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As most people know, one of America’s greatest features is its breathtaking national parks that stretch from coast to coast. However, what you probably didn’t know is that the most visited national park is none other than Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From scenic drives to beautiful nature and hiking trails, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is also home to over 1,400 bears! Great Smoky Mountains National Park is part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a section of the Appalachian Mountains. The national park’s boarder runs northeast and southwest between Tennessee and North Carolina.

If you’re planning a trip to the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you’re in for a treat due to all the activities that can be enjoyed by families and solo travelers. Check out some of the fun things to do while exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Smoky Mountain Scene

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Scenic Drives

If you’re just passing through and don’t have a whole lot of time for walking around, you’re in luck! There are a ton of scenic drives you can take that provide glimpses of the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Cades Cove is a favorite, and you might just catch a glimpse of bears and other wildlife! To the southeast of the park, Blue Ridge Parkway provides plenty of areas to pull off the road to enjoy the view. You can find details on scenic drives and hikes at SmokyMountains.com.

Ramsey Cascades Waterfalls

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Hiking Trails

On the other hand, if you are looking for an outdoor adventure, don’t miss an opportunity to explore one of the Great Smoky Mountains hiking trails. Enjoy one of their 150 trails consisting of over 800 miles of backcountry, wildlife, waterfalls and so much more. For experienced hikers, Rocky Top and Ramsey Cascades provide a challenging day, but the views are worth it.

River in the Smoky Mountains

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Wildlife

What is a trip to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park without scoping out some of the wildlife in the area? Thousands of different species and plants can be found within the national park, keep your eyes open so you don’t miss it!

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Picnic Areas

Enjoy a nice day outside and have a picnic! Pack a basket full of tasty picnic food and soak in the scenery and the tranquil sound of a nearby stream. There are several spots for you to sit back, relax and enjoy the day surrounded by nature.

Fog in the Smoky Mountains

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History

You may or may not already know that there is much history behind Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you’re a history buff, you can enjoy visiting the premises to get a first hand look at a very important piece of American History that dates back to before the 1800s.

Have you ever been the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!