GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
Between 8-10 million people visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park each year, making it the most visited national park in the country. Whether you delight in the challenge of a strenuous hike on a mountain ridge line or picnicking next to a roaring river, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a myriad of activities for you to enjoy.Auto Touring: Relaxing auto tours offer an excellent way to view panoramic vistas, rushing mountain streams, historic homes and churches, wildflowers, and old-growth forests.
Bicycling: Peddling Cades Cove on a misty morning is a memorable way to experience the Park. Cades Cove is closed to automobile traffic from sunrise until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday and Saturday mornings May through late September.
Fishing: Seven hundred miles of streams in the park offers anglers access to rainbow, wily brook and brown trout.
Hiking: Chose from over 800 miles of trails next to rivers and streams, along mountain ridges, or through peaceful meadows and forests.
Historic Buildings: Nearly 80 structures have been preserved in the park. It is one of the best collections of log buildings in the eastern United States.
Horseback Riding: Four stables provide horses and guides in the park with hundreds of miles of horse trails.
Picnicking: Choose from eleven beautiful picnic areas with picnic tables, grills and some fire pits.
Waterfalls: Waterfalls are located on every river and stream in the park. Pick up a guide and hike to a magnificent waterfall.
Wildflowers: Spring and summer are renown for spectacular displays of wildflowers along roads and trails. Over 1500 types of flowering plant species have been identified in the park.
Wildlife Viewing: Sixty six types of mammals reside in the park. Enjoy viewing elk, white-tailed deer, and black bears in their natural habitat. The park is also home to 200 species of birds.
Visit Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tennessee to see an underwater treasure of aquatic life. Watch sharks, sea turtles and schools of fish swim over-head, travel through the world’s most spectacular underwater tunnel and enjoy hourly dive shows. Pet a stingray, hold horseshoe crabs and come face to face with a giant octopus, sea horses, tropical fish, piranha, poisonous frogs and other exotic creatures.
Ober Gatlinburg is an amusement park and ski area located in the mountains overlooking Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The area contains a large mall with indoor amusements, a skating rink, snack bars, a restaurant, and stores. Outside there is an alpine slide and a scenic chairlift to the top of Mount Harrison . Ober Gatlinburg is also home to the ‘Smoky Mountain Wildlife Adventure’ where animals native to the Smoky Mountains reside. During summer and winter months, the 120 passenger aerial trams carry an average three to four thousand people a day to the resort from downtown Gatlinburg.
Ride a glass elevator over 400 feet and step out to a breathtaking 360 degree view of the Great Smoky Mountains. Enjoy the views by day or Gatlinburg’s city lights by night. Other activities include:
• Great Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts Community
• Roaring Fork Motor Trail
• Downtown Gatlinburg – 400 Shops & 5 Malls
• Over 100 Restaurants
• Gatlinburg Sky Lift
• White Water Rafting
• Ghost Tours
• Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
• Hillbilly Golf
• Gatlinburg Golf Course
River Rat Tubing & Kayaking
Dixie Stampede: a unique dinner and show experience set in an 85,000-square-foot facility featuring 32 magnificent horses, dozens of cast members, ostrich races, illusions, music and more, all showcased in a friendly rivalry between the North and the South. With seating to accommodate over 1,000 guests, the show is highlighted by a four-course feast. Pre-show entertainment features the comedy and juggling of Guinness record sport juggler, Albert Lucas, in the facility’s Carriage Room.
Dollywood: a theme park owned by country music singer Dolly Parton located in the heart of Pigeon Forge. In addition to amusement park thrill rides, Dollywood features crafts and music of the Smoky Mountains area. The theme park’s operating season runs from early spring until around Christmas. Dollywood is also the site of the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame.
Dollywood’s Splash Country: a water park located adjacent to the Dollywood theme park. The park’s central theme rests around country music singer Dolly Parton childhood swimming in the rivers of the Great Smoky Mountains. Its season lasts from the end of May to the middle of September
More Attractions in Pigeon Forge
Smoky Mountain Car Museum
Black Bear Jamboree
Flyaway Indoor Skydiving
Country Tonight Theater
Smoky Mountain Speed Park
Zorb Smoky Mountain
Smith Family Theater