Great Smoky Mountains - Newfound Gap

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP)

Be sure to visit the Great Smoky Mountain National Park’s website to learn about possible road and trail closures due to inclement weather or repairs that might be taking place during your planned visit. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most visited parks in the United States. With over 800 miles of hiking trails, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park offers visitors a chance to escape from the everyday hassles of life and enjoy nature at its finest. Smoky Mountain Photos and Multimedia

Leconte Lodge is majestically nestled at the top of Mt Leconte and has served as a much sought after destination year after year. There are several different hiking trails that allow access to Leconte Lodge. Make your plans early since space is limited on the mountain. Leconte Lodge

Are you planning a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2015 -2016? If you answered yes, you will want to visit the National Park's Website and Download this wonderful planner. From tips on AutoTouring in The National Park, Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails, Fishing in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Lodging in The Smokies, this planner will serve as an excellent tour guide for you and your loved ones. 2015 Smokies Trip Planner

Difficult Hike

Ramsey Cascades located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is considered a challenging to extremely challenging hike. However, the reward certainly outweighs the strenuous hike when you finally reach the 100’ high waterfall. It is absolutely breathtaking! Depending on your level of fitness, the average round trip hike time might be longer than 5-7 hours. Plan ahead and take plenty of water and a snack. Ramsey Cascades

Moderate Hike

Abrams Falls is located in Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The roundtrip for this hike is 5 miles. The falls are absolutely beautiful so don’t forget your camera. Abrams Falls

Alum Cave Bluff Trailhead is located off of 441 and offers hikers a chance to enjoy old growth forests as well as spectacular views. The round trip to Alum Cave Bluffs is 5 miles. This is also one of the many trails hikers can take to reach Mt. Leconte. To reach Leconte from this trail, one must continue another 3 miles to the summit of Mount Leconte. This is one of the shortest but steepest trails to Mount Leconte. Alum Cave Bluff Trailhead

Grotto Falls is an extraordinary hike to choose if you are looking for a trail that is not as heavily visited by tourists and offers one a chance to enjoy the beauty of the old-growth hemlock forest in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As you meander through the forest, take time to enjoy the beauty of the mountains. Make sure to always take water to drink with you and allow extra time to enjoy yourself at the falls. Grotto Falls

Laurel Falls offers a paved walking trail all the way up to the falls. The hike to the falls is not one of great difficulty. In May, photo opportunities abound when the mountain laurel are in bloom along this trail. The falls are approximately 80 feet high and typically offer a beautiful water scene year-round. Laurel Falls

Rainbow Falls is also another rewarding hike on sunny afternoons in the Smoky Mountains. The falls are named Rainbow Falls because in the afternoon on a sunny day, one can actually see an image of a rainbow reflecting from the falls which are 80 feet high. Astounding! Rainbow Falls is rated moderately difficult – so remember – take your time and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated during your journey to the falls. Rainbow Falls

Easy Hike

Cataract Falls is an exceptionally easy walking trail located near the Sugarlands Visitor Center just off Highway 441 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With less than a mile to get to the falls, this is an ideal destination for folks who like nature without all the climbing and muddy shoes. The trail is paved for easy access.

Indian Creek and Toms Branch Falls is rated as an easy hike and at 1.6 miles for the roundtrip, this might be an excellent choice for beginners. The falls are spectacular and the walk to get to them takes you through the beautiful forest of the Smokies. Indian Creek and Toms Branch

My Favorite Hike

Clingmans Dome is offers visitors an opportunity to hike up the highest elevation in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Clingmans Dome is perched at an elevation of 6,643 feet and is also proudly the highest point in Tennessee. When hiking up to Clingmans Dome, take your time and enjoy the scenery along the way as well as the rest stops. The climb is gradual, getting steeper as you near the top of the mountain. The trail to Clingmans Dome is paved. However, per National Park regulations, bicycles, pets, and wheelchairs are not permitted on the trail to Clingmans Dome.

At this point you may be wondering if the hike up to Clingmans Dome is worth it. The answer is not only Yes but Emphatically Yes. On a clear day you can see approximately 100 miles. Most of the time visibility is limited to approximately 20-25 miles. One of my favorite things about making it up to the Observation Tower is the change in temperature and the constant breeze. I enjoy taking in the fresh air and the Majestic Beauty of God's Creation. Clingmans Dome

Waterfalls You Can Drive To

Meigs Falls and A Place of 1,000 Drips. Meigs Falls

Enjoy The Great Smoky Mountains From The Comfort Of Your Vehicle

Auto Tours

Gatlinburg, TN

The 2014 Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts this site and it is filled with an abundance of information about the Gatlinburg, TN area. Information such as Gatlinburg Lodging, Family Attractions, Dining, Gatlinburg Weddings, and much more is housed on this site. Visit Gatlinburg, TN.

Touted as the #1 Aquarium by Trip Advisor, an afternoon at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is sure to be a crowd pleaser. You might even consider having a sleepover at the the Gatlinburg Aquarium. What wonderful memories and stories the family can share! Ripley's Aquarium Gatlinburg

Visit Ober Gatlinburg year round and prepare to be amazed at the activities that you can participate in while on the mountain. Park downtown in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and take a ride on the Aerial Tramway. The views from the Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway are breathtaking! Once you arrive at the top, have a blast on the Alpine Slide or try to find your way out of the Amaze’n Maze. Winter time at Ober Gatlinburg offers snow tubing, snow skiing, and snowboarding as well as indoor ice skating. Don’t forget to bundle up. For up to the minute snow reports, call Snow Report: (800) 251-9202. ***If you prefer not to ride the Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway to the top of the mountain, you can always head up Ski Mountain and park at the top at Ober Gatlinburg – just follow the signs. Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort

While visiting downtown Gatlinburg, Tn., hop on the Scenic Chairlift and prepare yourself for some enchanting views of the Smoky Mountains. Don’t forget your camera! Ober Gatlinburg Scenic Chairlift and Ski Mountain Coaster

Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens located on the former property of Christus Gardens in Gatlinburg, Tennessee showcases beautiful exhibits which tell the story of Jesus Christ. Christ in the Smokies Museum and Garden offers a level of serenity like none other. Christ In The Smokies Museum

The Peddler Steakhouse located off of River Road in Gatlinburg, TN is a local favorite. From the yummy appetizers to the delicious steaks, the Peddler is sure to become your favorite dining spot in the Great Smoky Mountains. Ask about dining overlooking the river. It’s the perfect spot to celebrate the purchase or sale of your home or cabin in the Smoky Mountains. The Peddler Restaurant

The Park Grill located next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg is family friendly and affordable too. With call ahead seating, dining with the family can be pleasurable once again. The Park Grill Gatlinburg, TN

Got a sweet tooth? Stop in and treat yourself to some of the best candy in the Smoky Mountains. Located near the Gatlinburg Ripley’s Aquarium in the Smokies, the shop offers a vast assortment of goodies. From their homemade fudge to the candied apples, Aunt Mahalia’s Homemade Candies is sure to hit the spot. Stop by, immerse your senses with the delicious smells of homemade candy being made and then taste the wonder and joy of Smoky Mountain Taffy and fresh homemade fudge. Aunt Mahalias Candy Store Gatlinburg, TN

While you are in downtown Gatlinburg, stop in and visit the folks at Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen. Established in 1950 by Dave and Peggy Dych, the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen is legendary in this neck of the woods. With sugar free taffy choices, this is a perfect spot to visit for those watching their sugar intake. With two locations in the Gatlinburg area, visit their website to find the exact location that is convenient for you and your family to visit. Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen Gatlinburg, TN

Pigeon Forge, TN

The City of Pigeon Forge proudly hosts this site. Filled with a plethora of information about local area attractions (e.g. Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, TN, etc.), dining, and lodging, this may be the only site you need to visit when planning your Smoky Mountain visit. The Calendar of Events page is a local favorite. What To Do And Where To Stay In Pigeon Forge, TN

Growing up in Pigeon Forge, TN was a treat. The Dollywood Theme Park which was named Silver Dollar City during my youth was a fun place to visit throughout the summer. As a child my favorite thing to do at Silver Dollar City was to go visit Red Maples and his donkey. He always had a smile for us kids and he played the role of a prospector fantastically. Since that time, the park has grown by leaps and bounds. However, it is still a fantastic place to visit with friends, family, and loved ones. Take a ride on the nostalgic Blazing Fury or slow down the pace a bit and enjoy the Smoky Mountain River Rampage. Whatever your speed, Dollywood has the perfect ride for you. Dollywood Pigeon Forge, TN

Advertised as the most fun places to eat, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is certainly a crowd pleaser. Have fun with the family and dine on some of the finest foods in the Smokies. Christmas at the Dixie Stampede is unforgettable. The Christmas lights seem almost magical. Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Show Pigeon Forge, TN

The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, TN has been around since the early 1800's and is listed on The National Register Of Historic Places. People from all around visit The Old Mill to photograph this beautiful, historic landmark. When the City Of Pigeon Forge is embellished with the lights of Winterfest, The Old Mill is especially captivating. Take an evening stroll and enjoy the beauty that abounds. The Old Mill Pigeon Forge, TN

Get ready for some Smoky Mountain fun in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Hatfield McCoy Dinner Show is good, clean fun for the entire family. Located next to the Titanic in Pigeon Forge, plan your schedule around the show time and Titanic’s hours of operation. Hatfield Versus McCoy Dinner Show

Step back in time and prepare for an adventure. There is an interactive kid’s area at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge as well as an exhibit displaying the children’s names aboard the luxury liner. Experience the difference between first class and steerage during your tour of the Titanic Museum.

Celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas all in one on Thanksgiving evening with a fireworks show and snow event from the bow of the ship. (See website for details). With the Winterfest Lights illuminating the city of Pigeon Forge, the amazing fireworks display, and the snow gently falling from the bow of the ship dancing its way to the ground, creating family memories is a cinch. A great time awaits you at the Titanic Pigeon Forge attraction. Titanic Museum

The Island in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a great option for families, friends and couples alike. With over 60 retail shops, a vast choice in dining including Dick’s Last Resort Restaurant, Paula Deen’s Restaurant, and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant, what more could you ask for? Entertainment you say. The Island in Pigeon Forge has it! Take a breathtaking ride on The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel or enjoy some fun on the 7D Dark Ride Adventure. Have fun in Pigeon Forge, TN! Ride The Wheel At The Island In Pigeon Forge

Enjoy delicious southern food and southern hospitality at the Old Mill Restaurant in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Old Mill Restaurant is located adjacent to The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge and overlooks the Little Pigeon River. The corn chowder and fritters are scrumptious. A dining treat you do not want to miss. You won’t leave hungry – guaranteed. Dine At The Old Mill Restaurant

Attention Parrott Heads: Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Restaurant is now open in Pigeon Forge, TN. As of Summer 2014, Parrott Heads can now enjoy their “Cheeseburger in Paradise” at the Island in Pigeon Forge, TN. Great food, atmosphere and fun! Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville At The Island In Pigeon Forge

Mels Diner located just off Wears Valley Road in Pigeon Forge, TN at traffic light #3 serves up some fine breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take a moment and reminiscence about the good ole days when a cheeseburger, fries, and chocolate shake were not a bad thing. Great food and music are forever a part of those happier days. “Mel, Kiss My Grits!” Mel's Diner Pigeon Forge, TN

Sevierville, TN

Sevierville, TN is home to lots of folks who call Sevier County home. Located north of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Sevierville offers many of the same amenities as Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

Hosted by the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce and Sevierville Convention & Visitors Bureau, this site offers an array of information on what to do in Sevierville, TN as well as wedding information. There is also a really great link to Coupons which features some of the best places to eat, stay, and visit while here in the Smoky Mountains. Visit Sevierville,TN

Attention all plane enthusiasts…the Tennessee Museum of Aviation is a must see for you. From the exhibits to the aircraft on display, the Tennessee Museum of Aviation promises to be a fulfilling experience. Located off Dolly Parton Parkway in Sevierville, TN, the museum is a short drive from Pigeon Forge. Tennessee Museum of Aviation

From November 1, 2015 through January 2, 2016, make plans to visit Thomas Kinkade's Christmas of Light Musical Show located in the newly renovated Smoky Mountain Palace off Collier Drive in Sevierville, TN. Do not miss this one of a kind show. Tickets are on sale now! Thomas Kinkade's Christmas of Light Musical Celebration

Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum located just off Winfield Dunn Parkway will have you revved up while touring the muscle car collection at this museum. Whether you are a 69 Boss fan or a 69 Camaro enthusiast, Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum has just the car for you to imagine yourself driving on the open highway – no traffic. Sevierville, TN Muscle Car Museum

Get ready for some delicious southern cooking at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant. The Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings are the best around. Just like grandma (who could cook) used to make. When you finish your evening meal, stroll over the pie shop and treat yourself to a Fried Apple Pie. I declare that these are just as good as what my grandmother used to make when I was a child. Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant

In the mood for pizza? Stop by Big Daddy’s Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizzeria and indulge in some delicious pie. The Dough Daddy’s are delicious and the house salads are terrific! Enjoy the great outdoors via patio dining. In my opinion, this is the only pizza place in town. Big Daddy's Pizza

A longtime favorite dining spot for my family, the Chop House located in the Tanger Five Oaks Mall offers affordable yet delicious meals that the entire family will enjoy. The Chop House is a perfect choice for shoppers at the Tanger Mall. Try one of their tasty steaks or for something lighter – a house salad will do. Call ahead seating is available during busier months. The Chop House At Tanger Outlet Mall

Tony Gore’s BBQ Restaurant serves up the best BBQ in the Smokies. The pulled pork BBQ sandwich is so tasty – you will want more of it to take home for later. Try the homemade cakes / desserts too. Tony Gore's Excellent BBQ

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