Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in America, offers many enjoyable days of fun and adventure, and, many of its adventures are free! There is no admission to the park, and the roads are open 24/7, weather permitting.
In the national park you will find hiking trails for every age group and for every fitness (or lack of) category. Some trails are strenuous, others are moderate, and the trail at Sugarlands Visitor Center is handicap accessible.
Trout fishing in mountain rivers is a popular sport in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can now keep all the brown trout you catch!
Driving trails are breathtaking, viewing historic buildings is fun and interesting, and viewing wildlife is a favorite for photographers. The national park offers exhibits which are must sees. The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center celebrates the cultural heritage of East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains region. Gallery exhibits, educational programs, demonstrations and festivals guide you on an historic journey through time to visit the diverse cultures of Townsend and Tuckaleechee Cove. A new exhibit, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, is now displayed at the Sugarlands Visitor Center, and an upcoming series of lectures by "thru-hikers," those who have hiked the entire 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail.
Outdoor adventure include hiking, biking, hayrides (fee-based), horseback riding (fee-based), and whitewater rafting (fee-based). You can also view many waterfalls within the park.
Smoky Mountain cultural festivals include storytelling, molasses making, music, and Old Timer's Day. Other interesting festivals are Bird Day, firefly show at Elkmont, lyemaking demonstrations, Springfest, and Winterfest.
Make your Smoky Mountain vacation complete with a picnic in one of many great picnic areas.
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