Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, photo by Bms4880
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (photo by Bms4880)
 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, located on the border between Tennessee and North Carolina.

It is the most visited national park in the US as a result of its size, proximity to large cities, year-round accessibility, and general appeal to diverse types of travelers.

The most popular outdoor activity is hiking, with nearly the entire park forested, including remnant old-growth. Fishing (especially fly fishing) is also popular.

The two main visitors’ centers inside the park are Sugarlands Visitors’ Center near the Gatlinburg entrance to the park in Tennessee (west), and Oconaluftee Visitor Center. near Cherokee, North Carolina (east).

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
 

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Bear's Den - Two Bedroom Home

Bear's Den - Two Bedroom Home is a holiday home set in Gatlinburg in the Tennessee Region and is 2 km from Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist. Offering free private parking, the holiday home is 2.2 km from Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Average score from 985 guest reviews: 9.6/10.

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On Smoky's Pond - Three Bedroom Home

Situated 5 km from Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist and 5 km from Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, On Smoky's Pond - Three Bedroom Home offers accommodation in Gatlinburg. Average score from 124 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

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A Walk in the Clouds - One Bedroom Home

Set 2 km from Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist in Gatlinburg, this holiday home features free WiFi. Featuring free private parking, the holiday home is 2.2 km from Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Great Expectations - Three Bedroom Home

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Great Expectations - Three Bedroom Home is a holiday home, situated in Gatlinburg. The air-conditioned unit is 1.9 km from Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Running Bear - Two Bedroom Home

Running Bear - Two Bedroom Home

Located 3.3 km from Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist in Gatlinburg, this holiday home features free WiFi. Offering free private parking, the holiday home is 3.4 km from Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$244

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Bear's Corner - Three Bedroom Home

Bear's Corner - Three Bedroom Home

Bear's Corner - Three Bedroom Home is a holiday home with a barbecue, situated in Gatlinburg. The air-conditioned unit is 5 km from Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist, and guests benefit from free WiFi and private parking available on site. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$260

$2609.1
Paul's Paradise - Two Bedroom Home

Paul's Paradise - Two Bedroom Home

Paul's Paradise - Two Bedroom Home is a holiday home with a hot tub, set in Gatlinburg. The holiday home is 2.9 km from Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$225

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White Oak Lodge and Resort Three Bedroom Cabin #209

White Oak Lodge and Resort Three Bedroom Cabin #209

White Oak Lodge and Resort Three Bedroom Cabin #209 is a holiday home is set in Gatlinburg is 3.2 km from Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist. The holiday home is 3.4 km from Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$233

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Mountain Elegance - Two Bedroom Home

Mountain Elegance - Two Bedroom Home

Set 5 km from Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist and 5 km from Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Mountain Elegance - Two Bedroom Home offers pet-friendly accommodation in Gatlinburg. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$276

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On Smoky's Pond - Three Bedroom Home

On Smoky's Pond - Three Bedroom Home

Situated 5 km from Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist and 5 km from Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, On Smoky's Pond - Three Bedroom Home offers accommodation in Gatlinburg. Average score from 124 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$225

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Bear Cave Haus - Two Bedroom Home

Bear Cave Haus - Two Bedroom Home

Featuring a barbecue, Bear Cave Haus - Two Bedroom Home is a holiday home set in Gatlinburg. The air-conditioned unit is 4.2 km from Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 193 guest reviews: 6.3/10.

$217

$2176.3
Trail's End - Two Bedroom Home

Trail's End - Two Bedroom Home

Situated 5 km from Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist and 5 km from Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Trail's End - Two Bedroom Home offers pet-friendly accommodation in Gatlinburg. The holiday home is fitted with air conditioning and free WiFi. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$211

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Cub's Cove - One Bedroom Home

Cub's Cove - One Bedroom Home

Cub's Cove - One Bedroom Home offers accommodation in Gatlinburg, 5 km from Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist. It boasts a barbecue and a hot tub as well as free WiFi and air conditioning. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$217

$217-
Whisper Mountain - Two Bedroom Home

Whisper Mountain - Two Bedroom Home

Set in Gatlinburg, Whisper Mountain - Two Bedroom Home offers self-catering accommodation with free WiFi. The holiday home is 5 km from Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$225

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Big Sky - Two Bedroom Home

Big Sky - Two Bedroom Home

Featuring a barbecue, Big Sky - Two Bedroom Home is a holiday home set in Gatlinburg. The property is 5 km from Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist and free private parking is available. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$239

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Peace 'N Quiet - Three Bedroom Home

Peace 'N Quiet - Three Bedroom Home

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Peace 'N Quiet - Three Bedroom Home is a holiday home situated in Gatlinburg, 5 km from Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist. The holiday home is 5 km from Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$239

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Americana - Two Bedroom Home

Americana - Two Bedroom Home

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Americana - Two Bedroom Home is a holiday home, located in Gatlinburg. It provides free private parking. The air-conditioned unit is fitted with a kitchen. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$242

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Idle Days - Two Bedroom Home

Idle Days - Two Bedroom Home

Idle Days - Two Bedroom Home is a holiday home with a barbecue, situated in Gatlinburg. Guests benefit from free WiFi and private parking available on site. There is a seating area and a kitchen as well as a private bathroom. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$244

$244-
Breathtaking View - One Bedroom Home

Breathtaking View - One Bedroom Home

Breathtaking View - One Bedroom Home is a holiday home set in Gatlinburg, 5 km from Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist. Offering free private parking, the holiday home is 5 km from Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$244

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Saddle Ridge - Two Bedroom Home

Saddle Ridge - Two Bedroom Home

Located in Gatlinburg, this air-conditioned holiday home features a barbecue. The property is 5 km from Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist and free private parking is available. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$251

$251-
The Great Outdoors - Two Bedroom Home

The Great Outdoors - Two Bedroom Home

The Great Outdoors - Two Bedroom Home offers accommodation in Gatlinburg. The holiday home is 3.4 km from Bill Gladwell, The Mentalist. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$259

$259-

Highlights:

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Combination
Unusual Local Feature

Scenic Drive

A well-known scenic drive through the park is offered by US Highway 441 (Newfound Gap Road), which runs north to south through the park connecting Gatlinburg, Tennessee to Cherokee, North Carolina.
Natural
Lowland Mountains
The park mountains are almost 95% forested, with 25% of that being old-growth. They are often shrouded in mist, hence the "Smoky" part of the name.
Hiking and Trekking
The Park has many miles of hiking trails, including occasional ranger-guided tours.

This is part of the Appalachian Trail, which extends from New England to the Southern US. Visitors can hike just this portion of the trail.
Also of Interest:
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Natural
Fishing
Waterfalls
Forests

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