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The Great Smoky Mountains is home to over 500,000 acres of some of the most diverse plant life in the country. If you are looking for a place to enjoy incredible scenic views and lots of outdoor adventures, this beautiful national park is the place to go.
- FUN FACTS – 
*This is the most visited national park in the world, with 8 to 10 million visitors each year. It is estimated that over half a billion people have visited the park since it opened in 1934         
*A third of the trees in the park are over 100 years old.        
*Unlike most national parks, it is free to enter.
What is the best time to visit the Park?
Winter: During the winter months, the park gets very few visitors due to the cold temperatures. If you don’t mind the cold weather, it a great time to visit.
Spring: This is a wonderful time to experience the park with its mild and sunny weather
Summer: Great time to visit with warm temperatures and long days. It will be busy so find quieter areas to explore.
Autumn: Very popular time with the vibrant fall colours especially from mid-October to early November.
Where to Stay?
The Great Smoky Mountains has some great options for camping, check out some below:  
Cades Cove Campground –
A very popular campground due to its wildlife viewing and nearby activities. Flushing toilets and drinking water available.
Cosby Campground -
This is a great option if you want to get away from the crowds and find a peaceful and secluded spot.
Elkmont Campground –
This is very popular in the summer months. Many sites have direct access to the Little River.
What else can you do?
While many people visit the Great Smoky Mountains to enjoy the peace of nature, there are many fun activities available for those who would rather keep busy.
Drive the Newfound Gap Road – The 31-mile Newfound Gap sits at an elevation of 5,046 ft which is the lowest driveable area in the park. It runs from Tennessee over the mountains into North Carolina.
Waterfall Seeking – With over 100 cascades and waterfalls seeing at least one of them is a must. Hike the Roaring Folk Motor Trail to see Rainbow Falls and Grotto Falls.
To see where you could include this region as part of a longer trip, including our Florida Plus Including the Great Smokies itinerary, please see our fantastic Tourbook with 31 suggested itineraries here. For more information and how to book, contact your tour operator.  

 

Posted by: Cruise America & Canada RV Rentals Inc
Posted on: 02/06/2020

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