In Tennessee, we love Southern cooking! That said, the quaint towns surrounding this park are home to all sorts of cuisine! Besides the famous Pancake Pantry,these are some of our recommendations:
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Whether on your way there or traveling through the park, turn this playlist on for the perfect scenery-inspired soundtrack! The Great Smoky Mountains bring us the best of Americana - we love a fiddle here in Tennessee!
In the mood for a short hike? A long haul? A wildlife adventure or a waterfall + swimming hole destination? This park has it all. Here are some of our favorites:
CLINGMANS DOME: The highest point in the park!
CHARLIE'S BUNION: Hike to a picturesque stone outcrop
MOUNT LECONTE: Via Alum Cave Trail
GREGORY BALD: Consider this one during the summer and your view will be blooming azaleas!
ABRAMS FALLS: The most voluminous waterfall in the park!
CHIMNEY TOPS: One of the few mountains in the Smokies that has a bare rock summit.
FRIENDLY FALLS: The only eatery in the Smokies with its own waterfall!
THE DONUT FRIAR: The donuts are awesome, but the locals love the world-famous cinnamon bread. Get there early!
CADES COVE DELI: A snack bar that serves food items like sandwiches, soups, and pizza, fountain drinks and other snack bar items. One of the few locations with food actually inside the park.
POTTERY HOUSE CAFE & GRILLE: Delicious food served on dishes created by our potters right next door. In the historic Old Mill District.
MAMA'S FARMHOUSE: This is where you'll want to come hungry for that delicious southern cooking we mentioned! Family style.
WILD PLUM TEA ROOM: Located in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, the Wild Plum Tea Room is modeled after the tea houses in the mountains of Austria.
How Much Do You Know?
Test your knowledge with our Great Smoky Mountains trivia! Ask your road trip companions to help pass the time in the car and learn together!