Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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  • Dean_Amy-2004
    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania8,262 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always Beautiful
    Not our first visit, but it’s been several years…the beauty never disappoints. Even knowing it’s the most visited National Park, I was surprised by the number of people…so many more than our last visit 10-15 yrs ago. Many side roads to explore; don’t be in a hurry and just enjoy.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Karl Lundberg
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do trip!
    The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a special place. Be advised - although there isn't a fee to enter, they do expect you to purchase a parking pass. $5/day. The loop to the Cove was a great choice. We saw turkeys and bears. It was educational to visit the small collection of buildings. It was extremely helpful to download he GyPSy Guide and learn so much about the park we would have never known. I makes all the difference!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 5, 2023
  • John B
    52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beyond amazing!
    My daughter and I did most of the exploring here for our family and we were constantly amazed. Our favorite trail was the Alum Cave Trail. Crystal clear waters, green everywhere and the air you breathe is for lack of a better word healing. I hope I make it back here to explore more!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 11, 2023
  • hiking.with.monica
    108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous and so green!
    This is such a beautiful national park. Surrounded by quiet nature and gorgeous green trees around every bend. I stopped quite a bit to take it all in. This just brought me back to when I was a kid exploring the woods finding creeks, rocks and wildflowers. Saw quite a few deer and elk too. And we experienced driving through some of those low hanging clouds. And then the sun would just pop right back out to blue skies.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 11, 2023
  • yatri23
    Tampa, Florida83 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    Probably a must visit place if are in USA or visiting USA. Plenty of natural amusement and beautiful serene views. Use the guide along app, formerly Gypsy app to navigate.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 12, 2023
  • Allison F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best vacation to date
    Best trip ever! We stayed in a cabin air bnb, went out on Lake Norris, and drove through the National park. We stopped to see a heard of elk which was awesome. Fall time was the best time of year to go. Can’t wait to go again!
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Shelbie Pleskonko
    Faribault, Minnesota38 contributions
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    Beautiful Park!
    There is a reason this park is the most visited national park, it is BEAUTIFUL! There are so many hikes to go on, and plenty of waterfalls as well. There is also different hiking paths for different skill levels as well. The park does get VERY BUSY, so go during the off season, or go very early in the day! The park rangers are all very helpful and friendly as well!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 29, 2023
  • bill f
    Orchard Park, New York304 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views and plentiful animal life!
    Absolutely gorgeous scenery, if you have never been here I highly suggest making the trip. This park is literally the people’s national park and entrance is free although you are required to buy a parking pass if you drive through the park. We saw some bear eating blackberries in a field, too many deer to count, birds galore, marmot and woodchuck, two foxes and that’s just a partial list.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Sarah o
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous views
    First time visiting with my family of 3 kids aged 7-15. The park is beautiful! We hiked Clingmans Dome, Laurel Falls, Grotto Falls, and drove Roaring Fork Motor trail and Elkmont River Trail. Parking can be tricky but we got lucky. Can't wait to go back to do more hikes. Don't waste your time in Gatlinburg-everything is crowded and expensive . We stayed in Sevierville, which was a bit far from the park so will definitiely pick another town on next visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Sarah
    Macon, Georgia7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    This park is amazing! The views are breathtaking and if you love nature the natural springs and rivers are so beautiful and refreshing. The kids loved stopping at Oconaluftee Visitor Center and seeing the historical farm and learning about the early settlers. My oldest got to make a corn doll as they had a event that day that we happened upon. I took our younger kiddos to play in the stream and we all had a wonderful time. We saw many elk crossing the road as we were traveling home so it was a great treat for us all to see.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
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AdvisorMember35
Chicago, Illinois47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Definitely going back! There is so much to see and do! This was our first time visiting. We only spent 2 days in the park itself. We went off-season which I highly recommend - I read how jam-packed it can get and no parking. We did Clingman's Dome, Cades Cove and Newfound Gap. We had no trouble in stalled traffic and no trouble finding parking - went early May (after school breaks and before summer breaks). Visit the park starting in the early morning. Breathtaking vistas everywhere! Recommend doing most of the pull-offs and taking in the majestic views. We dipped our feet in crystal clear water from the mountain....gorgeous. Amazing place for photographers! Stop at the visitor centers, they are a wealth of knowledge. All the rangers were kind and helpful. We saw elk, wild turkeys, over a dozen bears. We didn't take the trails because we had our dog with (very dog friendly place otherwise) but the trails were very crowded. Everything was marked clearly, had no trouble navigating this huge park. Take your time ENJOY THE JOURNEY. We met many nice fellow travelers. There are bathrooms at the Visitor Centers, campgrounds and some picnic areas but that's it. Pack a cooler with water and snacks for a daily car trip there is little to no food in the park. Next time we will download one of the apps on our phone that have a guided tour that talks about the park. Daily parking pass is $5 or $15 for the week. Great trip for families. Be aware that if you get hurt, they are limited in helping you. So follow the rules and signs because you are on your own (some lady fell off the rocks). If you love nature and being outdoors this is the place to visit - one of our great National Parks!
Written May 8, 2024
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NW748
Washington427 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
If you want a day stuck in traffic- this park is for you. We love to go to National parks and this one was the worst! Yes, it is beautiful, and yes we did get to see a few bears, but that got very overshadowed by the people that visit the park. If you want to sit in traffic all day and not move for 10-15 minutes at a time, then maybe go 4 to 5 mph when you get to move, then you may enjoy this place. There needs to be more signs along cades cove to not stop and block traffic. It’s an 11 mile loop that you will be stuck on for hours (it took us 2.5 hours)!!!! Senior citizens even got out of their car and walked faster than we drove. I thought this would be a day of peace and tranquility and I left the park absolutely stressed out!!!! I had a much better time enjoying the Smokey Mountains from the cabin we rented in the woods.

I will say that the park rangers are very nice and informative if you get a chance to talk with any of them. To visit the park is free, you only need to purchase a $5 parking pass (be sure to have your cars license plate number to enter it at the kiosk). It’s sad that we didn’t even get to do a hike because all we wanted to do after we drove through cades cove was to get out of the park as fast as we could.
Written May 2, 2024
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Kelley L
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Beautiful scenery everywhere! Love the Smokies! Such a nice place to relax and unwind from city life! Laurel Falls trail is a nice hike!
Written April 21, 2024
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phvi2617
Anaheim, CA565 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This is a great park in the Southern Appalachians. When I visited in early April, spring had not quite arrived, and thankfully it was not super crowded. I spent most of my time in the Clingmans Dome area. After checking out the observation deck (unfortunately it was foggy and there were no views), I hiked a bit of the Appalachian Trail before trekking to Andrews Bald, when the sky opened up to a pretty vista.

It was quite cold when I arrived in the morning, and parking was not an issue. There were some snow flurries, and later in the day there was even a closure of the main road through the park due to the possibility of ice. If you're not able to hike to a waterfall, Meigs Falls, off Little River Gorge Road, is a nice option. While not as spectacular as other national parks, it's still a beautiful place to spend a day.
Written April 14, 2024
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Tiffanyjim
Marion, IA1,613 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We entered the park at the Gatlinburg gateway and stopped at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. We were early, around 8:30 am and it was hard to find a spot to park at the visitor center. We did grab a spot and went in and toured the visitor center. There was a small museum of the animals we could see in the park. Rangers were plentiful for questions, but we didn’t plan on hiking, we were just driving as it was pretty cool and had snowed at high elevations overnight. Parts of the park roads were closed due to the weather. We didn’t spend a long time in the park, just drove a way to see some beautiful views even though it was quite foggy/overcast. Yes the visitor center was very busy, but we didn’t have any problems driving and did not run into stopped traffic, and that may have been due to weather and the time of year we visited which was the first week in April 2024. We definitely would love to see more here as it is an incredible park, but also don’t want to deal with nightmare traffic.
Written April 13, 2024
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EliseChurchy17
Rochester Hills, MI9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We were expecting road closures in the park as the NPS app said there were closures due to downed trees. We were pleasantly surprised the roads we traveled on were open. So, maybe don’t trust all alerts on the app.

We only had time to do Cades Cove Loop. We got to the park around 9am at the Townsend entrance. There was little traffic. It was a beautiful day. We saw a black bear and wild turkeys. We left the park around noon and it definitely picked up with congestion. There are not a lot of spots to pull over.

Highly recommend going during off seasons.
Written March 30, 2024
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praveensingh85
Bettendorf, IA54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The views were amazing. We did lots of trails. Awesome scenic drive in the smookees. Awesome pics of picturastic views of mountains.
Written March 12, 2024
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Jowana L
Viola, DE134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful Mountains. This park is wonderful and it's free. You just need a parking pass. My husband and I hiked Laurel Falls ( 3 miles) and Cades Cove ( 5 moderate miles).Both hikes had water falls and it was worth the hike. I can't wait to return. It's not to cold for February but, dress right and take water and snacks if needed. If you go in the fall take a helicopter ride to see the fall colors. It's awesome!
Written February 27, 2024
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Anthony K
Chicago, IL46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Came here with my wife and dog. Upsetting there is only two trails that dogs are allowed on, I get the reason why though. Beautiful views and incredible experience! Wasn’t too busy when we came, which looking at other reviews looks like a big issue for the warmer months.
Written February 18, 2024
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dbinhou7511
Houston, TX1,579 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Beautiful park, especially in the fall with the colors of the trees. Be sure to drive through the park to be able to experience it the right way. The park drive is a little mountainous, but there are plenty of pullouts and places to stop to enjoy the views.
Written January 16, 2024
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