Hiking isn’t the only way you can explore the Smoky Mountains! In addition to hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there are a number of motor nature trails you can explore by car. We know you’ve heard about the popular scenic drives like Cades Cove and Roaring Fork, but if you’re looking for something less crowded on your visit, we can help! Here are 5 less crowded scenic drives in the Smoky Mountains:
We have great news! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park began reopening on May 9! If you’ve been missing going for a hike through the Smoky Mountains, your wait is over. The reopening will happen in phases, and the first of which included many of the hiking trails and roads. The second phase includes all the trails and more secondary roads. We’ve gathered all the information we can about the national park reopening:
Our favorite way to explore the Smoky Mountains is hiking! With more than 850 miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you’ll have plenty of trails to choose from when you visit. To help you decide where to hike when you visit soon, we’ve made a list of the top trails for hiking in the Smoky Mountains on your next tip.
You probably know about all of the popular hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains. There are plenty of waterfalls and mountain views you have seen or know about. What you probably don’t know about are the cool, unique places you should hike to. Check out these top 5 unique spots to hike to in the Smoky Mountains:
If you’ve ever seen the Smoky Mountains in the morning, you will know why they have smoky in their name. Blankets of bluish smoke settle over the mountains on most mornings, creating a beautiful sight. Some rumors even have gone around, saying that locals use giant fog machines to create the smoky effect. We want to clear up this rumor for you and tell you the real reason why the Smoky Mountains are so smoky!
Everyone hopes they will see wildlife when hiking in the Smoky Mountains. There’s nothing cooler than walking along and seeing a white-tailed deer grazing on grass or a black bear climbing a tree. While seeing these creatures in their natural habitat is exciting, you want to be sure you stay safe and the animals stay safe. Here are 4 things you should do when you see animals while hiking in the Smoky Mountains:
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:
If you’ve ever been stressed out and find that spending time out in nature makes you feel better, it’s not just in your head! Psychologists have done a study to see the effects of spending time in nature and how it affects stress. That means if you're feeling stressed, it's time to plan a trip to the Smoky Mountains! We want to share some of the best places to enjoy nature in the Smokies! Find out more about how spending time in the Great Smoky Mountains will reduce your stress:
Looking for a trail that’s not too difficult but still gives you beautiful features of the Great Smoky Mountains? You should hike the Spruce Flats Falls Trail! You’ll get to see a beautiful waterfall and maybe even spot some wildlife along the way. Find out more about hiking the Spruce Flats Falls Trail here:
If you’re hiking just for a few hours during the day or overnight, there are some essential items you should pack. You don’t want to be without important items, especially when you’re out in the backcountry. Here are the top 10 things to bring on a hike in the Smoky Mountains: