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!

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    On top of the over 850 miles of trails throughout the park, these mountains are home to some incredible views and landscapes that can be enjoyed in many ways!

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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.

Great Smoky Mountains - Pigeon Forge Town Below the park

Wondering where to grab a bite?

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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    Quick Snacks

    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. 

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    Casual Dining

    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.

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    A Bit Nicer

    MOUNTAIN VIEW RESTAURANT: Breathtaking views and a 4-course meal - reservations required!

    THE PEDDLER STEAKHOUSE: It combines the intimacy of a cabin location with the sophistication of a fine steakhouse.

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!

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