Hiking is the most popular activity enjoyed by numerous tourists at Great Smoky National Park every year in all seasons. Hiking in this park offers its own special treats and rewards. If you visit the park during winter, you won’t see the deciduous leaves, and this reveals new vistas of the astonishing trails and it reveals chimneys, stonewalls, and reminders of the residents that have lived there long before.
During spring, the park provides a parade of the flowering trees, and wildflowers. While in summer, hikers can cool out in the cool retreats located among the lush forests. Hiking in autumn is crisp; you get to enjoy the dry air that instantly brightens up your day. However, one of the most daunting task that hikers face is to choose the perfect hiking trail. Here are some of the famous ones in this park: Alum cave bluffs, Chimney tops, Charlies bunion, Andrews bald, and Rainbow falls.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is spread over 800 square miles and it is one of the pristine natural parks located in the East. A car tour around the park offers a diverse variety of experience, along with panoramic views of the mountain streams, historic buildings, hardwood forests, and so much more in the horizon.
There are over 384 miles of roads to explore in the park. Some are paved, while some are gravel roads. In the right weather conditions, the travel speed allowed for most vehicles is an average of 35 miles per hour. For car tours, you will find booklets that tell you more about the following roads of the park: Newfound gap road, Roaring fork nature trail, Cades cove loop road, Upper Tremont road, Cataloochee valley.
Every year, you will get to see over 200,000 tourists hiking around to see the famous waterfalls surrounding the area. Waterfalls such as Abrams, Grotto, Rainbow, Laurel, and some other famous ones around the park attract large crowds of people.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has 2,900 miles of clear streams, and it is famous for protecting the last wild trout habitat located in the Eastern US. Fishing is permitted all through the year with the rule that you can go fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes before sunset.
Camping is another activity enjoyed by most people who visit the natural park. Camping sites here include backcountry, frontcountry, group campgrounds, and horse camps. Each one of these sites is suitable for people in large groups or smaller ones.
Horseback riding is popular in Great Smoky Mountains, despite the fact that horses have caused much damage to the trails. You can avail the horses for hire, or the drive in camp offer, which is suitable for people of any age group. You may visit the Cades Cove, which also offers carriage rides, and hayrides, or the smoke Mont, or Sugarland areas of the park.
This natural park is popular as one that holds some of the finest collections of log buildings in the US. There are way over 90 historical structures including outbuildings, barns, houses, churches, gristmills, schools and so much more. All the precious buildings to date stand along the massive trails, and visiting each one is an exciting activity you shouldn’t miss.
Amidst all the spectacular sites, and sceneries, picnicking is also another activity that one must not miss while exploring this natural park. The bewitching flowers, scenic views, and the touch of tranquility are probably some of the reasons why Great Smoky Mountains Natural Park is the ideal destination for a picnic. Every year, you will get to see numerous people spending the best days of their lives picnicking with their friends, and family.
Sightseeing and admiring all the impressive wildlife animals at this park is also a common activity. The natural park is home to some wildlife animals including some protected species of mammals (about 65), and over 200 different birds, native fish species (67) and over 80 different species of amphibians and reptiles. However, the American Black Bear is conic symbol of the Smokies and probably one of the famous residents of the natural park. Smoky Mountains Park is one of the largest habitats for special bear species in the East. Other mammal species recorded in the park include groundhog, white-tailed deer, chipmunks and some rare species of birds, bats and squirrels.
Right when the park was successfully established, the huge lumber was saved from companies. Today, you can admire some of the old trees that exist in the Great Smoky Mountains Natural Park. You can find over 21 champion sized gigantic trees. The Greenbrier area of the park is home to many other marvelous trees. For example, you can find a black cherry tree that has a massive circumference of more than 210 inches, and a special oak tree that measures as much as 257 inches.