Places To Go


The park offers a wide array of destinations to explore both the natural and the cultural history of the park. Start your trip at one of our visitor centers!

Want to learn about the people who once called these mountains home? To tour homes, farms, churches, and other structures built by early settlers, you may enjoy visiting:

For a chance to view wildlife including black bear, white-tailed deer, and turkeys, head to open areas such as:
For sweeping vistas head to the top of the mountains:
Looking for a cool and shady spot in the forest? Visit:

Visiting the North Carolina side of the park? We have a special page just for you!

To escape the crowds, check out our Off the Beaten Path page.

Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park's official online store for books, maps, and guides to the park. Operated by the nonprofit Great Smoky Mountains Association, proceeds generated by purchases at the store are donated to educational, scientific, and historical projects in the park.

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