Do you love going to museums and memorials to learn about history? Not only is the Smoky Mountains full of fantastic history museums, there are also many different hikes you can take that teach all about the history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Why not mix your love of history and the beauty of the mountains to have an unforgettable adventure? Here are 4 of the best hikes in the Smoky Mountains for history lovers:
The Smoky Mountain trails are full of exciting destinations, ranging from historical wonders to breathtaking waterfalls! Hiking in the Smokies is also often like a fairytale journey through the forest where you never know what magical sight you might see around the next bend! For example, did you know that the Elkmont section of the national park is home to a troll bridge? Here is everything you need to know to discovering this whimsical structure while hiking in the Smokies:
There are a ton of great destinations in the Smoky Mountains that you can get to by hiking. One of those must see spots in the Mt. Cammerer fire tower. This hike is 11.2 miles roundtrip if you take the most popular route via Low Gap Trail. While this hike is a little intense, there are few sights that can live up to the views that you will encounter from the fire tower. Here is a little more about the path you will take to the Mt. Cammerer fire tower.
There are a ton of unique spots throughout the Great Smoky Mountains you can get to by hiking. One of the lesser known spots is the fairy house along Twin Creeks Trail. We want to tell you all about this cool little spot and how to get there. Here’s more about hiking to the House of the Fairies in the Great Smoky Mountains:
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the largest protected areas in the country where black bears can live safe and free in their natural habitat. It is estimated that around 1,500 black bears call the Smokies home. While they can be found all around the park, there are a few places they prefer. Here are the 4 best places to see black bears in the Smoky Mountains:
The scenic and diverse hiking trails in the Smokies bring in thousands of hikers every year! Whether you’re hiking in a group or individually, you’re guaranteed to have an amazing hike and see some of the most incredible views in the country! If you do decide to hike alone, there are a few safety tips you should keep in mind. Here are 5 tips for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains by yourself:
Baskins Creek Trail is a great hike to go on when you visit the Smokies. It’s considered easy to moderate, and you’ll get to see an amazing waterfall at the end of the hike. Find out more about hiking to Baskins Creek Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains:
Many people want to bring their pooch with them on vacation, and we don’t blame them! You can have a ton of fun with your dog in the area, including some dog friendly trails in the Smoky Mountains. There are only two trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that allow dogs. The other trails in the backcountry are off limits for dogs because they could bring disease into the habitat for wildlife, leave scents and scare off wildlife, or be prey to other animals. But, you can have a ton of fun on the trails that are pet friendly! Here’s everything you need to know about dog friendly trails in the Smoky Mountains.
Most of the trails in the national park are filled with tree roots, rocks, or gravel. However, there are a handful that are accessible for everyone. If you have a wheelchair or need a stroller for your children, you’re probably looking for a paved Smoky Mountain hiking trail. These trails are just as great as any others, and you’ll have a great time being outside! Here are the top 5 paved Smoky Mountain hiking trails:
Clingmans Dome is one of the most popular destinations in the Smokies, but few people truly know what lays below! Underneath Clingmans Dome Road, an ornately decorated hidden tunnel stands alone. It’s most commonly referred to as the Thomas Divide Tunnel, but it’s also frequently called the Thomas Ridge Tunnel, the Old Mule Tunnel, or other variations. Although it was once located on a hiking trail, the secret tunnel under Clingmans Dome is now one of the park’s best hidden treasures. Here's everything you need to know about the hidden tunnel beneath Clingmans Dome: