8 Of The Best Things To Do In The Smoky Mountains

Climb Clingmans Dome:

Drive the scenic route to Clingmans Dome and hike half a mile to Tennessee's highest point for panoramic views from its unique observation tower.

Go Autumn Leaf-Peeping:

Visit the Smokies in fall to witness vibrant foliage; higher elevations peak in mid-September, lower ones in mid-October, showcasing over 100 tree species in bright colors.

Stop to Smell the Wildflowers:

Explore the Smokies in spring and summer for a stunning array of wildflowers, including trillium, trout lilies, and rhododendrons, with peak blooms from mid-April to mid-May.

Paddle Fontana Lake:

Enjoy kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding on Fontana Lake's 240-mile shoreline; rent gear or plan a multi-day camping adventure along the lake’s remote campsites.

Touch Pioneer History:

Discover over 90 historic buildings in the park, including early 1800s cabins and churches in Cades Cove, and the Mountain Farm Museum in Oconaluftee featuring late 1800s structures.

Go Auto Touring on Historic Park Roads:

Drive the scenic routes in the park, like the 11-mile loop through Cades Cove, Roaring Forks motor nature trail, and the picturesque 18-mile Little River Road.

Get Sprayed by a Waterfall:

Hike to popular waterfalls like Grotto, Laurel, Abrams, and Rainbow Falls, or enjoy the view from your car at accessible sites like Meigs Falls and The Sinks.

Walk the Appalachian Trail:

Experience a segment of the famous 71-mile trail within the park; popular day hikes include Newfound Gap to Clingmans Dome or the challenging trek to Silers Bald.