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.
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.
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.
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.
Laurel Falls, a popular 80-foot waterfall, is named for blooming mountain laurel. The name comes from the mountain laurel that blooms around the falls in May and June.
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