and lush green valleys. You also have an opportunity to spot wildlife on your way.
Fun Activities for family in the Great Smoky Mountains
If you are fond of hiking, Great Smoky Mountains is certainly a great destination for you. In a 4-km round trip to 24-meter high Laurel Falls and you can pass through thundering waterfalls. It’s a 4-kilometer round-trip walk to 24-meter-high Laurel Falls. You can choose from easy to difficult to 1290 kilometers hiking trails.
You can view the remnants of the city’s rich heritage as prevalent in late 19th- and early 20th-century in its homes, school and barn buildings. To understand the 19-th century life, a visit to Mountain Farm Museum is highly recommended. Here, you can view several historic buildings, blacksmith shop and a smokehouse.
It’s simply a treasure to witness the rituals followed by fireflies synchronizing the sparkling lights during their mating season, which happens for two weeks every year. This unique event attracts a large number of visitors during autumn. The park also provides shuttle facility to bring visitors closer to this magnificent spectacle.
Where to Stay and Eat
There is nothing like spending few exclusive moments in the great outdoors of park’s 13 campgrounds. If you are looking for indoor stay, the town of Asheville is a beautiful place that offers lodging as per your requirement. Looking for a perfect eating joint? You can opt for Early Girl Eatery or travel to the Tennessee side, Gatlinburg. Here, you can explore a wide array of food and lodging options which is only at a distance of 1.5 kilometers from the park boundaries.