Top 5 Places To Explore in the Great Smoky Mountains

Planning a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains? Don’t miss these top 5 places to explore in 2023. From scenic views to wildlife encounters, you’ll find something for everyone.

The Great Smoky Mountains are a natural wonder that attracts millions of visitors every year. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or culture, you’ll find it here.

Most popular destinations in the park, draws 2 million visitors annually. Explore via an 11-mile loop, trails to waterfalls, and scenic overlooks by foot, bike, or car.

Cades Cove


Clingmans Dome, park's highest point at 6,643 feet, accessible by car April to November. A half-mile hike on a paved trail leads to the observation tower.

Clingmans Dome


Newfound Gap, a 5,046 feet mountain pass, features a monument and observation point with spectacular mountain views. You can access the Appalachian Trail from here.

Newfound Gap


In the remote, peaceful Cataloochee Valley, one of the largest elk populations reintroduced in 2001 can be observed grazing at dawn and dusk. Accessible year-round by gravel road.

Cataloochee Valley


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