You rise in the quiet early morning light to break down camp. You make your way through the lush foliage and begin to climb. You break through the tree line as you ascend higher and higher, the sun rising with you and cutting through the crisp air. Finally, you reach the summit and soak in the sprawling view — miles and miles of rolling peaks, coated in misty clouds.
There’s no shortage of ways to explore this mountainous region that straddles the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. Feel the cool spray of a waterfall. Spend a night camping under the stars or witnessing a firefly phenomenon. Climb to the top of the famed Clingman’s Dome. Whatever you choose, the memories you create amid this rugged wilderness will stick with you forever.
You don’t become the most popular National Park in the country without fantastic views. If you’re headed to the Great Smoky Mountains, here are the
From the misty peaks of Clingman’s Dome and Mount LeConte to the verdant valley of Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountain National Park offers over 800