9 Hidden Gems in the Great Smoky Mountains


Welcome to the Great Smoky Mountains, the most-visited national park in the U.S. But do you know there are many hidden gems in the park that most tourists miss?  

Elkmont is a ghost town that was once a logging community and a resort destination. You can see 19 historic buildings, six of which have been fully restored 



Walker Sisters Cabin is a homestead log cabin that belonged to five spinster sisters who refused to leave their mountain traditions. 

Walker Sisters Cabin 


White Oak Sinks is a hidden wonderland of caves, waterfalls, and wildflowers. It is not marked on any official trail maps, but you can find it off the Schoolhouse Gap Trail. 

White Oak Sinks 


Fontana Dam is the highest dam in the eastern U.S., and it offers stunning views of the lake and the mountains. 

Fontana Dam


Cataloochee Valley is a secluded valley that was once home to a thriving farming community.  

Cataloochee Valley 


Spruce Flats Falls is a beautiful waterfall that is hidden behind the Tremont Institute. You can hike a moderate 1.8-mile roundtrip trail that leads to the falls.

Spruce Flats Falls 


The Sinks is a popular swimming hole that is formed by a powerful cascade of water that plunges into a deep pool. 

The Sinks 


Foothills Parkway is a scenic drive that offers panoramic views of the Smokies and the surrounding valleys. 

Foothills Parkway 


Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a one-way loop road that takes you through a lush forest and a mountain stream. 

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail 


Next: 9 Top Reasons to Visit the Great Smoky Mountains

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