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Synchronous Fireflies in the Smokies

April 23, 2024 Post

You might have seen fireflies flickering their lights after dark before, but have you ever seen them synchronize with each other? There are at least 19 different species of firefl...

Hiking To Spence Field & Rocky Top or the Spence/Russell Field Loop

September 19, 2023 Post

Spence Field is a grassy bald-like area marking the western end of Thunderhead Mountain in the Cades Cove area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are a few ways to r...

Tennessee Caves Near The Smoky Mountains & Beyond

August 18, 2023 Post

Tennessee is home to almost 10,000 caves. Many of these caves are home to rare and protected wildlife. While you can't enter all of them, there are some that offer a beautiful glim...

Horse Trails: Top Destinations For Horseback Riding In The National Park

May 25, 2023 Post

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is host to more than 800 miles of hiking trails, about 550 of which permit horseback riders. You'll know you're on a horse trail when you ma...

Cades Cove Loop: Guide To Auto Touring Cades Cove

March 1, 2023 Post

The Cades Cove loop is an 11 mile road providing access to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains. The road allows visitors to sightsee in the cove at their own leisurely pace. It...

Parking Pass Program Pays It Forward

January 26, 2023 Post

It's easy to see why the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most-visited national park in the country. Striking vistas, wooded trails, breathtaking waterfalls, scenic drive...

First Timer’s Guide To Day Hiking Mount LeConte

October 17, 2022 Post

Hiking to the summit of Mount LeConte is a task on the bucket list of many. The extraordinary Gatlinburg massif towers at 6,593 feet at it's highest point, making it the fourth hig...

Tent Camping 101: Frontcountry Campsites in the Great Smoky Mountains

July 18, 2022 Post

There is more than one way to go tent camping in the Smoky Mountains. There are a handful of great campgrounds outside of the national park with all sorts of community features and...

Best Places For Fly Fishing in the Smoky Mountains

June 30, 2022 Post

There's something to be said about heading into the woods, wading into a bubbling mountain brook, and casting off. The sense of relaxation you'll enjoy when taking in Smoky Mountai...

Scenic Routes Through the Smokies

May 4, 2022 Post

What better way is there to spend a day than cruising through the Smoky Mountains on a scenic road? The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers more than 384 miles of scenic roa...

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cades Cove

February 23, 2022 Post

Cades Cove is one of the most popular areas for visitors of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With so many things to do in and around the 11 mile loop road, the location is ...

Great Smoky Mountains Institute At Tremont

February 23, 2022 Post

Tremont is an area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that predates the park's establishment. Before 1934, it was a small logging town. By the 1970s, an environmental educa...

Elkmont Campground Information

February 16, 2022 Page

The largest frontcountry campground in the national park, Elkmont campground is also the most popular amongst Smoky Mountain visitors. It is open from mid-March to late November ea...

Cosby Campground Information

February 16, 2022 Page

Cosby Campground is one of the largest in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, boasting 157 comfortable campsites, three group sites for up to 20 people, a handful of RV sites ...

Abrams Creek Campground

February 15, 2022 Page

Abrams Creek campground is a frontcountry campground on the western border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is recommended by the National Park Service as a tent only...

Cades Cove Campground

February 15, 2022 Page

The Cades Cove campground is one of the few frontcountry campgrounds in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that is open year round, with select sites available during the off ...

Cades Cove Trails: Top Hiking Trails Around Cades Cove

February 15, 2022 Post

There are several popular Cades Cove trails that make great hikes all year long. In addition to these trails, it's also possibly to hike or bike the 11 mile Cades Cove loop road. T...

Cades Cove History

February 14, 2022 Page

Cades Cove is the most popular destination in the most visited national park in the country, the Great Smoky Mountains. The valley was home to many settlers before the national par...

Great Smoky Mountains Rules & Federal Policies

February 2, 2022 Page

Because the Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited national park in the country, it is imperative that visitors respect the park rules and federal policies put in place for best...

Smoky Mountain Waterfalls: Auto Tours, Cascades, & Easy Access Waterfall Hikes

January 3, 2022 Post

Not all Smoky Mountain waterfalls are only reachable via a strenuous hike. There are numerous waterfalls and cascades that you can drive to or view along a peaceful auto tour. Ther...