Things To Do

  • The three white petals of a sweet white trillium against the plant's green foliage.

    Wildflowers

    From the earliest hepaticas in late winter to the last asters in late fall, blooming flowers can be found nearly year-round in the park.

  • A wooden picnic table beside a river with large rocks and trees lining the sides

    Picnicking

    Whether you want lunch by the river or a snack with a mountain view, one of our ten picnic areas has it.

  • A white-tailed deer with velvet-covered antlers stands at the edge of a field.

    Viewing Wildlife

    From black bears to elk, white-tailed deer to Yellow Warblers - learn how to improve your chances of spotting wildlife in the park.

  • A bicycle leaning against a fence in Cades Cove. Misty mountains in background.

    Bicycling

    Bike the Cades Cove Loop Road!

  • A fly fisherman standing among boulders on the bank of a river. Fall foliage is around him.

    Fishing

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park has about 2,900 miles of streams within its boundaries, and protects one of the last wild trout habitats

  • A hiker stands looking at snow-covered mountains.

    Hiking

    Feel the cool spray of a waterfall. Camp under the stars. Explore a historic mill. There's plenty to see and do in the park!

  • Rolling mountains in the background of a field of grass along a road.

    Touring Cades Cove

    Whether you want to drive, bike, or hike, Cades Cove has something for everyone.

  • Water cascading down dark grey rocks into a foamy pool, framed by dark green plants

    Waterfalls

    There's nothing quite like watching rushing water.

  • A log frame home with a family standing in the front, photo in black and white

    Historic Buildings

    Over 90 historic structures—houses, barns, outbuildings, churches, schools, and grist mills—have been preserved or rehabilitated here.

  • A grassy field with flower-decorated grave sites scattered in front of a white church building

    Burial Landscapes

    Cemeteries often remain as some of the last tangible links to the past.

  • A group of visitors ride horses along a trail in the woods.

    Horseback Riding

    Guided horseback rides are available at stables in the park from mid-March through late November.

  • An orange tent in a campsite with a picnic table surrounded by green trees

    Camping in the Smokies

    You can choose from 10 frontcountry campgrounds or head into the backcountry. Your adventure awaits!

Last updated: June 30, 2022

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Gatlinburg , TN 37738

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